Why bother prospecting on Spotify, perusing YouTube or skimming the airwaves in search of the latest musical nugget when you can rely on a safe bet? While the sounds of the eighties seem today to be a prerogative of a young French scene struggling to be inventive, their originators are far from beaten: after a triumphant concert in 2019, Tears For Fears, a band started in 1981, set fire to the Beauregard Festival this weekend.
Anyone who’s seen Gilles Lellouche’s most recent comedy Sink or Swim, a humoristic portrayal of a group of depressives in the world of synchronised swimming, would have noticed it: Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Tears For Fears’ big hit, that opened the movie, has lost none of its effectiveness. Already in 2001, director Richard Kelly illustrated his sombre Donnie Darko with Head Over Heels, another track by the British band from 1985. With six studio albums and more than 30 million records sold, Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, who founded the band in 1981, ruled the new wave of the 1980s. But unlike the actors directed by Gilles Lellouche, these two dived into a pool of pop synthesisers.