Curt Smith
British songwriter
Curt Smith
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Mark Changaris Playing 'Mad World' On Piano In Flooded Colorado Home Goes Viral
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"It's a very, very mad world." This is the chorus of the song that floated into Mark Changaris' mind when he reentered his Boulder home only to find the inside covered in thick mud left behind by Colorado's disastrous floodwaters. Instead of demonstrating a host of other first reactions, he sat down at the piano and began to play "Mad World" by Tears For Fears. "We needed something beautiful amidst the destruction and mud, rocks and debris," his roommate Maren Keeley told People magazine. "Watching him play was the first time I actually felt sad and heartbroken by the events." Changaris commented on his decision to play the song to NPR: "It's a beautiful piano, and it's been a part of my life for the past few years," Changaris told us in an email. "I guess in some sense I was saying goodbye. In another sense, it felt good to play, to just be in the moment and let the rest of the craziness drop off. It also helped make me feel more normal, that in the face of something so outwardl ...
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'Psych' Star Talks Gus, Aaron Sorkin & More!
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
From his lifelong career as a tap dancer to his roles on "Psych" and "The West Wing," Dule Hill never seems to have a dull moment. Although his days of working with Aaron Sorkin are behind him (for now ... ), Hill has been starring on USA's "Psych" for seven seasons as Gus, Detective Shawn Spencer's (James Roday) straight-laced assistant. But he almost turned down the job. In honor of the series' 100th episode right around the corner (airing Wed., Mar. 27 at 10 p.m. ET), the "Psych" team has teased a "Clue"-like episode in which viewers can weigh in on the ending. Hill sat down with HuffPost TV on Tuesday morning to discuss "Psych," Gus, Aaron Sorkin and more. Will Gus be one of the suspects 100th episode? I can't give that up! You have some real investigative reporting going on. Here's what I'll tell you: Throughout the show, everyone is a suspect at some point. Of course hilarity ensues, but everybody is a suspect because the lights go out. Who do you w ...
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Court: Smith Judge Wrong
Fox News - over 4 years
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In campaign, a battle over owning America's story
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
In campaign, a battle over owning America's story Associated Press Copyright 2012 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 12:11 p.m., Saturday, September 8, 2012 A deep obsession with the story of America — who tells it and who gets to write its next chapter — was a rare piece of common ground that speakers at the Republican and Democratic conventions managed to share. "Storytelling forms the heart of political rhetoric," says Curt Smith, who wrote many of the speeches that George H.W. Bush delivered while in the White House. The story from Democratic Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio was about his mother fighting hard for civil rights "so that instead of a mop, I could hold this microphone." First it was "the shining city upon a hill." There was the conquering of the frontier, the rise of industrialism, Ellis Island, the spread of the automobil ...
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Dispatch from Las Vegas: Tears for Fears, new Michael Jackson slots and the arrival of Tim and Faith
ajc - over 4 years
Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith sounded record-perfect at their Las Vegas show last weekend. Photo: Courtesy PR Plus Greetings from Las Vegas, where it might be 105 degrees, but still feels cooler than Atlanta. Over the weekend, the husband and I trekked to Sunset Station Hotel & Casino in Henderson, Nev., to check out Tears for Fears, who were performing a rare U.S. date this summer. I missed the guys when they played Chastain in 2010 because I wasn’t living here yet, and since they’re one of the few ‘80s bands I’ve never seen, hitting up their live show was a priority. The outdoor venue at Sunset Station might not have been ideal for the guys’ brand of sumptuous British pop, but TFF still sounded record-perfect. Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith both joked about the excessive heat, with the chattier Orzabal smiling that the last time he was someplace that hot, he was wearing a small towel around his waist, while Smith wryly noted that the band is always asked to play …
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'Psych' Gets Musical at Comic Con 2012
Buddy TV - over 4 years
Psych returned to Comic-Con for the fourth time, proving the Psych-o fans just can't seem to get enough. This panel is known for keeping fans on their toes. Remember the time when Curt Smith, James Roday and Dule Hill performed Tears For Rears' "Shout"? Or last year when William Shatner made an appearance? It's no wonder why it made our list of must see TV Comic-Con panels this year. How will they top themselves? Promising to be a panel full of interacting fun, exclusive clips and answers to fan questions lets get to it.
