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|Birth name||Ian Christopher Stanley|
|Born||28 February 1957|
|Origin||High Wycombe, England, UK|
|Genres||Rock, hard rock, new wave|
|Labels||East West Records|
|Associated acts||Tears for Fears
Ian Christopher Stanley (born 28 February 1957) is an English musician, songwriter and record producer. He was previously a member of the English band Tears for Fears for most of the 1980s, and played a key role in the making of their multi-platinum selling second album Songs from the Big Chair.
After offering them free use of his recording facility, Stanley became a background member of Tears for Fears and played keyboards on their first two albums (and partly on their third). He also co-wrote (with Roland Orzabal) many of their songs from the period 1983-85, and was a part of the production team during this era as the band worked with producer Chris Hughes at their studio base, The Wool Hall, in Bath.
He has appeared in several Tears for Fears promotional videos, including "Change" (in which he plays one of the two masked musicians), "Mothers Talk" (version 1 and version 3), "Shout", "Everybody Wants to Rule the World", "Head over Heels" and "I Believe", and has performed with the band on many television performances. He also appeared in the 1983 Tears for Fears live concert video recording In My Mind's Eye, and the 1985 Tears for Fears documentary film Scenes from the Big Chair, as well as completing two world tours with the band.
Post Tears for Fears & production
Following the success of Songs from the Big Chair, Stanley collaborated with Roland Orzabal on the 1986 side project Mancrab, releasing a single, "Fish for Life," which was made for the soundtrack of the film The Karate Kid, Part II. Stanley also began working on Tears for Fears' third album, The Seeds of Love, but (along with producer Chris Hughes) left the project due to creative differences. His more prominent contributions to this album, however, can be heard on the hit single "Sowing the Seeds of Love" and the B-sides "Always in the Past" and "My Life in the Suicide Ranks."
Since the 1980s, Stanley has produced such artists as Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, A-ha, The Pretenders, Howard Jones, Ultra, Republica, Naimee Coleman, Stephanie Kirkham, Natalie Imbruglia, Propaganda, The Human League and Tori Amos. He also contributed to The Sisters of Mercy re-recording of "Temple of Love". Stanley also did A&R for Warners East West Records but left in 1998.