Pictures of You (The Cure song)

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"Pictures of You"
Single by The Cure
from the album Disintegration
Released 19 March 1990
Format 7", 12", CD
Length 4:48 (7")
7:59 (12")
6:40 (U.S. 12")
7:29 (album)
Label Fiction Records
Producer(s) Robert Smith, Dave Allen
The Cure singles chronology
"Pictures of You"
"Never Enough"

"Pictures of You" is the fourth and final single from the British rock band the Cure's 1989 album Disintegration. Called "chilly goth-rock"[1] and "accessible...synth-pop",[2] the song has a single version which is a shorter edit of the album version. There are also two different remixes on two UK 12" singles, and other singles released around the world, one of which later appeared on Mixed Up as the Extended Dub Mix and differs significantly from the album version in arrangement in that incorporates wholly original drum and bass arrangements. The other is an extended remix of the original album version which, at 7:59, runs slightly longer than the album version. There is also an edit which was released on 12" in the US, titled "extended remix" as in the European and Australasian releases, but which runs for 6:40 rather than 7:59.

According to interviews, the inspiration of the song came when a fire broke loose in Robert Smith's home. After that day, Smith was going through the remains and came across his wallet which had pictures of his wife, Mary. The cover of the single is one of the pictures. The same picture was used as the cover of the "Charlotte Sometimes" single, but that version was heavily warped and distorted.

In 2011, the song was voted #283 on Rolling Stone's "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list.[3] It is also widely considered by many Cure fans to be the band's most beautiful song.


  • Angie Hart's version was used for a TAC (Transport Accident Commission) ad campaign to combat speeding drivers.[4][5]
  • Lit (band) covered the song for their 2004 eponymous album Lit (album).

In pop culture[edit]

  • In 2003, Hewlett-Packard used the song in a commercial for digital photography products.

Track listing[edit]

7" single (1)
  1. "Pictures of You" (Single edit) — 4:46
  2. "Last Dance" (live) — 4:42[6]
7" single (2)
  1. "Pictures of You" (Single edit) — 4:46
  2. "Prayers for Rain" (live) — 4:48
12" single (1)
  1. "Pictures of You" (Extended version) — 8:07[7]
  2. "Last Dance" (live) — 4:41
  3. "Fascination Street" (live) — 5:23
12" single (2)
  1. "Pictures of You" (Strange mix) — 6:45[8]
  2. "Prayers for Rain" (live) — 4:48
  3. "Disintegration" (live) — 7:54
CD single
  1. "Pictures of You" (Single edit) — 4:46
  2. "Last Dance" (live) — 4:45
  3. "Fascination Street" (live) — 5:19
  4. "Prayers for Rain" (live) — 4:48
  5. "Disintegration" (live) — 7:54

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
Australia (ARIA Charts)[9] 89
Germany (GfK Entertainment) 18
Ireland (Irish Singles Chart) 9
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 27
US Billboard (Hot Modern Rock Tracks) 19
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 71



  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2002). Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, Stephen Thomas Erlewine, ed. All Music Guide to Rock: The Definitive Guide to Rock, Pop, and Soul. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 276. ISBN 9780879306533. ...chilly goth-rock... 
  2. ^ a b Apter, Jeff (2009). Never Enough: The Story of The Cure. Omnibus Press. p. 386. ISBN 9780857120243. Accordingly, the more immediate and accessible "Pictures Of You" followed "Plainsong", a sort of synth-pop yin to 'Plainsong's pathos-heavy yang. 
  3. ^ "Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time". Rolling Stone. April 7, 2011. Retrieved November 3, 2015. 
  4. ^ TAC - Pictures of You
  5. ^ 'Pictures of You' TAC advertising campaign launched
  6. ^ Recorded live at Wembley, July '89
  7. ^ "Discogs: Cure, The – Pictures Of You". Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  8. ^ This mix later appeared on the "Mixed Up" album as "Extended Dub Mix"
  9. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  10. ^ "The Cure – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for The Cure.

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