Story by Daniel
There were a lot of good songs in 1985. That was the year that I left home for university (those who know me may be surprised that I'm actually that old), and living semi-independently on campus at ANU. It was one of those self-catering residential colleges with a huge communal kitchen and dining area. The kitchens were grouped in bays of 12 lockers where students stored their pots and pans, crockery and foodstuffs, sharing two stoves and a fridge. Some of the bays had those cheap radios that were always turned on, often to commercial stations 2CC or 2CA for the music (and in those days, on AM channels). Everybody Wants to Rule the World was a huge hit for Tears for Fears in 1985, reaching number two in Australia. The song could often be heard from some corner of the kitchens.
The first couple of bars of the song starts off with a distinctive guitar riff followed by an equally distinctive drumming before launching into vocals by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, "Welcome to your life, there's no turning back..." That summed up living independently and away from home for the first time. Young, naive and with a lot to learn, we all thought we wanted to rule the world...
Artwork by Karin