You keep your distance with a system of touch

This song is a cheesefest. I'm not going to tell you otherwise. I used to be obsessed with the video which features a dork with books, the lank-haired librarian he's crushing on, a chimp doing research, a man playing the synth with one finger whilst rocking massive shoulder pads and a Hasid suddenly busting out on the drums. There's just too much to admire. I mean, really.

Heard outside of its astonishing video concept, a sudden play on your iPod, for example, Head Over Heels reveals something else. The song is basically the sound of a grown man who loves like a high schooler. There's all this awkwardness and beating around the bush; when he finally lets go and really announces his feelings it's less about being in love, or as it is in this case probably, like, than it is about being caught off guard by infatuation itself. And just like a teenager, he's barely talked to the girl and he's already dreaming about time flying and growing old with her. Silly boy, it rarely works that way.

Head Over Heels/Tears For Fears (mp3)

Then again, who cares about immature infatuation in pop form when there's A SIMIAN IN A LIBRARY!

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Blogger Jeff said...

When I saw the Juan MacLean play at the end of last year, this was their entrance music, so I think it's crossing back in to fashion..

5:39 PM, March 30, 2009  
Blogger Mike Fichera said...

For some reason, I am immune to overplaying Head over Heels. Perhaps there's something hypnotic about the beat that lulls me back to the 80s? But I love to stop and scrutinize lyrics. Any thoughts as to what "It's hard to be a man when there's a gun in your hand" means?? Puts a sinister spin on the happy little song about infatuation, no?

3:20 PM, July 07, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loooove that song so much !! :P

1:28 PM, August 17, 2010  

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