Eighties pop stars Tears For Fears have blasted reports they're reforming to capitalise on Gary Jules' chart-topping cover of their song Mad World.

CURT SMITH and ROLAND ORZABAL's composition gained renewed popularity when Jules' rendition featured on cult movie Donnie Darko and later became a number one single, but the duo insist three years of songwriting was the only motive for their return to the music industry.

Orzabal says, "What kind of weird synchronicity would be afoot if we had new product ready at the same time that Mad World was at number one in the UK? That would be very strange indeed.

"We've actually been working on new stuff for three years now. We've resolved all the... I suppose you could call them personal issues... in one quick phone call.

"We were always going to get back together. So Gary Jules had very little to do with it, thank you."

07/04/2004 02:10