158. Tears for Fears

In earlier entries (Jan & Dean and Hall & Oates) we spoke of how successful those duos were. If we were add to a third into the discussion of the most successful duo on this list it would have to be the English pair of Roland Orzabal and Kurt Smith, best known to audiences as Tears for Fears   In looking back, it is actually a little surprising how few albums from Tears for Fears actually had. Throughout the 1980’s, the British duo achieved success with a three albums that all had a different sound to it, showcasing their musical abilities and willingness to always to try something different. Those aforementioned albums ranged from the lyrically brilliant Synth Pop (The Hurting), the catchy Pop/Rock based (Songs from the Big Chair) and the Psychedelic Soul infused (Seeds of Love). After that decade, Tears for Fears did not remain on top (Smith left for awhile to purse a solo career, leaving Tears with only Orzabal), but on the strength of those three albums it is not inconceivable that Tears for Fears could one day get inducted.     The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 2006   Country of Origin: United Kingdom (Bath, England)   Why They Will Get In: They are musically respected and achieved the vital American success that may be needed for induction.   Why They Won’t Get In: There is a perception among some that they were more influenced than influential.   Nominated In: Never   Essential Albums: The Hurting (1983) Songs from the Big Chair (1985) The Seeds of Love (1989) Elemental (1993)   Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Pale Shelter (From The Hurting, 1983) Change (From The Hurting, 1983) Shout (From Songs from the Big Chair, 1985) Sowing the Seeds of Love (From Seeds of Love, 1989) Break it Down Again (From Elemental, 1993)   www.tearsforfears.net {acepolls 151}

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