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Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Run The World (UK 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on March 22nd, 2012


“Everybody Wants to Run the World” is a re-recording of the song “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”, originally written by Roland Orzabal, Ian Stanley and Chris Hughes of the British band Tears for Fears and featured on the band’s 1985 second LP Songs from the Big Chair.

The re-jigged single was released in 1986 to promote the Sport Aid campaign, a charitable event held to raise money for famine relief in Africa. It was a success in the UK Singles Chart, becoming the band’s sixth top 5 hit, peaking at #5 in June 1986. The song also reached #4 in Ireland.

“…to get Bob Geldof off our backs! He gave us so much gip for not turning up at Live Aid. All those millions of people dying, it was our fault. I felt terrible. I tell you, I know how Hitler must have felt.”
—Roland Orzabal, on why the song was re-recorded

The new song was meant to be included on the 2006 remaster of Songs from the Big Chair, but was mistakenly replaced by a repetition of the album version (incorrectly labeled as the ‘7″ version’ (such a version does not exist)); the album’s liner notes confirm this.

Everybody Wants To Run The World 4:32

Everybody Wants To Run The World (Running Version) 4:32

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

Label: Mercury – RACE 112
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 45 RPM, Single
Country: UK
Released: 31 May 1986
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Mastered By – ARUN*
Producer [Original Versions] – Chris Hughes
Written-By – Hughes*, Stanley*, Orzabal*

Re-recorded versions of ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’ released in association with the ‘Band Aid Trust’ to raise money towards the ‘Sport Aid’ appeal in 1985.

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

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18 Responses to “Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Run The World (UK 12″)”

  1. Bellenger1981 Says:

    Wow! I’ve been looking for this for years! These special “Run” versions are very hard to find. In fact, I’ve never even heard them before because I’ve never been able to find them (in a digital format, that is). It’s a shame that Universal goofed and didn’t include these versions, in addition to a handful of other missing mixes (such as the U.K. Extended Remix of “Shout”), on the 2006 2-CD deluxe edition of ‘Songs From The Big Chair’. A hugely missed opportunity! Instead, we got a repeat of the original version of “Rule The World”. Quality control, anyone? Nonetheless, I love some Tears For Fears, and thanks to you, Paul, these special versions live on. Thank you! Downloading now … 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You are very welcome Bellenger1981 I really do hope that you like the transfers. Enjoy my friend!


    Bellenger1981 Reply:

    I love the transfers! Very well done! Thanks!


  2. Matt GC Says:

    Blimey that cover is evocative. The 7″ is one of the first I ever bought with my own cash.


  3. ric Says:

    Well, even if it’s included in the remasters, I doubt the recording would match that of BTG’s! Thanks for your rip, Paul!
    And for all the brilliance of TFF, they never had a #1 single in the UK charts!!! Such a crime!
    I remember reading about the story in 1986 on why they did not appear on Live Aid, and it’s not quite the same as what was on Wiki…I recall the duo were not impressed on how Live Aid was “abused” as an event for artistes to promote their music, and also the music has sort of overtaken its original charity purpose. So they’d rather pull out and just donate money directly to the cause.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Ric thank you for the compliment. It baffles me that theses big labels don’t have someone that can at least double check to make sure the tracks are correct on a remastered CD that fans have been eagerly awaiting. I think TFF had the right idea to donate directly to the charity.


  4. Drain Says:

    wow! thank you so much for posting this paul. i’ve been looking for this single for a golden age and had yet to find it until now.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Drain. This is one of my favorite singles 🙂


  5. guss Says:

    Thank You Paul!!! I love this song, one of my favorite TTF.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Guss 🙂


  6. omar Says:

    This is what the 80s were about ….British new wave !! Keep it coming Paul.


  7. Analogue Says:

    Thank you so much Paul for this excellent (as per usual) rip!! I’m a long-time fan of TFF and it’s great to be able to add this to my collection. I’m so glad that I picked up the superb Mobile Fidelity remastering of SFTBC back in ’98. It included the full-legth UK mix (8:17) and the extended version of EWTRTW. I’m still waiting for a proper deluxe edition of “The Hurting’!

    Paul, would you happen to have the Canadian 12” single for ‘Change’ which includes the full-length ‘New Version’, which is actually an early mix with alternate lyrics? In your hands, a proper transfer of this release would be a dream come true for this TFF fan!

    Thanks again for your excellent work!


    Jermajesty Reply:

    I second that request for the early version of Change, if possible. Have never heard it, and much prefer TFF’s early stuff before they got pompous (well, only Roland did in all fairness).


  8. Stefano Says:

    I totally forgot this run-version! Great rare post, Paul. Really makes my day.


  9. Piffard Says:

    Thank you so much for this,and for all the little gems you rip for us all.


  10. Chris Says:

    Love it!! Any comment on this version: Spiral Tribe Remix Project by Razormaid! (5:57 in my collection)?


  11. Percy Says:

    Gracias estimado Paul! magnificas versiones de TFF, un gran aporte. Soy de Lima Perú y tuve la oportunidad de verlos el 28 de Septiembre de 2011, en una extraordinaria presentación.
    Por favor, podrías agregar la version extendida 12″ de Everybody Wants To Run The World, te lo voy agradecer infinitamente y si fuera posible algunas otras que tengas.
    Nuevamente muchas gracias.
    Un fuerte abrazo.

    Thank you dear Paul! magnificent versions of TFF, a great addition. I’m from Lima Peru and I had the opportunity to see the September 28, 2011 at a special presentation.
    Please could you add the extended version 12 “Everybody Wants To Run The World, I’m infinitely grateful and if possible some others that you have.
    Again thank you very much.
    A big hug.


  12. LucioReyes86 Says:

    Great song!!!!! “)


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