Tuesday, 26 February 2013
The Cure - Close To Me - Extended Version
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.
Don't miss the video of a stunning live performance of A Forest by The Cure on this blog.