The Working Hour (6:31)

Cover of Songs from the Big Chair

From Songs from the Big Chair and 12 other releases

This song originated from 1984, when the band (the full ensemble who would later back them up on the Songs from the big chair-tour) was touring with The hurting.
Drummer Manny Elias came up with the basic drumpattern and suggested it to Roland.
Roland took some unused chords from keyboardist Ian Stanly, wrote lyrics to it and took it from there.

It became his way of getting the bad feeling he had about Tears For Fears becoming a business, and having to tour the world in your ealy twenties, off his chest.

The song came together in about half an hour.
The recording that you hear is the only recording they ever did:
They put a tape recorder near by and just played.
Wich is why it has a very live feel to it.
In the studio the song wasn’t played again for the album, the master went directly onto vinyl.

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  • Vincent____Vega

    Masterpiece.

    8 Mar 9:03am Reply
  • Davey_UK

    The Best of Tears For Fears! Pure Class!

    3 Mar 3:23pm Reply
  • JCHB322

    I love blasting this out of my stereo when driving. When people hear it, at first they are like "...wtf?" then they start loving it! This song is pure awesomeness! Love it!

    1 Mar 5:08am Reply
  • lancelot3777

    Wow thought I was the only one that liked this song ... I have to admit when I was 13 I had a fear about letting people know I liked this song because it was not manly enough. LOL I grew up and realized that you create your own fear. Minus natural causes.

    16 Jan 12:33am Reply
  • mooch1979

    Never knew they recorded this in just one straight live take - brilliant!

    16 Nov 2013 Reply
  • duraniejen77

    So good!!

    26 Aug 2013 Reply
  • darqmommy

    "Find out... find out... what this fear is about." Tears are streaming down behind my mirrored shades...

    4 Jun 2013 Reply
  • ricardomlp

    Essa música é perfeita. Mais perfeita ainda sendo reproduzida no vinil. <3

    20 May 2013 Reply
  • jeferson_msouza

    Que música maravilhosa!!!

    12 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Toah

    If God exists he helped them to create this masterpiece.

    27 Oct 2012 Reply
  • RobotsKill

    There is just so much going on… rising and falling overlapping melodies, fills, riffs… it’s beautiful chaos.

    27 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Antonionii

    This is incredible, one of my alltime favorite songs. I could listen to this a million times. Best track on the album.

    5 May 2012 Reply
  • thedailygrind

    This is sooo fucking good. Some actual talent and musicianship are things you don't find in pop music today, so I'm thankful for Tears for Fears.

    9 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Rinetzko

    @Robotskill To a certain degree, I'm thankfull that stuff like this isn't written anymore. It keeps it rare and special.

    25 Feb 2012 Reply
  • RobotsKill

    Nobody writes like this anymore. You just have to marvel at it as you unwind it all in your mind. So much of what's written today is just a blast to the package. (sigh)

    17 Feb 2012 Reply
  • PabloRH

    This is...this is...this is..... :')

    11 Jan 2012 Reply
  • devision6

    creo ce:::..........ich denke das hat Seeeeele ::::........!!!

    26 Nov 2011 Reply
  • pinkalba

    The drama, the passion, the transition at 1:45 - perfect. Not even the sax can ruin it ;)

    9 Nov 2011 Reply
  • deboralemes

    Minha, só minha, e não empresto pra ninguém.

    1 Nov 2011 Reply
  • RobotsKill

    Massive. Monolithic. YUGE!

    28 Oct 2011 Reply
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