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Why I love Roland Orzabal
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“In college almost everyone had a crush on Curt Smith,” said Dinna Vasquez, as we talked about Tears For Fears over the phone. “But the cool girls, they liked Roland Orzabal.”
That would be me, hehe.

Lots of ’80s bands defined our generation: Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, The Lotus Eaters, Spandau Ballet, Thompson Twins, The Cure, New Order. But surely, one of the most significant and universally binding would be Tears For Fears—a.k.a. Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal—whose unique sound brings us back to an ’80s time warp, complete with all the angst and emotions of our growing up years.

Tears for Fears

I love the ’80s so much I still dress like it. You could not impress me with your Adeles and Lady Gagas.
I feel privileged to have lived and experienced an era where music and fashion are often copied but never equaled.
Tears for Fears captured our imagination with their hairstyles, the fashion, the music and the dance moves.
Curt Smith (who looks like a spawn of Albert and Liezl Martinez) had the curly bangs and braided tails.

Curt Smith

Roland Orzabal, of Spanish-Basque descent, had the puffy lips, the drooping eyes, and prominent teeth.

Roland Orzabal

Never mind that my friend Jude says Roland looks like Jon Cryer

Roland Orzabal and Jon Cryer

I am dying as I write this when I think about the high-waist pants and the double belt

Tears for Fears

The fact that he can make espadrilles look cool

Tears for Fears

His dummy and the Beatles moptop

Roland Orzabal

and most of all his intense Mad World dance.

That’s why I prefer him to Curt Smith. I am a sucker for the dance moves. Plus @curtsmith is a snubero on Twitter.
I am dying just thinking about it. More on the Tears For Fears concert later, while I get a hold of myself.

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  • Mark

    I listened to Woman in Chains today. The vocals still blow me away so many years later. Roland and Oleta Adams killed it on the song.

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  • TFF forever! Many memories from the 80s!

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  • TFF Girl

    I myself could not decide between them. They both have their own set of dreamy qualities. I may sound a bit slutty but can I just have them both, lol? I mean Roland with his cocky stare and puffy checks & Curt with his soft features, pouty lips and sexy smile. Who can resist? A girl can dream can’t she…

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    CVS Reply:

    physically Curt Smith is well-preserved. But I like the intense Roland more :))

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  • Paola Moreno

    Yo lo escuche cuendo era chica y me gusto su voz y musica, en grande de tanto escucharlo me enamore de el hasta llegue a imaginarme todo lo que seria si es tuviera con el, el es hermoso y es muy buena persona

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  • I’m late, as usual, but is this the line to claim my cool-girl credit?  Roland is a BAMF.

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  • rachael red

    I used to have the biggest crush on Roland when I was a kid. I still think that Roland is one of the most underrated songwriters out there (come on! Just listen to I Believe). Elemental and RATKOS are my fave albums. Not to mention I really enjoyed his solo work in Tomcats Screaming Outside (go get the album, its awesome) proof of his musical genius is that Tomcats doesn’t sound like a Tears for Fears album. That said it was an utter dream to finally see the man behind the soundtrack of my youth when they played in Cebu. 

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  • Godblessyou45

    I’m a Roland gal myself…since Roland is the real brilliance behind TFF…though I did find Curt cute and how he still looks good now…but Roland’s voice and the fact he wrote most of their well loved songs…he is just quite rare….and I love him for that. I love his booming voice and I agree he is a brilliant dancer

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  • I have the hugest crush on Roland Orzabal back then while my best friend had a crush on Curt, as usual. I thought he was soooo cool and so cute. Sad lang that it seems he doesn’t age as gracefully as Curt, but i still heart him.

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  • Brenda Gorenc

     Roland sure was a cutie in the 80″s no denying that.   But today I luv to listen to Curt give an interview.   I would love to hear that in my ear in a semi-dark bedroom!   Sorry, but I can dream can’t I?

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    CVS Reply:

    lol. of course we can 🙂

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  • I still feel a little sad not being able to watch their concert, again!!! 1st time was no moolah mode, ngayon naman preggy mode. 
    Pagbalik talaga nila ill make sure to watch them!!! 80’s kid here too! =)

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  • Jin Barrameda

    I’m so proud I am an 80’s girl.  Never would the kids nowadays would ever experience what we had… Rock Ola days, Corinthian clubhouse parties…  And I find Roland sexy especially when he dance while singing Secret World…  One of my favorites!!!

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  • Jlougar

    same here, when subway at malate was the thing then,we always bumped at melissa perez rubio and richard gomez doing the new wave dance thingie.aka mad world.those were the days.hayz.

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  • Katrina Atienza

    YES!! I find Roland so sexy. Meron siyang shy yet manyak factor in his interviews that I find so irresistible. There’s this video of him flirting with a Top of the Pops presenter in 1983 (he looks so fresh there). I also have their Scenes from the Big Chair concert DVD, yung mga behind the scenes niya ganun din. I heart him!!!

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  • Agree on the Mad World dance moves. Whoever gets to imitate those moves the best during “soirees” and “80’s parties” becomes the coolest dude of the night. 🙂

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    Cindy Bernal Reply:

    Arnold, dyan ka pala na-inspire with ‘da moves’, ha?!

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  • I so wish he would dance like that in the concert.  Maybe when they come back again 🙂

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  • Yes! I’m one of them cool girls haha!  Back then, I seriously thought I’m gonna marry this guy. Bet ko yung mga attire nya, except for the one he was wearing in The Way You Are video LOL. 

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