One of the joys of scrounging through sorely neglected vinyl bins in used record shops is stumbling across something that you didnÁ¢€â„¢t even know you were looking for. Such is the case of a recent find Á¢€” the original UK 12Á¢€ single for Tears for FearsÁ¢€â„¢ Á¢€Å“Suffer the ChildrenÁ¢€.
I hadnÁ¢€â„¢t even realized this was released as a single overseas, much less that it featured a b-side, Á¢€Å“WinoÁ¢€, that was even left off the 1996 b-sides collection, “Saturnine Martial & Lunatic”. Á¢€Å“WinoÁ¢€ is interesting not for its lyrical content (Á¢€Å“Wino / YouÁ¢€â„¢re a cigarette smoker / You have a good time / they call you a jokerÁ¢€ – – really?), but more for being the first truly acoustic Tears for Fears song, completely stripped of synths, a direction the band would follow more in the future, resulting in massive hits.
Since I bought the 12Á¢€ mostly for the b-side, I didnÁ¢€â„¢t have much expectation that the extended mix of Á¢€Å“Suffer the ChildrenÁ¢€ on the a-side would be much more than the normal version with a longer instrumental portion attached to the beginning. I was pleasantly surprised to find this version is more of a radio remix than a simple extended version. ThereÁ¢€â„¢s an almost entirely new vocal, completely new background vocals and an all-around beefier mix. I donÁ¢€â„¢t believe this version has ever made it to CD, not even on the recent reissue of “The Hurting”.
Not bad for $1.99. More b-side bonanzas all week.
Neither song was released as a single in the U.S.