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“Mad World” in a major key sounds like the theme to an extremely depressing sitcom

“Mad World” has had a strange life, first released as a Tears For Fears single in 1982 before being covered more sparely for Donnie Darko and achieving, like that film, a sort of cult eternal life. The spare piano version of it is, at this point, a shorthand for cinematic ennui, popping up in video game trailers and…

“Mad World” works pretty damn well with Pixar’s Inside Out, too

In all probability, “Mad World” will forever be associated with Donnie Darko because of that film’s prominent use of a somber cover version of the song by Michael Andrews and Gary Jules. But does that mean Donnie Darko “owns” this piece of music? Hardly. “Mad World” started out as 1982 hit by English synth pop outfit…