Roland Orzabal
Musician
Roland Orzabal
Roland Orzabal is an English musician, songwriter and record producer. He is known mainly as a co-founding member of Tears for Fears, of which he is the main songwriter and joint vocalist, but he has also achieved success as a producer of other artists.
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Emilíana​ Torrini's "Tookah" Will Sweep You Away—Gently
Mother Jones - over 3 years
Emilíana​ Torrini Tookah Rough Trade The daughter of an Italian father and Icelandic mother, Emilíana​ â€‹Torrini has quietly compiled a lengthy and varied resume. Formerly a member of Iceland's GusGus, she recorded "Gollum's Song" for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, co-wrote tunes for diva Kylie Minogue, worked with Thievery Corporation and has released mind-stretching solo albums that suggest a more-grounded counterpart to space queen Bjork, including Love in the Time of Science, co-produced by Tears for Fears’ Roland Orzabal. Tookah, Torrini's first outing in five years, blends a host of influences into a single hypnotic pulse that sounds like nothing but herself, encompassing folk, soft pop, trance music, New Age and electronica. Many of the nine tracks are engagingly understated confections, but "Fever Breaks," the woozy closing song, is a deceptively brash, seven-minute tour de force that feels alternately sinister and reassuring. Prepare to be swept away, g ...
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Duran Duran’s John Taylor: “I was driven to my knees!”
Salon.com - over 4 years
I've bumped into the Duran boys quite a few times over the years, but it wasn't until recently that I've managed to spend more than five minutes with any of them. In a weird twist of fate, I've gotten to know John Taylor, Duran Duran's bassist and one of its founding members, in recent years, since my wife, Frances Pennington, took a job as the head of marketing with Juicy Couture, a company started by John's wife, Gela Nash (together with Pamela Skaist). Although Duran Duran and Tears for Fears come from different musical backgrounds — Tears for Fears, which I founded with Roland Orzabal, were from the shoe-gazer school, and Duran Duran were from the celebration school — I can honestly say that these men are some of the nicest and most genuine people I've met, which is such a rarity in the cutthroat entertainment industry. Still, when I was asked to interview John about his memoir, "In the Pleasure Groove" (Dutton), I was admittedly a little skeptical, as I thought it may turn out to ...
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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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Tears for Fears vuelve a la Argentina - La Voz del Interior
Google News - over 5 years
Tears for Fears, el dúo británico de pop fundado por Curt Smith y Roland Orzabal en 1981, regresará a la Argentina para presentarse el 2 de octubre en el estadio Luna Park, en un show que contará con la cantante local Daniela Herrero como invitada
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Decca Releases Zucchero and Chocabeck 10/4 - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
Chocabeck - co-produced with Don Was (the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan) and BrenDan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen) - includes English lyrics by Bono, Iggy Pop and Roland Orzabal of Tears for Fears. Chocabeck will also be released as an all-Italian
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Italy's Bruce Springsteen Comes to the US. - Zoiks! Online
Google News - over 5 years
... American edition of Zucchero's Chocabeck, a new album co-produced with Don Was (the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan) and Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen) that includes English lyrics by Bono, Iggy Pop and Roland Orzabal of Tears for Fears
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Squeeze the Day for 8/22 - Cincinnati CityBeat
Google News - over 5 years
22 birthday include legendary Blues singer/guitarist John Lee Hooker (1920); guitarist/singer/songwriter for '80s New Wave/Pop group Tears for Fears, Roland Orzabal (1961); singer/songwriter Tori Amos (1963); late frontman for rockers Alice in Chains,
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OFFBEAT: Shanghai Terrace restaurant in Chicago offers elegant and exotic ... - nwitimes.com
Google News - over 5 years
Rock singer Roland Orzabal (Tears For Fears) and rock musician Debbi Peterson (The Bangles) are 50. Rock musician Gary Lee Conner (Screaming Trees) is 49. Singer Tori Amos and country singer Mila Mason and rhythm-and-blues musician James DeBarge are 48
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Celeb Birthdays for the Week of Aug. 21-27 - ABC News
Google News - over 5 years
Rock singer Roland Orzabal (Tears For Fears) is 50. Rock musician Debbi Peterson (The Bangles) is 50. Rock musician Gary Lee Conner (Screaming Trees) is 49. Singer Tori Amos is 48. Country singer Mila Mason is 48. Rhythm-and-blues musician James
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Table Mountain Casino Welcomes International Pop Sensation, Tears for Fears! - PR Newswire (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith make up the internationally known music duo, Tears for Fears. This team found success in the 80's when their first few albums catapulted the two hit makers into superstardom!
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The Velocet - Illinois Entertainer Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
Pressure quickly becomes the name of the game with Davison — in a reverbed, Roland Orzabal-like tenor — fending off his past (“Concertina”) while the band hurtle a steady stream of melodic, emo-side-of-Foo-Fighters rock. Lyrically, Guide is clunky at
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Zucchero - Cosenza - 28.07.2011 - Regiomusik das Musikportal
Google News - over 5 years
Die Texte der englischen Songs stammen aus der Feder von den Weltstars Bono (U2) und Roland Orzabal (Tears For Fears). Auch Ex-Beach Boy Brian Wilson gab sich die Ehre und steuerte die charakteristische Chor-Sektion zum Titelsong „Chocabeck“ bei
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25 Most Memorable Rock Concerts - Philippine Star
Google News - over 5 years
The duo of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith was overwhelmed by the incredible reception of the packed crowd at the Big Dome. Fans sang along as the tandem did Sowing the Seeds of Love, Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Mad World, Call Me Mellow,
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Tears for Fears, trocando medos e lágrimas por sucesso - Bagarai
Google News - over 5 years
Anteriormente, Roland Orzabal e Curt Smith fizeram parte da banda Neon, depois integraram o Spirit, em 1979. Mas foi com a banda Graduate que participaram de um primeiro álbum. O estilo era bem ao gosto da época, fins dos anos 1970, quando a Inglaterra
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Tears for Fears en Argentina 2011 - Extremista.com.ar
Google News - over 5 years
Tears for Fears es una banda musical fundada en 1981 por Curt Smith y Roland Orzabal. Temas como “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”, “Shout” y “Sowing the Seeds of Love” han hecho que este dúo se transforme en uno de los más reconocidos de la década
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It's Center Stage for Oleta Adams - Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Google News - over 5 years
Her big break came as Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith of the British band Tears for Fears asked her to appear on their 1989 "The Seeds of Love" album, video and European tour. Upon her return to America Smith signed a record deal for her first solo
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Roland Orzabal
    FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 52
    Orzabal has written a novel, a romantic comedy entitled Sex, Drugs & Opera, published in 2014.
