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Everybody Loves a Happy Ending – Tears for Fears

tears_for_fears_everybody_loves_a_happy_endingEditor’s note: Tears for Fears is not a one-hit wonder band. This post is a tribute to a few great songs from Tears for Fears I had missed when they were first released.

Every few months I hear a song or an album that immediately lodges in my head and makes me wonder how I missed it when it was released. Everybody Loves a Happy Ending by Tears for Fears from 2005 is one of those albums. “Call Me Mellow” and “Everyone Loves a Happy Ending” are two of those songs.

How did I miss these songs? Probably because no radio station in the United States played these songs on the radio and Tears for Fears released this record on their own, minus any major-label promotion. So the album came and went with a whimper. But it’s a really great record.

Here’s the musical math: The Beatles + XTC + Badfinger + Teenage Fanclub + any number of powerpop bands you’ve likely never heard = Everyone Loves a Happy Ending. The result is hooky, symphonic pop songs that channel the best of all these bands.

“Everybody Loves a Happy Ending” (the song) is essentially a mini late-period Beatles record. You can hear traces of Abbey Road, Let It Be, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour in a single song.

Listen to “Everybody Loves a Happy Ending”

Everybody Loves a Happy Ending - Tears for Fears

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“Call Me Mellow” sounds like a lost track from The La’s debut record that featured “There She Goes Again.” Great hook. Great song. I’ve included both songs for your ears.

Hear “Call Me Mellow”

Call Me Mellow - Tears for Fears

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Maybe if more bands broke up and avoided talking to each other for a decade like the boys from Tears for Fears did, we would discover more unexpectedly great records like this one. I recommend it.

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9 Responses to "Everybody Loves a Happy Ending – Tears for Fears"

  1. Matt Thurston says:

    Weird coincidence. I’m seeing TFF tomorrow night at the Orange County Fairgrounds. The set list from recent shows features a lot of tracks from Everyone Loves A Happy Ending. I also dig the album. My brother bought it for me a week or so after it was released, and I find myself coming back to it every few months. In the past month or so I’ve probably listened to it a dozen or more times. Agree with your review and the musical reference points.

    They’re a great live band, or at least they were when I saw them in ’85 at the Hollywood Paladium, and again in ’92-93ish at some venue in Utah near the great Salt Lake.

  2. Michael Waterman says:

    Matt,

    I listened to the entire “Everbody Loves a Happy Ending” album twice yesterday. I think “Call Me Mellow” is my favorite song from the record. But it’s full of hooks and strong songs.

    I then listened to TFF’s debut, The Hurting, immediately afterwards. They are very different sounds and bands. “The Hurting” is dark, melancholy, haunting. “Happy Ending” is peppy, optimistic…it’s almost the anti-Hurting. Both are strong records and anyone who considers themselves a TFF fan should have both in their collections.

  3. Matt Thurston says:

    Yeah, I cut my TFF teeth on The Hurting. I distinctly remember the Boy Scout camp where some of the older kids were listening to TFF’s The Hurting and INXS’s Shabooh Shoobah in someone’s tent. This was ’82 (7th grade, for me) and I was still listening to stuff like Journey and REO Speedwagon. Both TFF and INXS sounded unlike anything played on the radio at that time, and was really my introduction to so-called “alternative” music. Bought both cassette tapes after returning from that scout camp. From there the rest of the musical dominoes started to fall.

  4. Matt Thurston says:

    Agree about “Call Me Mellow,” also my favorite song on the record. Very power poppy.

  5. Strom says:

    Great band. Melancholic is good.

  6. Matt Thurston says:

    Here was the set list from the show, (album track is from in parentheses):

    1.) Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Songs from the Big Chair)
    2.) Secret World (Everybody Loves a Happy Ending)
    3.) Seeds of Love (The Seeds of Love)
    4.) Call Me Mellow (Everybody Loves a Happy Ending)
    5.) Mad World (The Hurting)
    6.) Memories Fade (The Hurting)
    7.) Raoul and the Kings of Spain (Raoul and the Kings of Spain)
    8.) Quiet Ones (???)
    9.) Floating Down the River (???)
    10.) Everybody Loves a Happy Ending (Everybody Loves a Happy Ending)
    11.) Woman in Chains (The Seeds of Love)
    12.) Billie Jean (Michael Jackson cover)
    13.) Pale Shelter (The Hurting)
    14.) Break it Down Again (Elemental)
    15.) Head Over Heals (Songs from the Big Chair)
    16.) Shout (Songs from the Big Chair)

    The Michael Jackson cover was pretty tight. Roland introduced the song by saying something like, “This is a song by a musician who recently passed away.” Here’s a kind of bad youtube version, but you’ll get the general idea:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oK2Vrc9dHJ0&feature=related

  7. Taylor Waterman says:

    My favorite Tears For Fears song is Mad World. They did not originally write the song but their rendition of the song is epic for all kinds on listening. I find it great to ski too or to relax to.

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