August 20, 2013


The Best Thing You'll Hear Today: Tears for Fears Cover Arcade Fire

Tears for Fears' first two albums—1983's The Hurting and 1985's Songs From the Big Chair—are synth-pop/New Wave classics, and while the duo have been quiet since 2004's Everybody Loves a Happy Ending, they've re-entered the spotlight with a skittering, orchestral electro-pop cover of Arcade Fire's "Ready to Start."

"Having appreciated artists like Kanye West, Katy Perry, Kimbra, Nas, Gary Jules/Michael Andrews, Adam Lambert & Dizzee Rascal covering & sampling our songs over the past years, we agreed that some reciprocal cross-generational love was in order," the group wrote on their Soundcloud page. "We decided to give Arcade Fire a twist of TFF. Enjoy."

The song could be a teaser for Tears for Fears' upcoming new album Deceptively Heavy, though it also doesn't hurt the promotion of Arcade Fire's new album out October 29.

For you Tears for Fears/cover song completists, here's a list of all the aforementioned artists' samples and cover songs of the group:

Kanye West: "Coldest Winter" ("Memories Fade" sample)

Katy Perry: "Head Over Heels" (Cover)

Kimbra: "Two Weeks/Head Over Heels" (Cover)

Nas: "Rule" ("Everybody Wants to Rule the World" sample)

Gary Jules/Michael Andrews: "Mad World" (Cover)

Adam Lambert: "Mad World," "Shout" (Cover)

Dizzee Rascal: "Shout for England" ("Shout" sample)

Arcade Fire, "Ready to Start"