80s vs Post-Millennium: Mad World

WHAT-IS: "80s vs Post-Millennium (P/M)" = Flashback80s-blog takes a look at 80's tunes/songs remade / remixed / revitalized for and after the new millennium.

"Mad World" was first performed and released by Tears For Fears in 1982; from their debut LP "The Hurting" (wish I still had my bootleg-cassette of tho). While not as "successful" or recognizable as their later singles like "Shout" and "Everybody Wants To Rule The World", Mad World remains one of the only few (not that I have heard of any others :p) songs from TFF that has been remade and covered in later years.

One of the most notable remakes came post-millennium, with Gary Jules (and Michael Andrews) performing a synth-stripped-down ballad version of the song with haunting piano accompaniment, for the soundtrack of the movie "Donnie Darko". Shown above is the music video directed by Michel Gondry ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", "Be Kind Rewind"). This ballad version of Mad World was yet again heard over television nearly a decade later in 2009, when American Idol-contestant Adam Lambert sung it raw and torched in Season 8 (below posted is the performance in the finals, and not the sit-down version priors / no good videos available!) ... and yet again revived the song for a new generation, as well as for the generation that "grew up" with it.

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