The Cure's Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me Poll

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I remember when John bought this album and played it for me; the last time I had as strong an avaricious reaction to music was when my brother first played his Controversy album for me in 1981.

I don't know what my mom thought about my obsession with this album; I used to play "The Kiss" over and over and over, then I started playing side 3 over and over and over, then I started playing side 2 over and over and over, then finally I taped it and gave the original back to John so he wouldn't pummel it and just listened to it over and over and over and over again.

I have to vote "Like Cockatoos" on this, except for that my real vote is going to "The Snakepit", by which I mean I'm voting "Hot Hot Hot!!!" which of course is a smokescreen for my vote for "The Kiss" the translates to "How Beautiful You Are..." because how could I possibly not vote for "Just Like Heaven" and "Catch" is a must-have but "Torture" is so alluring and grimy and nothing is as visceral as "All I Want" and I can't live without "One More Time" and FOR FUCK'S SAKE THIS WHOLE ALBUM IS FANTASTIC, EVEN THE TWO SONGS I DON'T LIKE ALL THAT MUCH ARE INDISPENSIBLE

Lots of praying with no breakfast! (HI DERE), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 15:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

My first Cure album and the soundtrack of that summer. This record changed my life.

Marco Damiani, Wednesday, 18 February 2009 15:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

I saw them on this tour, and the show we went to was broadcast on Radio 1. You could clearly hear my sister screaming "Robert!" between songs.

nate woolls, Wednesday, 18 February 2009 15:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

I am tempted to register many sockpuppets so I can vote for everything

ā€• Lots of praying with no breakfast! (HI DERE), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 05:09

haha ^^^ this

voted for 'like cockatoos' though.

Background Zombie (CharlieNo4), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 16:05 (nine years ago) Permalink

I have this album, need to give it a thorough audition. Now seems as good a time as any.

Mequophidiophobia: fear of the beer snake (country matters), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 16:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

Voted for Hot Hot Hot (but it really *is* Just Like Heaven)

Joe, Wednesday, 18 February 2009 16:30 (nine years ago) Permalink

We should do a side 1/2/3/4 poll instead (even though it would be just as impossible)

OK, we can do a mock poll on this thread. Not sure if this will format properly:

A1 The Kiss 6:14
A2 Catch 2:44
A3 Torture 4:18
A4 If Only Tonight We Could Sleep 4:53

B1 Why Can't I Be You? 3:14
B2 How Beautiful You Are 5:14
B3 The Snakepit 6:59
B4 Hey You !!! 2:22

C1 Just Like Heaven 3:30
C2 All I Want 5:19
C3 Hot Hot Hot !!! 3:33
C4 One More Time 4:30
C5 Like Cockatoos 3:39

D1 Icing Sugar 3:49
D2 The Perfect Girl 2:34
D3 A Thousand Hours 3:23
D4 Shiver and Shake 3:28
D5 Fight 4:27

NoTimeBeforeTime, Wednesday, 18 February 2009 16:40 (nine years ago) Permalink

A The Kiss
B The Snakepit
C Just Like Heaven
D Shiver and Shake

Side B is the weakest, and the choice there was easy, but otherwise this is really tough!

NoTimeBeforeTime, Wednesday, 18 February 2009 16:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

A If Only Tonight We Could Sleep
B How Beautiful You Are
C Like Cockatoos
D A Thousand Hours

nate woolls, Wednesday, 18 February 2009 16:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

:D @ this album so far, especially Torture into If Only Tonight, awesome stuff

Mequophidiophobia: fear of the beer snake (country matters), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 16:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

The drumming on this album is brilliant. They never really recovered after Boris left.

nate woolls, Wednesday, 18 February 2009 16:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

Oh shit, my copy doesn't have "Hey You!" on it :(

Mequophidiophobia: fear of the beer snake (country matters), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 16:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

"You're just three sick holes that run like sores" is a lyric calculated to make one recoil. It stings.

i'm shy (Abbott), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 16:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

