The Full Wiki

Boys Don't Cry (song): Wikis


Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.



From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Boys Don't Cry"
Single by The Cure
Released June 15, 1979 (UK)
21 April 1986 (UK)
Format 7" 12"
Recorded 1979
Genre Post-punk
Length 2:35
Label Fiction Records
Producer Chris Parry (1979/1986)
Robert Smith (1986)
Dave Allen (1986)
The Cure singles chronology
"Killing an Arab"
"Boys Don't Cry"
"Jumping Someone Else's Train"
The Cure continued chronology
"Half an Octopuss" / "Quadpus"
"Boys Don't Cry (New Voice · New Mix)"
"Why Can't I Be You?"
1986 cover
"Boys Don't Cry (New Voice · New Mix)" single cover.

"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".

Track listing

1979 release

7" single

  1. "Boys Don't Cry"
  2. "Plastic Passion"

1986 re-release

7" single

  1. "Boys Don't Cry (New Voice · New Mix)"
  2. "Pill Box Tales"

12" single

  1. "Boys Don't Cry (New Voice · Club Mix)"
  2. "Pill Box Tales"
  3. "Do the Hansa"


Use in film

The song has appeared in:

The 1998 movie The Wedding Singer.

A cover version, performed by Nathan Larson, was used as the title song of the 1999 film Boys Don't Cry.

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).

Cover versions

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."[1]

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.

Australian ska band Area-7 released a more upbeat cover of the song on their debut album Bitter & Twisted in 2000.

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!

The Mexican electropop band Belanova covered "Boys Don't Cry" during the Dulce Beat Tour; the live version of the song was included in the band's Dulce Beat Live album.

The Argentinian rock band Juan Terrenal released a studio cover of the song in Spanish with a video [2].

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.

In 2004, during the U.K. leg of their world tour, Robert Smith joined Blink-182 to perform the song All of This. Afterwards, Robert Smith rejoined the band to perform a cover of the song. [3]

Placebo have also played "Boys Don't Cry" with Robert Smith at their Wembley Arena show in November 2004.

California metal quintet Atreyu mention this song with the line "...and Robert Smith lied, boys do cry..." in their song "The Crimson" off their 2004 album The Curse.

Punk Peruvian band dIAZEPUNK has covered the song and put it on their 2004 album Bajo en Serotonina as a Hidden Track.

Actress Scarlett Johansson did a cover of the song and featured it on her ep "Live Session (iTunes Exclusive)" in 2008.

Chart positions

Chart (1979) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 99

"Boys Don't Cry (New Voice · New Mix)"

Chart (1986) Peak
German Singles Chart 19
UK Singles Chart 22
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 26
French Singles Chart 28

As title album in 1980


Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address