Getting to Know a Piece of Music (Liner Notes: MAD WORLD (Who (Songwriter:…
Getting to Know a Piece of Music
Liner Notes: MAD WORLD
Chris Hughes &
Hughes - Tears for Fears album, Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Cullum - Assistant at AIR Studios, live mixer
Sung by the band's bassist, Curt Smith. Band - Tears for Fears
"Everyone Wants to Rule the World"
"Break it Down Again"
"Sowing the Seeds of Love"
Specifics about the song:
original version used synthesizers and heavy percussion. The well-known cover by Andrews and Jules uses piano.
Em, A, G and D
Year of writing:
Orzabal wrote the original song when he was 19 (1980).
Year of release:
What was going on during that time
John Lennon shot
Mount St. Helen erupted
Start of Iran–Iraq war
Terrorist attack in Italy kills 70
The Killer Clown ( John Wayne Gacy Jr ) sentenced to death for the murder of 33 boys and young men.
Winter Olympics in Lake Placcid
US fails to free hostages in Iran
Popular musicians and artists
Michael Jackson -
Another One Bites the Dust
Diana Ross -
Major trends or feelings
Rubik's cube goes on sale
Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back
First images of Saturn
Post-its were invented
Out of artists desire to express something?
"Mad World" was originally written on acoustic guitar when Orzabal was 19 after being inspired to write a new wave song in the vein of Duran Duran's "Girls on Film"
"The song was influenced by the theories of Arthur Janov, author of The Primal Scream, and the lyric "the dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had" suggests that dreams of intense experiences such as death will be the best at releasing tension."
Just a song on an album?
For a movie or something else?
Most well-known cover:
Micheal Andrews and Gary Jules were commissioned to remake the song for the movie Donnie Darko (2001)
Who talked or wrote about it?
3rd on UK Charts 1982-1983
2nd on Irish Charts 1982-1983
Certified Silver UK single
Covered by Gary Jules and Michael Andrews for the movie "Donnie Darko" when it received much success in the UK.
Who would have listened to this?
Popular in the UK
Associated with the Second British Invasion