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Here's the Thing... - San Diego Reader
Google News - over 5 years
Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal have had a busy decade so far, riding the '80s resurgence through Australia, New Zealand, and Asia (several dates with contemporaries Spandau Ballet). Have to admit that The Hurting's one of my guilty pleasures
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Author Takes Readers on "A Talk in the Park" - WNED
Google News - over 5 years
BUFFALO (wned) - Curt Smith is a familiar voice to Saturday morning listeners of AM 970 who hear his weekly show "Perspectives" each week. Curt Smith also has a history as a prolific author, serving as a White House speech writer and penning many books
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Saltdogs win, but playoff hopes all but disappear - Lincoln Journal Star
Google News - over 5 years
Curt Smith and Pat Trettel each blasted two-run home runs Saturday in Sioux City, Iowa, to lead the Lincoln Saltdogs to a 6-1 win over the Sioux City Explorers. Despite the win, Lincoln was virtually eliminated from playoff contention in the American
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Visitors enjoy 16th annual Heart of the City Cruise-In - Mansfield News Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Curt Smith, of Hayesville, brought his 1935 Auburn Boattail Speedster, and the shiny red, two-seater caught the eye of many passers-by, including Charlie and Janet Keffalas, of Shiloh. "We come every year unless it's raining
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15-Year-Old Boy on Bicycle, Struck by Pick-Up on Seminole Woods Blvd., in ... - FlaglerLive.com
Google News - over 5 years
Curt Smith, 15, was on his bicycle, riding south with a friend on darkened Seminole Woods Boulevard just before 9 pm Friday evening (Aug. 26) when he was violently struck by a Ford pick-up also going south. Smith was transported to Halifax Hospital by
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LIVE!! Cats vs. Dogs edition - nwitimes.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Curt Smith fouls a ball into his foot. He's standing (gingerly) on a 1-2 count. Smith strikes out swinging at the next pitch. Jorge Cortes pops out behind second base, leaving runners stranded on the corners. Mid-1st inning: Saltdogs 0, RailCats 0
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Dog dish: Lincoln tops Winnipeg 2-1 - Lincoln Journal Star
Google News - over 5 years
What went right: A two-out double by Curt Smith and a two-out single by Jorge Cortes helped the Saltdogs grab the lead in the first inning. Jino Gonzalez and relivers Santo Luis and PJ Zocchi did the rest, holding the team with the best record in the
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Hawke, Zocchi, Albitz, Smith Garner Saltdogs Awards - Boxscore News
Google News - over 5 years
LINCOLN - First baseman Phil Hawke (Player of Year), closer PJ Zocchi (Pitcher), shortstop Vance Albitz (Rookie) and power utility man Curt Smith (Newcomer) all earned end-of-year awards, announced during Sunday evening's win over Winnipeg
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pitching, hitting lead to third win in a row for Saltdogs - Lincoln Journal Star
Google News - over 5 years
What went right: The Saltdogs scored twice in the bottom of the first inning when Phil Hawke hit a run-scoring double and Curt Smith followed with an RBI single. Joe Ramos hit his fourth home run of the season in the third. Jino Gonzalez was perfect
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Dog dish: Jones' homer gives Saltdogs 10-inning win - Lincoln Journal Star
Google News - over 5 years
Curt Smith's fourth-inning sacrifice fly drove in Gavin Dickey to give Lincoln a 1-0 lead. The win gave the Saltdogs a series sweep. What went wrong: The Cats tied it in the bottom of the sixth. Cory Morales hit a lead-off single, moved to second on a
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Dog dish: Saltdogs outlast Fort Worth 3-1 - Lincoln Journal Star
Google News - over 5 years
Ramos singled with one out in the first, moved to second on a Curt Smith single and scored on Alvarez's single. Alvarez was thrown out at second trying to advance on the play, ending the inning. After Fort Worth tied the game in the bottom of the fifth
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Baseball broadcaster Hughes has hoops' memories too - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The radio voice of the Chicago Cubs, Pat Hughes, is quoted frequently in Curt Smith's new book, "A Talk in the Park," an oral history of baseball broadcasters. But Hughes, the former Brewers broadcaster,
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Dog dish: Lincoln churns out 15 hits in rout of Grand Prairie - Lincoln Journal Star
Google News - over 5 years
What went right: The Saltdogs pounced on the AirHogs, going up 3-0 in the first inning on a two-RBI double by Phil Hawke that was followed by Curt Smith's RBI double. Gavin Dickey hit a two-run home run in the second and the rout was on
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Curt Smith
    FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 52
    In 2014, Smith appeared in the horror film Crazy Bitches as a Police Detective.
    More Details Hide Details The song "Mannequin", from the album Deceptively Heavy, was used as the theme song for the movie. Smith grew up in Bath, England, and lived on the Snow Hill council estate (subject of the track "Snow Hill"). He attended the Beechen Cliff School.
