The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry (Music Video)

      “Boys Don’t Cry” was the second single to be released by The Cure, released in June 1979. It was released in the UK as a stand-alone single, and was included as the title track on Boys Don’t Cry, the American equivalent to Three Imaginary Boys. History Written by Michael Dempsey, Robert Smith, and Lol Tolhurst, the lyrics tell […]

 

 

 

Boys Don’t Cry” was the second single to be released by The Cure, released in June 1979. It was released in the UK as a stand-alone single, and was included as the title track on Boys Don’t Cry, the American equivalent to Three Imaginary Boys.

History

Written by Michael DempseyRobert Smith, and Lol Tolhurst, the lyrics tell the story of a man who has given up trying to regain the love of a girl that he has lost, and tries to disguise his true emotional state by “laughing, hiding the tears in [his] eyes, ’cause boys don’t cry”.

In April 1986 it was re-released under the title “New Voice · New Mix”, in which the original track was remixed and the vocals re-recorded. The new version has not appeared on any subsequent release by The Cure, but can be heard in the music video for “Boys Don’t Cry”. It was released to promote Standing on a Beach, however the original version of the song appears on the album.

Track listing

1979 release

7″ single

  1. “Boys Don’t Cry” – 2:34
  2. “Plastic Passion” – 2:15

1986 re-release

7″ single – Polydor – 883 937-7 (FR)

  1. “Boys Don’t Cry (Resung and Club Mixed Feb. ’86)” – 2:38
  2. “Pill Box Tales” – 2:54

12″ single

  1. “Boys Don’t Cry (New Voice · Club Mix)”
  2. “Pill Box Tales” – 2:56
  3. “Do the Hansa” – 2:40

Personnel

Other versions

Use in film

The song has appeared in:

Covers

The song was covered by the Sacramento band Oleander. Their version appeared in their 1999 album February Son, and was released as a single in 2000. The band Reel Big Fishplayed a ska version of the song on their live album, Our Live Album Is Better than Your Live Album.



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