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Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me

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The Cure ~ Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me

Released in 1987, at the height of the compact-disc revolution, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me is the prototypical CD album. Cure architect Robert Smith knew that the newly popular format could handle almost twice as much music as records, and he wasn't about to waste the space. Unfortunately, many of Kiss Me's 17 tracks sound more like B-sides. The cream is certainly worth culling, however; "Catch," "How Beautiful You Are," and the alternative-rock staple "Just Like Heaven" are among the Cure's finest moments. "Hot Hot Hot!!!" and "Why Can't I Be You?" reveal that underneath all the dyed-black hair and glum stares lay a fervent dance band. Who knew? --Bill Crandall

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  2. Catch 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Torture 4:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. If Only Tonight We Could Sleep? 4:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Why Can't I Be You? 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. How Beautiful You Are 5:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. The Snakepit 6:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Just Like Heaven 3:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. All I Want 5:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Hot Hot Hot !!! 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. One More Time 4:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Like Cockatoos 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Icing Sugar 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. The Perfect Girl 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. A Thousand Hours 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
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17. Fight 4:27$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: July 7, 1987
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002H4Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,409 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The music on this cd has been blasted out of my speakers more than any other in the past thirteen years. And that's saying alot. Around 1989, I got rid of my old blue jam box and upgraded to a cd player. This meant tossing my Cure tape and moving over to the cd. Thus, this is also the first album I have purchased twice. Now, I still put it in my (even newer) stereo, but its not for nostalgic reasons. This is fantastic music and has something to offer everyone.
The Kiss is perhaps the darkest song I've every heard, and is the first one on this album I fell in love with. Like Cockatoos has that bass line that mingles with your blood. If Only Tonight We Could Sleep is so unique and strange that it almost redefines what music is. It's nearly narrative. And Just Like Heaven, as somebody else said in another review, really is the perfect pop song.
The Cure has metamorphosed more times that other bands have albums, but Robert Smith's melancholic voice has always been there, droning about misery or rejoicing in giddiness. This album, though currently not directly centered, serves as the perfect fulcrum to their incredible body of work.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Michael Stack VINE VOICE on August 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
In my assessment the album where it all finally came together for the Cure, "Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me" is a triumph-- a double album of startling diversity and quality. While it's best known for it's pop singles (particularly "Just Like Heaven"), there's quite a bit more that this album has to offer.

Noneteless, I'll start by talking about the pop songs-- on "The Head on the Door", rhythm section Simon Gallup (bass) and Boris Williams (drums) provided a deep, pop groove over which textures could be arranged by leader/vocalist/guitarist Robert Smith and guitarist Porl Thomspon (both, as well as Lol Tolhurst, also contributed keyboard performances to the album). And "Just Like Heaven" is the best example of this-- a great beat, a nice, bright bassline hinting at funk, shimmering acoustic guitars, descending keyboard motifs, and a great electric lead guitar hook open the way for Smith's positively ecstatic vocal. It's no surprise it's a hit, it deserves to be, it's a great song. As nice as it is though, it's really overshadowed by the bouncy "Why Can't I Be You?"-- driven by a horn arrangement that in other hands could have been tacky, the piece is filled with energy over a frantic acoustic guitar riff and a superbly bizarre vocal by Smith.

But pop is really only one side of this, this is a band known as a goth band, and opener "The Kiss" reminds us why. Throbbing bass, fierce lead guitars, and an extended opening lead into a vocal assault by Smith among the most potent and confident he's done. Also of note in this vein is morbid droning piece "The Snakepit", with Smith's carefully half-spoken vocal providing a dramatic atmosphere.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me is one of my favorite Cure albums. It's packed with great music and has a discernible atmosphere that distinguishes it from most other alternative music. The Cure was a big part of my teenaged years, and this music sounds as good today as it did back then. Just Like Heaven and Hot Hot Hot!!! are the two tracks most likely to be familiar to the uninitiated, the first song catching the group at one of their more mainstream (yet unique) moments and the latter proving that The Cure could appeal to a wider audience while remaining perfectly and distinctively themselves. My nod for best song on the album, though, would go to Why Can't I Be You? which is actually quite upbeat and danceable (if you're so inclined). This song is one of several that deliver a virtual cacophony of sound, including prominent horns against the familiar background sounds of the band. Catch, How Beautiful You Are, and The Perfect Girl have an infectious, ditty-like quality to them, breaking the music free from the clinging maudlin environment one expects to find front man Robert Smith in much of the time. Of course, melancholia exists among these tracks as well. If Only Tonight We Could Sleep is a slow, sentimental song which sounds wonderful until you get to One More Time, which outdoes it in poignancy. And then you get to A Thousand Hours; if ever a Cure song could be called beautiful, this is the one. Robert Smith says more in a few words than most singers do over the course of an entire album. When Smith sings "For how much longer can I howl into this wind, for how much longer can I cry like this?" I find myself quite moved every time; the vocals are raw and impassioned and seem to incorporate so much anxiety and angst into them that the overall effect is incredible.Read more ›
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By DMG on September 19, 2006
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Oh man, this album is amazing. Last time I listened to it was probably a few years ago on the original CD w/o "Hey You!" It's awesome to have this masterpiece album remastered with much better sound in its originally intended form of all 18 tracks (Amazon has omitted "Torture" by mistake, but let me reassure you, it's there in all its edgy glory). The build-up intro of "The Kiss" is unparalleled except for say, other Cure songs like "Open" or "Want." When the first vocals of the album burst upon you (OH KISS ME KISS ME KISS ME!!! YOUR TONGUE'S LIKE POISON, SO SWOLLEN IT FILLS UP MY MOUTH!!!) you know you're in for a sick ride. You've got your classic singles "Why Can't I Be You?" and "Hot Hot Hot!!!" along with the most famous of all, "Just Like Heaven." But this is only the icing on the cake. "How Beautiful You Are..." and "One More Time" are both amazing non-single tracks, to compliment the rest of the album. Also, if I were to ever have the opportunity to make a movie, I'd definitely have "Fight" as the soundtrack to a sick, crazy, violent fight'd be perfect. I won't go into all the other tracks...just buy it and experience one of the best albums ever created. It's so diverse, from crazy-cuckoo happy to dark, angsty, edgy, and anthemic. Throughout it all, there's always great melody and passion. Robert Smith is a genius and this release is one of The Cure's showcases extreme talent and versatility.

PS ~ The bonus disc is awesome for hearing a lot of the songs as they were first presented and comparing them to their end results that made it onto the album...a very nice insight.
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I'm thankful for the xtras but it's not complete
I believe that Amazon's tracklisting is wrong. 'Torture' was on the original album, but 'Hey You' was omitted from the original cd pressing due to space limitations. On the ChainOfFlowers fan page, there's a transcription of a Robert Smith post from the website a couple months back that has the... Read More
Jul 27, 2006 by Eric Edelin |  See all 7 posts
Any more Deluxe Editions?
The next batch of remasters are set to come out sometime next year. The next three are "Disintegration" "Mixed Up" and "Wish." My source is
Aug 15, 2007 by someguy |  See all 2 posts
Remix of "Why Can't I Be You"
yeah, it would be nice if the cure would release a copilation of their 12" singles remixes. most never make it on anything else. why can;t i be you and japanese dream from the same single have extended versions - same with hot hot hot, close to me ..etc.. they have all the b-sides out, but... Read More
Aug 7, 2006 by D. Cleklinski |  See all 8 posts
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