As you probably know by now, The Analog Kid lives for b-sides and non-album cuts. In this continuing series, I will share some of my favorite EPs and 12″ singles from over the years in their entirety. And since it’s digital, you don’t have to worry about correctly setting the turntable speed to or 33⅓ or 45!
“Advice For The Young At Heart” was the third single from Tears For Fears’ The Seeds Of Love album, and the only song on the record to feature founding member Curt Smith on lead vocals. I think The Seeds Of Love is a fantastic LP (perhaps even my second favorite TFF album after The Hurting), but I really did miss Smith’s smooth voice. It wasn’t much of a surprise when Curt left the band in 1991, and he stayed away for thirteen long years before reteaming with Roland Orzabal for the incredibly underrated Everybody Loves A Happy Ending in 2004.
The U.K. 12″ single for “Advice For The Young At Heart” is notable in that it contains two really good b-sides, including the original version of “Johnny Panic And The Bible Of Dreams.” This trippy track is part gospel, part rap, and part “Sowing The Seeds Of Love.” In 1991, a remixed version of the song went to #1 on the U.K. dance charts.
“Advice For The Young At Heart” itself barely broke into the Top 40 in the U.K., and only managed to reach #89 in the U.S. It did reach #24 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts, proving the adage that older sometimes really is wiser.
Tears For Fears are currently working on a new album– I know this because Curt Smith said so on Twitter. He also told me personally that his favorite Tears For Fears b-side is “Empire Building.”
He also told another fan that Peter Gabriel 3 is his favorite record. Curt Smith apparently has really excellent taste in music, and also seems to be one hell of a nice guy.
Tears For Fears: Advice For The Young At Heart [U.K. 12″ Single]
Fontana Records, 1990
1. “Advice For The Young At Heart [Single Version]” (Orzabal/Holland)
2. “Johnny Panic And The Bible Of Dreams” (Orzabal)
3. “Music For Tables” (Orzabal)
The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.
Tears For Fears: “Size Of Sorrow” (Orzabal)
From the album Everybody Loves A Happy Ending
New Door Records, 2004
Johnny Panic And The Bible Of Dreams: “Johnny Panic And The Bible Of Dreams [Mix One]” (Orzabal)
From the U.K. 12″ single Johnny Panic And The Bible Of Dreams
Fontana Records, 1991
Tears For Fears: “Empire Building” (Smith/Stanley/Orzabal)
From the U.K. 12″ single Mother’s Talk
Mercury Records, 1985
Peter Gabriel: “I Don’t Remember” (Gabriel)
From the album Peter Gabriel
Mercury Records, 1980