Tears for Fears – Sowing the seeds of love
Tears For fears found an incredible success in 1984 and 85, with their milestone album “Songs from the Big Chair”, which feature absolute pearls of the 80s, like “Shout” or “Everybody wants to rule the world”. After four years in silence (and many many tours) Tears for Fears show up again in August 1989 with a very strong hit, strong lyrics and strong music. “Sowing the seeds of love” pulls their new album “The seeds of love”, to be released in the following month.
It’s definitely not the typical Summer pop hit, happy and full of “your eyes” and “alone” in the lyrics. Music is quite complex, with different sections of the songs, many instruments, a sort of medley like thy used to do between the 60s and the 70s. Many say Tears for Fears got inspiration from the Beatles, who did many times like this. For example, I remember “I am the walrus”, quite similar to this song.
The video is fantastic, and we can see the touch of Jim Blashfield, who had directed also Michael Jackson’s “Leave me alone“, clearly similar in style.
Lyrics are even stronger. Tears for Fears wrote the song two years before, in 1987. In the UK, Mrs. Thatcher was running at the elections for her third run as Prime Minister. She won. I don’t deal with politics and cannot judge the work of Mrs. Thatcher. On one side, as a Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990 she prescribed a decade of “tears and blood”, in her own words, to the UK. On the other side, her decade helped build a more modern, more competitive UK, and made London the financial capital of Europe.
Roland Orzabal comes from a working class family, and during that election he wrote this song to wake Englishmen up, and help them realize their conditions and what they could really expect, as he says in the first verses of the song. In other words, this is a call not to vote the “poltician granny” again.
In 1989, when they released the song, elections were long over, and the feeling had not changed. If possible, during the last years the feeling got even stronger, due to the “poll tax” reforms. The career of Mrs. Thatcher was clearly coming to the end, and in about one year her own party would argue her politics, and name John Major as Prime Minister. Who knows if this was due also to the seeds of Tears For Fears?
Politician granny with your high ideals
Have you no idea how the majority feels?
So without love and a promised land
We're fools to the rules of a government plan
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