Song: Break The Man (2022)
Artist: Tears For Fears
Album: The Tipping Point
If a stranger were to approach me on the street (as one does) and ask if I'm a Tears For Fears fan, I would say that I am when, in reality, I only know/love their three massive hits from the mid-80s: "Shout," "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," and "Head Over Heels." Sure, I know that they're the original artists behind "Mad World" too, but Gary Jules sorta pulled a Johnny Cash "Hurt" situation and made that his song. What I'm saying is without the aid of Wikipedia, I'm not sure I could name a 5th TFF track. I know next to nothing about their history.
A week or two ago, Tears For Fears came up on Apple Music's New Music Mix (updated every Friday), and I was SHOCKED to learn that they're making new music. I would've guessed they broke up in like 1993.
There are plenty of artists still going strong after 40+ years, and since you're reading this blog, you have internet access and can confirm that on your own time, but from an anecdotal standpoint, it feels like most of those acts pre-date the 80s. I love 80s music, and bands like The 1975 do a great job of replicating that sound, but both guys behind Tears For Fears are 60 years old are keeping that synthy-new wave sound alive with their first album since 2004. Their latest album, The Tipping Point (I wonder if Malcolm Gladwell makes an appearance?), comes out on February 25th. This could very well be an empty promise, but "Break The Man" has me very excited to check it out.