My last Music On Mondays post was one of my least read music posts ever. It was about a couple of country stars, Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen. Since it’s obvious that my readership doesn’t like country music, we’ll return to rock.
I’m a big Beatles/John/Paul/George/Ringo fan, so I have everything of theirs that I can find. YouTube has helped a lot, especially with George Harrison’s solo works because much of it isn’t available on CD but is present on YouTube. Ergo, YouTube playlists come in handy.
In 1998, I found two songs by Paul McCartney on a double-CD titled “Knebworth: The Album.” The two songs were “Coming Up” and “Hey Jude,” so I bought it, thinking that it was some sort of bootleg album. If it was, though, I wouldn’t mind having it since it featured live performances by McCartney, Robert Plant, Genesis, Eric Clapton, Elton John, and Pink Floyd, all of them already well represented in my music collection at the time. “Knebworth: The Album” was issued in 1990, so it was part of my lost decade (1983-1993).
There was one group on the CD that I was not familiar with. They had two songs, the first two on the CD. The group was Tears for Fears. What a weird name, I thought (as if “The Beatles” wasn’t). One song by Tears for Fears was “Everybody Wants To Rule The World,” which I really liked. That caused me to seek out their other music, and over the years I’ve gradually added all of their music to my music collection.
However, it took Adam Lambert on American Idol in 2009 to introduce me to a 1983 Tears for Fears album that I did not have: “The Hurting.” It was their first album and, in my opinion, their best. Adam Lambert sang a version of “Mad World” twice on American Idol, and although I liked his version, I like the Tears for Fears original even better. Following are both of them.
“Mad World” by Adam Lambert, 2009
“Mad World” by Tears for Fears, 1983
I think it’s interesting that Adam Lambert was born in January 1982, so he was just 14 months old when Tears for Fears released their song. Have you ever gone back in time to see what music was popular when you were born? You know that I have, otherwise I would not have asked the question…..lol
#1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart on my birthday, March 11 1955, was “Sincerely” by The McGuire Sisters, the fifth week of its six weeks at #1:
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