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The Hurting

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The Hurting would have been a daring debut for a pop-oriented band in any era, but it was an unexpected success in England in 1983, mostly by virtue of its makers' ability to package an unpleasant subject -- the psychologically wretched family histories of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith -- in an attractive and sellable musical format. Not that there weren't a few predecessors, most obviously John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band album -- which was also, not coincidentally, inspired by the work of primal scream pioneer Arthur Janov. (But Lennon had the advantage of being an ex-Beatle when that meant the equivalent to having a box next to God's in the great arena of life, where Tears for Fears were just starting out.) Decades later, "Pale Shelter," "Ideas as Opiates," "Memories Fade," "Suffer the Children," "Watch Me Bleed," "Change," and "Start of the Breakdown" are powerful pieces of music, beautifully executed in an almost minimalist style. "Memories Fade" offers emotional resonances reminiscent of "Working Class Hero," while "Pale Shelter" functions on a wholly different level, an exquisite sonic painting sweeping the listener up in layers of pulsing synthesizers, acoustic guitar arpeggios, and sheets of electronic sound (and anticipating the sonic texture, if not the precise sound of their international breakthrough pop hit "Everybody Wants to Rule the World"). The work is sometimes uncomfortably personal, but musically compelling enough to bring it back across the decades.
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1
The Hurting
00:04:19

Mel Collins, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Curt Smith, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Stanley, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Hughes, Producer, Percussion, Conductor/Piano, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Ross Cullum, Producer - ROLAND ORZABAL, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tears For Fears, MainArtist - Manny Elias, Drums, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1983 Mercury Records Limited

2
Mad World
00:03:35

Mel Collins, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Curt Smith, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Stanley, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Hughes, Producer, Percussion, Conductor/Piano, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Ross Cullum, Producer - ROLAND ORZABAL, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tears For Fears, MainArtist - Manny Elias, Drums, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1982 Mercury Records Limited

3
Pale Shelter 2nd Single Version
00:04:34

Mel Collins, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Curt Smith, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Stanley, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Hughes, Producer, Percussion, Conductor/Piano, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Ross Cullum, Producer - ROLAND ORZABAL, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tears For Fears, MainArtist - Manny Elias, Drums, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1983 Mercury Records Limited

4
Ideas As Opiates
00:03:45

Mel Collins, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Curt Smith, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Stanley, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Hughes, Producer, Percussion, Conductor/Piano, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Ross Cullum, Producer - ROLAND ORZABAL, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tears For Fears, MainArtist - Manny Elias, Drums, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1983 Mercury Records Limited

5
Memories Fade
00:05:03

Mel Collins, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Curt Smith, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Stanley, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Hughes, Producer, Percussion, Conductor/Piano, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Ross Cullum, Producer - ROLAND ORZABAL, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tears For Fears, MainArtist - Manny Elias, Drums, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1983 Mercury Records Limited

6
Suffer The Children
00:03:53

Mel Collins, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Curt Smith, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Stanley, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Hughes, Producer, Percussion, Conductor/Piano, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Ross Cullum, Producer - ROLAND ORZABAL, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tears For Fears, MainArtist - Manny Elias, Drums, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Caroline Orzabel, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1983 Mercury Records Limited

7
Watch Me Bleed
00:04:17

Mel Collins, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Curt Smith, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Stanley, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Hughes, Producer, Percussion, Conductor/Piano, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Ross Cullum, Producer - ROLAND ORZABAL, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tears For Fears, MainArtist - Manny Elias, Drums, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1983 Mercury Records Limited

8
Change
00:04:14

Mel Collins, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Curt Smith, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Stanley, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Hughes, Producer, Percussion, Conductor/Piano, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Ross Cullum, Producer - ROLAND ORZABAL, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tears For Fears, MainArtist - Manny Elias, Drums, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1983 Mercury Records Limited

9
The Prisoner
00:02:56

Mel Collins, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Curt Smith, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Stanley, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Hughes, Producer, Percussion, Conductor/Piano, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Ross Cullum, Producer - ROLAND ORZABAL, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tears For Fears, MainArtist - Manny Elias, Drums, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1983 Mercury Records Limited

