Written by Roland Orzabal and sung by bassist Curt Smithit was originally the band's second single release in early However, it would later become a Top 20 hit in Canada and would become a Top 75 hit when it was reissued in the UK in The generally better-known version was a re-recording from As with the previous two singles, the song also reached the Top 40 in several other countries. Along with "Suffer the Children""Pale Shelter" was one of two demo songs that landed Tears for Fears their first record deal with Phonogram in The rest of the music and lyrics were eventually written in a single morning's time.
After the release of their David Lord -produced debut single "Suffer the Children", "Pale Shelter" was selected as the follow-up. In an effort to sound more commercial, and because Lord was busy recording Peter Gabriel's Im A Stranger - John Mayalls Bluesbreakers* - Bare Wires albumMike Howlett was brought in to produce.
Artistic disagreements between the duo and Howlett specifically regarding his overuse of Linn drums led to this being his only work with Tears for Fears. As Curt Smith later noted, "Mike was far too commercial for us. Although both recordings of the song open with a sample played in reverse, on the original, it is an extra lyric spoken by Orzabal, while on the album cut, it is a brief piano lick.
The 7" features the original recording of the song, while the 12" features an extended version. Both formats featured the B-side "The Prisoner", a noisy, electronic piece inspired by the Peter Gabriel song " Intruder ", which showed off the duo's early experiments with synthesizers and sampling. Although the single attracted some club play in the United Statesit was ultimately a failure in the UK charts. Inafter the success of singles " Mad World " and " Change ", the re-recorded version of "Pale Shelter" was given another shot as a single, released in Ma Baker - Knorkator - Ich Hasse Musik United Kingdom and Europe in both 7" and 12" formats.
The 7" features a slightly edited version of the album cut, while the 12" features a new extended version. To provide a chart push the second time around, Mercury took full advantage of the picture disc and coloured vinyl gimmicks that were popular throughout the s and early s.
In all, eleven different variations of the reissued single were available for purchase. All formats of the reissue featured the B-side "We Are Broken", an early version of the song "Broken" which Pale Shelter - Tears For Fears - The Hurting later appear on Tears for Fears' second album Songs from the Big Chair. Aided by aggressive promotion and the duo's coinciding British concerts at many of which the song was played twice"Pale Pale Shelter - Tears For Fears - The Hurting finally became Pale Shelter - Tears For Fears - The Hurting chart success, peaking at no.
Infollowing up on the massive success of Songs from the Big ChairMercury reissued the original Howlett-produced version of "Pale Shelter" as a single, complete with a new variation of the original picture sleeve. Featuring the same formats and track listings as the original release, the single was a modest success, denting the UK Top Although "Pale Shelter" was not released commercially in the United States, it was issued in Canada in early to promote The Hurtingalbeit in different form.
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