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Japanese Whispers

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After the fallout both psychologically and physically of Pornography, it looked unlikely that anyone would hear from the Cure ever again. Surprisingly, from 1982-1983 Robert Smith and (now keyboardist) Lol Tolhurst put out some of the catchiest singles of their career. "Let's Go to Bed," "The Walk," and "The Lovecats" were not only singles that got the Cure radio play and made them a household name, but more importantly marked the next phase in the music of the Cure, which would reach its peak with albums like Head on the Door and Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. Dropping the stripped-down darkness of Faith and Pornography, the songs on Japanese Whispers (the aforementioned singles from that era, including all the B-sides) are light, dancy, and at times jazzy. Adding new keyboard sounds, old-timey percussion, standup bass, and some damn silly lyrics rejuvenated Robert Smith and sent him on a course that would cement his role as one of the most interesting musicians to emerge from the '80s underground. Japanese Whispers is one of those rare releases when a singles collection works just as well as a standard-issue album.
© Chris True /TiVo

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1
Let's Go To Bed (Album Version)
00:03:34

Tim Young, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Goulding, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Parry, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1982 Fiction Records Ltd.

2
The Dream
00:03:11

Steve Nye, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Keyboards, Drum Machine, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1983 Fiction Records Ltd.

3
Just One Kiss
00:04:08

Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Goulding, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Parry, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1982 Fiction Records Ltd.

4
The Upstairs Room
00:03:29

Steve Nye, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer, Keyboards, Drum Machine, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1983 Fiction Records Ltd.

5
The Walk (Album Version)
00:03:29

Steve Nye, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer, Keyboards, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1983 Fiction Records Ltd.

6
Speak My Language
00:02:40

Phil Thornalley, Producer, Mixer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Anderson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer, Vibraphone, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Parry, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1983 Fiction Records Ltd.

7
La Ment
00:04:20

Steve Nye, Producer - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Keyboards, Drum Machine, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1983 Fiction Records Ltd.

8
The Lovecats (Album Version)
00:03:39

Phil Thornalley, Producer, Mixer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Anderson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Vibraphone, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Parry, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1983 Fiction Records Ltd., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music Group, Inc.

Album Description

After the fallout both psychologically and physically of Pornography, it looked unlikely that anyone would hear from the Cure ever again. Surprisingly, from 1982-1983 Robert Smith and (now keyboardist) Lol Tolhurst put out some of the catchiest singles of their career. "Let's Go to Bed," "The Walk," and "The Lovecats" were not only singles that got the Cure radio play and made them a household name, but more importantly marked the next phase in the music of the Cure, which would reach its peak with albums like Head on the Door and Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. Dropping the stripped-down darkness of Faith and Pornography, the songs on Japanese Whispers (the aforementioned singles from that era, including all the B-sides) are light, dancy, and at times jazzy. Adding new keyboard sounds, old-timey percussion, standup bass, and some damn silly lyrics rejuvenated Robert Smith and sent him on a course that would cement his role as one of the most interesting musicians to emerge from the '80s underground. Japanese Whispers is one of those rare releases when a singles collection works just as well as a standard-issue album.
© Chris True /TiVo

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