10
Start Of The Breakdown
00:04:57

Mel Collins, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Curt Smith, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Stanley, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Hughes, Producer, Percussion, Conductor/Piano, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Ross Cullum, Producer - ROLAND ORZABAL, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tears For Fears, MainArtist - Manny Elias, Drums, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1983 Mercury Records Limited

DISC 2

1
Suffer The Children Original Version
00:03:44

David Lord, Producer - ROLAND ORZABAL, ComposerLyricist - Tears For Fears, MainArtist

℗ 1981 Mercury Records Limited

2
Pale Shelter Original Version
00:04:03

Curt Smith, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - ROLAND ORZABAL, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - MIKE HOWLETT, Producer - Tears For Fears, MainArtist

℗ 1982 Mercury Records Limited

3
The Prisoner Original 7" Version
00:02:43

Curt Smith, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Stanley, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - ROLAND ORZABAL, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - MIKE HOWLETT, Producer - Tears For Fears, MainArtist - Manny Elias, Drums, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1982 Mercury Records Limited

4
Ideas As Opiates Alternate Version
00:03:55

Mel Collins, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Curt Smith, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Stanley, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Hughes, Producer, Percussion, Conductor/Piano, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Ross Cullum, Producer - ROLAND ORZABAL, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tears For Fears, MainArtist - Manny Elias, Drums, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1983 Mercury Records Limited

5
Change New Version
00:04:39

Tears For Fears, MainArtist

℗ 1983 Mercury Records Limited

6
Suffer The Children Remix
00:04:19

David Lord, Producer - ROLAND ORZABAL, ComposerLyricist - Tears For Fears, MainArtist

℗ 1981 Mercury Records Limited

7
Pale Shelter Long Version
00:07:05

ROLAND ORZABAL, ComposerLyricist - MIKE HOWLETT, Producer - Tears For Fears, MainArtist

℗ 1982 Mercury Records Limited

8
Mad World World Remix
00:03:42

Chris Hughes, Producer - Ross Cullum, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ROLAND ORZABAL, ComposerLyricist - Tears For Fears, MainArtist

℗ 1982 Mercury Records Limited

9
Change Extended Version
00:06:00

Chris Hughes, Producer - Ross Cullum, Producer - ROLAND ORZABAL, ComposerLyricist - Christopher Merrick Hughes, Producer - Tears For Fears, MainArtist

℗ 1983 Mercury Records Limited

10
Pale Shelter New Extended Version
00:07:08

Curt Smith, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Hughes, Producer - Ross Cullum, Producer - ROLAND ORZABAL, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tears For Fears, MainArtist

℗ 1983 Mercury Records Limited

11
Suffer The Children Instrumental
00:04:27

David Lord, Producer - Curt Smith, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Stanley, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - ROLAND ORZABAL, Guitar, Keyboards, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tears For Fears, MainArtist - Manny Elias, Drums, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1981 Mercury Records Limited

12
Change Radio Edit
00:03:56

Curt Smith, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Stanley, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Hughes, Producer - Ross Cullum, Producer - ROLAND ORZABAL, Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tears For Fears, MainArtist - Manny Elias, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1983 Mercury Records Limited

13
Wino
00:02:25

C. Smith, ComposerLyricist - David Lord, Producer - Curt Smith, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Stanley, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - ROLAND ORZABAL, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tears For Fears, MainArtist - Manny Elias, Drums, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1981 Mercury Records Limited

14
The Conflict
00:04:03

Curt Smith, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ian Stanley, Producer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - ROLAND ORZABAL, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tears For Fears, MainArtist

℗ 1983 Mercury Records Limited

15
We Are Broken
00:05:16

Ian Stanley, Producer - ROLAND ORZABAL, ComposerLyricist - Tears For Fears, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1983 Mercury Records Limited

16
Suffer The Children Demo
00:03:57

David Lord, Producer - Curt Smith, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Stanley, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - ROLAND ORZABAL, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tears For Fears, MainArtist - Manny Elias, Drums, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1983 Mercury Records Limited

DISC 3

1
Ideas As Opiates Peel Session 1/9/1982
00:03:51

Curt Smith, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Robinson, Producer - Chris Hughes, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - ROLAND ORZABAL, ComposerLyricist - Roland Orzabel, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Tears For Fears, MainArtist - Dale Griffin, Producer

