Wake-Up Video: Gary Jules’ ‘Mad World’

A very happy birthday today to Curt Smith, former singer for British band Tears for Fears. The duo were an MTV staple in the 1980s, with hits like “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” “Head Over Heels” and “Mad World.” The latter song was given a second life when it was covered by Gary Jules for the 2001 film “Donnie Darko.” The movie didn’t really pick up steam until it hit DVD, and the slow burn for the song was the same: Though it was released in 2002, it became a hit over a year later. Most recently, “American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert performed the Jules version back in April. The video manages to capture the tone of “Donnie Darko” without including any shots of Jake Gyllenhaal.

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