Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me

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Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
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Studio album by The Cure
Released 25 May 1987
Recorded 1986-1987
Genre Alternative rock, gothic rock, new wave, post-punk
Length 74:35
Label Fiction (UK)
Elektra (U.S. original release)
Rhino (2006 reissue)
Producer David M. Allen, Robert Smith
The Cure chronology
The Head on the Door
Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
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 5/5 stars [1]
AllMusic 4/5 stars [2]
Blender 5/5 stars [3]
Robert Christgau B [4]
Pitchfork Media (9.4/10) [5]
Rolling Stone (favourable) [6]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [7]
Slant 4/5 stars [8]
Stylus A− [9]
Virgin Encyclopedia 4/5 stars [10]

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

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.[11]


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.[12] 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 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.

2006 re-release[edit]

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.[2]

Live performances[edit]

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 one
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 two
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 three
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 four
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

The track "Hey You!!!" was omitted from early CD pressings due to time constraints, but in the 2006 reissue, was added in a 80 minute CD. First the CD was from 74 minutes, but now are in this time longitude.

2006 deluxe edition[edit]

Disc one[edit]

The first disc contains the original album, as above, including "Hey You!!!". The track listing on the website omits "Torture," but it is, in fact, Track 3 of the disc for a total of 18 tracks.[14]

Disc two: Rarities 1986–1987[edit]

  1. The Kiss (RS Home Demo 3/86) Instrumental – 3:40
  2. The Perfect Girl (Beethoven St. Studio Demo 6/86) Instrumental – 3:26
  3. Like Cockatoos (Beethoven St. Studio Demo 6/86) Instrumental – 2:11
  4. All I Want (Beethoven St. Studio Demo 6/86) Instrumental – 3:33
  5. Hot Hot Hot!!! (Beethoven St. Studio Demo 6/86) Instrumental – 3:49
  6. Shiver and Shake (Jean Costas Studio Demo 8/86) Instrumental – 2:55
  7. If Only Tonight We Could Sleep (Jean Costas Studio Demo 8/86) Instrumental – 3:16
  8. Just Like Heaven (Jean Costas Studio Demo 8/86) Instrumental – 3:26
  9. Hey You! (Jean Costas Studio Demo 8/86) Instrumental – 2:32
  10. A Thousand Hours (Miraval Studio Guide Vocal/Rough Mix 10/86) – 3:27
  11. Icing Sugar (Miraval Studio Guide Vocal/Rough Mix 10/86) – 3:20
  12. One More Time (Miraval Studio Guide Vocal/Rough Mix 10/86) – 4:36
  13. How Beautiful You Are ... (Live Bootleg - County Bowl Santa Barbara 7/87) – 5:22
  14. The Snakepit (Live Bootleg - County Bowl Santa Barbara 7/87) – 7:30
  15. Catch (Live Bootleg - NEC Birmingham 12/87) – 2:32
  16. Torture (Live Bootleg - NEC Birmingham 12/87) – 4:04
  17. Fight (Live Bootleg - Bercy Paris 12/87) – 4:30
  18. Why Can’t I Be You? (Live Bootleg - Wembley Arena London 12/87) – 7:43



Guest musician[edit]

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




Year Chart Position
1987 US Billboard 200 35
UK Albums Chart 6
Australia Top 40 9
Austria Top 40 4
France Top 50 2
Germany Top 40 4
Sweden Top 40 13
Switzerland Top 40 3


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


Sample of "Just like Heaven" by The Cure

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