The CURE – ” Just Like Heaven “

Posted: October 3, 2014 in MUSIC
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The Cure and the perfect pop song,
Show Me Show Me Show Me How You Do That Trick The One That Makes Me Scream she Said, The One That Makes me Laughs She Said, She Threw Her Arms Around My Neck, Show Me How You Do It,

The idea is that one night like that is worth 1,000 hours of drudgery. “Just Like Heaven” was The Cure’s first top 40 hit in the US. It also reached the top 40 in France, New Zealand and the UK. In the summer of 1992, Robert Smith has called it “the best pop song the Cure has ever done.” The group wrote most of the song during recording sessions in southern France in 1987. The lyrics were written by their frontman Robert Smith, who drew inspiration from a past trip to the sea shore with his future wife. Smith’s memories of the trip formed the basis for the song’s accompanying music video. Before Smith had completed the lyrics, an instrumental version of the song was used as the theme for the French television show Les Enfants du Rock.

When the French TV show Les Enfants du Rock asked The Cure to provide a theme song, Smith offered the instrumental version. As he explained, “It meant the music would be familiar to millions of Europeans even before it was released”. He completed the lyrics when the group moved the sessions to Studio Miraval, located in Le Val, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The band completed the song quickly, and at the time Smith considered it to be the most obvious potential single from the songs the band had recorded during their two-week stay at Miraval.

“Just Like Heaven” was the third single released from their 1987 album “Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me”. The song became the Cure’s first American hit and reached number 40 on the Billboard charts in 1988. It has been praised by critics and covered by artists such as Dinosaur Jr. and Katie Melua. The third single from Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me It was inspired by a trip Robert Smith took with his then-girlfriend (future wife) Mary Poole to Beachy Head at East Sussex. Smith told Blender in 2003: The song is about hyperventilating – kissing and fainting to the floor.

The music video for “Just Like Heaven” was directed by Tim Pope, who had directed all of the band’s previous videos since 1982’s “Let’s Go to Bed “. The video was filmed in England’s Pinewood Studios in October 1987. Set on a cliff overlooking a sea, the video recreates many of the memories detailed in the song’s lyrics. When a fanzine asked Smith what the song was about, he said it was inspired by “something that happened to me a long time ago—see the video! Smith had claimed for years that the video was shot at the same place that inspired the song, he later admitted that the bulk of it was filmed in a studio, utilising footage of the water and cliffs of “Beachy Head”.

During the song’s piano solo the sky turns to nighttime and the band is shown clad in white shirts. Mary Poole appears in this sequence as a woman dressed in white dancing with Smith. As Smith explained, “Mary dances with me in the video because she was the girl [in the song], so it had to be her.” Pope later commented, “[Poole] can honestly lay claim to being the only featured female in any Cure video, ever.”

In order to develop material for “Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me”, Smith forced himself to write music for 15 days of each month. During this regimen, he developed the chords and melody which form the basis of “Just Like Heaven”. Structurally, Smith found what he had written was similar to the Only Ones’s 1979 hit “Another Girl, Another Planet”. When he brought an instrumental demo of the song to the album recording sessions in Southern France, Cure drummer Boris Williams increased the tempo and added an opening drum fill which inspired Smith to introduce each instrument singularly and in sequence

The Cure perform “Just Like Heaven” at the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

“Just Like Heaven” is written in the key of A major and consists of an A–E–Bm–D chord progression which repeats throughout the song, except during the chorus when the band plays an Fm–G–D progression. The song’s central hook is formed from a descending guitar riff which appears between song verses and in parts of the bridge and the last verse. This guitar line contrasts with the “fuzzier mix” of the rhythm guitars. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of All Music said “the stately ‘Just Like Heaven’ […] is remarkable and helps make the album “Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me” one of the group’s very best”. Ned Raggett, also of AllMusic, wrote that the song was “instantly memorable, [and] sparkling with rough energy it’s a perfect showcase for Robert Smith’s ear for wistful, romantic numbers. His main guitar line, a descending, gently chiming melody, contrasts perfectly against the fuzzier mix of the rhythm guitars, while Simon Gallup’s bass and Boris Williams‘ strong, immediate drums make for a great introduction to the track. Barry Walsh of Slant magazine said the Cure “…is at the top of its game […] on the simply stellar ‘Just Like Heaven’. Glistening descending guitar lines, Gallup’s throbbing bass line, and Williams‘ authoritative thumping frame a typically lovelorn Smith lyric, with the end result being one of the Cure’s finest singles, and perhaps one of the best pop singles of the late ’80s

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Released 5th October 1987

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