He probably means better than the Gary Jules version from Donnie Darko. I had forgotten about this song until I heard it playing in the commercial for Gears of War - it really went well with the graphics and the feel of the ad.
The Gary Jules version makes me want to curl up in the fetal position and stay there until it's over, so it gets my vote.
Other songs with that effect: any version of Hallelujah, Shiver Me Timbers by Tom Waits, Verdi Cries by 10,000 Maniacs and, occasionally, America by Simon and Garfunkle. (It's the "I'm empty and aching and I DON'T KNOW WHYYYYY!!!!" part. Sometimes it hits me funny.)
OMG, jrossi, I woke up at 4:03 this morning with that line running through my head. Of course, I know exactly why, but it was definitely a 'moment' as I laid alone looking at my Christmas tree, wanting to be 2000 miles away.
Like iconomy, I hadn't thought of or heard Mad World in years until seeing the Gears of War ad that played before Casino Royale. God, I'd play that one track again and again and again. I need to get that album on cd (I still have it on vinyl somewhere).
Before hearing Gary Jules' version I'd have said no one could top Tears for Fears, but I really like the simpler arrangement. *quivers with indecision*
My guy says that he's not fond of the Gary Jules version (too depressing, he says), so I tend to include it in the painting mix that I enjoy through headphones. Previous discussion of the song back in November here.