Tears for Fears is an English pop/rock band formed by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith. Founded after the dissolution of their first band, they were initially associated with the New Wave synthesiser bands of the early 1980s but later branched out into mainstream rock and pop, which led to international chart success.
Their platinum-selling debut album, The Hurting, reached number one on the UK Album Chart, while their second album, Songs from the Big Chair, reached number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, achieving multi-platinum status in both the UK and the United States. The band released six studio albums, one live album, and numerous singles and videos, many of which were commercially successful.
In 1981, the duo signed to Phonogram Records in the UK and released their first single the same year. It wasn't until Tears For Fears' third single, "Mad World", that they scored their first hit, and their platinum-selling debut album The Hurting was a UK number one. Their second album, Songs from the Big Chair, was released in 1985 and became a worldwide hit, establishing the band in the US. After a third platinum-selling album, The Seeds of Love in 1989, Smith and Orzabal parted company and subsequent Tears for Fears albums Elemental and Raoul and the Kings of Spain were effectively solo albums by Orzabal. However, the duo reformed in 2000 for a new studio album, Everybody Loves a Happy Ending, which was released in 2004/05.