1985 Tears For Fears ‎– Songs From The Big Chair

Songs from the Big Chair is the second studio album by the British rock/pop band Tears for Fears, released on 25 February 1985 by Mercury Records in most countries and distributed internationally by Phonogram Inc. The album peaked at number two in the UK and number one in the US and Canada. It spawned the international hit singles “Mothers Talk”, “Shout”, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”, “Head over Heels”, and “I Believe”. It remains their best-selling album to date.


1  Shout (Roland Orzabal, Ian Stanley) 6:32
2  The Working Hour (Roland Orzabal, Ian Stanley, Manny Elias) 6:31
3  Everybody Wants To Rule The World (Roland Orzabal, Ian Stanley, Chris Hughes) 4:11
4  Mothers Talk (Roland Orzabal, Ian Stanley) 5:10
5  I Believe (Roland Orzabal) 4:54
6  Broken (Roland Orzabal) 2:38
7  Head Over Heels/Broken (Live) (Roland Orzabal, Curt Smith) 5:02
8  Listen (Roland Orzabal, Ian Stanley) 6:48



BassCurt Smith
DrumsManny Elias
GuitarRoland Orzabal
KeyboardsIan Stanley
KeyboardsRoland Orzabal
VocalsCurt Smith
VocalsRoland Orzabal

Other Musicians

1 Shout

DrumsChris Hughes
Background VocalsSandy Mclelland

2 The Working Hour

DrumsJerry Marotta
PianoAndy Davis
SaxWill Gregory
SaxMel Collins

3 Everybody Wants To Rule The World

GuitarNeil Taylor

4 Mothers Talk

Background VocalsStevie Lange

5 I Believe

PianoRoland Orzabal
SaxWill Gregory

6 Broken

Guitar (solo)Neil Taylor

7 Head Over Heels/Broken (Live)

PianoAndy Davis
Background VocalsAnnie McCraig
Background VocalsMarilyn David
Background VocalsSandy Mclelland

8 Listen

VocalsMarilyn David

Liner Notes

Producer – Chris Hughes
Arranged By – Ian Stanley (Track 8)
Arranged By [Drums] – Manny Elias (Track 2)
Arranged By [Saxophone] – Jerry Marotta (Track 2)
Engineer – David Bascombe
Mastered By – Greg Calbi

Photography By (Cover) – Tim O’Sullivan

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Phonogram Ltd. (London)
Copyright (c) – Phonogram Ltd. (London)
Manufactured By – PolyGram Records, Inc.
Marketed By – PolyGram Records, Inc.
Mastered At – Sterling Sound
Pressed By – PRC Recording Company, Richmond, IN