This is the original extended version of Close To Me which featured on the 12 inch single released in 1985. It's a particular favourite of mine, mainly because of those gorgeous New Orleans style jazz trumpets. The original version that features on the album The Head On The Door is without a brass section.
Released on 9th September 1985, Close To Me was the twelfth single release by The Cure, reaching #24 in the UK. A remix released in 1990 faired even better, peaking at #13. The previous single, In Between Days, was the first to be released from The Head On The Door and reached #15. No further songs were lifted from the album to be released as singles.
The album itself is at odds with Robert Smith's ghoulish looks and the blurry sleeve artwork. It's a mainly vibrant affair, full of distinctive and catchy pop tunes, although there are still dark and moody moments. In general, it doesn't suffer from the 80s production techniques that have dated so many other albums from the same era. This was the first album by the English band to feature drummer Boris Williams, who remained with the band until 1993. Bassist Simon Gallup (he left the band in 1982) rejoined the line-up and still plays with the band today.
Hot Hot Hot!!! was the final single to be lifted from The Cure's seventh studio album Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. Released in February 1988, the song failed to reach the UK Top 40, stalling at #45. However, that doesn't stop it from being a damn fine song, and the funky guitar work is divine.
Released as a double LP, cassette and CD in May the previous year, the album gave the British band their first Top 40 success in America, reaching #35 (#6 UK) and all album releases since then have reached the Top 20 of the Billboard 200 album charts.
The Cure took full advantage of the fact that CD's could hold many more tracks than vinyl, and the 18 track album is seen as a classic by Cure fans. Robert Smith's lyrics are better than ever and the album features a rockier sound than on previous albums.
But this is not straightforward or predictable rock or pop, and a wide variety of instruments feature with violins, saxophone, horns and atmospheric, swirling guitars helping to create a more interesting sound. The album takes you on a journey through both happiness and depression, and although some of the tracks are purely fillers, there is much here to enjoy. I wouldn't call it a classic myself, but it's one of the band's finer moments, that's for sure.