The Love Cats (song)

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"The Love Cats"
Single by The Cure
from the album Japanese Whispers
Released 18 October 1983
Format 7", 12"
Recorded June 1983
Genre New wave, jazz
Length 3:33
Label Fiction
Writer(s) Robert Smith
Producer(s) Chris Parry, The Cure
The Cure singles chronology
"The Walk"
"The Love Cats"
"The Caterpillar"

"The Love Cats" is a 1983 single by The Cure. It was the band's first Top 10 hit in the UK, peaking at number seven, and also hit number six in Australia. It later appeared on the compilation album Japanese Whispers. The original UK-only single appears to list the title as "The Lovecats", as do various compilations.


At the time the song was written, Robert Smith was very interested in the work of Australian author Patrick White.[1] According to a number of his fans, Smith was inspired to write "The Love Cats" after reading White's novel The Vivisector (1970), although this claim is difficult to verify.[2][3]

In the novel, the protagonist, Hurtle, is appalled when his lover's husband drowns a sack of stray cats. White draws a parallel between the way in which the cats are discarded, and the treatment of certain characters in the book; by extension, the cats symbolize the most innocent and vulnerable members of society, and the casual cruelty with which they sometimes meet their fate.[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video features a number of cats and a large lampshade falling on the head of bassist Phil Thornalley.

Track listing[edit]

UK 7"
  1. "The Love Cats" (3:33)
  2. "Speak My Language" (2:39)
UK 12" / US 12"
  1. "The Love Cats" (Extended Version) (4:37)
  2. "Speak My Language" (2:39)
  3. "Mr. Pink Eyes" (2:45)




  1. ^ The Stud Brothers: "Pictures of Youth (Pt. 1)", Melody Maker, March 7, 1992: 25-26.
  2. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) file for The Cure". Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  3. ^ "The Cure-Inspiraciones". Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  4. ^ White, Patrick. The Vivisector. New York: Viking Press, 1970.
  5. ^ Lucas - The Lovecats