The Head on the Door: The Cure

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The Head on the Door is the sixth studio album from The Cure. The album was released in 1985 following up on the 1984 record The Top.

The Top had mostly been recorded by only Robert Smith and Lol Tolhurst with Andy Anderson on drums. During this time (from late 1982-1984) Robert Smith had also toured, written, and recorded with Siouxsie and the Banshees. He is also featured on the live album Nocturne as well along with other albums such as Hyaena. Robert also took part in the project The Glove with drummer Steve Severin while Siouxsie and Budgie worked on their Creatures project.

For the Head on the Door album, Simon Gallup returned to the band on bass guitar. He had previously been with the group for Seventeen Seconds, Faith, and Pornography. Porl Thompson joined on guitar as well along with Boris Williams on drums. Lol Tolhurst also continued with the band on keyboards.

This album stands out for me because of its variety in style and its consistency in quality. I feel strongly there is not a bad song among these ten tracks.

From the instantly hooky “In Between Days” to “The Blood” which is played in a flamenco style. Then you’ve got “Six Different Ways” which uses the same piano riff he had written for the Siouxsie and the Banshees song “Swimming Horses.” Other songs such as “Sinking” recall earlier works such as “Faith” or “Seventeen Seconds.”

Lyrically, the album is intriguing with lines such as “I am mesmerized by the blood of Christ,” “I love it when the baby screams,” “I’ve been away too long this time and its got too big to fit this time.”

So, I think after a rather stressful time for Smith, the band returned with a very strong album that pushed them further into the mainstream which led to a surge in popularity, and success into the late 80’s and throughout the 90’s.

For that reason, this album remains my favorite by the band as well as being the first album that made me a fan in the first place.

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John Siden grew up surrounded by music from a young age. John’s father played guitar and performed in bars prior to John being born, and his mother also loved music. There was always music playing around the house or while driving in the car, mostly Country and Western on all forms, including vinyl, 8-track, and cassette. John’s first personal interest in music was piqued when he saw an ad for the Monkees TV show, featuring reruns, which as an eight-year-old, he had no idea these episodes were from the ’60s. This was John’s first musical obsession. Soon after, he was introduced to KISS and became a big fan. After the murder of John Lennon, the Beatles obsession began as John had not really heard much of their music up until then. It led to an education on the Beatles and the 60’s music as a whole. This occupied a lot of John’s teenage years. Following that, John got interested in all music especially Metal in the 80’s and Alternative/College type stuff later. Collecting records soon became his main hobby. In the ’90s when CDs took over, John still held onto his record collection, but just added a lot of CDs to the music collection, occasionally taking a special trip to record stores like Zulu records in Vancouver, which were hard to find at the time, and getting something special. John picked up the vinyl collecting bug again around 2013 when vinyl was making a comeback and a lot of bands were offering bundle deals on pre-orders where you would be able to get vinyl, CD, and a download code. Gradually more stores started opening up, and the addiction returned; vinyl collecting became a full-time hobby again for John. John’s interest in writing has been around for as long as Internet access has been a thing; he had a blog on Tumblr called My Diminishing Returns -John Writes about music, where he expressed his thoughts on music. Since 2019, John has had a YouTube channel called <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfhoLKqpF5p3FGLZgURyaww&quot; target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Surface Noise</a> where he discusses music mostly focused on vinyl. John works in the security industry and also is an avid reader and lover of film. He also plays guitar and sometimes accordion.
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