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Tears for Fears: Songs from the Big Chair

Documentary that explores Songs from the Big Chair, Tears for Fears second, seminal album, which saw the band's music transform from synth-pop into arena-ready anthems.

Documentary that explores the creation of the seminal, second album by Tears for Fears. Songs from the Big Chair took the gothic synth-pop foundations of the band and combined them with arena-ready anthems, leading to critical acclaim and three international hit singles, Mothers Talk, Shout and Everybody Wants to Rule the World.

This documentary, made with the full cooperation of the band, explores how the album was recorded and how the band left their indelible imprint on new wave music.

59 minutes

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:03

    Tears for Fears


  • 00:04

    Tears for Fears

    I Believe

  • 00:16

    Tears for Fears

    Pale Shelter

  • 00:16

    Tears for Fears

    Mad World

  • 00:21

    Tears For Fears, Ian Stanley


  • 00:24

    Tears for Fears

    Mothers Talk

  • 00:35

    Tears for Fears

    The Working Hour

  • 00:40

    Tears for Fears


  • 00:48

    Tears for Fears

    Everybody Wants To Rule The World

  • 00:54

    Tears for Fears

    Woman In Chains

  • 00:55

    Tears for Fears



Role Contributor
Interviewed Guest Roland Orzabal
Interviewed Guest Curt Smith
Interviewed Guest Ian Stanley
Interviewed Guest Chris Hughes
Interviewed Guest Dave Bascombe
Interviewed Guest Sylvie Simmons
Interviewed Guest Oleta Adams
Producer Nick de Grunwald
Producer Celia Moore
Director George Scott


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