Monday, May 20, 2013

#383: The Cure-Let's Go To Bed (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

#383
(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Let's Go To Bed"
Artist: The Cure
Release Date: November, 1982
From the Album: Japanese Whispers (1983)


Quick Take: As the Cure exploded apart in 1982, Robert Smith hoped to find himself playing the role of solo artist. Management had other ideas. After recording the song "The Lament" for Flexipop magazine, Smith entered the studio with new keyboardist Lol Tolhurst to record what would become the first single from a very different Cure. "Let's Go to Bed" is poppier than former singles, but still maintains a dark edge. The moody atmospherics and percussive elements of the Cure of old are traded in for offbeat melodies and quirky dance beats. The song has an almost childlike approach. The lyrics are Smith's usual cup of weird dreams, and the production feels like kids are trying out new toys. Never meant to be a sign of things to come or the beginning of a new era by Smith (he wanted it released as a double A-side, and did all he could to kill the song's momentum), "Let's Go to Bed" ended up becoming a much-loved and downright whistle-able song in the Cure catalog. Following this supposed "one-off," a bevy of songs would take the Cure from obscure doom band to quirky underground pop band, positioning Robert Smith as the unquestioned leader of the group.
Courtesy: Chris True (allmusic.com)

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