Advice for the Young at Heart

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"Advice for the Young at Heart"
Single by Tears for Fears
from the album The Seeds of Love
B-side "Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams"
"Music for Tables"
Released 19 February 1990
Format 7", 12", CD Single
Recorded 1987 - 1989
Genre New wave, pop rock
Length 4:55
Label Fontana Records
Writer(s) Roland Orzabal, Nicky Holland
Producer(s) Tears for Fears
Dave Bascombe
Tears for Fears singles chronology
"Woman in Chains"
(1989)
"Advice for the Young at Heart"
(1990)
"Famous Last Words"
(1990)

"Advice for the Young at Heart" is a song by the British band Tears for Fears, taken from their 1989 album The Seeds of Love. It was released as the third single from the album in February 1990.

The song was written by Roland Orzabal and keyboardist/singer Nicky Holland. The lead vocal was sung by Curt Smith (the only track on the whole The Seeds of Love album that he sang lead vocals on).

The song was a Top 40 hit in the UK (#36), France (#31), Canada (#25) and The Netherlands (#22), and a Top 20 hit in Ireland (#15). In 1992, when Tears for Fears released Tears Roll Down (Greatest Hits 82-92), "Advice for the Young at Heart" was re-released in Brazil.

Music video[edit]

The video for the song was filmed in Florida. It features a Latin-American wedding interspersed with shots of the band performing. It was the last Tears for Fears promo video to feature both Orzabal and Smith before their acrimonious split in 1991. It would be 15 years before they next made a video together ("Closest Thing to Heaven" in 2005).

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "Advice for the Young at Heart" — 4:49
  2. "Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams" — 4:16
  3. "Music for Tables" — 3:32
  4. "Johnny Panic And the Bible of Dreams" (instrumental) — 4:18
7" single
  1. "Advice for the Young at Heart" — 4:45
  2. "Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams" — 4:16
12" single
  1. "Advice for the Young at Heart" — 4:49
  2. "Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams" — 4:16
  3. "Music for Tables" — 3:32

Chart[edit]

Chart (1989-1990) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[1] 36
Canada Singles Chart[2] 25
Dutch Mega Top 100[3] 22
French SNEP Singles Chart[3] 31
German Singles Chart[3] 51
Irish IRMA Singles Chart[4] 15
Italian Singles Chart 49
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[5] 89
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[5] 24

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Advice for the Young at Heart", UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com . Retrieved February 15, 2008.
  2. ^ Canada Singles Chart [1]
  3. ^ a b c "Advice for the Young at Heart", in various singles charts Lescharts.com . Retrieved February 15, 2008.
  4. ^ Irish Singles Chart Irishcharts.ie . Retrieved February 15, 2008.
  5. ^ a b Billboard Allmusic.com . Retrieved February 15, 2008.