Thursday, June 12, 2014

Songoftheday 6/12/14 - I wanted to be with you alone and talk about the weather...


Tears For Fears - "Head Over Heels"
from the album Songs From The Big Chair (1985)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #3 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's Song of the Day is from the British new wave band Tears For Fears, whose second album Songs From The Big Chair had broken them big in the U.S., scoring a pair of #1 pop hits with "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" and "Shout". Their third single from the record, "Head Over Heels", was a more lighthearted departure from their emo-tinged fare, and even the video found them frolicking in the library...



"Head Over Heels" became the group's third consecutive top-5 hit in the U.S. in November of 1985, while also climbing to the top-10 on both the Mainstream Rock (#7) and Adult Contemporary (#5) radio charts in Billboard magazine. In their native England, where it was the fourth single released from the album, "Head Over Heels" stopped short of the top-10 at #12. Internationally, the single made the top-10 in Canada, Poland, and Ireland. It also is the one I seem to hear the most on oldies stations, perhaps because of its easy-going timeless nature.

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Here's the band live in 1984 touring behind the album in the UK before their American breakthrough...



In 2001, the song had a pivotal role in the cult classic movie Donnie Darko...


Australian dance/pop band Rogue Traders sampled "Head..." for their radio hit "In Love Again" in 2006....


British singer Leona Lewis also interpolated the record on her "Favourite Scar" in 2012...


Lastly, let's go back to the boys in concert in 2012...


Up tomorrow: an Eagle grabs some twilight grub.

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