Song of the Day, June 8: Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears For Fears

TearsRuleToday’s song is an aptly titled track from a thoughtful British duo. Tears For Fears named themselves after Arthur Janov’s primal therapy techniques and had a massively successful album at home with their debut, The Hurting. That song cycle focused on personal trauma and growth, launching a number of successful singles in the UK. Everybody Wants to Rule the World is a much more cynical song, with themes of power, greed, and warfare. Delivering the dark meditations over an infectious, almost bouncy dance groove, Tears For Fears struck a perfect balance. Ironic without being to biting, smart but not pretentious, it’s a flawless single. It was also an afterthought, tacked onto the duo’s second album, Songs From the Big Chair, at the last minute. It was released as the first US single — although it came out third in the rest of the world — and blazed up the Billboard Hot 100. Thirty years ago today it hit #1, setting the stage for the band’s very successful 1985. That title proved prescient. Enjoy this masterpiece of 80s pop today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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