Head over Heels (Tears for Fears song)
|"Head over Heels"|
|Single by Tears for Fears|
|from the album Songs from the Big Chair|
|B-side||"When in Love with a Blind Man"|
|Released||10 June 1985|
|Format||7", 10", 12"|
|Length||5:01 (album version)
3:51 (radio edit)
4:14 (7" version)
|Writer(s)||Roland Orzabal, Curt Smith|
|Tears for Fears singles chronology|
It was the band's tenth single release in the United Kingdom (the fourth taken from their second LP Songs from the Big Chair) and eighth UK Top 40 hit, peaking at No. 12 in July 1985. In the United States, it was the third single from the album and continued the band's run of hits there, peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. A limited edition four-leaf clover shaped picture disc was issued for the single's release in the UK. The song was also an international success, reaching the Top 40 in several countries.
"Head over Heels" had been developed nearly two years prior as part of a segue with the song "Broken", which was previously a stand alone B-side to the 1983 "Pale Shelter" single. As the two songs share the same piano/synth motif, "Head over Heels" eventually came to be sandwiched in between two bookend parts of "Broken" in live performances. This placement carried over to the final track listing of the Big Chair LP, with a studio recording of "Broken" preceding "Head Over Heels" and a live reprise of "Broken" (recorded at the concert which was released on the "In My Mind's Eye" VHS) following it.
It is basically a romantic love song and one of the most simple tracks that Tears for Fears have ever recorded. It is a romance song that goes a bit perverse at the end.
"Head over Heels" has seen only three official remixes since its release.
The 12" version was titled the "Preacher Mix" and is an extended remix of the entire "Broken/Head Over Heels/Broken" medley. The mix was done by producer Chris Hughes and features an unusual spoken word intro in which Roland Orzabal recites lyrics from the song "I Believe" in the style of a preacher. This mix contains the only released studio recording of the "Broken" reprise (the version on the Songs from the Big Chair album is a live recording). The sung vocals from the album version of "Broken" are completely absent, as is the lead guitar line.
The 7" remix was done by David Bascombe and notably ends in a cold stop after the "time flies" lyric, instead of the segue into the reprise of "Broken" found on the album.
There is also a unique radio only version which was issued on a double A-side single featuring the regular single mix on the other side. This was issued to radio stations for promotion only and has the catalog number IDEDJ 10. The radio mix is noticeably different to the regular single version in that it omits the flanging effects from the drum fill after the second chorus and the closing "time flies" vocals. Whereas the regular single credits the remix to Dave Bascombe, the radio version simply credits Chris Hughes as producer. This version of the single does not include "When In Love With A Blind Man" and has blue coloured injection molded labels.
"When in Love with a Blind Man" is a short song that served as the b-side to the "Head over Heels" single. It features bassist Curt Smith on vocals and features a synthesized shakuhachi flute, a popular musical motif for pop music in the 1980s.
This song predates a track called 'The Working Hour' from the Big Chair album. The motif is identical; it's something Ian (Stanley) came up with which I later put melody and lyrics to. It was recorded in The Wool Hall and was the b-side to 'Head over Heels'.
The music video for "Head over Heels", filmed in June 1985, was the fourth Tears for Fears clip directed by famed music video producer Nigel Dick. A lighthearted video in comparison to the band's other promos, it is centred around Roland Orzabal's attempts to get the attention of a librarian (Joan Densmore), while a variety of characters (many played by the rest of the band), including a chimpanzee, engage in shenanigans in the library. The final scene shows Orzabal and the librarian as an older married couple. The video was filmed at the Emmanuel College Library in Toronto, Ontario.
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||18|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||8|
|Germany (Media Control AG)||55|
|Irish Singles Chart||5|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||29|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||12|
|UK (Official Charts Company)||12|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||3|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary||5|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales||49|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks||7|
7": Mercury / IDEA10 (UK)
- "Head over Heels" (Remix) – 4:14
- "When in Love with a Blind Man" – 2:22
- Also released as a 10" single (IDEA1010) and as a four-leaf clover shaped picture disc (IDPIC10)
12": Mercury / IDEA1012 (UK)
- "Broken/Head over Heels/Broken" (Preacher Mix) – 7:53
- "Head over Heels" (Remix) – 4:14
- "When in Love with a Blind Man – 2:22
CDV: Mercury / 080 062-2 (UK)
- "Head over Heels" (Remix) – 4:14
- "Sea Song" – 3:52
- "The Working Hour" – 6:27
- "Mothers Talk" (U.S. remix) – 4:14
- "Head over Heels" (video)
"Head over Heels" was featured prominently in the 2001 film Donnie Darko. According to director Richard Kelly on the DVD commentary, the scene in which the song was used was written and choreographed specifically with the song in mind.
"Head over Heels" has been covered by the following artists:
- Chuck E. Cheese performs a kids spoof of the song known as "I Need A New Wheel".
- American Christian rock band Kids in the Way, on their 2005 album Apparitions of Melody.
- American experimental folk singer Samamidon, on his 2007 album But This Chicken Proved False Hearted.
- In 2006, Southern California's freeform Bargain Music covered the song. This version finds vocalist Josh alone with an acoustic guitar playing the entire song solo. It is track #7 on their album American Born.
- Australian electro pop band Rogue Traders sampled pieces of the song on their 2006 single "In Love Again". Some of these pieces were also used in an Australian television advertisement on Channel 10 for the Australian drama Neighbours in mid-2007, helping to revamp the show.
- American pop punk band New Found Glory on their second "movie song" cover album From the Screen to Your Stereo Part II.
- Relient K also covered this song on their 2007 summer tour as an introduction to their song "In Love With the 80s", which mentions the band in the line "And my favorite band will always be Tears for Fears."
- The X-ecutioners with DJ Cash Money and Marvelous Marvin used the introduction to the song in the song "Ugly People Be Quiet" on their 2003 album Scratchology.
- American pop singer Katy Perry covered this song in late October 2008.
- Johnny Goudie and Joseph King have covered the song at their joint concerts, and Goudie has also played a solo acoustic version.
- Slow Moving Millie covered the song on her album Renditions.
- Kimbra performed a mashup of this song, combined with "Two Weeks" by Grizzly Bear.
- The song is sampled on 'Favourite Scar', a track from Leona Lewis' 2012 album, GlassHeart.
- Emmanuel College Library, Toronto
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- "Leona Lewis' Favourite scar samples Tears for Fears' Head over heels". WhoSampled.com. Retrieved 20 June 2013.