The Hurting

Universal Music Group
Release date
22 Oct 2013
Running length
26 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The Hurting 4:16 42,493
2 Mad World 3:34 394,306
3 Pale Shelter (2nd Single Version) 4:25 1,564
4 Ideas As Opiates 3:45 33,093
5 Memories Fade 5:03 36,712
6 Suffer The Children 3:45 41,918
7 Watch Me Bleed 4:15 31,982
8 Change 4:14 116,806
9 The Prisoner 2:55 24,829
10 Start Of The Breakdown 4:58 27,210
2 Pale Shelter 4:39 146,539
3 The Prisoner (Original 7" Version) 2:45 102
4 Ideas As Opiates (Alternate Version) 3:57 61
5 Change (New Version) 4:40 1,190
6 Suffer The Children (Remix) 4:21 555
7 Pale Shelter (Long Version) 7:06 5,422
8 Mad World (World Remix) 3:41 6,359
9 Change (Extended Version) 6:00 7,416
10 Pale Shelter (New Extended Version) 7:09 1,184
11 Suffer The Children (Instrumental) 4:28 260
12 Change (Radio Edit) 3:58 434
13 Wino 2:26 512
14 The Conflict 4:03 8,528
15 We Are Broken 4:05 2,558
16 Suffer The Children (Demo) 3:59 43

About this album

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

The album was remastered and reissued in 1999, and included four remixes as bonus tracks and an extensive booklet which described the recording process of the album.
A 30th Anniversary reissue was released on 21 October 2013, in both double CD and deluxe 4-disc boxed set editions.
Tears For Fears
Roland Orzabal – vocals, guitar, keyboards, rhythm programming, lead vocals on tracks 1, 4-7, and 10
Curt Smith – vocals, bass guitar, keyboards, lead vocals on tracks 1, 2, 3, 8, and 9
Ian Stanley – keyboard programming, computer programming
Manny Elias – drumming, rhythm programming
Additional personnel
Chris Hughes – rhythm programming, tuned percussion, conducting
Ross Cullum – jazz high, dynamic toggle
Mel Collins – saxophones
Phil Palmer – palmer picking
Caroline Orzabal – child vocal on “Suffer the Children”

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  • My_Sharona

    The album cover makes me cry. [2] My favorite TFF's album <3

    28 Jun 2013 Reply
  • FridaLouise

    Oddly enough - because I'm usually more into 50s-60s stuff - one of my favorite albums. It's really an unity too, which is pretty impressive.

    7 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Miss-Kei

    </3 The album cover makes me cry.

    18 Mar 2012 Reply
  • themartialarts

    This is amazing

    14 Jan 2012 Reply
  • menstramp

    wow! i love it! from the first sound!!!!

    26 Nov 2011 Reply
  • newwavelad

    theirs best album 10/10

    4 Oct 2011 Reply
  • nosferatu66

    Has anyone else heard Phantogram's song "You are the Ocean"? It sounds INCREDIBLY like TFF's The Hurting. I want to mash them.

    20 Sep 2011 Reply
  • nosferatu66

    My fourth favourite album of the 80s - behind Simple Minds' New Gold Dream, ABC's Lexicon of Love, and OMD's Architecture & Morailty. It still sounds fresh, intelligent and heart-wrenching.

    20 Sep 2011 Reply
  • prominence_la

    Just finished this. Totally blown away. Can't wait to tear into Songs From the Big Chair tomorrow!

    1 Sep 2011 Reply

    I think it's their best album.

    15 Apr 2011 Reply
  • killhannahowns

    I hate to say it but this is becoming my favorite TFF album. Elemental has always been it, but man this still holds up after so many years.

    24 Jan 2011 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    just been listening to songs from the big chair and this album,WOW it still sounds so fresh all these years later.I just love suffer the children.

    26 Oct 2010 Reply
  • HuppumiesIsPest

    Best. Album. Ever. Well, not really, but fucking brilliant none the less.

    23 Oct 2010 Reply
  • fatcatmusic

    Bloody brilliant album, very influential. Look at how many bands are referencing TFF now.

    10 Oct 2010 Reply
  • blossomtoe

    I just couldn't agree more. Perfect early 80s pop miserabilism. Shame they cheered up and the U.S. fell in love with 'em.

    9 Feb 2010 Reply
  • jotone2

    Unbelievably good album-but it all went downhill from there

    14 Jan 2010 Reply
  • IAJP

    i like to imagine if i were actually alive in a conscious sense in the 1980's i would definitely listen to this album, as well as a load of post punk, whilst sneering at the burgeoning new romantic be quickly shocked as this band themselves became quite involved in new romanticism..i would then distance myself from them though still secretly fucking love this and the other 2 classic albums.

    24 Nov 2009 Reply
  • epi_gee

    what a fucking great wonderful as 1982 was, this is at the top of the list.

    8 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Shinchy

    Amazing Album

    15 Sep 2009 Reply
  • carolzetas

    Very great.

    31 Aug 2009 Reply
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