The Cure – The Caterpillar.

In early 1984 The Cure released the single ‘The Caterpillar’ which peaked at Number 14 in the U.K. Singles Chart. This would be the 2nd ‘new’ single I would hear by the band. In between The Love Cats and The Caterpillar being released I checked out and got really into the ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ album (an American repackage of sorts of their real debut album ‘Three Imaginary Boys’) and Seventeen Seconds.

Whilst ‘Seventeen Seconds’ is up there with the best albums I’ve ever heard, ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ is a wonderful album of perfect Post Punk Pop.

‘The Caterpillar’, like ‘The Love Cats’ showed The Cure were returning to their own take on Alternative Pop. Also like ‘The Love Cats’, ‘The Caterpillar’ is an utterly charming, quirky and unique Pop song. That scratchy violin always reminds me of ‘O Superman’ by Laurie Anderson (the bit with the vocoder talking back to Laurie Anderson). What was clear upon hearing ‘The Caterpillar’ was that The Cure were about to  embrace their Pop sensibilities. Weirdly this was not explored on the accompanying album ‘The Top’ which was an odd collection of songs that weren’t sure if they were Pop or a wall-of-noise brewing Goth sound struggling with electric dynamics. Still, it’s a fabulous single…

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