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Poll Question: What's the best song?
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3 [25.00%]
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    Posted: June 15 2012 at 15:23
As I had mentioned elsewhere, I regard this as one of the finest pop albums ever produced.  What's the best song of the eight?
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Talk about pulling teeth...I'll have to give this another spin and see if I am able to pick.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Saperlipopette! Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 15 2012 at 15:42
Good album, but there's a couple of tracks here I don't really remember. I need to relisten first as well.
The ice caps are melting
All the world is drowning
The ice caps are melting
The tide is rushing in
All the world is drowning
To wash away the sin

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Slartibartfast Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 15 2012 at 15:42
I hate dealing in superlatives, but I am a fan of the album, too.  I got a used copy and when it arrived in the mail, it smelled strongly of cigarette smoke. LOL
It was several years ago and just went back to the library room and smelled it again.  It might be my imagination but there is still a lingering odor.  I just thought I'd share.

I remember when it first came out.  My uncle had bought a copy of The Hurting when it came out so I was familiar with them and already liked them.  But anyway, I can't vote for a radio hit because I've heard them way too much.  I seem to recall I Believe being dedicated to Robert Wyatt, but it isn't in the CD liner notes.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote The T Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 15 2012 at 15:43
Do it out loud. 
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Shout, of course.

I think this album doesn't have enough bite to it. It's a bit too 80s Genesis for me. I'll take Depeche Mode or even Simple Minds over Tears for Fears except for a few singles.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Icarium Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 15 2012 at 16:01
Everybody... is my favourite song , a truly positive, energetic and proud song by a band at their peak
Acting on your best behaviour
Turn your back on mother nature
Everybody wants to rule the world
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Epignosis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 15 2012 at 16:17
I think it's safe to say that "Head Over Heels" is my favorite from the album.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote TheGazzardian Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 15 2012 at 16:17
Originally posted by Slartibartfast

I hate dealing in superlatives, but I am a fan of the album, too.  I got a used copy and when it arrived in the mail, it smelled strongly of cigarette smoke. LOL
It was several years ago and just went back to the library room and smelled it again.  It might be my imagination but there is still a lingering odor.  I just thought I'd share.

I remember when it first came out.  My uncle had bought a copy of The Hurting when it came out so I was familiar with them and already liked them.  But anyway, I can't vote for a radio hit because I've heard them way too much.  I seem to recall I Believe being dedicated to Robert Wyatt, but it isn't in the CD liner notes.

Close - from wikipedia:

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The song was written by Roland Orzabal who had originally planned to offer it to British musician Robert Wyatt to record, though it was later decided that Tears for Fears would record the song themselves for their album Songs from the Big Chair. Additionally, a cover ofRobert Wyatt's "Sea Song" served as the single's B-side.

I have the Sea Song cover on their B-sides/rarities compilation, "Saturnine Martial and Lunatic", it is pretty good. I heard it much more than the Robert Wyatt version though, so I may be biased.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote infocat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 16 2012 at 00:12
I need to buy this.  My brother had the LP around the time it was released, but that was oh so many years ago!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote The Doctor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 16 2012 at 00:18
Head Over Heals.  Although the entire album is awesome.  By the way, the deluxe edition has them covering Robert Wyatt's Sea Song.  
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Post Options Post Options   Quote HolyMoly Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 16 2012 at 08:11
I consider Broken to be part of a suite with Head Over Heels, so those two together is my favorite.  Voted for Broken, but really meant both of them.  Phenomenal album.  I worked in a record store in the summer of '85 when it came out, and we played that thing every day in the store, along with "The Hurting", their prior album.  Still sounds as fresh today as it did then.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote lucas Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 16 2012 at 15:54
working hour, probably because it's the most proggy song on that otherwise very good album.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dean Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 16 2012 at 16:04
I love practically every 80s band that ever existed more than this awful album from an awful band, seriously I'd rather listen to Haircut 100 or Flock Of Seagulls over this. No redeeming features whatsoever, the run-out groove is probably the best track. 


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Negoba Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 16 2012 at 16:54
I wore this album out when I was about 12-13 years old, not as big a fan now. For pure pop the main single "Everybody want to rule the world" is the strongest. Other albums are better.
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Heater valve kicking on.
Snotty noses being blown.
Griping.
Maybe cookies coming out of the oven???

C is for cookie, and it is good enough for me.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Epignosis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 24 2012 at 15:31
I arranged a little acoustic version of "Head Over Heels."  Fun song to do.  Cool

Originally posted by Dean

I love practically every 80s band that ever existed more than this awful album from an awful band, seriously I'd rather listen to Haircut 100 or Flock Of Seagulls over this. No redeeming features whatsoever, the run-out groove is probably the best track. 


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He ran so far away he couldn't get away. Tongue
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Originally posted by Epignosis

I arranged a little acoustic version of "Head Over Heels."  Fun song to do.  Cool

Originally posted by Dean

I love practically every 80s band that ever existed more than this awful album from an awful band, seriously I'd rather listen to Haircut 100 or Flock Of Seagulls over this. No redeeming features whatsoever, the run-out groove is probably the best track. 


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dean Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 24 2012 at 16:05
Originally posted by Slartibartfast

He ran so far away he couldn't get away. Tongue
...good song - when done right Approve


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Snow Dog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 24 2012 at 16:12
Originally posted by Dean

I love practically every 80s band that ever existed more than this awful album from an awful band, seriously I'd rather listen to Haircut 100 or Flock Of Seagulls over this. No redeeming features whatsoever, the run-out groove is probably the best track. 

Also not a fan of this.
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