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The Cure — Close To Me
Album: Staring At The Sea (The Singles)
Avg rating:
7.9

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Total ratings: 3095









Released: 1986
Length: 3:38
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I've waited hours for this
I've made myself so sick
I wish I'd stayed asleep today
I never thought this day would end
I never thought tonight could ever be
This close to me

Just try to see in the dark
Just try to make it work
To feel the fear before you're here
I make the shapes come much too close
I pull my eyes out, hold my breath and wait
Until I shake

But if I had your faith
Then I could make it safe and clean
If only I was sure
That my head on the door was a dream

I've waited hours for this
I've made myself so sick
I wish I'd stayed asleep today
I never thought this day would end
I never thought tonight could ever be
This close to me

But if I had your face
Then I could make it safe and clean
Oh, if only I was sure
That my head on the door was a dream
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That Bass though
After watching the cure at the rock hall of fame going on I skip this
Simple, but catchy tune. Always good to hear.
As far from me as possible
not necessarily a bad tune, but seems to be in rotation too much, which reflects my rating.  Had an RP cache that helped make my flight home last night more bearable, and "Close to me" came on as I loaded my bags in the car.  Short night of sleep, and it pops up again before lunch today. —(and now as I type this comment, Bobby Bland, again, followed by the Beatles- and your Bird can sing).  I don't know, perhaps Bill's recycling the playlist —I stopped XM and Sirius years ago in favor of RP for that very reason.  Hope this is a glitch, not a sign of things to come.
That's the one where they are 'playing' a comb correct? Great video 
greiffenstein wrote:
One of the wittiest music videos of all time.  If you can spare three minutes, do yourself a favor and check it out

 


One of the wittiest music videos of all time.  If you can spare three minutes, do yourself a favor and check it out
9
 BowTieDad wrote:
why is The Cure played? they stink

 
why dont you just use PSD and nothing else ... ?
 BowTieDad wrote:
why is The Cure played? they stink

 
One man's stink is another man's perfume.
 ThePoose wrote:
Why does everyone have a hardon for photographs of homeless winos? And decay—like falling apart farmhouses and rusty old trucks. Never understood the attraction.

Maybe we like to know that Mother Nature reclaims us all eventually. And that must be a comforting notion.
 
You should write the RIAA to ask them to only approve album covers with babies and spiffy clean sterile new buildings on them.
Or you could stop making assumptions and then extrapolating from them. 
 rdo wrote:

He was almost certainly thinking of Beckett.
 
The song "Killing an Arab" is on this compilation disc, I just assumed that the old man was the Arab, and that it was therefore a Camus reference.
 lezlo wrote:
I just read the lyrics. Not sure why this song makes me happy, must not notice the lyrics when I listen to it!

 
The Cure does this, a juxtaposition of either light music to dark lyrics or vice versa
why is The Cure played? they stink
 ThePoose wrote:
Why does everyone have a hardon for photographs of homeless winos? And decay—like falling apart farmhouses and rusty old trucks. Never understood the attraction.

Maybe we like to know that Mother Nature reclaims us all eventually. And that must be a comforting notion.

 
What makes you so sure he's a "homeless wino"?  He could just be a retired fisherman.
I just read the lyrics. Not sure why this song makes me happy, must not notice the lyrics when I listen to it!
This song makes me happy :)
LOVE THIS SONG - GONNA SEE THEM MONDAY!!!!!
I'm hearing this a lot here
I'm liking this a lot too 
Keith Richards looks so young on that album cover! I didn't even realize they had photography back then..
                   The gift was an homage of the heart

                         
Even an uppity Frische
                     Frosh like myself may atone
                    For the heavenly goodies,and
                  The Paradise tunes right back in.

 stickvaughn wrote:
Man, Jeremy Irons is not looking good.

 
{#Lol}
Reminds me of Procol Harum's "Boredom". Always has.
Happy Birthday, Robert Smith!!
 ThePoose wrote:
Why does everyone have a hardon for photographs of homeless winos?
  
On_The_Beach wrote:

Homeless wino?! Isn't that Robert Smith without his makeup?

 
Ha.  How you said hardon.
Just a perfect song
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Homeless wino?! Isn't that Robert Smith without his makeup?

 
Ha!
 ThePoose wrote:
Why does everyone have a hardon for photographs of homeless winos?
 
Homeless wino?! Isn't that Robert Smith without his makeup?
 rdo wrote:

He was almost certainly thinking of Beckett.
 
