Maybe, just maybe The Cure weren’t a singles band? I mean, this one released in October 1987 was another peach of a single, yet it only made number 29 in the UK singles chart, staying for just 5 weeks. Were they bothered? Probably not.
Anyway, enough about the ins and outs of chart positions. Fact is, this was a peach of a single. Melodically it’s very upbeat, as usual, and initially so lyrically too. But then Smithy wakes from his dream to realise that his girl is gone – taken and drowned by the raging sea. Well that’s how I read it – and I don’t mean ‘read’ in the prosaic sense of scanning the words with my eyes and trying to make sense of ’em that way. The single is perhaps best known as the one that finally broke The Cure into the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 in the USA. It was the third of four singles taken from 1987’s album Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me.