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OVERVIEW
 
Wild Mood Swings is The Cure's tenth studio album, released in 1996.
 
Released: 21 May 1996
 
Recorded: 1995-1996
 
Genre: Alternative rock
 
Length: 61:34
 
Label: Fiction Records
 
Producer(s): Steve Lyon,
              Robert Smith
 
HISTORY

After Wish, it seemed The Cure was on the brink of being disbanded for good due to the departure of Porl Thompson and Boris Williams. Simon Gallup was also forced to take a vacation due to health problems, which narrowed the lineup down to Robert Smith and Perry Bamonte. Nevertheless, it seems the two of them managed to keep things afloat long enough for Simon to return once he recovered and convince Roger O'Donnell to rejoin the band. This is also the first album featuring drummer Jason Cooper, who played on 9 of the 14 tracks on the album, because several drummers were auditioning for the job at the time it was being recorded. (See below.)

This album was poorly received by many Cure fans (selling just one million copies worlwide compared to the four million sales of Wish). In concerts since the record's corresponding tour, only "Want", "Jupiter Crash" and "Treasure" appear to have remained in The Cure's repertoire.

A minor theme present on the album is the mocking of the excessive lifestyle of the 90s club scene. This is seen most in the tracks "Club America" and "Want".

TRACK LISTING

All songs by Bamonte, Cooper, Gallup, O'Donnell and Smith, except where noted

  1. "Want" - 5:06
  2. "Club America" (Bamonte, Cooper, Gallup, Smith) - 5:01
  3. "This Is a Lie" - 4:29
  4. "The 13th" - 4:08
  5. "Strange Attraction" - 4:19
  6. "Mint Car" - 3:32
  7. "Jupiter Crash" - 4:15
  8. "Round & Round & Round" - 2:38
  9. "Gone!" - 4:31
  10. "Numb" - 4:49
  11. "Return" - 3:28
  12. "Trap" - 3:37
  13. "Treasure" - 3:45
  14. "Bare" - 7:56
Bonus track
15. "It Used to Be Me" - 6:50
(Japanese edition only - available world wide as a B-side in the "The 13th" single).

PERSONNEL

Additional personnel

Brass

  • Jesus Alemany - trumpet
  • John Barclay - trumpet
  • Steve Dawson - trumpet
  • Richard Edwards - trombone
  • Sid Gauld - trumpet
  • Will Gregory - saxophone
  • Steve Sidwell - trumpet

Strings

  • Mister Chandrashekhar - violin
  • Sue Dench - viola
  • Leo Payne - violin
  • Audrey Riley - cello
  • Chris Tombling - violin

Percussion

  • Ronald Austin - drums on "This is a Lie"
  • Louis Pavlou - drums on "Club America"
  • Mark Price - drums on "Mint Car", "Trap" and "Treasure"

PRODUCTION

  • Producers: Steve Lyon, Robert Smith
  • Engineer: Steve Lyon
  • Mixing: Paul Corkett, Spike Drake, Paul Q. Kolderie, Tom Lord-Alge, Steve Lyon, Alan Moulder, Tim Palmer, Mark Saunders, Adrian Maxwell Sherwood, Sean Slade, Robert Smith
  • Mastering: Ian Cooper
  • Arrangers: Ronald Austin, Sid Gauld, Will Gregory, Audrey Riley, Robert Smith
  • Art direction: The Cure, Andy Vella

SINGLES

CHARTS

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year
Chart
Position
1996
The Billboard 200
12

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year
Single
Chart
Position
1996
"Mint Car"
Modern Rock Tracks
14
1996
"Mint Car"
The Billboard Hot 100
58
1996
"The 13th"
Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
11
1996
"The 13th"
Modern Rock Tracks
15
1996
"The 13th"
The Billboard Hot 100
44

 
 
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