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Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
The Cure - Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me.jpg
Studio album by
Released25 May 1987
The Cure chronology
Standing on a Beach
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
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Blender5/5 stars[2]
Chicago Sun-Times3/4 stars[3]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[4]
Q4/5 stars[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[7]
Sounds4.5/5 stars[8]
Uncut4/5 stars[9]
The Village VoiceB[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 bring the Cure into the American mainstream, becoming the band's first album to reach the top 40 of the Billboard 200 chart (achieving Platinum certification). It was also a great international success, as was its predecessor, The Head on the Door, reaching the top 10 in numerous countries.[11]

In 2000, the album was voted #256 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums.[12]

Production and content[edit]

Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me is the last Cure studio album upon which Porl Thompson played keyboards; he played only guitar on all subsequent studio releases. Special guest Andrew Brennan played the saxophone on "Hey You!!!" and "Icing Sugar". The album was recorded at Studio Miraval in Correns, France.[13]


Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me was released on 25 May 1987 by the Fiction label in the UK and by 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 because of the 74:33 Red Book CD time restriction, 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" (Weird Remix), "A Japanese Dream", "Breathe" and "A Chain of Flowers".

The album was re-released in August 2006, including "Hey You!!!" on the first disc, a song that had been omitted from the original 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 on 8 August 2006 in the U.S. and on 14 August 2006 in the UK. Robert Smith stated on his website that there were so many missing tracks that he made three discs, the third containing alternate tracks of the album's songs. However, after discussing with family and friends, he decided that the first two discs were better choices for release. Smith said that it was possible that the other disc may surface as a leak or in a future release.[14]

Track listing[edit]

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

Side A
1."The Kiss"6:17
4."If Only Tonight We Could Sleep"4:50
Side B
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
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
1."Icing Sugar"3:48
2."The Perfect Girl"2:34
3."A Thousand Hours"3:21
4."Shiver and Shake"3:26
Total length:74:35
2006 Deluxe Edition bonus disc: Rarities 1986–1987
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


The Cure

Guest musician

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




Year Chart Position
1987 US Billboard 200 35
UK Albums Chart 6
Australia (Kent Music Report)[15] 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


Region Certification Certified units/sales
France (SNEP)[17] Gold 215,600[16]
United Kingdom (BPI)[18] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[19] Platinum 1,000,000^
Worldwide 2,000,000[20]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  18. ^ "British album certifications – The Cure – Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
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