Wish (The Cure album)

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Wish
Studio album by
Released21 April 1992
Recorded1991–1992
StudioThe Manor (Shipton-on-Cherwell, England)
Genre
Length66:23
LabelFiction
Producer
The Cure chronology
Entreat
(1991)
Wish
(1992)
Show
(1993)
Singles from Wish
  1. "High"
    Released: 16 March 1992
  2. "Friday I'm in Love"
    Released: 15 May 1992
  3. "A Letter to Elise"
    Released: 5 October 1992

Wish is the ninth studio album by English rock band the Cure, released on 21 April 1992[3] by Fiction Records in the United Kingdom and Elektra Records in the United States.[4] Wish was the most commercially successful album in the band's career, debuting at number one in the UK and number two in the US, where it sold more than 1.2 million copies.

On 25 November 2022, a remastered 30th-anniversary deluxe edition of Wish was released, containing four previously unreleased demos with vocals, instrumental demos, the Lost Wishes instrumental cassette and remix versions.[5]

Recording[edit]

The record is the final studio album by the Cure to feature drummer Boris Williams and the first to feature guitarist/keyboardist Perry Bamonte, who previously worked as a roadie for the band,[6] as well as being the last album to feature guitarist Porl Thompson for sixteen years.[7]

Whilst retaining their trademark gothic rock sound and mood on some tracks, Wish often found the band emphasizing the lighter, broader guitar-driven alternative rock direction that was hinted on their previous three records. According to Thompson, Wish was recorded on 48 tracks and "almost everything was used".[8] Robert Smith also revealed the hit song "Friday I'm in Love" was purposely sped up a quarter-tone sharp on the recording tape, halfway between D and E-flat. Smith commented on the speeding up of the tape of the song in a 1993 interview: "[…] that was an accident. I was playing with the vari-speed and forgot to turn it off. But the whole feel changed, and the fact that it's the only song on Wish that's not in concert pitch really lifts it out and makes it sound different. After working on the record for months, hearing something a quarter-tone off makes your brain take a step backwards."[8] Smith also revealed that the "detuning" of the guitars played a role in the unique "sound" of the album, as did the subliminal overdubs and the extensive use of feedback.[8] "A lot of things on our record that sound like heavy chorusing are actually just detuned instruments. The only drawback to that is onstage it's very confusing sometimes, especially with lots of phasing effects going on. It turns into this overwhelming pulsing sound, and you can't hear anything."[8]

Smith also revealed that the songs "Mesmerise" by Chapterhouse, and "Human" by The Human League were an influence on the album, he commented on both songs in 1993: "For every album we do, I assemble a bunch of songs that have something that I'm trying to capture. For Wish, I would listen to 'Mesmerise' by Chapterhouse for its feeling of abandon and 'Human' by The Human League. You couldn't spot anything sonically or structurally that would influence anything we did, but there's an indefinable something that I'm trying to capture. One night I must have played 'Mesmerise' 20 times, drinking and turning it louder and louder, putting myself into a trance."[8]

Release[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[9]
Chicago Tribune[10]
Christgau's Consumer GuideC+[11]
Entertainment WeeklyB[12]
Los Angeles Times[13]
NME8/10[14]
Pitchfork8.4/10[15]
Q[16]
Rolling Stone[17]
Select5/5[18]

The album's lead single was "High", released on 16 March 1992.[19] The single peaked at number eight on the UK Singles Chart, number 42 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and number one on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.[20][21][22] The album's second single, "Friday I'm in Love", was released on 15 May 1992, a Friday,[23] later reaching number six on the UK Singles Chart, number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100, and number one on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.[24][21][22] The final single was "A Letter to Elise", issued on 5 October 1992.[25] This song reached number twenty-eight in the UK and number two on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.[24][22]

Wish was released on 21 April. It 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."[17] Wish was also the band's overall highest-charting album, and most commercially successful in the band's career. Upon release, Wish would soon debut at number one on the UK Albums Chart, and number two on the US Billboard 200, where it sold more than 1.2 million copies.[24][26] It also reached number one on Cash Box's Top 200 Pop Albums chart in the US on 16 May 1992.[27] Wish was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 1993.

