He’s best known as cofounder with Curt Smith of the most popular ’80s pop band Tears for Fears. Orzabal and Curt Smith, future co founders of the group Tears for Fears, met as kids in Bath, England. Both lads came from broken homes and bonded over their miserable scenarios. Orzabal, who suffered a strained relationship with his dad, turned to novels to escape.
It was through publications he found Arthur Janov’s primal scream therapy which touted facing youth anxieties. John Lennon was also a supporter of the treatment, which he used after the Beatles disbanded. Then they founded the duet synthpop group Tears for Fears in the early 1980s.
The group’s name, Tears for Fears, derived from Janov’s theory of using “tears as a replacement for concerns.” With Roland as lead vocalist and main songwriter, the group’s 1983 debut, The Hurting, got much success in England. It establish the basis for their 1985 followup hit record Songs From the Big Chair. The two tunes reached No. 1 in the United States. The sector recognized Orzabal’s songwriting abilities, presenting him with the Ivor Novello Award twice, for example, Songwriter of the Year award in 1986.
It wasn’t until 1989 that Tears for Fears released its third record, The Seeds of Love. While it performed nicely, Orzabal and Smith increasingly struggled, resulting in the break up of the group in the early ’90s. The planned Tears for Fears 1993 come back record Elemental ended up a solo job of Orzabal’s that created the small hit “Break It Down Again.” A couple of years after Orzabal released another Tears for Fears record sans Smith, calling it Raoul and the Kings of Spain.
The 2001 record Tomcats Screaming Outside was the very first record released under Orzabal’s name, the exact same year a remake of The Hurting track “Mad World”appeared in the movie Donnie Darko. Orzabal continues to work in the music business, most recently as a record producer for some other artists. He’s also a novelist, having released the ebook Sex Drugs & Opera: There Is Life After Rock ‘n’ Roll in March, 2014. Collectively they got two kids.
Regarding his success, Orzabal disclosed he made more money in the ’90s due to better contracts, more charge of his work and having a bigger catalog of tunes. He does not miss the recognition from his Tears for Fears days, declaring, “I was never a celebrity junky. I enjoyed the job and job of creating records…had I been as large on my own in the ’90s as I was in the ’80s, it could have unleashed a monster!”
Orzabal values the life he is lived, saying, “I believe I Have been fortunate, to do what I do, and live and make a full time income. By the end of the day, your life does not evolve around success, but evolves around your immediate relationships, and that is what makes your life tremendously wealthy.”