A If Only Tonight We Could Sleep
B The Snakepit
C Like Cockatoos
D Shiver and Shake

From Rax to Rich's (jjjusten), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 16:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

A If only tonight we could Sleep
B How Beautiful are you
C Just Like Heaven
D Shiver and Shake

Josh L, Wednesday, 18 February 2009 17:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

not ranking, but icing sugar is grebt.

remy bean, Wednesday, 18 February 2009 17:17 (nine years ago) Permalink

A The Kiss
B The Snakepit
C what the hell this is impossible
D Fight

Lots of praying with no breakfast! (HI DERE), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 17:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

Haha, so you're a fan of the boiling, building agony-mounters! :D

(The Snakepit is awesome, but I'm not yet sure it's awesomer than, say, The Wailing Wall)

Mequophidiophobia: fear of the beer snake (country matters), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 17:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

I've reached The Perfect Girl and this is a super album.

Mequophidiophobia: fear of the beer snake (country matters), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 17:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

A1 The Kiss 6:14
B3 The Snakepit 6:59
C1 Just Like Heaven 3:30
D3 A Thousand Hours 3:23

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Wednesday, 18 February 2009 17:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

On side A, I vacillate between "The Kiss" and "Catch".
On side B, it's "How Beautiful You Are..." and "The Snakepit".
On side C, it is literally all of them. fucking hell
On side D, it's "The Perfect Girl", "Shiver and Shake" and "Fight".

Lots of praying with no breakfast! (HI DERE), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 17:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

Like Dan this was my Cure gateway, but I gotta admit that the protracted introductions bore me now (Christgau: "Samey samey samey is the strategy--repeat repeat repeat repeat the same four-bar theme for sixteen, twenty-four, forty-eight, sixty-four bars"). I suppose I can defend them as proto-trance or something, but I won't bother, with the exception of "If Only Tonight We Could Sleep," whose Around the World in a Day version of Far Eastern music depends on samey samey samey.

The Screaming Lobster of Challops (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 17:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

I think the builds of "The Kiss" and "The Snakepit" are flat-out genius, rivalled in their catalog only by "Faith" and "All Cats Are Grey".

Lots of praying with no breakfast! (HI DERE), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 17:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

I still find absolutely charming their dilettantish approach to "world" music and different styles (fake French accordeons, fake sitars, sloppy funk work-outs etc).

Marco Damiani, Wednesday, 18 February 2009 17:47 (nine years ago) Permalink

I still think the video to "Why Can't I Be U?" is one of the funniest things ever filmed.

Lots of praying with no breakfast! (HI DERE), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 17:48 (nine years ago) Permalink

This album is the sound of a band having fun in the studio.

Marco Damiani, Wednesday, 18 February 2009 17:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

lol also why did I go all Prince for a second

Lots of praying with no breakfast! (HI DERE), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 17:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

with the help of red wine and heaps of drugs.

(xxpost)

The Screaming Lobster of Challops (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 17:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

I think the builds of "The Kiss" and "The Snakepit" are flat-out genius, rivalled in their catalog only by "Faith" and "All Cats Are Grey".

ooooh boy we're gonna have words (when I've worked out just how many awesome Cure build you've snubbed)

Mequophidiophobia: fear of the beer snake (country matters), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 17:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

*builds

Mequophidiophobia: fear of the beer snake (country matters), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 17:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'm more fond of "Open" as a, well, opener.

The Screaming Lobster of Challops (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 17:59 (nine years ago) Permalink

Some of The Cure's great builds aren't at the start of the song, see for instance the build to the second chorus of "The Promise"

Mequophidiophobia: fear of the beer snake (country matters), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 18:04 (nine years ago) Permalink

looking forward to watching LJ school Dan on the cure

From Rax to Rich's (jjjusten), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 18:21 (nine years ago) Permalink

So much wisdom will be revealed.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 18 February 2009 18:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

Even something like "The Caterpillar" (which just came on) has a genuinely brilliant, in fact near-perfect build-up, introducing so many musical and emotional themes with busy percussion, playful piano leads and some dramatic off-kilter strings. It's not quite as spectacular as, say, "The Kiss" or "Pornography" or "Homesick" or whatever, but it further adds to the fact that Smith really knew how to write a motherfukken song, and REALLY knew how to make a song's sound work with its title and lyrical themes.

