The Hanging Garden (song)

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"The Hanging Garden"
A Single, The Hanging Garden by The Cure.jpg
Single by The Cure
from the album Pornography
B-side"Killing an Arab"
Released12 July 1982 (1982-07-12)
GenreGothic rock
Songwriter(s)Robert Smith, Simon Gallup and Lol Tolhurst
The Cure singles chronology
"Charlotte Sometimes"
"The Hanging Garden"
"Let's Go to Bed"

"The Hanging Garden" is a song by English rock band the Cure, released as the sole single from their fourth studio album, Pornography. The release is sometimes referred to as A Single. The single reached No. 34 in the UK Singles Chart.[1]

Music video[edit]

The video shows the band playing in the York House Gardens in London, England. The band also wears masks, which is similar to the concept of the Pornography album. Robert Smith recalled: "For the 'Hanging Garden' video we got two people who did Madness videos but it was a really awful video. They wanted to make us look serious and we wanted them to make us look like Madness".[2] The video was directed by Chris Gabrin.[3][4]


In addition to being released as a 7" single featuring "The Hanging Garden" and "Killing an Arab", "The Hanging Garden" was also released as A Single, a gatefold double pack of 7" singles with a total of four tracks.[5] It was also released as a 10" record which contained all four songs from the double 7" pack.


NME writer Adrian Thrills was not impressed with the single, writing, "The Cure have drifted disappointingly and indulgently from the idyllic pop invention of their younger days".[5] BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel included the song at No. 25 in his Festive Fifty list for 1982.[6] In a retrospective review for AllMusic, Stewart Mason wrote that the song was heavily influenced by Siouxsie and the Banshees. "The urgent, thundering drums that underpin "The Hanging Garden" are clearly some sort of homage to Budgie, who provided very similar drum patterns to years' worth of Siouxsie & the Banshees songs. Similarly, Simon Gallup's bass borrows something from Steven Severin's insistent throb, and Smith's own guitar is primarily used for drones and ornamentation, much as it was in the Banshees".[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Hanging Garden"
  2. "Killing an Arab" (live)

Double pack

Side A
  1. "The Hanging Garden"
  2. "One Hundred Years"
Side B – recorded April 27, 1982, at the Manchester Apollo
  1. "A Forest" (live)
  2. "Killing an Arab" (live)



  1. ^ "Cure / Artist / Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  2. ^ Apter, Jeff (1 March 2006). Never Enough: The Story of the Cure. Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-1844498277.
  3. ^ "The Cure — Hanging Garden — video clip". Universal Music Group. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  4. ^ "The Cure — Hanging Garden (1982)". IMVDb. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  5. ^ a b Apter, Jeff (1 March 2006). Never Enough: The Story of the Cure. Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-1844498277.
  6. ^ "BBC — Radio 1 - Keeping It Peel — Festive 50s - 1982". BBC. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  7. ^ Mason, Stewart. The Hanging Garden at AllMusic. Retrieved 11 October 2014.

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