40 YEARS AGO: Tears for Fears – “Suffer the Children”

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40 YEARS AGO: Tears for Fears – “Suffer the Children”

“October 27, 1981

TEARS FOR FEARS are a new electronic duo from Bath, comprised of former Graduate members Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith. Their debut single “Suffer The Children” and “Wind” is out today on Mercury Records. The 12″ version carries an additional instrumental version of “Suffer The Children.”They take their name from Arthur Janov’s 1970 book The Primal Scream, partially from the passage – “tears as a replacement for fears.” 

Roland told Johnny Waller from Sounds, “When I first read the book, I thought it was so obvious and I went round telling everyone ‘Look, look, this is the answer.’ ” Curt added, “We don’t want to force it on anyone or brainwash them, but at the same time, we can’t say the songs are meaningless.” 

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40 YEARS AGO: Simple Minds – “Sweat In Bullet”

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40 YEARS AGO: Simple Minds – “Sweat In Bullet”

“October 27, 1981

SIMPLE MINDS’ new single “Sweat In Bullet” comes in a special double pack single with “20th Century Promised Land,” and two tracks live from the Hammersmith Odeon show last September, “Premonition” and “League Of Nations.” The 12″ version substitutes a live version of “In Trance As Mission” for the song “Premonition,” so if you want all three live tracks you have to buy both the 7″ double and the 12″ single.”

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40 YEARS AGO: Dexys Midnight Runners – “Liars A To E”

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40 YEARS AGO: Dexys Midnight Runners – “Liars A To E”

“October 27, 1981

DEXY’S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS’ new single is “Liars A to E” paired with “And Yes We Must Retain.” Adverts for the single in the music press carry this odd statement: “In comparison to all that goes on, music is worth nothing, especially when all on sale is shallow, conceited, foul tasting, non lasting, bubblegum. Music doesn’t have to be this way. It just is. Of course it could never be really important or bring about any change, but it needn’t necessarily be so proudly disposable. Then again, what can one expect from golden hearted cockneys, Brummies, Scousers, jocks etc.”.

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40 YEARS AGO: The Slits – Peel Session 1981

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40 YEARS AGO: The Slits – Peel Session 1981

“October 26, 1981

THE SLITS are guests tonight on the John Peel Radio Show. They were sent to the BBC’s studios to record some special songs for the show, and here’s what they came out with. “Wedding Song” is a brand new unrecorded track from the Slits, while “In The Beginning” was a single for them last spring. Two other tracks: “Difficult Fun”, and “Earthbeat”, were part of their recent album release. This third session is also the group’s last recording session before breaking up”.

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