    More Details Hide Details It tells the story of a middle-aged pop star, Solomon Capri, who is semi-retired but is approached to take part in the reality show Popstar to Operastar which he sees as a way to rejuvenate his career and his waning marriage. The story was inspired by Orzabal's own experience as he was approached by the ITV show himself, though did not take part. Orzabal was born in Havant, England. His family later moved to Bath where he attended Culverhay School and later became a member of the Zenith Youth Theatre Company. Orzabal's mother is English and his father (George Orzabal de la Quintana) is from Paris, France, of Spanish-Basque descent. Roland's grandfather, Arturo Orzabal de la Quintana, was from Buenos Aires, Argentina and son of emigrants from the Basque Country. Orzabal was named Raoul for the first two weeks after his birth, but this was changed to Roland to anglicise the name as the family were living in England. When Orzabal was three years old, his father had a nervous breakdown leaving him semi-bedridden for a large portion of Orzabal's childhood. His father decided to run an entertainment business with his mother, a dancer, resulting in different entertainers often around Orzabal's home. He describes his childhood as 'unorthodox' and it inspired various Tears For Fears songs, particularly on The Hurting.
    In 2014, Orzabal published his first novel.
    More Details Hide Details Orzabal met Curt Smith while both were in their early teens in Bath, Somerset. In the late-1970s, they formed a mod music group, Graduate, along with three other members. Following the release of their debut album, Acting My Age, the group disbanded and Orzabal and Smith went on to form Tears for Fears, a new wave/synthpop outfit directly inspired by the writings of the American psychologist Arthur Janov. After a decade of major international success, Orzabal and Smith had an acrimonious split in the early 1990s. Although Orzabal continued to work as Tears for Fears after he and Smith parted ways, the subsequent TFF albums Elemental (1993) and Raoul and the Kings of Spain (1995) are effectively solo works by him in all but name. Elemental was a success being certified as Gold status in the US and Silver in the UK, while Raoul took a more artistic direction but garnered less chart success. In April 2001 he released his first proper solo album, Tomcats Screaming Outside, under his own name. Orzabal and Smith had reconciled by that point and were working on a new Tears for Fears album together (2004's Everybody Loves a Happy Ending).
  • FORTIES
  • 2004
    Age 42
    In 2004, the song won Orzabal his second Ivor Novello Award, as the songwriter of the Best Selling UK Single of 2003.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2001
    Age 39
    Orzabal's talents as a songwriter were recognised again after Michael Andrews and Gary Jules recorded the song "Mad World" for the film soundtrack Donnie Darko in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Their version was released as a single in 2003 and became the Christmas number one single in the UK that year, ultimately becoming the year's biggest selling single. The song was originally composed by Orzabal and was Tears for Fears' first hit single in 1982.
  • 1999
    Age 37
    In 1999, Orzabal co-produced the Icelandic singer-songwriter Emiliana Torrini's album Love in the Time of Science, along with Tears for Fears associate Alan Griffiths.
    More Details Hide Details The pair also wrote two tracks for the album.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1989
    Age 27
    In addition to co-producing most of Tears for Fears' records, Orzabal also co-produced Oleta Adams' album Circle of One (1990), following on from Adams' collaboration on the 1989 Tears for Fears album The Seeds of Love.
    More Details Hide Details The album reached No. 1 in the UK and No. 20 in the US, and featured her transatlantic top ten hit "Get Here". Orzabal also co-wrote the lead track "Rhythm of Life" for the album, which was originally intended for The Seeds of Love. As well as playing guitar and singing backing vocals on the track, he also appeared in the song's accompanying promo video.
  • 1986
    Age 24
    As a songwriter, Orzabal is a two-time Ivor Novello Award winner. His first award was in 1986 for "Songwriter of the Year" following the release of Tears For Fears' second album Songs from the Big Chair for which Orzabal wrote or co-wrote all of the tracks.
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  • 1985
    Age 23
    In 1985, Orzabal gained considerable press attention for his strained relationship with his father and a humorous cartoon was printed in the UK tabloid The Sun pertaining to this.
    More Details Hide Details The cartoon was later reprinted within the cover artwork for the Tears for Fears single "I Believe".
  • 1982
    Age 20
    Orzabal married his wife Caroline (née Johnston) at Bath Register Office in 1982. They have two sons, Raoul (b.1991) and Pascal (b.1994). Caroline can be heard singing the child vocal on the Tears For Fears song "Suffer the Children" from the band's debut album The Hurting, and also drew the "hands" cover artwork for the 1983 re-release of "Pale Shelter".
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1961
    Born
    Born on August 22, 1961.
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