Sunday, June 20, 2010

80's Jams #69: Tears For Fears "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" (1985)

"Everybody Wants To Rule the World" sounds like an entirely different band than the mopey British duo that recorded 1983's pretty but pained The Hurting. It's big, and anthemic, and it sounds, for lack of a better descriptive term, American. Clearly, this song was designed for one main purpose: to crack the US charts in a big way, which it in fact did. Opening with a pealing guitar curlicue (and featuring not one but two hard-rocking guitar solos), the song dismisses the band's weedy synth-pop roots in favor of a more muscular sound. -- Allmusic

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