Ed Nash of Bombay Bicycle Club has covered classic Tears for Fears ‘Mad World’ alongside Liz Lawrence – the single is in aid of Samaritans, which receives a higher volume of calls around Christmastime.
Less dreary than the version made famous by Gary Jules in Donnie Darko, this is a more chipper interpretation that reflects the indie sensibilities of both Liz Lawrence and Ed Nash’s solo work, as well as that of his band.
Mayer Hawthorne has shared a slick studio rework of Tears For Fears‘ classic “Everybody Wants To Rule The World.” Retaining the retro guitar lines and lush synth lines of the original, Hawthorne provides his own unique rendition of the song’s iconic melodies. The driving drum arrangement of the original has also been swapped out for glossy pad beats that bring the multidisciplinary Michigan crooner’s effortlessly soulful tone to the fore.
The early 80s was a golden age for pop duos: OMD, Soft Cell, Associates, Tears for Fears, Blancmange, Yazoo, Cabaret Voltaire, Wham! With their homoerotic image and Nazi-baiting lyrics, Gabi Delgado-López and Robert Görl were synth-disco rebels bent on pulverising the rulebook.
DAF (standing for Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft, which means German-American Friendship) actually started out in Düsseldorf. Only with their third album, 1981’s Alles Ist Gut, did they cement their identity as an electronic duo.
London-based duo APRE have just unveiled their debut single All Yours, a captivating indie cut with infectious pop sensibilities. Lyrically the song captures the intensity of that point where you are ready to give yourself to someone entirely. Musically, too, APRE twist those most intimate moments into widescreen, alternative pop, drawing equal inspiration from the likes of Foals or Bombay Bicycle Club as red-blooded 80s pinups like Tears for Fears and ABC.