The Top (album)

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The Top
The Cure - The Top.jpg
Studio album by The Cure
Released 30 April 1984
Recorded 1983–1984 at Genetic, Garden Studios and Trident
Length 40:55
Label Fiction
Producer David M. Allen, Chris Parry, Robert Smith
The Cure chronology
Pornography
(1982)
The Top
(1984)
The Head on the Door
(1985)
Singles from The Top
  1. "The Caterpillar"
    Released: 26 March 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 2/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media 6.9/10[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2.5/5 stars[4]
Stylus Magazine D+[5]

The Top is the fifth studio album by English band The Cure, released on 30 April 1984 by Fiction Records.

2006 re-release[edit]

The album was re-released August 8, 2006 in the U.S. and August 14 in the UK.

The second disc has four previously unreleased tracks ("You Stayed", "Ariel", "A Hand Inside My Mouth" – lyrics from which were eventually used in "Inbetween Days" and "Six Different Ways" – and "Sadicic", which was repurposed as "New Day"), three live performances, and studio outtakes/demos of nine of the ten songs on the original album (and of "Happy the Man" and "Throw Your Foot", final versions of which were released as B-sides on the single "The Caterpillar"). A mastering error which resulted in "Bananafishbones" playing a semitone lower than intended was corrected on this 2006 re-release, with the correct pitch of the song restored.

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.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Robert Smith, except where noted.

Original 1984 release[edit]

Side A

  1. "Shake Dog Shake" – 4:55
  2. "Bird Mad Girl" (Smith, Tolhurst) – 4:05[7]
  3. "Wailing Wall" – 5:17
  4. "Give Me It" – 3:42
  5. "Dressing Up" – 2:51

Side B

  1. "The Caterpillar" (Smith, Tolhurst) – 3:40
  2. "Piggy in the Mirror" (Smith, Tolhurst) – 3:40
  3. "The Empty World" – 2:36
  4. "Bananafishbones" – 3:12
  5. "The Top" – 6:50

2006 "Deluxe Edition"[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Shake Dog Shake"
  2. "Birdmad Girl"[7]
  3. "Wailing Wall"
  4. "Give Me It"
  5. "Dressing Up"
  6. "The Caterpillar"
  7. "Piggy In The Mirror"
  8. "The Empty World"
  9. "Bananafishbones"
  10. "The Top"

[8]

Disc two[edit]

  1. "You Stayed..." (Robert Smith home demo 8/82) – 2:21
  2. "Ariel" (Robert Smith home demo 8/82) – 2:58
  3. "A Hand Inside My Mouth" (Des Dames Studio demo 8/83) – 3:40
  4. "Sadacic" (Olympic Studio Robert Smith demo 12/83) – 4:17
  5. "Shake Dog Shake" (Garden/Eden Studios Robert Smith and Andy Anderson demo 12/83) – 4:56
  6. "Piggy in the Mirror" (Garden/Eden Studios Robert Smith and Andy Anderson demo 12/83) – 3:40
  7. "Birdmad Girl" (Garden/Eden Studios Robert Smith and Andy Anderson demo 12/83) – 3:36
  8. "Give Me It" (Garden/Eden Studios Robert Smith and Andy Anderson demo 12/83) – 3:43
  9. "Throw Your Foot" (Garden/Eden Studios Robert Smith and Andy Anderson demo 12/83) – 3:31
  10. "Happy the Man" (Garden/Eden Studios Robert Smith and Andy Anderson demo 12/83) – 2:46
  11. "The Caterpillar" (Garden/Eden Studios Robert Smith and Andy Anderson demo 12/83) – 4:17
  12. "Dressing Up" (Genetic Studio guide vocal/rough mix 2/84) – 2:14
  13. "Wailing Wall" (Genetic Studio rough mix 2/84) – 4:59
  14. "The Empty World" (live bootleg - Hammersmith Odeon 5/84) – 2:47
  15. "Bananafishbones" (live bootleg - Hammersmith Odeon 5/84) – 2:57
  16. "The Top" (live bootleg - Hammersmith Odeon 5/84) – 7:13
  17. "Forever (version)" (live bootleg - Zenith Paris 5/84) – 4:58

Personnel[edit]

The Cure
Additional musicians

Production[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1984 The Billboard 200 180

References[edit]

  1. ^ True, Chris. "The Top – The Cure". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-857-12595-8. 
  3. ^ Abebe, Nitsuh (25 August 2006). "The Cure / Robert Smith: The Top / The Head on the Door / Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me / Blue Sunshine". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 205–06. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  5. ^ Inskeep, Thomas (20 November 2006). "The Cure – The Top / The Head on the Door / Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me – Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  6. ^ http://whfs.cbslocal.com/2014/02/03/the-cure-announces-new-album-and-next-round-of-trilogy-shows/
  7. ^ a b Sometimes spelled "Birdmad girl" like in the 2006 Deluxe edition, "Bird Mad Girl" is the title found on the original LP, on later re-releases as well as on The Cure's official website.
  8. ^ "The Top - Deluxe Edition: The Cure: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-03-12.