Wild Mood Swings

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Wild Mood Swings
The Cure - Wild Mood Swings.jpg
Studio album by The Cure
Released7 May 1996
The Cure chronology
Wild Mood Swings
Singles from Wild Mood Swings
  1. "The 13th"
    Released: 22 April 1996
  2. "Mint Car"
    Released: 17 June 1996
  3. "Strange Attraction"
    Released: 8 October 1996
  4. "Gone!"
    Released: 2 December 1996

Wild Mood Swings is the 10th studio album by British alternative rock band the Cure, released on 7 May 1996 through record label Fiction.[1]

Background and recording[edit]

After Wish, it seemed the Cure was on the brink of being disbanded due to the departure of Porl Thompson and Boris Williams. Simon Gallup was also forced to take a vacation due to health problems, which narrowed the lineup down to Robert Smith and Perry Bamonte. Nevertheless, the two of them managed to keep things afloat long enough for Gallup to return once he recovered and convinced Roger O'Donnell to rejoin the band. This is also the first album featuring drummer Jason Cooper, who played on 9 of the 14 tracks on the album, because several drummers were auditioning for the job at the time it was being recorded.


Robert Smith has gone on record to say, "It's one of my top five favourite Cure albums."[2] Wild Mood Swings charted at number nine in the UK Albums Chart, staying on chart for six weeks, and charted at number 12 in the US Billboard 200.[3][4] Four singles were released from the album, the first being "The 13th", released in April 1996, followed by "Mint Car" released in June, then "Strange Attraction" released in United States in October and finally "Gone!" released in Europe in December 1996.

Wild Mood Swings also joins The Top as one of the least performed albums in the Cure's repertoire. On the 2008 4Tour, the band only performed "Want" at a few dates and "Club America" in Mexico City. "Jupiter Crash" was played on the 2004 Curiosa Tour, and "Want" was usually played as the third song during the 2000 Bloodflowers Tour.[5] "Want" was played during the band's headline set at Reading Festival 2012. "Mint Car" was also played on some of the festivals in 2012. All other songs were last played live at the 1996 Swing Tour, with a few festival performances in 1998 of "Treasure". In 2014, "Jupiter Crash" made a return to the band's live repertoire when it was played on both dates of the Cure's Royal Albert Hall performances.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[6]
Chicago Sun-Times2.5/4 stars[7]
Entertainment WeeklyB[8]
The Guardian2/5 stars[9]
Houston Chronicle4/5 stars[10]
Los Angeles Times2.5/4 stars[11]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[13]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide2/5 stars[14]

Wild Mood Swings received a mixed response from critics. A favourable review came from Trouser Press, which described the album as "a potent and sweeping dissertation on melancholy and tentative dreams denied", calling it "consistently compelling".[16] However, the album was the lowest-selling Cure album in 12 years, and it marked the beginning of a downward trend in the Cure's future album sales.[17]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Bamonte, Cooper, Gallup, O'Donnell and Smith, except where noted.

1."Want" 5:06
2."Club America"Bamonte, Cooper, Gallup, Smith5:02
3."This Is a Lie" 4:29
4."The 13th" 4:08
5."Strange Attraction" 4:19
6."Mint Car" 3:32
7."Jupiter Crash" 4:15
8."Round & Round & Round" 2:39
9."Gone!" 4:31
10."Numb" 4:49
11."Return" 3:28
12."Trap" 3:37
13."Treasure" 3:45
14."Bare" 7:57
Bonus track
15."It Used to Be Me" (Japanese edition only - available worldwide as the B-side of "The 13th" single)6:50


The Cure

  • Robert Smith – guitar, 6-string bass, vocals, production, sleeve art direction
  • Perry Bamonte – guitar, 6-string bass Fender VI, keyboard, sleeve art direction
  • Jason Cooper – percussion, drums, sleeve art direction
  • Simon Gallup – bass guitar, sleeve art direction
  • Roger O'Donnell – keyboard, sleeve art direction

Additional personnel

  • Jesus Alemany – trumpet
  • John Barclay – trumpet
  • Steve Dawson – trumpet
  • Richard Edwards – trombone
  • Sid Gauld – trumpet
  • Will Gregory – saxophone
  • Steve Sidwell – trumpet
  • Mister Chandrashekhar – violin
  • Sue Dench – viola
  • Leo Payne – violin
  • Audrey Riley – cello
  • Chris Tombling – violin
  • Ronald Austin – drums on "This is a Lie"
  • Louis Pavlou – drums on "Club America"
  • Mark Price – drums on "Mint Car", "Trap" and "Treasure"
  • Ronald Austin – arrangements
  • Sid Gauld – arrangements
  • Will Gregory – arrangements
  • Audrey Riley – arrangements



Chart (1996) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[18] 5
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[19] 12
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[20] 17
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[21] 37
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[22] 10
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[23] 13
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[24] 2
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[25] 9
UK Albums (OCC)[26] 9
US Billboard 200 12[4]


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[27] none 105,000[28]
United States (RIAA)[29] Gold 500,000^
Worldwide (IFPI) N/A

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


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