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In August of 1985 The Cure released their 6th studio album “The Head On The Door”, and album that takes its title from the single Close to Me. this day in 1985

This record marks the return of bassist Simon Gallup who had departed after touring for the band’s 4th album Pornography . The album also saw Porl Thompson officially rejoin the band, as he had played guitar during the Malice and Easy Cure days. Also added to the lineup was drummer Boris Williams who had previously worked with the Thompson Twins, The album also included The hit singles  “Close To Me” and “In Between Days” With its variety of styles, it allowed the group to reach a wider audience in both Europe and North America. In the United Kingdom, it quickly became their most successful album to date.

The album was the first to to be released by singer/songwriter/guitarist Robert Smith after he had left Siouxsie and the Banshees in May of 1984 Smith has stated that the Banshees album “Kaleidoscope” was a strong influence of the wide variety of tracks on The Head On the Door: be it Kyoto Song’s Japanese flavor or  The Blood’s Spanish style played in a Flamenco style. The piano tune in the track Six Different Ways was evolved from from the single Swimming Horses. The last song of the album, “Sinking”, was reminiscent of the band’s Faith era, while Close To Me was described as a disco type thing”

The Head on the Door is the first Cure album where all the songs were composed solely by singer and guitarist Robert Smith.

Following the ill informed controversy between The Cure’s The Walk, and New Order’s Blue Monday, is the even stronger similarity between The Cure’s single from this record “In Between Days to New order’s “Dreams Never End” Regardless of what you believe from the rivalry above, the video only single A Night Like This admittedly reuses previous material by reworking the original melody from the early Easy Cure track Plastic Passion.

‘A Night Like This’  “I’m coming to find you, if it takes me all night / A witch hunt for another girl / For always and ever is always for you / Your trust, the most gorgeously stupid thing I ever cut in the world.”

One of Robert Smith’s greatest breakup songs, ‘A Night Like This’ (from 1985’s ‘The Head on the Door’) is filled with regret, sadness and a looming hopelessness that’s bound to repeat itself over and over again. The sax solo drives it home.

Here included is the full “Les Enfants du Rock” program from 1985 where The Cure are promoting “The Head On The Door”. Note that at 6 minutes and 45 seconds, Robert half jokingly derides founding member and keyboardist Lol Tolhurst for his alcoholism a subject that is addressed at length in Lol’s book “Cured The Story Of Two Imaginary Boys.

In 2006, the album was re-released by Fiction Records/Polydor Records labels, digitally remastered with various demos and live tracks from the era. Included were demos of the four B-Sides from the era (“The Exploding Boy”, “A Few Hours After This”, “A Man Inside My Mouth” and “Stop Dead”) and four previously unreleased songs. The remaining tracks included demos or live versions of all 10 songs from the first disc. One of the four new songs, “Mansolidgone”, is similar both musically and lyrically to another demo, “A Hand Inside My Mouth” (not to be confused with “A Man Inside My Mouth”) which appeared on “The Top”Deluxe Edition. Both songs, and the uncovered demo “Lime Time”, contain lyrics which would be later used in the songs “In Between Days” and “Six Different Ways.”


1. In Between Days
2. Kyoto Song
3. The Blood
4. Six Different Ways
6. The Baby Screams
7. Close to Me
8. A Night Like This
9. Screw
10. Sinking

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