One of the joys of scrounging through sorely neglected vinyl bins in used record shops is stumbling across something that you didnâ€™t even know you were looking for. Such is the case of a recent find â€“ the original UK 12â€ single for Tears for Fearsâ€™ â€œSuffer the Childrenâ€.
I hadnâ€™t even realized this was released as a single overseas, much less that it featured a b-side, â€œWinoâ€, that was even left off the 1996 b-sides collection, “Saturnine Martial & Lunatic”. â€œWinoâ€ is interesting not for its lyrical content (â€œWino / Youâ€™re a cigarette smoker / You have a good time / they call you a jokerâ€ – – 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 12â€ mostly for the b-side, I didnâ€™t have much expectation that the extended mix of â€œSuffer the Childrenâ€ 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. Thereâ€™s an almost entirely new vocal, completely new background vocals and an all-around beefier mix. I donâ€™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.