Woman in Chains

“Woman in Chains” is released as the second single of Tears for Fears from their 1989 album The Seeds of Love. The single reached the Top 40 in New Zealand, UK, Italy, US, Ireland, and Australia and was a Top 20 hit in Netherlands and in France. The studio cut features Phil Collins on drums, and is also distinguished for guest vocals from female singer Oleta Adams who later on achieved a successful solo career.

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The song was re-released in 1992 (with a different B-side and now credited to “Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams”) in order to take advantage of the fresh solo achievement of Oleta Adams and to endorse the Tears for Fears Greatest Hits compilation Tears Roll Down (Greatest Hits 82-92), during this time it reached #57 in the UK.SSC Exam Result BD

“Woman in Chains” was recorded as a duet and Orzabal discussed the impulsion for the lyric to Melody Maker: “I was reading some feminist literature at the time and I discovered that there are societies in the world still in existence today that are non-patriarchal. They don’t have the man at the top and the women at the bottom. They’re matricentric – they have the woman at the center and these societies are a lot less violent, a lot less greedy and there’s generally less animosity… but the song is also about how men traditionally play down the feminine side of their characters and how both men and women suffer for it…. I think men in a patriarchal society are sold down the river a bit – okay, maybe we’re told that we’re in control but there are also a hell of a lot of things that we miss out on, which women are allowed to be”.

The song was later sampled in the S.A.S. single “So Free” featuring Cam’ron.

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The video, directed by Andy Morahan, was filmed in black and white and focuses on the violent relationship between a man (a boxer) and a woman (a pole-dancer, played by Angela Alvarado) and is interspersed with shots of the band and guest vocalist Oleta Adams performing the song. Guest drummer Phil Collins was not featured in the video.

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