This one is from the brilliant Donnie Darko which is one of my favourite films if not my all time favourite (so far). It's one of those films that no matter how many times I watch it, I always see something new and yet I never quite get it. I have my own theory but that is for another post.
But what of the song. Well it's become synonimous with the film and it fits so perfectly, it could have been written for it. Of course it wasn't, it's a cover of a Tears For Fears song from the 80's and I confess I only had their greatest hits, released in 1992, so I don't know exactly when it was first released.
Anyway, not only is it great song and a great song from a great movie but it's also a great example of what cover versions should be: Different and better than the original. And if you don't believe me here is Mad World from Donnie Darko (albeit sung by Roland Orzabal not Gary Jules) followed by the original, which still has a certain charm.
and the original