The Hurting by Tears for Fears

By the Left Coast Rebel

I'm shocked that this album is not a part of my collection, it's actually 8os super-talent synth band Tears for Fears' debut album but a lot of it is super dark, nuanced and progressive. I have Tears for Fears' Songs from the Big Chair and a compilation, too, but I just never came across The Hurting.

Somebody had a bad childhood: Cover art for The Hurting


One of the singles from The Hurting, "Memories Fade" live (this live version really shows the chops of the band):



Lyrics to "Memories Fade":

There's only need
I love your need
So much I'm losing me
I cannot see the reason for the pain
With hungry joy
I'll be your toy
Just hoping you will play
Without hope my body starts to fail

Memories fade but the scars still linger
Goodbye my friend
Will I ever love again
Memories fade but the scars still linger

I cannot grow
I cannot move
I cannot fell my age
The vice like grip of tension holds me fast
Engulfed by you
What can I do
When history's my cage
Look foward to a future in the past

The more I talk
The more I say
The less you seem to hear
I'm speechless in a most peculiar way
Your mind is weak
Your need is great
And nothing is too dear
For you to use to take the pain away
Memories fade
No don't pretend you can justify the end
Memories fade but the scars still linger

That's some dark stuff, love it!

Man, I'm telling you, Roland Orzabal -- lead singer and songwriter for the band, dude with the long, brown hair belting out the notes in the video above -- has a clean set of pipes. Orzabal was born in 1961 and The Hurting debuted in 1983 and was recorded in 1982. Which means...this guy was only 21 when The Hurting was being recorded. It always fascinates me to ponder talent like this, especially at such a young age. People that were born for music, it's in their veins and they know it even at an extremely young age. Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree fame is another name that comes to mind like this. I read in a fanzine (yah, that's me) that he plays music something like 12 hours a day, isn't married and has devoted his entire life (since early adulthood) to music. It shows.

I have been long disgusted with the state of modern music today, especially of the MTV/Billboard variety. I see "artists" like Lady Gaga and truly have to shake my head. Sex and absurd salaciousness are no replacement for true talent. What happened to the music industry in this country? When did such mediocre standards of both decency and quality settle in? Was it overnight? Or, a gradual slide?

Another A++ classic from The Hurting, "Mad World":



Lyrics from "Mad World":

All around me are familiar faces
Worn out places, worn out faces
Bright and early for their daily races
Goin' nowhere, goin' nowhere
Their tears are fillin' up their glasses
No expression, no expression
Hide my head I want to drown my sorrow
No tomorrow, no tomorrow

And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I'm dyin'
Are the best I've ever had
I find it hard to tell you
'Cause I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It's a very, very
Mad world, mad world
Mad world, mad world

Children waitin' for the day they feel good
Happy birthday, happy birthday
Made to feel the way that every child should
Sits and listen, sits and listen
Went to school and I was very nervous
No one knew me, no one knew me
Hello teacher tell me what's my lesson?
Look right through me, look right through me

And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I'm dyin'
Are the best I've ever had
I find it hard to tell you
'Cause I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It's a very, very
Mad world, mad world
Mad world, mad world

And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I'm dyin'
Are the best I've ever had
I find it hard to tell you
'Cause I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It's a very, very
Mad world, mad world
Mad world, mad world
A raunchy young world
Mad world

Again, that is some seriously dark stuff. Haunted by childhood memories, since Roland Orzabal wrote this piece, I assume that the story relates to him.

Here's another dark-but-goody gem, "Pale Shelter", this looks like what was probably the MTV/British music scene music video, wow!:



And a better quality version of "Pale Shelter":



And, finally, "Suffer the Children":



Do yourself a favor. Grab a set of high-def headphones, head over to iTunes or Amazon and pick up the dark, moody, nuanced gem The Hunting, grab the headphones and slip away -- it's a lot different than the radio-friendly super-famous tunes from Tears for Fears that everyone is familiar with.

Props to my generation for creating 80s music, memories of happier times...

6 comments:

  1. Very good stuff. Maybe you'd like this from The Bad Plus.

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  2. There's a lot of good music out there still, it's just a little below the surface.

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  3. Before the Obama era, I spent as much time online looking for new music as I do now blogging.

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  4. Jason - Before Obama (five years ago or so) I spent a lot of time and money on my near obsession with prog rock. You wouldn't believe the amount of great music out there if you are willing to put in a little work to find it. I'll check out The Bad Plus, thanks!

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  5. This band is pure genius... I've bought their stuff since Summer 1982 when they came out, very innovative and talented

    Like Rush, they've got a philosophy behind it, I read somewhere they are advocates of "Primal Scream Therapy" in order to blow off steam or whatever... thus "Tears for Fears"

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  6. My most cherished album from the 1980's is Rio by Duran Duran. I liked Tears for Fears very much, but Simon LeBon wast cuter. :)

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