Mequophidiophobia: fear of the beer snake (country matters), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 18:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

that should read "MERELY with busy percussion..."

Mequophidiophobia: fear of the beer snake (country matters), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 18:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

The sounds and themes of a caterpillar.

i'm shy (Abbott), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 18:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

Yeah, but also themes of doubt, of excitement, of confusion, hesitancy, which all tie in with the song's allegorical romantic purpose. All of these themes are musically conveyed by that 30-second intro.

Mequophidiophobia: fear of the beer snake (country matters), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 18:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

My brother does an amazing fucking impression of how Robert Smith acts in videos.

i'm shy (Abbott), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 18:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

yeah dude for practical intents and purposes 30 seconds is not long enough for something to qualify as a build in a Cure song

Lots of praying with no breakfast! (HI DERE), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 18:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

and both "Faith" and "All Cats Are Grey" are better than "Homesick"

Lots of praying with no breakfast! (HI DERE), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 18:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

You can have "All Cats Are Grey" any day of the week, amazing song. Not so sure about "Faith" yet. *amends iTunes selection*

Mequophidiophobia: fear of the beer snake (country matters), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 18:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

When that water-drop sound-effect comes in with the keyboards, it's like the saddest moment in music or something

...and even then, it isn't my favourite track on the album (that would be "The Drowning Man")

Mequophidiophobia: fear of the beer snake (country matters), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 18:46 (nine years ago) Permalink

No, "All Cats Are Grey" owns that album IMO (altho the segues on the second half are among the greatest achievements in Western music)

Lots of praying with no breakfast! (HI DERE), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 18:47 (nine years ago) Permalink

whoa

The Screaming Lobster of Challops (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 18:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

It's definitely up there ALMOST alongside "The Drowning Man" for me, somewhere near "The Funeral Party" in a sort-of tie for second. The organ/piano call and response in the outro as well...oh man.

Mequophidiophobia: fear of the beer snake (country matters), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 18:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

ENOUGH FAITH TALK, THIS THREAD IS ABOUT KMx3

I think the most underrated song on this album is "The Perfect Girl".

Lots of praying with no breakfast! (HI DERE), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 18:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

I REALLY liked "The Perfect Girl" on my Big Listen-Through just now

Mequophidiophobia: fear of the beer snake (country matters), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 18:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

(fwiw, on listening just now, for the first time in a while, it's clear that ACAG is MILES ahead of TFP)

Mequophidiophobia: fear of the beer snake (country matters), Wednesday, 18 February 2009 18:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

i would probably rank Kiss me over Three Imaginary Boys but not over Boys Don't Cry. it's also better than Seventeen Seconds but would take "A Forest" over "Just Like Heaven" probably take "Faith" over it too.

Bee OK, Sunday, 8 October 2017 02:03 (one year ago) Permalink

This was easily my favourite Cure album when I was a teenager. It was the one album of theirs that seemed to have it all -- every mood (good or bad) that I was feeling, every drop of elation or sadness, anger and joy, bouncy pop songs, heavy ballads, everything.

But I think I prefer the relative cohesion of Pornography or Disintegration these days.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Sunday, 8 October 2017 07:59 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah there are other Cure albums id say are better but im fine w enjoying this on a rainy day it really hits the spot

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 8 October 2017 15:23 (one year ago) Permalink

My first exposure to The Cure was the singles collection, which I loved, so the eclecticism of Kiss Me fit right alongside that nicely. Unfortunately, this meant that I didn't really enjoy their more cohesive albums nearly as much. I find myself struggling to get through many of the albums that hardcore Cure fans consider to be their best.

