My music post for tonight is a two fer....two versions of the same song. In the early 80's I really loved the song Mad World by Tears For Fears. It is a haunting dream like version of the angst of our modern world and the emotional struggle to deal with it or surrender. The lyrics are great poetry. It was released in 1981.
I liked the Tears For fears version, but as with much of the music of the 80's there is too much of a fascination with the technology of synthesized sound, it was new and you could craft perfect shiny pop, but too often you were left with the feeling of an automatic system that ran on auto drive....Perhaps this was one of the elements that made Tears For Fears original so aptly haunting.
But the song was reinterpreted 20 years later and used in the movie Donnie Darko in 2001 by the artist Gary Jules as a simple piano piece, albeit augmented with a string section, but he is able to keep the same alienated dream like vision of modern emotional angst, but make it so much more human, intimate...I like both versions. Which is your favorite?