Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me

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Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me
The Cure - Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me.jpg
Studio album by The Cure
Released 5 May 1987
Recorded 1986–1987
Genre Alternative rock, new wave, gothic rock, neo-psychedelia
Length 74:35
Label
Producer
The Cure chronology
Standing on a Beach
(1986)
Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me
(1987)
Disintegration
(1989)
Singles from Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me
  1. "Why Can't I Be You?"
    Released: 6 April 1987
  2. "Catch"
    Released: 22 June 1987
  3. "Just Like Heaven"
    Released: 5 October 1987
  4. "Hot Hot Hot!!!"
    Released: 8 February 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Blender 5/5 stars[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 5/5 stars[3]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[4]
Pitchfork Media 9.4/10[5]
Q 4/5 stars[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[7]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[8]
Sounds 4.5/5 stars[9]
The Village Voice B[10]

Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me is the seventh studio album by British alternative rock band The Cure, released in May 1987.

The 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.[11]

Production and content[edit]

This is 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".

Release[edit]

Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me was released on 5 May 1987 by record label Fiction (in the UK) and Elektra in the US. 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").

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 former 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.[12]

Live performances[edit]

Kiss Me Kiss Me 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.

In April 2014, the Cure announced that in late 2014 they would be performing The Top, The Head on the Door and Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me in their entirety as part of their 3rd Trilogy tour.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Robert Smith; all music composed by The Cure (Smith, Simon Gallup, Porl Thompson, Lol Tolhurst, and Boris Williams).

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "The Kiss"   6:17
2. "Catch"   2:42
3. "Torture"   4:13
4. "If Only Tonight We Could Sleep"   4:50
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Why Can't I Be You?"   3:11
2. "How Beautiful You Are"   5:10
3. "The Snakepit"   6:56
4. "Hey You!!!"   2:22
Side C
No. Title Length
1. "Just Like Heaven"   3:30
2. "All I Want"   5:18
3. "Hot Hot Hot!!!"   3:32
4. "One More Time"   4:29
5. "Like Cockatoos"   3:38
Side D
No. Title Length
1. "Icing Sugar"   3:48
2. "The Perfect Girl"   2:34
3. "A Thousand Hours"   3:21
4. "Shiver and Shake"   3:26
5. "Fight"   4:27

Note

  • The track "Hey You!!!" was omitted from the original CD release, as CDs of the time could only hold 74 minutes of music. When the album was reissued in 2006, the song was included, as CD technology had improved to allow run times up to 80 minutes.

Personnel[edit]

The Cure

Guest musician

  • Andrew Brennen – saxophone on "Icing Sugar" and "Hey You!!!"

Production

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1987 US Billboard 200 35
UK Albums Chart 6
Australia (Kent Music Report)[14] 9
Austria Top 40 4
France Top 50 2
Germany Top 40 4
Sweden Top 40 13
Switzerland Top 40 3

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1987 "Just Like Heaven" Hot Dance Music/Club Play 28
Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 27
The Billboard Hot 100 40
"Why Can't I Be You?" Hot Dance Music/Club Play 27
Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 8
The Billboard Hot 100 54
1988 "Hot Hot Hot!!!" Hot Dance Music/Club Play 11
Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 50

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me – The Cure". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Wolk, Douglas (20 September 2005). "The Cure: Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me". Blender. Archived from the original on 23 November 2005. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-857-12595-8. 
  4. ^ Willman, Chris (31 May 1987). "The Cure: A Double Dose". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 12 June 2016. 
  5. ^ Abebe, Nitsuh (25 August 2006). "The Cure / Robert Smith: The Top / The Head on the Door / Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me / Blue Sunshine". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  6. ^ Heath, Chris (June 1987). "Fuzzy". Q (9). 
  7. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 205–06. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  8. ^ Walsh, Barry (3 September 2004). "The Cure: Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  9. ^ Gibson, Robin (30 May 1987). "Tongue-Twister". Sounds. 
  10. ^ Christgau, Robert (28 July 1987). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  11. ^ Hit Parade
  12. ^ http://www.thecure.com/community/news_comment.asp?AssetID=1442838&ArtistID=491&Start=881&Year=
  13. ^ CBS
  14. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 

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