The Cure have released 41 singles going back to Killing An Arab in 1978 right through to The Perfect Boy exactly 30 years later. But I would never have guessed that Lullaby was the one that performed the best in the UK singles chart when it crawled its way up to #5 in 1989.

I would have put a fair amount of money that The Lovecats was the holder of that title, but it only scratched its way to #7 in 1983, although I’m guessing that in terms of actual sales it in fact outsold Lullaby.

And even if you told me that the biggest success wasn’t The Lovecats, I’d have then placed whatever was left of my cash on Friday I’m In Love, but this only swooned its way to #6 in 1992.

So the best performing 45 turns out to be the one about the creepy and haunting tale of an eight-legged creature that frightened Robert Smith is in his nightmares as a youngster. Or, is in fact the song, as has been suggested in some places, really about drug addiction and dependency but written in such a way that it gets past the censors at the BBC for the all important airplay?

Either way, I think its one of the most inventive arrangements to feature on any record by The Cure, and once more I’ve dug out the 12″ single from the cupboard for you all to enjoy once more along with two rather decent b-sides:-

mp3 : The Cure – Lullaby (extended mix)
mp3 : The Cure – Babble
mp3 : The Cure – Out Of Mind



5 thoughts on “SEND ME A LULLABY

  1. I wouldn’t have guessed that either. I also would have guessed Friday I’m in Love. My second choice would have been Just Like Heaven. Lullaby is creepily wonderful, “softer than shadow and quicker than flies….” Love the writing.

  2. Love this track, and it was a really brave choice for a lead single. This was the Cure at their peak for me. As for the drugs connotations? Some people would find a tenuous link to drugs in practically every song ever written. Sometimes, just sometimes, drugs don’t even come into the reckoning…

  3. DanicaPiche – I know what you mean re Just Like Heaven – sounds like it should have been a big hit. It was the 3rd single release from Kiss Me…, after Why Can’t I Be You and Catch and only reached #29. Had it been the lead-off single, I’m sure it would have fared a lot better. In the end, none of those singles made the Top 20, but the album got to #6.

  4. never a band i really got into, but always liked their singles. years later i’m slowly going through the back catalogue. i always though that the cure or the bunneymen would make for a great singles series.

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