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Michael Andrews is a Los Angeles musician and film score composer. He is best known for a cover version of the Tears for Fears song "Mad World", which he recorded with Gary Jules for the Donnie Darko soundtrack, and which became a number one single in the UK in Christmas 2003.
Michael Andrews and childhood friend Gary Jules grew up in San Diego, California where they shared a love of 1980s bands such as Tears for Fears, The Smiths and Echo & the Bunnymen. The duo formed an early version of the Origin, but Jules had left the group by the time it signed a record deal with Virgin Records. At that point Michael Andrews was the chief songwriter and musical leader of the group.
Neither of the two records released by the Origin enjoyed much success, which eventually led to group breaking up. The band had moved to San Francisco by this stage but Andrews moved back to San Diego in 1995 to play with the Greyboy Allstars. He also fronted the indie-pop band, Elgin Park, releasing a self-titled CD in 2000.