Japanese Whispers

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Japanese Whispers:
The Cure Singles Nov 82 : Nov 83
Compilation album by The Cure
Released December 6, 1983
Recorded November 1982 – April 1983
Length 28:27
Label Fiction (UK), Sire (U.S.)
Producer Chris Parry, Steve Nye, Robert Smith, Phil Thornalley
The Cure compilations chronology
Japanese Whispers
The Top
(1984)The Top1984
Singles from Japanese Whispers
  1. "Let's Go to Bed"
    Released: November 23, 1982
  2. "The Walk"
    Released: July 5, 1983
  3. "The Love Cats"
    Released: October 18, 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[2]
Sputnikmusic 2.5/5 stars[3]

Japanese Whispers: The Cure Singles Nov 82 : Nov 83 is a singles album by British group the Cure. It was released in late 1983 by their record company, Fiction Records.

It includes the singles "Let's Go to Bed", "The Walk" and "The Lovecats". Two other tracks are the B-sides of these singles, although "Mr. Pink Eyes" (the second B-side for "The Lovecats") was not included. The songs were recorded when the band was in a transitional phase after bassist Simon Gallup left following a tour to promote the previous album, Pornography. Beginning with these singles, Lol Tolhurst switched from drums to keyboards, a role he kept until his departure in 1989.

For the tracks from the "Let's Go to Bed" and "The Walk" singles, the Cure was a duo consisting of Tolhurst and Robert Smith, with the addition of session drummer Steve Goulding (a member of Graham Parker and the Rumour) for the tracks from "Let's Go to Bed". For "The Lovecats" single, a full band was assembled with the addition of bassist/producer Phil Thornalley, who had worked with the band on Pornography, and drummer Andy Anderson, a lineup which would continue for the Concert live album.

In 1986, the singles' lead tracks were included in the Staring at the Sea compilation album, while all of the B-sides were included in the 2004 B-sides and rarities box set Join The Dots.

Japanese Whispers was the first Cure album to enter the Billboard 200 in the US, in early 1984.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Robert Smith and Laurence Tolhurst except as noted.

  1. "Let's Go to Bed" – 3:34
  2. "The Dream" (Smith) – 3:13
  3. "Just One Kiss" – 4:09
  4. "The Upstairs Room" – 3:31
  5. "The Walk" – 3:30
  6. "Speak My Language" – 2:41
  7. "Lament" (Smith) – 4:20
  8. "The Love Cats" (Smith) – 3:40


Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[4] Silver 60,000^