Or Pinter. He was rabbiting on about "going down to Sidcup" in The Caretaker, too.
Man, Jeremy Irons is not looking good.
of all the gazillions of times i've heard this, i've never listened through headphones before and i have to say, the heavy breathing is making me uncomfortable. 
Hey, the Shadows aint no Surfers and the Cure aint  alf bad.
 
The Cure...building a song around a trumpet riff..all those years ago.  Fun song.
Love, love, love this {#Jump} 10
Just realizing how tightly integrated the horns are into this piece, and in a quite meaningful way throughout. It's not a trivial thing to pull off.
 ThePoose wrote:
Why does everyone have a hardon for photographs of homeless winos? And decay--like falling apart farmhouses and rusty old trucks. Never understood the attraction.

Maybe we like to know that Mother Nature reclaims us all eventually. And that must be a comforting notion.

 
He was almost certainly thinking of Beckett.
Good thing I just came from yoga cause the moves necessitated by the staple singers and now this could have hurt otherwise. Yipeee I pretend youthfulness.
  {#Roflol}thanks
Definitely has a Sesame Street/Muppets feel to it...but that's OK. 

Muppet parody of album cover for The Cure's "Boys Don't Cry"

 
The "Closer Mix" of this song is from Mixed up is amazing. Straight up ten. 
Why does everyone have a hardon for photographs of homeless winos? And decay--like falling apart farmhouses and rusty old trucks. Never understood the attraction.

Maybe we like to know that Mother Nature reclaims us all eventually. And that must be a comforting notion.
I remember once while this was playing at a party, someone said 'this sounds like video game music'
(I will always love it)
Win! 
 rdo wrote:

Try taking the wax outta your ears....
 
I hate it when I have to agree with you :)
 oldfart48 wrote:
THE MORE I HEAR THIS WHINING THE LESS I LIKE IT.  to bad the band can't find a decent singer or even better loose the vocal altogether

 
Try taking the wax outta your ears....
{#Heartkiss}  Love this album and track - the best live band I have ever seen.  Thanks Bill.
Please, please no more - there is sure to be a cure (sorry!) for this ... really awful stuff, heard time and again on RP is getting a little predictable. Be really grateful if we could offer an alternative to The Cure in any coming compiled playlist - or switch the time when us Brits don't have to hear it. again, and again and again ...pretty please ;)
 
 TerryS wrote:
Just heard this last weekend done on a electric piano, didgeridoo, trombone, trumpet, two fiddles, 2 guitars, African percussion, accordion and voices.
H'actually it was quite good. Really? yes, really. 
Oh, I forgot the bouzouki. 

  without a vocalist pukeing the words at you ? nice......


THE MORE I HEAR THIS WHINING THE LESS I LIKE IT.  to bad the band can't find a decent singer or even better loose the vocal altogether
TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT, TOO MANY PLAYS., even with cooking horns.
Just heard this last weekend done on a electric piano, didgeridoo, trombone, trumpet, two fiddles, 2 guitars, African percussion, accordion and voices.
H'actually it was quite good. Really? yes, really. 
Oh, I forgot the bouzouki. 
 Leandra wrote:
{#Notworthy}

9!!!

 
I Love this tune

 
tend to agree, definitely low down on the like list of Cure songs - but still, nice to hear it once in a while.
nclehud wrote:
Seems like all the Cure fans don't care for this.  Funny, this is one of the few Cure songs I really like.  Oh, wait!  Maybe that makes sense after all.

Edit:  And the RIPPING horn solos!  Verrrrrry schweet! 

 


Divinely happy, LOVE the BRASS, thank you Radio Paradise.
{#Notworthy}

9!!!
so close to me forever......
 I know it dates me, but I think my first 45 RPM record was The Beatles,  I want to hold your hand. Danimal174 wrote:


First cassette tape - Duran Duran, "Decade", I think, but I can't remember if it was that one or another one by them

First CD - "Little Earthquakes" by Tori Amos, in college. Two of my roommates both had a pretty large collection of CDs, so I'd usually just listen to theirs and only buy one that they didn't own. I've since added quite a bit to my collection (around 2,000 CDs now), mainly from working at a local music store for five years.
 

Absolutely!
Seems like all the Cure fans don't care for this.  Funny, this is one of the few Cure songs I really like.  Oh, wait!  Maybe that makes sense after all.

Edit:  And the RIPPING horn solos!  Verrrrrry schweet! 
 lemmoth wrote:

Like the Cure but this tune is only one degree of separation from a Hall and Oates tune.

