Are you familiar with Gary Jules and Michael Andrews’ cover of Mad World? Originally introduced to the world by Tears for Fears in 1982, the below embedded version of the song which came to be ten years later, in 2001 – 2003, is far warmer and epical. But that’s also due to Michel Gondry’s directed video.
Which I absolutely love, being one of my favorite songs and videos! So without further introductions, here’s Gary Jules and Michael Andrews Mad World! Enjoy! (more info and the original Tears for Fears right after the jump!)
If you listened to the lyrics, which is really easy in Gary Jules’ slower version, you’ll notice that Tears for Fears’ Mad World is about a young, depressed individual who feels misplaced and hurting. Gary Jules cover was included (and made for) the 2001 movie, Donnie Darko. The director, Richard Kelly, wanted a closing song, something that’ll play during the end credits. So he was aiming for U2’s MLK. However, the rights for that one were a bit out of Kelly’s reach and so, Michael Andrews, the composer and Gary Jules, a longtime friend, decided to take a different approach at TFF’ Mad World and proposed it to Kelly.
The result? Well, let’s say that a lot of people prefer Jules’ version to the original now and that Michel Gondry’s video is a masterpiece! How about you? What’s your favorite?