Boys Don't Cry (The Cure album)

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Boys Don't Cry
Boys Don't Cry.jpg
Studio album by
Released5 February 1980
Length34:09 (CD version)
LabelFiction (UK)
PVC (original US LP)
Elektra (later US CD issues)
ProducerChris Parry
The Cure chronology
Three Imaginary Boys
Boys Don't Cry
Seventeen Seconds
Singles from Boys Don't Cry
  1. "Killing an Arab"
    Released: December 1978
  2. "Boys Don't Cry"
    Released: June 1979
  3. "Jumping Someone Else's Train"
    Released: November 1979

Boys Don't Cry is The Cure's first release in North America. Released in February 1980, this album is composed of several tracks from the band's May 1979 debut album Three Imaginary Boys (which had yet to see a U.S. release) with material from the band's 1978-1979 era.


Boys Don't Cry was released on 5 February 1980 by record label Fiction. According to AllMusic, the album "[falls] somewhere between [an] official release and compilation", and was released "in hopes of increasing the band's exposure outside of the U.K."[1]

A new version of the title track was released in April 1986.[2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Q4/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[4]
The Village VoiceB+[5]

Boys Don't Cry has been generally well received by critics. Debra Rae Cohen of Rolling Stone wrote that the album "proves they can transcend their Comp. Lit. 201 (Elementary Angst) scenarios".[6] Robert Christgau of The Village Voice called the band's sound "dry post-punk, never pretty but treated with a properly mnemonic pop overlay" and was more reserved in his praise, adding, "I can look over the titles and recall a phrase from all but a few of these 13 songs. Intelligent phrases they are, too, yet somehow I find it hard to get really excited about them".[5]

In 2003, the album was ranked at No. 442 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 best albums ever. In the 2012 update of the same list, it moved up the list to No. 438.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by The Cure (Robert Smith, Michael Dempsey and Lol Tolhurst).

Side A
1."Boys Don't Cry"2:37
2."Plastic Passion"2:15
3."10:15 Saturday Night"3:40
6."Jumping Someone Else's Train"2:58
7."Subway Song"1:54
Side B
1."Killing an Arab"2:22
2."Fire in Cairo"3:21
3."Another Day"3:43
4."Grinding Halt"2:49
5."World War"2:36
6."Three Imaginary Boys"3:14
On most CD versions of the album, "Object" was replaced by "So What", the scream at the end of "Subway Song" was shortened and "World War" was removed.


The Cure


Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[7] Gold 100,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[8] Platinum 300,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ a b True, Chris. "Boys Don't Cry – The Cure". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  2. ^
  3. ^ Mulholland, Garry (June 2005). "Back Catalogue". Q (227): 124.
  4. ^ Sheffield, Rob (2004). "The Cure". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 205–06. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  5. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (28 April 1980). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  6. ^ Cohen, Debra Rae (21 August 1980). "Boys Don't Cry". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  7. ^ "Les Certifications depuis 1973: Albums". Retrieved 1 June 2019. (select "The Cure" from drop-down list)
  8. ^ "British album certifications – The Cure – Boys don't cry". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Boys don't cry in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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