Moodles, Sunday, 8 October 2017 15:43 (one year ago) Permalink

This is the first Cure album that I couldn't just enjoy start to finish. There are a couple filler tracks imo, and "Catch" is just insipid.

rip van wanko, Sunday, 8 October 2017 17:37 (one year ago) Permalink

loooove Catch.

reminds me of a girl i think i used to know

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 8 October 2017 17:40 (one year ago) Permalink

"Catch" is one of Robert's most enduring songs. one of the highlights from this impeccable album.

Bee OK, Sunday, 8 October 2017 23:41 (one year ago) Permalink

"Catch" is so great, perfect second song on this record. "The Perfect Girl" kinda sounds like "Sweet Home Alabama."

flappy bird, Monday, 9 October 2017 00:56 (one year ago) Permalink

Love "Catch," don't love a lot of this album.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 9 October 2017 00:59 (one year ago) Permalink

I love Catch too, but I still can't believe it was a single. I think I ended up with two different versions of the 12". Great song but odd choice for a single.

brotherlovesdub, Monday, 9 October 2017 01:43 (one year ago) Permalink

I think it's an odd choice for a second single, especially when "Just Like Heaven" is an option. But I think it would've made sense as the 4th single after "Hot Hot Hot!!!".

LeRooLeRoo, Monday, 9 October 2017 01:48 (one year ago) Permalink

This is the first Cure album that I couldn't just enjoy start to finish. There are a couple filler tracks imo, and "Catch" is just insipid.

ā€• rip van wanko, Sunday, October 8, 2017 5:37 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Yeah, I mostly agree... I can listen to everything from Three Imaginary Boys up until The Head on the Door without really wanting to skip anything, even the tracks I'm less keen on. Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me probably would have worked better condensed down to a single LP.

'Catch' is... alright, I suppose. One of the lesser/less essential '80s tracks, and a momentum killer on the record, too... I find myself often skipping it to get to the excellent 'Torture'

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Monday, 9 October 2017 02:05 (one year ago) Permalink

That 'Torture' got zero votes and 'Catch' got five is just stupid.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Monday, 9 October 2017 02:07 (one year ago) Permalink

just listened to Catch and it really hit me. It's been a while.

rip van wanko, Monday, 9 October 2017 02:11 (one year ago) Permalink

I love "Catch" and "Torture". KMKMKM is my favorite Cure album. I love that it's long, I wish they'd found a way to include "A Japanese Dream" and "Breathe" too.

LeRooLeRoo, Monday, 9 October 2017 02:22 (one year ago) Permalink

Torture, Hey You and Fight are the only bum notes on this album. The length, the sprawl, the scope are key to the album. HOTD sounds like a set of tinny demos in comparison

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Monday, 9 October 2017 07:13 (one year ago) Permalink

The Head on the Door is one of the absolute best records The Cure ever made, so I couldn't possibly agree.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Monday, 9 October 2017 12:42 (one year ago) Permalink

To each their own. Iā€™d rank it at the bottom of their pre-92 imperial phase

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Monday, 9 October 2017 12:52 (one year ago) Permalink

Did you mean Chain of Flowers and Breathe? I thought A Japanese Dream was pre-87

brotherlovesdub, Monday, 9 October 2017 15:04 (one year ago) Permalink

HOTD is the best Cure album though.

brotherlovesdub, Monday, 9 October 2017 15:04 (one year ago) Permalink

Eh.

Marcus Hiles Remains Steadfast About Planting Trees.jpg (DJP), Monday, 9 October 2017 15:12 (one year ago) Permalink

"A Japanese Dream" was the B-Side to "Why Can't I Be You". (x-post)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npIBmz_i8_A

LeRooLeRoo, Monday, 9 October 2017 15:23 (one year ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, that is good. I was thinking of The Upstairs Room.

brotherlovesdub, Monday, 9 October 2017 15:37 (one year ago) Permalink


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