Break It Down Again

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"Break It Down Again"
Single by Tears for Fears
from the album Elemental
Released 17 May 1993
Format 7", 12", CD
Recorded 1992-93
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:31
Label Mercury Records
Writer(s) Roland Orzabal, Alan Griffiths
Producer(s) Roland Orzabal
Tim Palmer
Alan Griffiths
Tears for Fears singles chronology
"Woman in Chains"
"Break It Down Again"

"Break It Down Again" is a song by the British band Tears For Fears, released as the first single from their 1993 album Elemental. The song was an international hit, reaching #20 in the UK, #25 in the US, and the Top 40 in several other countries, and also reached #1 on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.[1]

"Break It Down Again" was particularly successful in Italy, where it reached #7 and in Canada, reaching #4 for two consecutive weeks in August 1993.

The song was the second single released after the departure of Curt Smith from the band (after "Laid So Low" in 1992). The single's cover references this by depicting Roland Orzabal holding wilted sunflowers, as sunflowers were prominent on the cover of the album The Seeds of Love. As with the Elemental album, the song featured Roland Orzabal with peripheral Tears For Fears band members Alan Griffiths and Gail Ann Dorsey.

Professional wrestler Mike Quackenbush uses the song as his entrance theme.

Music video[edit]

The music video shows Orzabal, Griffiths, and Dorsey performing the song on the desert El Mirage Dry Lake, California, where the "Break It Down Again" single and the Elemental album covers were taken. The video was directed by Dani Jacobs.

Track listing[edit]

CD maxi
  1. "Break It Down Again" — 4:31
  2. "Bloodletting Go" — (Roland Orzabal, Alan Griffiths)-4:13
  3. "Schrödinger's Cat" — (Roland Orzabal, Alan Griffiths)-8:45
  4. "Break It Down Again" (karaoke version) — 3:48


Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
Canada Singles Chart[2] 4
Dutch Mega Top 100[3] 27
French SNEP Singles Chart[3] 19
German Singles Chart[3] 66
Italian Singles Chart 7
Polish Singles Chart[4] 25
UK Singles Chart[5] 20
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 25
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[6] 25
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[6] 1
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[6] 10

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 91

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2006). Essential Rock Discography. Canongate U.S. p. 1089. ISBN 9781841958606. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ a b c "Break It Down Again", in various singles chart (Retrieved 15 February 2008)
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ "You searched Albums and Singles for 'Break It Down Again'". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d Billboard (Retrieved 15 February 2008)
  7. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1993". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 

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