Written by Roland Orzabal and sung by bassist Curt Smithit was the band's third single release and first chart hit, reaching number 3 on the UK Singles Gary Jules / MOP* - Mad World / Ante Up (Dnb Remixes) in November After a few false starts with Orzabal on vocals, he suggested Smith sing it and "suddenly it sounded fabulous".
That came when I lived above a pizza restaurant in Bath and I could look out onto the centre of the city. The intention was to gain attention from it and we'd hopefully build up a little following. We had no idea that it would become a hit. Nor did the record company. Curt Smith's ad lib in the song's final chorus Ooby Dooby - Various - Le Top Du Rock & Roll in a mondegreen.
Smith clarified the actual lyric in With Mad Gary Jules / MOP* - Mad World / Ante Up (Dnb Remixes) again-resurgent popularity, I'm getting asked more frequently about the last line on the album version from The Hurtinga line which I occasionally also sing in concert.
The actual line is: "Halargian world. I added it as a joke during the lead vocal session, and we kept it. And there you have it. The song was influenced by the theories of Arthur Janovauthor of The Primal Screamand the lyric "the dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had" suggests that dreams of intense experiences such as death will be the best Organs Lost At Sea - Lawrence English - Kiri No Oto releasing tension.
The 7" version of "Mad World" is the same mix of the song found on The Hurting. The song had only one remix on its initial release, the World Remix that was featured on a 7" double-single.
This mix is very similar to the album version, with the most notable differences being the additional echo added to the intro and middle sections and the subtraction of a subtle keyboard part from the bridge. A later remix by noted British music producer Afterlife was featured on the reissue of the Tears for Fears greatest hits collection Tears Roll Down Greatest Hits 82— The song takes its name from a chapter title in Arthur Janov 's book Prisoners of Pain and features lyrics related to the concept of primal therapy.
The song is musically sparse, featuring just a piano, drum machine, and saxophone. An alternative version of this song titled "Saxophones as Opiates" was included as a B-side on the 12" single and is mostly instrumental. The promotional video for "Mad World" was filmed in late summer It was Tears for Fears' first music video, and features a gloomy looking Curt Smith staring out of a window while Roland Orzabal dances outside on a lakeside jetty. A brief party scene in the video features friends and family of the band, including Smith's mother as well as his then-wife Lynne.
According to Curt Smith, "When we made the video in a country estate on the cheap, we bussed all our friends and family up from Bath and had a fun day. The woman who's having the birthday party in the video is my mum.
The music video was directed by Clive Richardson who was notable for his work at that time with Depeche Mode. Their version was originally released on CD in on the film's soundtrackbut an increasing cult-following spawned by Pale Blue Eyes - R.E.M. - Radio Free Europe: Live From The Capitol Theatre, Passaic, New Jersey, USA film's DVD release finally prompted Jules and Gary Jules / MOP* - Mad World / Ante Up (Dnb Remixes) to issue the song as a proper single.
For the soundtrack to the film Donnie Darkodirector Richard Kelly commissioned Michael Andrewsa San Diego musician and television and film composer who had worked as a member of a range of bands, including The Origin with Gary Jules whose two solo albums he had producedand The Greyboy Allstars. Kelly said he was confident that Andrews Gary Jules / MOP* - Mad World / Ante Up (Dnb Remixes) do the job: "I met with Michael and I just knew right away that he was really, really talented and that he could come up with a really original score.
He would allow me to be in there and be really kind of editorial with how I wanted the score to be. As Andrews states, the low budget for the project encouraged him to play a diverse range of instruments for the soundtrack:. The film was pretty low budget so my portion of the money was pretty thin.
I couldn't hire anyone, it was just me. I played everything; pianomellotronmini marimbaxylophoneukuleleorgan. I also brought in two female vocalists Sam Shelton and Tori Haberman.
But no guitar because Richard said no guitar or drums; he just wasn't into it. I was down with that - I've played guitar my whole life. Like many of his role models for soundtrack composing such as John Barry and Ennio MorriconeAndrews wanted to put a song on his otherwise instrumental score.
He eventually chose "Mad World", as Tears for Fears were one of his and childhood friend Jules' favourite bands growing up. Despite being critically acclaimed, Donnie Darko was not a commercial success, but it sold very well on DVD and became a cult filmand demand grew for Andrews and Jules' cover of "Mad World" to be released as a proper single. This prompted Andrews to give the song an official release. Jules said that he believed the song was easy for people to relate to: "I think it's a really beautiful example of a person struggling with the fact that life is mad.
I honestly think it's one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard and the way it's stripped down now just pins people. The music video was directed by Michel Gondry. It begins with an aerial shot of a school; the bell rings and children go out onto the pavement.
The rest of the video sees the children forming different shapes whilst Jules stands on the roof and watches from above. On two occasions the camera pans towards Jules looking down at the children, whilst a third pan away sees Andrews playing a piano as the song ends. The video has over million views since it was uploaded to YouTube on 9 January From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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