The Hurting

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The Hurting
The Hurting orig.jpg
Standard cover art, originally used for the "Suffer the Children" single
Studio album by Tears for Fears
Released 7 March 1983
Recorded 1982–1983
Genre New wave, dark wave, synthpop
Length 41:39
Label Mercury/Phonogram
Producer Chris Hughes, Ross Cullum
Tears for Fears chronology
The Hurting
Songs from the Big Chair
(1985)Songs from the Big Chair1985
International cover art
Cover art for earlier international editions, originally used for the "Mad World" single
Cover art for earlier international editions, originally used for the "Mad World" single
Singles from The Hurting
  1. "Suffer the Children"
    Released: 30 October 1981 (original release)
  2. "Pale Shelter (You Don't Give Me Love)"
    Released: 9 April 1982 (original release)
  3. "Mad World"
    Released: 20 September 1982
  4. "Change"
    Released: 24 January 1983
  5. "Pale Shelter"
    Released: 18 April 1983
  6. "Suffer the Children"
    Released: 19 August 1985 (re-release)
  7. "Pale Shelter (You Don't Give Me Love)"
    Released: 26 August 1985 (re-release)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 3/5 stars[2]
Q 4/5 stars[3]
Record Collector 4/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[5]
Smash Hits 8/10[6]

The Hurting is the debut studio album by the British rock/pop band Tears for Fears. It was released on 7 March 1983, and peaked at No. 1 on the UK Album 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 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 with liner notes about the album's creation. A 30th Anniversary reissue was released on 21 October 2013, in both double-CD and deluxe 4-disc boxed set editions.

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

All tracks written by Roland Orzabal, except "The Way You Are" written by Orzabal, Curt Smith, Ian Stanley, and Manny Elias.

No. Title Length
1. "The Hurting" 4:20
2. "Mad World" 3:35
3. "Pale Shelter" 4:34
4. "Ideas as Opiates" 3:46
5. "Memories Fade" 5:08
6. "Suffer the Children" 3:53
7. "Watch Me Bleed" 4:18
8. "Change" 4:15
9. "The Prisoner" 2:55
10. "Start of the Breakdown" 5:00
11. "Change" (New Version†) 4:36


  • Cassette only bonus track
1999 remastered and expanded
No. Title Length
11. "Pale Shelter (Long Version)†" 7:09
12. "The Way You Are (Extended)††" 7:43
13. "Mad World (World Remix)" 3:42
14. "Change (Extended Version)" 6:00


  • † – The 1999 remastered version of the album incorrectly credits Curt Smith as co-writer and Mike Howlett as producer of "Pale Shelter" (Long Version). As confirmed on the original releases, Smith did not write any of the tracks for The Hurting and this version of "Pale Shelter" is actually the 1983 12" extended version of the song, which was produced by Chris Hughes and Ross Cullum. Howlett produced the original 1982 version.
  • †† – "The Way You Are" was originally a non-album track, though the 12" version was included on the remastered version of The Hurting in 1999.

2013 30th anniversary editions[edit]

Two deluxe editions of the album were released on 21 October 2013. One is a double CD comprising CDs 1 & 2 (as below), and the other is a 4-disc boxed set comprising CDs 1–3 and a DVD (as below), a book containing interviews, a new essay from Paul Sinclair about the album, a replica of a 1983 tour programme, a discography and photos. The first 500 pre-orders from the Universal Music online store also included a vinyl 7" single of "Change" in a rare earlier picture sleeve.


  • † – Track 4, labeled as "Ideas As Opiates (Alternate Version)", was intended to be the first version of the song (originally released as the B-Side to "Mad World") but was mistakenly replaced by a previously unreleased version of the album track.[7]
  • †† – Track 15, although labeled as "We Are Broken", is actually "Broken Revisited" which is a slightly extended version of the original track and was first included as a bonus track on the limited edition cassette of Songs from the Big Chair in 1985 and later included on the 1999 remastered edition and 2006 deluxe edition of the same album.


Tears For Fears

Additional personnel



Chart (1983) Peak
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[8] 15
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[9] 7
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[10] 30
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[11] 15
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[12] 16
UK Albums (OCC)[13] 1
US Billboard 200[14] 73

30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Chart (2013) Position
UK 85


Year Single Chart Position
1982 "Mad World" UK Singles Chart 3
1983 "Change" UK Singles Chart 4
US Billboard Mainstream Rock 22
US Billboard Pop Singles 73
"Pale Shelter" UK Singles Chart 5


Organization Level Date
BPI (UK)[15] Silver 9 March 1983
Gold 25 March 1983
Platinum 29 January 1985
RIAA (USA) Gold 1 December 1993


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  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 
  3. ^ Collins, Andrew (July 1999). "Tears for Fears: The Hurting". Q. London (154): 129. 
  4. ^ Byford, Tom (December 2013). "Tears For Fears – The Hurting". Record Collector. London (421). Retrieved 27 December 2015. 
  5. ^ Fricke, David (7 July 1983). "Tears for Fears: The Hurting". Rolling Stone. New York. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. Retrieved 30 June 2009. 
  6. ^ Dellar, Fred (17 March 1983). "Tears for Fears: The Hurting". Smash Hits. London. 5 (6): 30. 
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  8. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 306. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  9. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 6256a". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
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  11. ^ " – Tears for Fears – The Hurting" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
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  13. ^ "Tears for Fears | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  14. ^ "Tears for Fears Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  15. ^ BPI Certifications Database
Preceded by
Thriller by Michael Jackson
UK Albums Chart number one album
26 March 1983 – 1 April 1983
Succeeded by
The Final Cut by Pink Floyd