 
You say that like it's a bad thing. {#Snooty}
 Kanuffen wrote:

Okej, so I am no Cure magnate or anything either, but I do like this song as well.... but yeah, rocks?  Not so much.  bounces maybe
 
... it doesn't even bounce, it hops
 ziakut wrote:
More cooing and moaning from Robert Smith. Oh man...why can't it just be music only.
 
Because that's what a band is; a little of this, a little of that.

That's the extent of my wisdom for today.
Great sound in the Stax headphones
Probably the most claustrophobic video ever made.  
 Stingray wrote:

This song does what...? ROCKS...???
 
Okej, so I am no Cure magnate or anything either, but I do like this song as well.... but yeah, rocks?  Not so much.  bounces maybe
More cooing and moaning from Robert Smith. Oh man...why can't it just be music only.
 Talula wrote:
I'm not a fan of The Cure but this song ROCKS!
 
This song does what...? ROCKS...???
This terrible 1980's...
I might be liberal with my 10s, but this song is just the best right now.  Infusing me with good energy!  Thanks Bill & Rebecca. : )
Nice mix this morning — but I REALLY must stop dancing in the kitchen and get on with my day.
{#Dancingbanana}{#Bananajumprope}{#Bananasplit}
 Talula wrote:
I'm not a fan of The Cure but this song ROCKS!
 
Actually I'm going to change my 8 to a 9.  Can I do that?


 NeuroGeek wrote:
7 —> 8.  But, my fav version of this song is the slower "Closer Mix" on Mixed Up.
 
agreed!
I'm not a fan of The Cure but this song ROCKS!
{#Dancingbanana}
 NeuroGeek wrote:
7 —> 8.  But, my fav version of this song is the slower "Closer Mix" on Mixed Up.
 
Yes!
7 —> 8.  But, my fav version of this song is the slower "Closer Mix" on Mixed Up.
 jpfueler wrote:
somewhere along the line I gave this a 9. it's a week 9 but I can't bring myself to give it an 8 so it stays.
and my first album was Aldo Nova in 82. Then later I think I got Planet P Project, the whole Kate Bush library(Hounds had just come out and I finally had money), and several Pink Floyds as cassettes all about the same time
 


Aldo Nova!
somewhere along the line I gave this a 9. it's a weak 9 but I can't bring myself to give it an 8 so it stays.
and my first album was Aldo Nova in 82. Then later I think I got Planet P Project, the whole Kate Bush library(Hounds had just come out and I finally had money), and several Pink Floyds as cassettes all about the same time
 lemmoth wrote:

Like the Cure but this tune is only one degree of separation from a Hall and Oates tune.


 


OMG! I never heard it before, but you're right. It's Maneater.
And now I'm totally depressed.
 GuiltyFeat wrote:
Practically perfect pop.
 
True. And why there are soooooo many much better Cure songs.
Practically perfect pop.
HATE IT!


Everybody in my hotel room be dancing...  love it...

 
Just great .....
Just awful....
 1wolfy wrote:
i think the first album i ever owned was Meet The Beatles (mono recording) and or Introducing The Beatles, on Vee Jay Vinyl...still own them
 
I am not sure what order I bought them in, but my first five albums were Between the Buttons by the Stones, Highway 61 Revisited by Dylan, Super Session (Bloomfield/Kooper), East-West (Butterfield Blues Band), and Sunshine Superman by Donovan. (Glad to see all are on the RP playlist).

First concert was Blood Sweat & Tears in an auditorium in Rochester NY in winter of 1967-8. They played everything that they had worked up, and finally around 1 AM Steve Katz, who had just left the Blues Project, showed the band the chords and they played through the Blues Project playlist too.

just not my style...
 lemmoth wrote:

Like the Cure but this tune is only one degree of separation from a Hall and Oates tune.


 

I don't hear it myself. However, if it were true there are a lot worse musical groups you could be compared to. Hall and Oates is pretty damn good.
Happy feet!
The Cure is one of those bands that always makes me laugh.  Not because I don't like their music (I do) or because I don't think they are all talented (they are).  What really makes me laugh is that The Cure's music is quite varied, but the modern bands that mimic their look and attempt their sound (at least on their darker recordings) are all so one dimensional.  Their look was what would be considered now to be something like "emo" or "goth" but they made music like this...  This song is so happy and upbeat in tone, the contrast between them and their "followers" sonically is what I find funny.

On a side note, can we hear the Jamie Cullum - Katie Melua cover of The Love Cats?

 lemmoth wrote:

Like the Cure but this tune is only one degree of separation from a Hall and Oates tune.


