The Cure ‘The Head on the Door’

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#344 in the Series) is The Cure, The Head on the Door

1985 was the year when arguably The Cure began the “Meat Era” of their careers. They did some nice work before, and they would do some down the road as well, but it was the three album era from 1985 to 1989 that The Cure would establish themselves and their sound. They did this while producing the three critical albums that would define their career. Yes, I feel that they would be known more for what they did in this time, than any other period.

In those five years they would release, The Head on the Door, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me and Disintegration. We saw their popularity build as those three albums would peak on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart at 60, 35 and then 12 respectively.  The next album, Wish would actually peak at #2. I think that album sold mainly off of the momentum built off the last three. It wasn’t nearly as strong in my book. It did however, give us the great “Friday I’m in Love.”

The Head on the Door would be the home to two major hits for the band. “Close to Me” would only make it to 97 while “In Between Days” would not chart on the Hot 100 Singles chart at all. These tracks would do more damage on the AOR and college type stations. I ask..
In Between Days” .. is this their best song? For sure its in the team picture.

The Cure would also go thru some personnel changes at this time as well. Boris Williams would make his debut as the band’s drummer while Porl Thompson became an official member. It also marked the return of Simon Gallop.

I remember seeing The Cure around this time. I swear everyone in the stands had the wild Robert Smith hair.  They were quite surprised to see that Robert had cut his short right before the tour!  Always one step ahead!   If you don’t remember Robert Smith with the short hair then be sure to check out the playlist below. I’ve got quite a few live versions of songs from that era.  Enjoy!

Track listing

All songs written by Robert Smith.

Side One

  1. “In Between Days” – 2:57
  2. “Kyoto Song” – 4:16
  3. “The Blood” – 3:43
  4. “Six Different Ways” – 3:18
  5. “Push” – 4:31

Side Two

  1. “The Baby Screams” – 3:44
  2. “Close to Me” – 3:23
  3. “A Night Like This” – 4:16
  4. “Screw” – 2:38
  5. “Sinking” – 4:57


  • Robert Smith – vocals, guitars, keyboards
  • Lol Tolhurst – keyboards
  • Porl Thompson – guitars, keyboards
  • Simon Gallup – bass guitars
  • Boris Williams – drums, percussion
  • David Allen – producer
  • Ron Howe – saxophone on “A Night Like This”
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Posted by Larry Carta

1 Comment

  1. coachmaddog (15 Apr 2011, 18:48)

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. This one is totally cool. Mr. Smith is the king of the dark.

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