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Tears For Fears - The Hurting album

Tears For Fears - The Hurting album
  • Performer Tears For Fears
  • Title The Hurting
  • Date of release 1983
  • Country UK
  • Style Synth-pop
  • Other formats AIFF MP1 AHX DTS DXD MMF MOD
  • Genre Electronic
  • Size MP3 1764 mb
  • Size FLAC 1136 mb
  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 296

The Hurting is the debut studio album by the British band Tears for Fears. It was released on 7 March 1983, and peaked at No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart in its second week of release. The album was certified Gold by the BPI within three weeks of release, and reached Platinum status in January 1985.

The Hurting is the debut album by the British new wave band Tears for Fears. 1 on the UK Album Chart. The album contains Tears For Fears' first three hit singles – Mad World, Change, and Pale Shelter – all of which reached the Top 5 in the UK. It also contains a new version of the band’s first single, Suffer The Children, which had originally been released in 1981

Band Name Tears For Fears. Album Name The Hurting. Data de aparición 25 Marzo 1983. Labels Mercury Records. Estilo MusicalNew-Wave. Miembros poseen este álbum16. 6. Suffer the Children. 10. Start of the Breakdown. Saber más. Other productions from Tears For Fears. Live from Santa Barbara.

The Hurting would be Tears for Fears’ most collaborative effort. Curt and Roland nearly equal each other in the lead vocal department with the opening title track featuring both as the frontmen. With each progressive album, TFF would become more and more Roland’s brainchild as he agonized over every nuance and dominated the microphone. I am hard pressed to think of any other band that featured one singer on every successful pop single, with resulting albums favoring the & singer.

Tears For Fears is one of my favourite bands and their debut album, "The Hurting", has a very powerful impact. If you can't believe me, just listen to the lyrics in this album  . 6 people found this helpful.

The album contains Tears For Fears’ first three hit singles: Mad World. And a new version of the band’s first single, Suffer The Children, which had originally been released in 1981. The song Mad World was famously covered by Gary Jules on the Donnie Darko soundtrack-a film that also featured an extended one take tracking shot scene scored to the Tears for Fears song Head Over Heels from the band’s second album Songs From the Big Chair. Tracklist: The Hurting.

Both members of Tears For Fears felt that their parents hadn’t, in the words of their hit Pale Shelter, given them love, they’d given them pale shelter. Smith and Orzabel both had good reason to feel this way. We both come from broken homes. With its raw emotion, catchy hooks, and unusual arrangements, The Hurting remains a classic. Writing for me, when I was a young boy was extremely personal, and now it’s not, he says. I think these feelings are more prevalent in your teenage years.

Tears for Fears – The Hurting. Is it an horrific dream Am I sinking fast Could a person be so mean As to laugh and laugh On my own Could you ease my load Could you see my Pain Could you please.

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 The Hurting
A2 Mad World
A3 Pale Shelter
A4 Ideas As Opiates
A5 Memories Fade
B1 Suffer The Children
Vocals [Child] – Caroline Orzabal
B2 Watch Me Bleed
B3 Change
B4 The Prisoner
B5 Start Of The Breakdown
B6 Change (New Version)

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Phonogram Ltd. (London)
  • Record Company – Phonogram
  • Published By – Copyright Control


  • A&R [A+ R Co-ordination] – David Bates
  • Brass [Jazz High, Dynamic Toggle] – Ross Cullum
  • Conductor, Percussion [Tuned], Programmed By [Rhythm] – Chris Hughes
  • Drums [Drumming], Programmed By [Rhythm] – Manny Elias
  • Guitar [Palmer Picking] – Phil Palmer
  • Photography By – Peter Ashworth (tracks: Ashworth)
  • Producer – Chris Hughes, Ross Cullum
  • Programmed By [Keyboards, Computer] – Ian Stanley
  • Saxophone – Mel Collins
  • Songwriter [Songs by] – Roland Orzabal
  • Vocals, Bass, Keyboards – Curt Smith
  • Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmed By [Rhythm] – Roland Orzabal


2 panel inlay printed both sides. Grey cassette with green "Mercury" paper labels.

Very similar to this version except that this version does not have a black cassette shell and is not 'Chromium Dioxide'. The other version also has a box under the credits on the reverse of the second panel explaining the Chromium Dioxide process that is absent on this version.

Includes an extra track not found on the LP version.

All tracks Copyright Control. All lyrics Copyright Control. ℗ 1983 Phonogram Ltd. (London).
Made In England.

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
mers 17, MERS 17 Tears For Fears The Hurting ‎(LP, Album) Mercury, Mercury mers 17, MERS 17 UK 1983
STAR 5305 Tears For Fears The Hurting ‎(LP, Album) Mercury STAR 5305 South Africa 1983
811 039-1 Tears For Fears The Hurting ‎(LP, Album) Mercury 811 039-1 Netherlands 1983
811 039-1 M-1, 422-811 039-1 M-1 Tears For Fears The Hurting ‎(LP, Album, PRC) Mercury, Mercury 811 039-1 M-1, 422-811 039-1 M-1 US 1983
VOG4 1 3323 Tears For Fears The Hurting ‎(Cass, Album, RE) Vertigo VOG4 1 3323 Canada Unknown