 
I was thinking the Thompson Twins.


i think the first album i ever owned was Meet The Beatles (mono recording) and or Introducing The Beatles, on Vee Jay Vinyl...still own them


There is something tawdry about this one I like.
 lemmoth wrote:

Like the Cure but this tune is only one degree of separation from a Hall and Oates tune.


 
Wow. {#Snooty}
One of the coolest pop songs ever written. 9+
lumper5 wrote: Not sure I like this trumpet version as compared to the "original".

 
rickhoran wrote:


agree

I agree as well -am generally a fan of adding a funk twist, but this doesn't work. Original gets a 9/10 this certainly doesn't..
 lumper5 wrote:
Not sure I like this trumpet version as compared to the "original".
 

agree

Like the Cure but this tune is only one degree of separation from a Hall and Oates tune.


Recently dug out the singles video that was released at the same time as this singles album.  Some real good stuff on there.
Not sure I like this trumpet version as compared to the "original".
The ONLY Cure song that I can tolerate.  The rest to their stuff just bores me to EMO.
what can I say other than:
{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Dancingbanana}{#Bananajam}{#Bananapiano}{#Bananasplit}{#Dancingbanana}{#Dance}
I don't remember what the first 45 I bought was, but I do recall the first album I bought was Black Bear Road by C.W. McCall, featuring that trucker classic Convoy:

Let them truckers roll, 10-4

Followed closely by KISS Alive (still one of my favorties):

Rock 'n Roll All Nite!

 Jelani wrote:
 I think the first record(45) I ever bought(well my mom actually) was Bobby Sherman on the back of a Raisin Bran box when i was like...five or six?
edit: maybe I was around ten, and maybe it was The Archies...https://www.wfmu.org/MACrec/images/cbmany.jpg
 
Ok, that's nice!  So, um...  The Cure?

Anyhow, I remember when my Sister bought raisin bran (which she hated) to get that Bobby Sherman song.
"Easy come, easy go"!  Yep...  I'm old.
 CamLwalk wrote:
First album I ever owned was this...

Monkees
  I think the first record(45) I ever bought(well my mom actually) was Bobby Sherman on the back of a Raisin Bran box when i was like...five or six?
edit: maybe I was around ten, and maybe it was The Archies...https://www.wfmu.org/MACrec/images/cbmany.jpg

 Grammarcop wrote:
Following in the thread ... Do I admit my first 45 was "Indiana Wants Me" by R. Dean Taylor?
 
 
I can still remember my older brothers having some 45's which I used to listen to no my show and tell record player.  At least, that is what i think it was called.  You put a record on it, and pulled slides through it.  Anyway I could not read, because i was about 5.  But, i do remember looking for  a particular 45 which had three notes on it.  It had this song on it which was wonderful to run around my grandmothers house form room to room.  You could run from room to room in a big circle.

Fun times indeed. 
The Cure: ancestor to all emos. Whether that's a good or bad thing is up to you ;)
ehhh
 I really wish the labels put out a “Standing on a Beach” CD identical to the cassette. Now you have to buy "Staring at the Sea" and "Connect the Dots" to get everything off that great album, but it’s not in the same order, some songs are missing,  and there’s other songs that were not on the original, so it breaks the integrity of the original really fine album.  CDs not matching the original alburm or cassette is a real pet peeve of mine.  {#Frustrated}
{#Drummer}{#Bananasplit}{#Drummer}
Beginning to be Cured from my Placebo hangover.
my 1/2 life span
 twitterpated wrote:
I think this is the only Cure song I like.  Makes my head bob and my toes tap.
 

i hated the Cure in high school and college in the 80s - 90s... except this song; always like it. I was listening to RP about 7years ago when i heard Lullaby (extended mix)... it's amazing and made me look into a few other Cure songs that turned out to be decent too...
Do I dare admit my first canned music, was a hand-me down 78
something by Spike Jones I seem to recall
followed by 45's, LP's (Rubber Soul the first, in glorious MONO), 8-tracks, 4-tracks, cassettes, Reel to Reel, anybody remember Sony El-cassettes, etc.
I wish I had all that money back now
I think this is the only Cure song I like.  Makes my head bob and my toes tap.
I like the remix of this on "Mixed Up" a little better, but this is still a great version.
Uncle Joe!!!!


We be dancing...  love it...


 MsJudi wrote:
So sick of hearing this song. {#Puke}
 
Mute {#Cheers}
So sick of hearing this song. {#Puke}