Friday I'm in Love

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"Friday I'm in Love"
Single by The Cure
from the album Wish
Released 11 May 1992
Format CD, 12" vinyl
Genre Jangle pop[1]
Length 3:38
Label Fiction
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
The Cure singles chronology
"High"
(1992)
"Friday I'm in Love"
(1992)
"A Letter to Elise"
(1992)
Music video
"Friday I'm In Love" on YouTube

"Friday I'm in Love" is a song by British rock band The Cure. It is the second single taken from the album Wish (1992), and was a worldwide hit. It won the award for European Viewer's Choice for Best Music Video at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards.

Production[edit]

During the writing process, Robert Smith became convinced that he had inadvertently stolen the chord progression from somewhere, and this led him to a state of paranoia where he called everyone he could think of and played the song for them, asking if they had heard it before. None of them had, and Smith realised that the melody was indeed his.[2]

The song was written to be a slower number than its upbeat final rendition. While the track was recorded in D major, the commercially released version sounds a quarter-tone higher than D major due to Robert Smith forgetting to turn off the vari-speed on the tape after toying with it before recording. When played live, the song is played in its original intended key as opposed to the one heard on the record.[3]

The track was produced by both David M. Allen and The Cure.

Music video[edit]

The video, directed by Tim Pope,[citation needed] features the band performing the song in front of various backdrops on a soundstage, in homage to French silent filmmaker Georges Méliès (the appearance of characters in The Eclipse, or the Courtship of the Sun and the Moon). Throughout the video, the band play around with various props and costumes while several extras wander about, causing chaos and ultimately trashing the set. Tim Pope makes a cameo in the beginning, riding a rocking horse and yelling out high-pitched stage directions through a plastic megaphone after inhaling helium from a balloon. The final shot is of bassist Simon Gallup crouching and peering into the camera while wearing a bridal veil and holding some champagne. The producer of Friday I'm in Love, Dave M. Allen, makes an appearance in the background, holding up props too. Another oddity is the band's name on the drum - a scrawled "The Cures" rather than the band's singular name.

Release[edit]

"Friday I'm in Love" was the second single taken from the band's ninth studio album, Wish, released on 11 May 1992. The single was a number 6 hit in the UK and reached number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100. It is the band's last American Top 40 hit to date. It was also the band's last song (in a string of four) to top the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, matching the success of their previous single, "High", with a four-week stint at number 1.

Legacy[edit]

The song is featured in several TV shows and films including I Could Never Be Your Woman, Chuck, Surviving Jack, About Time, Regular Show and iZombie. The track is the main theme song used in the 2009 film He's Just Not That into You.[4]

In 2004 Soundtrack of 50 First Dates with Dryden Mitchell of Alien Ant Farm.

In the video game Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, "Friday I'm in Love" appears as both an in-game cassette tape and an anachronism, as the song was released eight years after the game takes place in 1984. The song is a playable track in the video game Rock Band 4.

The song was covered by Yo La Tengo for their 2015 album Stuff Like That There.

Track listing[edit]

7" vinyl
No. Title Length
1. "Friday I'm in Love" (single mix - also available on Galore) 3:36
2. "Halo"   3:47
12" vinyl
No. Title Length
1. "Friday I'm in Love (Strangelove Mix)"   5:29
2. "Halo"   3:47
3. "Scared as You"   4:12
cds
No. Title Length
1. "Friday I'm in Love"   3:36
2. "Halo"   3:47
3. "Scared as You"   4:12
4. "Friday I'm in Love (Strangelove Mix)"   5:29

Personnel[edit]

Like much of the band's artwork, the single's art was designed and created by guitarist Porl Thompson and Andy Vella.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[5] 39
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 13
Canada (RPM)[7] 3
Germany (Official German Charts)[8] 16
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 4
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 32
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 7
Norway (VG-lista)[12] 7
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 17
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 17
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[15] 6
South Africa (EMA)[16] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[17] 18
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[18] 32
US Hot Modern Rock Tracks (Billboard)[19] 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Cure - Galore: The Singles 1987-1997". Allmusic. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "The Cure's Robert Smith interview - Part Two". femalefirst.co.uk. 28 Oct 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-09. 
  3. ^ Gore, Joe (September 1992). "Editor". Guitar Player. 
  4. ^ Film trailer: He's Just Not That into You guardian.co.uk, 2 October 2008
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – The Cure – Friday I'm In Love". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  6. ^ "Austriancharts.at – The Cure – Friday I'm In Love" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  7. ^ Top Singles - Volume 56, No. 8, August 22 1992. RPM100 (Top Singles). RPM
  8. ^ "Musicline.de – Cure Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  9. ^ "Chart Track: Week 22, 1992". Irish Singles Chart.
  10. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Cure – Friday I'm In Love" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  11. ^ "Charts.org.nz – The Cure – Friday I'm In Love". Top 40 Singles.
  12. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – The Cure – Friday I'm In Love". VG-lista.
  13. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – The Cure – Friday I'm In Love". Singles Top 100.
  14. ^ "Swisscharts.com – The Cure – Friday I'm In Love". Swiss Singles Chart.
  15. ^ "The Cure: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company.
  16. ^ "EMA Top 10 Airplay: Week Ending {{{date}}}". Entertainment Monitoring Africa.
  17. ^ "The Cure – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for The Cure.
  18. ^ "The Cure – Chart history" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for The Cure.
  19. ^ "The Cure Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Alternative Songs for The Cure. Nielsen Business Media.

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