Released in 1987, this album helped put The Cure into the American mainstream, becoming their first album to reach the Billboard Top 40 (achieving Platinum certification). It was also a big international success, as was its predecessor, The Head on the Door, reaching the Top 10 in numerous countries.
Though a double album, it was released as a single CD, and single cassette. One track, "Hey You!!!", was omitted from the original CD release (due to the 74:33 Red Book time restriction on the CD format at the time) to fit the album on one disc, but was included on all cassette releases. A limited vinyl edition came with an extra six-track 12" (orange vinyl, featuring the songs "Sugar Girl", "Snow In Summer", "Icing Sugar", "A Japanese Dream", "Breathe" and "A Chain Of Flowers").
Robert Smith has stated that he wrote the song "Shiver and Shake" about Lol Tolhurst's diminishing role in the band. This is also the last studio album band member Porl Thompson played keyboards on; he played guitar only on all subsequent studio releases. Special guest Andrew Brennan played the saxophone on "Hey You!!!" and "Icing Sugar."
Kiss Me continues to dominate the band's live set; the 2008 4Tour included performances of "The Kiss", "Torture", "Catch", "Why Can't I Be You?", "How Beautiful You Are", "Just Like Heaven", "Hot Hot Hot!!!", "If Only Tonight We Could Sleep", and "Shiver and Shake" at various shows.
The album was re-released in August 2006. The first disc includes "Hey You!!!", which had been omitted from the previous CD issue. The second disc is composed of demos and live versions of the songs on the first disc, including a recording of "Why Can't I Be You?" from the final show of the Kissing Tour at the Wembley Arena. It was released 8 August 2006 in the U.S. and 14 August 2006 in the UK.
Robert Smith stated on his website that there were so many missing tracks that he made three discs. One had the original album, one had demos of the B-Sides and unreleased tracks, and one had alternate tracks of the songs from the album. After discussing it with family and friends, he decided that the latter of the extra discs was more qualified to be released. He said it wasn't impossible that the other disc may show up in a leak or another release.
The first disc contains the original album, as above, including "Hey You!!!". The track listing on the Amazon.com website omits "Torture," but it is, in fact, Track 3 of the disc for a total of 18 tracks.