Wish (The Cure album)

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Studio album by The Cure
Released 21 April 1992
Recorded 1991–1992 at The Manor in Oxfordshire, England
Genre Alternative rock, gothic rock
Length 65:42
Label Fiction (UK)
Elektra (U.S.)
Producer David M. Allen and Robert Smith
The Cure chronology
Wild Mood Swings
Singles from Wish
  1. "High"
    Released: 16 March 1992
  2. "Friday I'm in Love"
    Released: 11 May 1992
  3. "A Letter to Elise"
    Released: 5 October 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B[2]
Robert Christgau C+[3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[4]

Wish is the ninth studio album by British alternative rock band The Cure, released on 21 April 1992, through Fiction Records in the UK and Elektra Records in the US.[5] The record is the final studio album featuring Boris Williams and the first featuring Perry Bamonte, as well as being the last album featuring Porl Thompson for sixteen years.[6] Whilst retaining the sound and mood of Disintegration (1989) on some tracks, Wish often found the band moving into more of a pop direction, and received positive reviews upon release, including a four star review in Rolling Stone that stated: "For its cult of millions, the Cure offers the only kind of optimism that makes sense." [7][8] Wish was also the band's overall highest charting album, and most commercially successful in the band's career, given its debut at number one in the UK and number two in the United States, where it sold more than 1.2 million copies.[9][8] Wish was also nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 1993.

The album's first single was "High", released on 16 March 1992. The single peaked at number eight in the UK Singles Chart, forty-two in the US Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks.[10][11][12] The album's second single, "Friday I'm in Love", released on 11 May 1992, became one of the band's most popular songs – reaching number six in the UK Singles Chart and number eighteen in the Billboard Hot 100, and number one in the Modern Rock Tracks.[9][11][12] The final single was for "A Letter to Elise", going at number twenty-eight in the UK and 2 in the Modern Rock Tracks.[9][12] On 16 November 1993, a limited EP called Lost Wishes was released on cassette with four new tracks on it.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by The Cure (Bamonte, Gallup, Smith, Thompson, Williams).

  1. Open – 6:51
  2. High – 3:37
  3. Apart – 6:40
  4. From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea – 7:44
  5. Wendy Time – 5:13
  6. Doing the Unstuck – 4:24
  7. Friday I'm in Love – 3:39
  8. Trust – 5:33
  9. A Letter to Elise – 5:14
  10. Cut – 5:55
  11. To Wish Impossible Things – 4:43
  12. End – 6:46

Lost Wishes EP[edit]

A Side
  1. Uyea Sound – 5:21
  2. Cloudberry – 5:19
B Side
  1. Off to Sleep – 3:38
  2. The Three Sisters – 4:11


All credits taken from liner notes [6]

The Cure
Additional musicians
  • Kate Wilkinson – viola
  • Producers: Dave Allen, The Cure
  • Engineers: Dave Allen, Steve Whitfield
  • Assistant engineer: Chris Bandy
  • Mixing: Mark Saunders
  • Mixing assistants: Andy Baker, William Parry, Danton Supple, Mark Warner
  • Album Cover: Parched Art (Porl Thompson and Andy Vella)


Chart (1992) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[14] 1
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[15] 14
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[16] 6
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[17] 22
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[18] 3
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[19] 7
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[20] 10
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 8
UK Albums (OCC)[22] 1
US Billboard 200[8] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Position
US Billboard Chart 55


Country Certification
UK Gold
US Platinum
Australia Platinum
Switzerland Gold


  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/wish-mw0000275947
  2. ^ http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,310277,00.html
  3. ^ http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?name=the+cure
  4. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/wish-19920421
  5. ^ "The Cure : Official Site: Discography :: Wish". thecure.com. Retrieved December 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Wish (CD, Vinyl, Cassette). The Cure. Fiction. 1992. 
  7. ^ "The Cure: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/wish-19920421 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "allmusic.com" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  9. ^ a b c http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/_/cure/
  10. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/archive-chart/_/1/1992-03-28/
  11. ^ a b http://www.billboard.com/artist/397801/cure/chart
  12. ^ a b c "The Cure Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Alternative Songs for The Cure. Nielsen Business Media
  13. ^ http://www.thecure.com/discography/1263/lost_wishes
  14. ^ "The Cure – Wish". Australiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved December 2013.
  15. ^ "The Cure – Wish" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved December 2013.
  16. ^ "Top 100 Longplay". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved December 2013.
  17. ^ "The Cure – Wish" (in Dutch). Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved December 2013.
  18. ^ "The Cure – Wish". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved December 2013.
  19. ^ "The Cure – Wish". Norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved December 2013.
  20. ^ "The Cure – Wish". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved December 2013.
  21. ^ "The Cure – Wish". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved December 2013.
  22. ^ "Cure | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved December 2013.

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Preceded by
Up by Right Said Fred
UK number one album
2 May 1992 – 8 May 1992
Succeeded by
Stars by Simply Red
Preceded by
Blood Sugar Sex Magik
by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
10–16 May 1992
Succeeded by
Greatest Hits: 1966-1992 by Neil Diamond