|"Boys Don't Cry"|
|Single by The Cure|
|Released||June 15, 1979 (UK)
21 April 1986 (UK)
|Producer||Chris Parry (1979/1986)
Robert Smith (1986)
Dave Allen (1986)
|The Cure singles chronology|
"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 but was included as the title track on Boys Don't Cry, the American equivalent to Three Imaginary Boys.
Written by Michael Dempsey, Robert 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 was not received well, and unlike the original, has not appeared on any subsequent release by The Cure. The updated version can however be heard in the music video for "Boys Don't Cry".
The song has appeared in:
The 1998 movie The Wedding Singer.
The 2006 film Starter for Ten.
The 2008 film Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist as Nick's cellphone ringtone (the band is referenced later in the film as one of Nick's favorite bands).
The band Reel Big Fish often perform a cover of this song in a live setting, and The Smashing Pumpkins have performed teases of the song live on multiple occasions. Oleander released a studio cover of the song on their major label debut, February Son, and as a single, complete with a video. Hell Is for Heroes recorded the song as a b-side for their single "Retreat," and Lostprophets did the same for their single "Last Summer." Razorlight chose to perform the song at The Cure's MTV Icon ceremony in 2004.
The song was more recently covered by Grant Lee Phillips on his newest record "Nineteeneighties". This version of the song was also featured in the second season premiere of CBS show How I Met Your Mother.
Michael and the G2s cover the song on their album "Michael and the G2s Cover Everything."
In 2007 singer/songwriter Norman Palm published a melancholic version of the song on a single called "Girls and Boys" featuring Cindy Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" on its flip side.
Hub City Stompers, a New Jersey ska band, imitated this song as "Skins Don't Cry", it is essentially the same song with few lyrics changed. The song is on their 2006 album, Dirty Jersey!
Victor Malloy covered the song on the album "Cosmonica: Tom Middleton Presents Crazy Covers, Vol. 1".
Also, "Boys Don't Cry" is a frequently used in C. C. live setlists.
The Japanese all-female punk band Mummy the Peepshow covered this song.
Actress Scarlett Johansson did a cover of the song and featured it on her ep "Live Session (iTunes Exclusive)" in 2008.
|Australian ARIA Singles Chart||99|
|German Singles Chart||19|
|UK Singles Chart||22|
|Australian ARIA Singles Chart||26|
|French Singles Chart||28|
As title album in 1980 http://www.thecure.com/discography/detail.aspx?pid=960