  • 2013
    Age 51
    He again appeared as himself in the show's 100th episode, "100 Clues", in March 2013.
    More Details Hide Details He also appeared in the episode "A Nightmare on State Street" as himself. In May 2009, Smith performed at the Artist for the Arts Foundation benefit at Barnum Hall, Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica, California. Performing live, alongside Colin Hay (Men at Work), Fee Waybill (The Tubes) & Venice (Crazy on You) and over 70 members of the Santa Monica High School (SaMoHi) Orchestra and Girls Choir, the benefit helped to provide funds for the continuation of Music Education in public schools.
  • FORTIES
  • 2011
    Age 49
    In May 2011, Smith tweeted that he was working on a track with JunkieXL which features on JXL's album Synthesized.He also recorded a vocal track for the American punk band American Eyes on their song entitled The Day We Died on their album Never Trust Anything That Bleeds.
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    Smith is also featured on The Shadow Bureau's 2011 track "Don't Give Yourself Away" with artist Linda Strawberry, inspired by the 2010 Australian film Griff the Invisible.
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    As of January 2011, Smith has said that he won't do another season of the series.
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    Smith and longtime collaborator Charlton Pettus composed and recorded the score for the 2011 film Meth Head, starring Lukas Haas.
    More Details Hide Details Smith contributed an original song, "This Is Christmas", to an episode of the fifth season of the USA Network series Psych.
  • 2010
    Age 48
    In August 2010, Smith debuted a live music web series, "Stripped Down Live With Curt Smith", which he produces along with his manager Arlene Wszalek and Streamin' Garage CEO Mike Rotman.
    More Details Hide Details Each episode is devoted to a single featured artist. The band or musician plays acoustic versions of their songs (the show is streamed live via UStream); Smith interviews them between sets, as well as taking viewer questions via Skype and the show's chat room. Smith's guests have included Hypnogaja, Carina Round, Chris Pierce, Peter Himmelman, Common Rotation, Gary Jules, All Day Sucker, The Daylights, Matthew Sweet, The Fallen Stars, Nightmare & The Cat, Whiskey Saints, Fitz & The Tantrums and Friendly Indians.
    In January 2010, Smith released the standalone single "All Is Love (featuring Zoë Keating)," the first track in what he says will be an album-length project of collaborations with artists he meets via social media.
    More Details Hide Details Smith met Keating, an avant-garde cellist, via Twitter. The second track in the series, "Perfectly Still (featuring Universal Hall Pass)" was released in August 2010. A fan of Smith's suggested the collaboration via Twitter; Smith contacted UHP (aka Melissa R. Kaplan) via the MySpace service. As of January 2012 Smith's site lacks any specific details but claims "More tracks coming in 2011!". Smith occasionally collaborates with other artists. He worked with the French singer So (Sophie Saillet) providing vocals on her track "Les Autres", and the pair worked together again on Smith's track "Seven of Sundays" (Saillet also appeared in both videos for the song).
  • 2009
    Age 47
    He announced in mid-February that The Standard had asked him to extend through March 2009 and he agreed.
    More Details Hide Details He played a similar residency there in October 2008. In July 2013 it was announced that Smith would release his fourth solo album, his first since 2008. The album was released on 16 July 2013.
    Smith has made limited live concert appearances in the Los Angeles area to support Halfway, pleased. In January 2009, he announced that he will perform a weekly residency at The Standard Hollywood in West Hollywood, CA during the month of February 2009.
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  • 2008
    Age 46
    Smith finally released the album in the U.S. and the rest of the world in May 2008 via his own KOOK Media label.
    More Details Hide Details The KOOK release features a slightly different track listing, eliminating the Polnareff tribute and adding two new acoustic tracks ("Coming Out" and "Seven of Sundays"). It was released under a Creative Commons license which allows fans to distribute, perform and use the songs so long as the uses are non-commercial and attributed to Smith.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2000
    Age 38
    During 2000, Smith began work on what was to become Halfway, Pleased, but the project was put on hold when he re-established contact with Roland Orzabal again after almost a decade of silence.
    More Details Hide Details Their conversations culminated in Tears for Fears reforming for 2004's Everybody Loves a Happy Ending which led to a worldwide tour, so it wasn't until 2006 that Smith resumed work on Halfway, Pleased. The semi-autobiographical album explores Smith's relationships with his children, parents and friends. In April 2007, French record label XIII Bis Records released Halfway, Pleased in France. Its 14 tracks included the original version of "Who You Are" (which was recorded by Tears for Fears on Everybody Loves a Happy Ending); a live version of "Snow Hill" from the 2005 Tears for Fears UK tour; the single version of "Seven of Sundays" (also recorded as a duet with French singer SO); and a cover of "On Ira Tous au Paradis" (also available on A Tribute to Polnareff). Two music videos were made for "Seven of Sundays" – one as a solo track, and one as the duet with SO.
