Label: Mercury - 32 312-1 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album Club Sonderauflage • Country: Germany • Genre: Electronic • Style: Synth-pop
Written by Roland Orzabal and Ian Stanley and sung by Orzabal, it was the band's seventh single release the first to be taken from their second album Songs from the Big Chair and fifth UK Top 40 chart hit. The song was released six months in advance of the album and showcased the band's edgier sound, as compared to their debut LP The Hurting It Treasure - Various - Клубный Инстинкт also a moderate success internationally.
This was a taster for Songs from the Big Chairthe second album, on which we unashamedly tried to become more commercial. I was against it, but I was swayed by some of the people that I was working with. They wanted to come out all guns blazing, but I wasn't ready for that.
It was from this point, though, that things really started to explode. In earlythe band went into the studio to record the song as their next single, though the recording sessions with their new producer Jeremy Green did not work out as planned and the recording was scrapped.
The band's previous producer, Chris Hughes, was then brought back into the fold and the song was re-recorded and finally released as a single in August Hughes stayed on with the band to record Mothers Talk - Tears For Fears - Songs From The Big Chair second album, Songs from the Big Chair. Along with its B-side, "Empire Building", "Mothers Talk" Mothers Talk - Tears For Fears - Songs From The Big Chair one of the first Tears for Fears songs to demonstrate a creative use of sampling.
The strings at the beginning of the song were culled from a Barry Manilow record,  while the drum sample around which "Empire Building" is built was lifted from the Simple Minds song "Today I Died Again".
This was the second Tears for Fears single for Mothers Talk - Tears For Fears - Songs From The Big Chair Phonogram Records would use the picture disc and coloured vinyl gimmicks as a promotional tool, as well as the first one to feature multiple 12" releases offering different remixes of the track.
Limited quantities of the 7" single also came with a free Tears For Fears window sticker of the band's new logo. The song stems from two ideas. One is something that mothers say to their children about pulling faces. They say the child will stay like that when the wind changes.
While America saw " Everybody Wants to Rule the World " as the first single release from the Songs from the Big Chair LP, "Mothers Talk" was eventually released there as the fourth and final single from the album in Aprilpeaking at no. Although labeled as a "remix", this version of the song is actually a complete re-recording, done by the band after their Big Chair tour wrapped up. It was mixed by the award-winning producer Bob Clearmountainwho would go on to mix the band's next album with them.
In addition to a different picture sleeve, the single featured the band's cover of Robert Wyatt's "Sea Song" as the B-side this had been released as the B-side to the single "I Believe" in other countries in This version was also released in Canada and Japan at the same time. Three separate promotional clips were filmed for the song in total.
The original version, directed by photographer Laurie Lewis, was a performance clip set in a blue toned room and interspersed with shots of a young girl being studied by scientists. The band disliked this version and quickly disowned it, although it had already aired on various British television shows by this point.
A replacement video directed by Nigel Dick was then filmed on a shoestring budget, featuring the duo in a rural location some of which was filmed in Curt Smith's back garden and interspersed with news and sports footage from a TV set. Both clips were released to UK and European markets in mid The third and final video, again directed by Nigel Dick, was made for the "US Remix" of the song in early and portrayed a family preparing a bomb shelter for nuclear falloutin keeping with the theme of Raymond Briggs' graphic novel When the Wind Blows.
An extended mix Pacific Symphony (Vocal Version Based On Original Mix) - Transformer 2 - Transformations the song, featuring an extra verse at the beginning, was exclusive to this video until it was issued as a bonus track on the deluxe reissue of Songs from the Big Chair.
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