Tears For Fears are a new-wave group formed by core-members Roald Orzabal and Curt Smith in 1981. They first came into mainstream pop culture with their single Mad World, followed by their debut album The Hurting. The group became even more successful both in Europe and the US with thei second album Songs From The Big Chair which featured well-known hits such as Shout and Everybody Wants To Rule The World.
The group finished the eighties with a further worldwide hit Sowing The Seeds of Love, although Smith and Orzabal split as a musical partnership shortly after releasing the parent album, with just Orzabal continuing to write and record under the group name in the nineties.
The duo have since reformed and have continued to write, record and perform live together.