Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Songoftheday 10/25/16 - Could you be could you be squeaky clean, and smash any hope of democracry ?

"Sowing The Seeds Of Love" - Tears for Fears
from the album The Seeds Of Love (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's song of the day comes from the British emo/new wave group Tears For Fears, whose second album Songs From The Big Chair had made them into superstars, landing back-to-back #1 pop hits in America with "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" and "Shout", along with the top-10 hit "Head Over Heels" and the top-40 follow-up "Mothers' Talk". Their next release, The Seeds Of Love, would take nearly four years to record, with band member Roland Orzabal crafting a lusher sound inspired by the Beatles' later work. I'm sure the first single, "Sowing The Seeds Of Love", was meant to be a masterstroke of that effect, with a Spector-esque wall of sound surrounding the trippy love lyrics written by him with Curt Smith. The track included original members Ian Stanley and Chris Hughes, who would leave before the album was completed...

Sowing The Seeds Of Love By Tears For Fears. from OreOne on Vimeo.

"Sowing The Seeds Of Love" became Tears For Fears' fourth (and so far last) top-10 pop hit in the U.S. in October of 1989. The single went all the way to #1 on Billboard's Modern Rock radio chart (their first), while peaking at #4 on their Mainstream Rock list. It also crossed over to #29 on the Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") chart. Internationally, the song topped the singles chart in Canada, made the top ten in Italy (#2), the Netherlands (#3), Ireland (#4), New Zealand (#4), their native UK (#5), Poland (#6), Spain (#8), and Sweden (#8), and got to the top-20 in Germany (#11), Australia (#13), and France (#18).

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The group appeared on the Arsenio Hall show to promote the single in 1989...

And here's the group on their Going To California show...

...and finally, from A Night At The Proms with orchestra in 2006...

Up tomorrow: Future Mr. Houston wants to sway.

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