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Tears For Fears Go to Hot Chip’s ‘School,’ Talk Covers

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Curt Smith from Tears for Fears (photo: Mark Metcalfe)

Tears For Fears has released another cover by a contemporary band in what they call "some reciprocal cross-generational love."

The new release, which is available for free streaming, is a more melodic take of Hot Chip's "Boy From School," with sweeter vocals and less emphasis on the dance groove. It follows the band's version of Arcade Fire's "Ready to Start," which was released in August. The release of the covers come as the band is celebrating with 30th anniversary of their first album, The Hurting, with deluxe reissues.

Tears For Fears' Curt Smith says the inspiration to record the covers is twofold. In one sense, he and TFF partner Roland Orzabal are spreading the love, since they've enjoyed hearing their own material covered. "There's been all these different covers," says Smith. "It's weird because there's so many happening this year. I just got one from Lorde, who's done 'Everybody Wants to Rule the World' for the Hunger Games movie [Catching Fire], and it's so good. And then you turn on the TV and H&M are using 'Pale Shelter' in a commercial."

He also points to hip-hop artists who've sampled the band in recent years, including Kanye West using "Memories Fade" on his "Coldest Winter" and Nas borrowing a bit of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" for his "Rule." Smith says, "It's quite fascinating. There's so many different genres of musicians [using our songs]."

Tears For Fears are also using their recordings of covers as a primer to jump-start the sessions for their next album, tentatively due next summer. "It's a way for us to get into recording, a simple way, because in the initial stages of recording, you're normally fumbling around, finding what kind of thing you want to do," Smith says. "We found that doing a cover version or two let us actually think about how this album should sound."

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