It’s very hot today. Yesterday the temperature got over 30 and today is forecast to be the same. 34 tomorrow, 30 Monday, 29 Tuesday – there’s no end in sight. Yesterday morning was quite pleasant – mid 20s – Peter came and we sat in the garden and I felt like I used to on a lovely holiday in Switzerland or Los Angeles. But then it got humid, too hot, I ate a tub of ice cream and it was like a cauldron upstairs. At 5:30 this morning, it was unbearable. So, a quick blog today inspired by the third track on Side 3 of this double record, “Hot! Hot! Hot!”
I have most of The Cure albums and I love them all but I especially like the deep dark doomy depressing albums like “Pornography” and “Disintegration”. This album is more varied and more fun. It’s easily forgotten that Robert Smith is a very funny man. He comes from Crawley so I supposed he has to be. “Hot! Hot! Hot!” is a dance track and is as far removed from “Short Term Effect” on “Pornography” as you could get. Mind you the lyrics are not sunny and optimistic. “The third time I saw lightning strike, it hit me in bed. It threw me around and left me for dead”.
Like all well sequenced records, the track that follows “One More Time” has a contrasting mood, a long doomy instrumental opening before Robert Smith’s great singing voice kicks in with what is, basically, a love song. It sounds miserable but is quite touching.
There are eighteen songs on this album and the deluxe edition, released in 2006 has a further eighteen songs of studio demos and live songs. The first song, “The Kiss” is great and starts with four minutes of psychedelic guitar with lots of feedback. It makes for a brilliant start to the album.
“Just Like Heaven” was The Cure’s first single to chart in the USA and Robert Smith rates it highly despite the lyrical content: “The song is about hyperventilating—kissing and fainting to the floor.” It was used in the film of the same name, a 2005 American romantic comedy starring Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo, and Jon Heder. It’s The Cure at their very best, if you like their pop style like “Friday I’m In Love” or “Love Cats” which I do, very much.
My favourite track is “Why Can’t I Be You” which is very danceable, catchy and infectious. Sadly, and I’m ashamed to admit this, part of the appeal is the video which indulges in schoolboy humour, with a vulgar pun on the word “can’t”.
The Cure have been going for forty two years and have released thirteen studio albums. Robert Smith is sixty one. Their performance at Glastonbury last year was sensational. So much good music to listen to. We are living in the golden age.