On 16 November 1993, a limited-edition EP titled Lost Wishes was released on cassette with four new tracks on it.[28] In 1995, Q included Wish in its publication "In Our Lifetime: Q's 100 Best Albums 1986–94", a list compiled to celebrate its 100th issue.[29] In 2000 it was voted number 646 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums.[30]

Reissues[edit]

On 13 April 2018, in an interview with BBC Radio 6 Music, Robert Smith confirmed that the deluxe edition of Wish had been finished.[31] On 28 July 2022, the band announced a remastered and expanded 30th-anniversary deluxe edition of Wish, releasing it on 25 November 2022. The 30th-anniversary edition contains 24 previously unreleased demos, out-takes, the Lost Wishes EP and a collection of 12-inch remixes of all three singles from the Wish period.[5] The recordings were remastered by Smith and Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios.[32][33]

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by the Cure (Perry Bamonte, Simon Gallup, Robert Smith, Porl Thompson, Boris Williams).

No.TitleLength
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"6:45

2022 Deluxe Edition[edit]

Disc 2: Demos
No.TitleDetailsLength
1."The Big Hand" (1990 Demo)final version on B-side to A Letter To Elise 7-inch4:38
2."Cut" (1990 Demo aka “Away")final version appears on Wish3:31
3."A Letter to Elise" (1990 Demo, aka “Cut”)final version appears on Wish5:01
4."Wendy Time" (1990 Demo)final version appears on Wish5:13
5."This Twilight Garden" (instrumental demo)final version on B-side to "High" 7-inch3:25
6."Scared As You" (instrumental demo)final version on B-side to "Friday I’m in Love" 12-inch2:33
7."To Wish Impossible Things" (instrumental demo)final version appears on Wish3:33
8."Apart" (instrumental demo)final version appears on Wish3:38
9."T7" (instrumental demo)previously unreleased2:40
10."Now Is the Time" (Instrumental demo)previously unreleased2:20
11."Miss van Gogh" (Instrumental demo)previously unreleased2:48
12."T6" (instrumental demo)previously unreleased3:14
13."Play" (instrumental demo)final version on B-side to High 12-inch2:28
14."A Foolish Arrangement" (instrumental demo)final version on B-side to "A Letter To Elise" 12-inch2:28
15."Halo" (instrumental demo)final version on B-side to "Friday I’m in Love" 7-inch3:06
16."Trust" (instrumental demo)final version appears on Wish4:02
17."Abetabw" (instrumental demo)previously unreleased2:26
18."T8" (instrumental demo)previously unreleased2:17
19."Heart Attack" (instrumental demo)previously unreleased2:41
20."Swing Change" (instrumental demo)previously unreleased2:10
21."Frogfish" (instrumental demo)previously unreleased2:35
Disc 3: Lost Wishes, studio out-takes, 12-inch remixes, live, rare, previously unreleased
No.TitleDetailsLength
1."Uyea Sound" (Instrumental Dim-D Mix)from Lost Wishes Cassette, 19935:28
2."Cloudberry" (Instrumental Dim-D Mix)from Lost Wishes Cassette, 19935:22
3."Off To Sleep..." (Instrumental Dim-D Mix)from Lost Wishes Cassette, 19933:47
4."The Three Sisters" (Instrumental Dim-D Mix)from Lost Wishes Cassette, 19934:12
5."A Wendy Band" (Instrumental)previously unreleased3:47
6."From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea" (Partscheckruf Mix)previously unreleased version7:36
7."Open" (Fix Mix)B-side to "High" 12-inch6:51
8."High" (Higher Mix)"High" 12-inch7:15
9."Doing the Unstuck" (Extended 12-inch Mix)Join the Dots: B-Sides & Rarities box set5:54
10."Friday I’m in Love" (Strangelove Mix)"Friday I’m in Love" 12-inch5:29
11."A Letter to Elise" (Blue Mix)"A Letter to Elise" 12-inch6:36
12."End" (Paris Live 92)previously unreleased version8:38

Personnel[edit]

All credits taken from liner notes [7]

The Cure

Additional musicians

  • Kate Wilkinson – viola on "To Wish Impossible Things"

Production

  • 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)

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Certifications and sales for Wish
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[67] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[68] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[69] Gold 7,500^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[70] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[71] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[72] Platinum 1,000,000^
Summaries
Worldwide 3,000,000[73]

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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