  • 1993
    Age 31
    After leaving Tears for Fears, Smith released his first solo album, Soul on Board, in 1993.
    More Details Hide Details The album was unsuccessful in the UK, and was not released at all in the U.S. Smith later claimed that he made the album purely to fulfil his record contract with Phonogram/Mercury. After moving to New York, Smith formed the band Mayfield with guitarist-producer Charlton Pettus and which also featured Russ Irwin. According to Smith, the name of the band was a play on words (Curt is Mayfield) based on the name of the legendary American soul singer Curtis Mayfield. The band was mostly a live act but did release a self-titled album in 1997, which met with little success. Smith later released the album Aeroplane under his own name. In the U.S., this was a six song EP, but in Canada and elsewhere, it was essentially the earlier Mayfield album combined with additional songs from the U.S. EP.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1991
    Age 29
    Following another world tour, increasing tensions between himself and Orzabal prompted Smith to leave the band in 1991 and he moved to New York.
    More Details Hide Details In 2000, routine legal paperwork obligations led to Orzabal and Smith's first conversation in nearly a decade. The two patched up their differences and, along with Smith's associate Charlton Pettus, began writing a new album – Everybody Loves a Happy Ending – released in 2004. Prior to this, "Mad World" was covered by Michael Andrews and Gary Jules for the soundtrack of film Donnie Darko. It was released as a single and reached no.1 in the UK during Christmas 2003. The single re-ignited interest in the group's earlier work and their 1992 Greatest Hits album was re-released and re-entered the UK Top 10 for several weeks, garnering its second UK platinum disc.
  • 1989
    Age 27
    In 1989, Smith appeared onstage with various other performers at Stevie Wonder's birthday concert at London's Wembley Arena.
    More Details Hide Details Smith is an avid user and advocate of social media. Since 2008, he has been asked to speak at a variety of social media, technology and creative conferences, including 140TC, the Creative Commons Los Angeles Salon, the 2010 ITV Fest, TEDxHollywood, and TEDxSF. He has also guest-lectured at the USC Annenberg School's graduate Online Communities program. Smith has also tried his hand at acting. He had a minor role as a desk clerk in The Dead Connection (1994), had a more significant role as a professor in 2000's The Private Public. Smith made a surprise appearance to open Psych's 2010 Comic Con panel, where he sang onstage with Psych co-stars James Roday and Dulé Hill. Roday's character Shawn Spencer makes several proclamations throughout the series about his admiration for Tears for Fears, especially Smith. He then appeared, as himself, in the "Psych" episode "Shawn 2.0", an episode for which he also wrote a variation of the opening theme. His single "This is Christmas" later appeared in the episode "The Polarizing Express".
  • 1988
    Age 26
    They divorced in 1988, and he then began a relationship with marketing executive Laura "Frances" Pennington. They married in 1996 and now reside in Los Angeles with their two daughters, Diva and Wilder, born in 1999 and 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Smith became a naturalised U.S. citizen in 2007. He is a fan of Manchester United and Los Angeles Galaxy.
    In 1988, Smith appeared at the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute performing "Everybody Wants to Rule the World", with accompanying musicians Phil Collins, Midge Ure, and Mark Brzezicki on stage.
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  • 1985
    Age 23
    Their 1985 album Songs from the Big Chair was even more successful, yielding hits including "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" (with Smith again on lead vocals), "Shout," and "Head Over Heels" (which Smith co-wrote).
    More Details Hide Details The duo spent the next several years recording their 1989 album The Seeds of Love, which proved to be another international best-seller. Smith's last single as a lead vocalist with the group (and his only lead vocal track on the album) was "Advice for the Young at Heart".
  • 1982
    Age 20
    Smith has been married twice. His first wife was Lynda "Lynne" Altman, whom he married in 1982.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1981
    Age 19
    After Graduate and Neon disbanded, Smith and Orzabal founded Tears for Fears in 1981. Their debut album, 1983's The Hurting, reached no.1 in the UK and produced three international hit singles – "Mad World", "Change", and "Pale Shelter" – each with lead vocals performed by Smith.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1961
    Born
    Born on June 24, 1961.
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