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OVERVIEW
 
Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me is The Cure's seventh studio album, released in 1987. This album put The Cure into the American mainstream, becoming their first album to reach the Billboard Top 40. By 1990 it had sold a million Stateside copies. It was followed with another highly successful album in 1989 entitled Disintegration.
 
Released: May 1987
 
Recorded: --
 
Genre: Alternative rock, Gothic
        Rock
 
Length: 74:31
 
Label: Fiction Records
 
Producer(s): David Allen
              Robert Smith
 
HISTORY
 
It was originally a double album, and was also released on a single CD. The album was made for CD, as Robert Smith wanted to take advantage of the CD's storage capabilities, which was almost double that of a two sided record. As such, this is the first Cure album to go over an hour (Approx 74 minutes), as opposed to the normal 30-45 minutes. In fact, one track had to be removed from the original album, due to time and space restrictions, on the CD.

This is the last album supposedly featuring founding member Lol Tolhurst in some small capacity. Robert Smith has stated that he wrote the song "Shiver and Shake" about Lol's diminishing role in the band. Even though Lol is credited for playing other instruments on the next album, Disintegration, it has been officially stated that he did not contribute anything whatsoever. Special guest Andrew Brennan plays the saxophone on "Hey You!!!" and "Icing Sugar."

2006 RE-RELEASE

The album was re-released in August 2006. The first disc finally features "Hey You!!!", the omitted track, and the second disc is comprised of a demo or live version of each song on the first disc, including a recording of "Why Can't I Be You?" from the final show of the Kissing Tour at the Wembley Arena. It was released August 8 in the U.S. and August 14 in the UK.

Robert Smith stated on his website that there were so many missing tracks that he made three discs. One had the original album, one had demos of the B-Sides and never-before-heard tracks, and one had alternate-tracks of the songs from the album. Of course, he could only release one of the latter two. After discussing it with family and friends, he decided that the latter one was more qualified to be released. He said it wasn't impossible that the other disc may show up in a leak or another release.

TRACK LISTING

All lyrics by Robert Smith, except where noted; all music by Gallup, Smith, Thompson, Tolhurst, Williams

Original 1987 release

  1. "The Kiss" - 6:17
  2. "Catch" - 2:42
  3. "Torture" - 4:13
  4. "If Only Tonight We Could Sleep" - 4:50
  5. "Why Can't I Be You?" - 3:11
  6. "How Beautiful You Are" - 5:09
  7. "The Snakepit" - 6:56
  8. "Hey You!!!" [*] - 2:21
  9. "Just Like Heaven" - 3:30
  10. "All I Want" - 5:18
  11. "Hot Hot Hot!!!" - 3:32
  12. "One More Time" - 4:29
  13. "Like Cockatoos" - 3:38
  14. "Icing Sugar" - 3:48
  15. "The Perfect Girl" - 2:33
  16. "A Thousand Hours" (Tolhurst) - 3:21
  17. "Shiver and Shake" - 3:26
  18. "Fight" - 4:26

* "Hey You!!!" was removed from the original CD version for space reasons.

2006 Deluxe Edition

Disc one

Original album, as above
(including "Hey You!!!" as track 8)

Disc two: Rarities 1986-1987

  1. "The Kiss" (Robert Smith Home demo)
  2. "The Perfect Girl" (Studio demo)
  3. "Like Cockatoos" (Studio demo)
  4. "All I Want" (Studio demo)
  5. "Hot Hot Hot !!!" (Studio demo)
  6. "Shiver and Shake" (Studio demo)
  7. "If Only Tonight We Could Sleep" (Studio demo)
  8. "Just Like Heaven" (Studio demo)
  9. "Hey You!!!" (Studio demo)
  10. "A Thousand Hours" (Studio alt mix)
  11. "Icing Sugar" (Studio alt mix)
  12. "One More Time" (Studio alt mix)
  13. "How Beautiful You Are" (Live bootleg)
  14. "The Snakepit" (Live bootleg)
  15. "Catch" (Live bootleg)
  16. "Torture" (Live bootleg)
  17. "Fight" (Live bootleg)
  18. "Why Can't I Be You?" (Live bootleg)
  • Tracks 1-9 are instrumental.

PERSONNEL

PRODUCTION

  • Producers: Dave Allen, Robert Smith
  • Assistant producers: Sean Burrows, Jacques Hermet
  • Mixing: Bob Clearmountain

CHARTS

Album

Year
Chart
Position
1987
The Billboard 200
35
1987
UK Top 40
6
1987
Austria Top 40
4
1987
France Top 50
2
1987
Germany Top 40
4
1987
Sweden Top 40
13
1987
Switzerland Top 40
3

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year
Single
Chart
Position
1987
"Just Like Heaven"
Hot Dance Music/Club Play
28
1987
"Just Like Heaven"
Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
27
1987
"Just Like Heaven"
The Billboard Hot 100
40
1987
"Why Can't I Be You?"
Hot Dance Music/Club Play
27
1987
"Why Can't I Be You?"
Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
8
1987
"Why Can't I Be You?"
The Billboard Hot 100
54
1988
"Hot Hot Hot!!!"
Hot Dance Music/Club Play
11
1988
"Hot Hot Hot!!!"
Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
50
1988
"Hot Hot Hot!!!"
The Billboard Hot 100
68

 
 
                The Cure chronology
 
Staring At The         Kiss Me Kiss        Disintegration
  Sea: The              Me Kiss Me
 
   (1986)                  (1987)                (1989)