℗ 2013 BBC

2
Suffer The Children Peel Session 1/9/1982
00:04:03

Curt Smith, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Robinson, Producer - Chris Hughes, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - ROLAND ORZABAL, ComposerLyricist - Roland Orzabel, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Tears For Fears, MainArtist - Dale Griffin, Producer

℗ 2013 BBC

3
The Prisoner Peel Session 1/9/1982
00:02:52

Curt Smith, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Robinson, Producer - Chris Hughes, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - ROLAND ORZABAL, ComposerLyricist - Roland Orzabel, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Tears For Fears, MainArtist - Dale Griffin, Producer

℗ 2013 BBC

4
The Hurting Peel Session 1/9/1982
00:03:48

Curt Smith, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Robinson, Producer - Chris Hughes, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - ROLAND ORZABAL, ComposerLyricist - Roland Orzabel, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Tears For Fears, MainArtist - Dale Griffin, Producer

℗ 2013 BBC

5
Memories Fade David Jensen BBC Session 20/10/1982
00:04:52

Curt Smith, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Stanley, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Hughes, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - ROLAND ORZABAL, ComposerLyricist - Roland Orzabel, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Tears For Fears, MainArtist - Dale Griffin, Producer - Mike Engles, Producer

℗ 1983 Mercury Records Limited

6
The Prisoner David Jensen BBC Session 20/10/1982
00:02:46

Curt Smith, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Stanley, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Hughes, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - ROLAND ORZABAL, ComposerLyricist - Roland Orzabel, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Tears For Fears, MainArtist - Dale Griffin, Producer - Mike Engles, Producer

℗ 1983 Mercury Records Limited

7
Start Of The Breakdown David Jensen BBC Session 20/10/1982
00:03:59

Curt Smith, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Stanley, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Hughes, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - ROLAND ORZABAL, ComposerLyricist - Roland Orzabel, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Tears For Fears, MainArtist - Dale Griffin, Producer - Mike Engles, Producer

℗ 1983 Mercury Records Limited

8
The Hurting David Jensen BBC Session 20/10/1982
00:03:49

Curt Smith, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Stanley, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Hughes, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - ROLAND ORZABAL, ComposerLyricist - Roland Orzabel, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Tears For Fears, MainArtist - Dale Griffin, Producer - Mike Engles, Producer

℗ 1983 Mercury Records Limited

9
Start Of The Breakdown Live At Oxford Apollo/ April 8th 1983
00:05:54

Curt Smith, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Stanley, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - ROLAND ORZABAL, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tears For Fears, MainArtist - Manny Elias, Drums, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1983 Mercury Records Limited

10
Change Live
00:04:57

Curt Smith, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Stanley, Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Hughes, Producer - ROLAND ORZABAL, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tears For Fears, MainArtist - Manny Elias, Drums, Rhythm Programming, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1983 Mercury Records Limited

Album Description

The Hurting would have been a daring debut for a pop-oriented band in any era, but it was an unexpected success in England in 1983, mostly by virtue of its makers' ability to package an unpleasant subject -- the psychologically wretched family histories of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith -- in an attractive and sellable musical format. Not that there weren't a few predecessors, most obviously John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band album -- which was also, not coincidentally, inspired by the work of primal scream pioneer Arthur Janov. (But Lennon had the advantage of being an ex-Beatle when that meant the equivalent to having a box next to God's in the great arena of life, where Tears for Fears were just starting out.) Decades later, "Pale Shelter," "Ideas as Opiates," "Memories Fade," "Suffer the Children," "Watch Me Bleed," "Change," and "Start of the Breakdown" are powerful pieces of music, beautifully executed in an almost minimalist style. "Memories Fade" offers emotional resonances reminiscent of "Working Class Hero," while "Pale Shelter" functions on a wholly different level, an exquisite sonic painting sweeping the listener up in layers of pulsing synthesizers, acoustic guitar arpeggios, and sheets of electronic sound (and anticipating the sonic texture, if not the precise sound of their international breakthrough pop hit "Everybody Wants to Rule the World"). The work is sometimes uncomfortably personal, but musically compelling enough to bring it back across the decades.
© Bruce Eder /TiVo

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