Below is the high quality video, MP3 is on the music player on the side (#17). Pictures of his performance below the video. History in the making with an standing ovation from Simon. Adam Lambert performed Mad World by Tears for Fears as interpreted by Gary Jules during Top 8 week. Out of this world performance, arguably the best so far this season in my opinion. [ad]
Here is the studio version of Mad World (Please rate this video on YouTube):
This song is a pesimistic man’s somewhat true view of our world. He believes the people that surrounds him are like ‘robots’ doing the same things everyday (school,work) for pointless reasons. He believes most people he knows conform to society, doing what is happening around them while not many ’truly searching for their goals. Its mad because they all have hopes of happiness but they are these robots in search for happiness in all the wrong places. They hope it comes to them, they don’t go after it.
It’s a crazy deal… we should all go after dreams and refuse to live our life pointlessly. Do what makes us happy. No more conformity.
If you like the meaning of this song, read ‘The Manual of the Warriors of the Light’ by Paulo Coelho.
Pictures of the performance:
By ERIN CARLSON, AP Entertainment Writer Erin Carlson, Ap Entertainment Writer – Wed Apr 8, 6:00 pm ET
NEW YORK – Winding down for the night, Gary Jules turned on “” — his guilty pleasure — and left the room to watch surfing videos on his computer. Then he heard some eerily familiar notes.
It was Adam Lambert — one the top finalists on the most popular TV show in the country — performing Jules’ arrangement of the Tears for Fears song “ .”
“I ran out and I was like, `I knew he was gonna do it! I knew it!’” he recalls. “I’ve been David Cook was gonna do it last year for sure. … As soon as I saw that guy Adam on `American Idol,’ I was like, ‘Oooh, this could be it.’”for somebody to do it. I thought
The singer-songwriter deserves at least some of the credit for Lambert’s haunting performance that earned a rare standing ovation from “American Idol” judge .
Jules covered the ’80s song on his 2001 album, “producer Michael Andrews, was featured in the cult movie “Donnie Darko” the same year..” His stripped-down, slowed-down version, recorded with
The song topped the charts in Britain in 2003 but is little known to U.S. listeners.
Lambert, a 27-year-old actor known for his daring performances and vocal range, had the coveted final spot that often goes to the front-runner on the Fox network competition. But on Tuesday, it wasn’t entirely an advantage.
Because the show ran eight minutes over schedule, Lambert’s performance was cut off for many DVR users, causing mass outrage in spite of the fact that the missing footage is widely available on the Internet.
Jules, 40, thinks Lambert put a signature spin on his cover-of-a-cover.
“It was fantastic,” he says. “He has a beautiful voice. … I heard his Michael Jackson cover and I heard some of his other stuff, and I think that he’s probably one of the most — if not the most — interesting performer I’ve ever seen on `American Idol.’”
He’s especially excited about the possibility of Lambert or someone else giving him credit for the arrangement on Wednesday night’s results show. Especially after the standing-O from Cowell, who called Jules the day after his version of “” hit No. 1 overseas.
“Simon said that he loved it,” he remembers. “That he thought it was a beautiful performance. That he thought it was better than the first one, better than the original and that it was very very heartfelt and blah blah blah — and I was, like, really grateful except I had no idea who he was.”
The song was a collaboration between Jules and Andrews, his best friend; they recorded it in 15 minutes, Jules says, while Andrews was writing the score for “Donnie Darko” and helping Jules make his acclaimed “Snakeoil” disc on a budget of less than $100.
After that, “Mad World” took on a life of its own. Radiohead singer Thom Yorke played it on the radio in England during a guest VJ spot.singer called Jules and praised the arrangement as “better than the original,” he says. Jules heard that
“The song is phenomenal. … I got really super-personal, heartfelt sometimes really creepy, odd emails from people. I’ve had like bizarre suicidal pen pals and stuff like that,” says Jules, whose musical influences include Michael Stipe, and Neil Young.
It’s an important week for Jules: He has two songs on TV. The single “Beautiful” from his latest album, “Bird,” will be heard during the season-finale of the NBC football-and-family drama “Friday Night Lights.” In 2007, his song “Falling Awake” charted on Billboard after being featured during an emotional segment on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Jules — who jokingly calls his music “wuss rock” and counts fellow singer-songwriters Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson as friends — thinks the exposure could translate to album sales.
“I need to kind of get people to know my name as well as they know some of my songs. … Obviously, the story is `Forget the publicists, just get yourself on `American Idol‘ every once in a while,’” he says.