Once in a while a band emerges that stand alone from the pack, do their own thing and change the landscape. It happens in all forms of music, but is perhaps hardest to achieve in pop.

Now, stepping back in time to the year this song came out (1983) and the pop landscape was very different. For one thing, pop bands still largely consisted of real musicians who composed and performed with ‘traditional’ instruments, and despite the explosion of synthesiser sounds and exploration, the backbone was still intact.

Formed in Bath in 1981, ‘Tears for Fears’ became one of the forerunners of the pop new wave in the vibrant and Flamboyant 80’s. The duo’s first album – ‘The Hurting’ – is a masterpiece and preceded their breakthrough album ‘Songs from the Big Chair’ by two years.

Today’s cover is taken from that record.

A song of melancholic drama, drenched in innocence lost and loneliness, ‘Mad world’ still haunts me like it did the first time I heard it as it seemed to echo my own, awful school experience. The production of the original recording is unbelievably good but in essence it is a very simple song (like all the best are) and works so well on an acoustic guitar.

It’s the sentiment that hits home.

I hope you like it.

The Kitchen Busker Lockdown Sessions

Special Limited Offer Available Until 10th September 2020

Recorded live over the course of 16 weeks during the lockdown of 2020; this special limited edition bootleg double CD features 32 acoustic songs from Toby’s back catalogue, as well as spoken word tracks recorded exclusively for this one time release + free instant mp3 song downloads of tracks which don’t feature on the album.

This limited edition release is accompanied by a special commemorative festival t-shirt available in mens and ladies options.

Pre-order now: offer ends 10th September.