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Out of all the bands that emerged in the immediate aftermath of punk rock in the late '70s, few were as enduring and popular as the Cure. Led through numerous incarnations by guitarist/vocalist Robert Smith (born April 21, 1959), the band became notorious for its slow, gloomy dirges and Smith's ghoulish appearance, a public image that often ... Read more in Amazon's The Cure Store

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  • Audio CD (July 15, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B001B92DY0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,117 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sleep When I'm Dead (Mix 13) - The Cure
2. Down Under - The Cure

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US two track CD pressing of the third single from the band's 2008 album, their 13th studio release overall. The Cure have just completed a successful world tour that included 2 sell out shows in Mew York City. Features 'Sleep When I'm Dead' plus 'Down Under'. Polydor.

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3.4 out of 5 stars

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Vice on July 15, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Third in a series of four singles heralding the release of The Cure's yet-untitled 13th album, Sleep When I'm Dead is another strong showing from a band who have proven their consistency over the course of nearly 30 years. When I first heard a 30 second clip of the song on the band's website, I was slightly horrified, as the song seemed to incessantly repeat the refrain "I'll sleep when I'm dead you angels, I'll sleep when I'm dead I said." The good news is that there's a lot more to the full song than that petite clip, and in the presence of the swirling wah pedal guitar and the driving rhythm, the lyrics take on a darker, more immediate appeal.

Sleep When I'm Dead is the third different sound we've heard from the band as part of this singles blitzkrieg. The Only One was a lovely little slice of pop, Freakshow a quick burst of blistering funk, and the latest reaches a gothic sound that the band hasn't achieved since the early 90's. Not only is the single itself excellent, but this disc is also sporting the best of the three b-sides to be released so far. Down Under is a gorgeous ditty with the fuzzy warmth of earlier pop recordings by the band. Robert's vocals echo around a bright piano and guitar combo, the lyrics yet again lending themselves a very sexual interpretation. This is a great b-side on a great single, and a must-have for Cure collectors.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bryan "snoopy" deweese on July 26, 2008
Format: Audio CD
First of all, i love all the people ripping this song and saying that the cure are done for, that they are too old.whatever, they must have not listened to the same disc i did then.
Sleep When Im Dead - this is not the best single song so far (freakshow is underrated due to not being that great live), but it grows on you like ivy to an old house not being kept up. The repeative lines of "sleep when im dead, you angels" drags the song down a little but it has a decent groove to it and after a couple of listens u are bobbing your head and pounding your hand on the steering wheel of your car to the bass/drum line.
Down Under- another great b-side from a band that could have a hit album with just b-sides. This song is not as wah-wah pedal as all kinds of stuff but somewhat similar. Definetly alot like something from Wish album. The lyrics are actually better here than on Sleep when im dead.

Verdict- This is worth it, trust me, especially if u have purchased any of the other singles. If you havent then i would recommend starting with Freakshow or The Perfect Boy (which is coming out August 13th and prolly the best song coming out). Sleep when im dead is the weakest of the singles but dont lose faith in the new album, i think this is going to be a big surpise hit of 2008/2009.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alison Ross on July 26, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Of all the new released singles by The Cure, Sleep When I'm Dead is the most lackluster, in my mind. I really really like the somewhat derivative-but-still-charming The Only One, and I love the post-punk funk of Freakshow.

But this isn't to imply that Sleep is a bad song at all. It's just that, to my ears, it's the least inspired single lyrically and structurally. The high-pitched vocals are delivered with potent urgency, which gives fire to the song, and the rhythmic throb lends the tune an almost dark wave/disco feel. And of course, Porl's wah guitar is again fiercely prominent.

Some people have lamented that the studio version of Sleep When I'm Dead is rather inert, and does not match the raw energy of the live song. But I prefer the studio version because it is more dreamily textured. I like the paradox of sounds - the ethereal vocals melting within a cauldron of guitars and percussion. Interestingly, but certainly not crucially, the original song is an actual relic from the "Head on the Door" sessions. And indeed, it does sound a bit like Head's "Baby Screams" meshed with Kiss Me's "Torture." But let's not dwell on comparisons - a rather sloppy tactic of the unimaginative.

Lyrically, the song is a mixture of comical surrealism (childlike references to animals abound) and snooze-inducing banality ("take one for the team"). There are, however, a few interesting lines, such as "THAT'S A GREEN EYED PANIC CLIMB TO THE EDGE OF NOWHERE," the weird sense of which could have been exploited more throughout the song, to give eager lyric-dissectors more tools to work with. However, I can appreciate that the lyrics likely have more import that I am able to discern at this point.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joe Manco on August 2, 2008
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Let me begin by saying I've been a cure fan since 1985. Next I would like to say that The Cure will always have a place in my heart. Now let me be frank, if Robert thinks his new album material is good stuff he must be inebriated. I keep reading interviews with Bob where he says the album release delays are due to his efforts to make this the perfect album, and that we will be surprised at how "in your face" the contents are. This must be a euphemism because the only thing that is in your face after drinking that much is the crapper! Sorry Bob, so far I only like about 5% of your new stuff. The sad thing is you will still separate me and my money because there is always a chance you will have at least one magical song that is worth the entire price of the album. The other sad thing is there used to be only one or two through away songs per album. Maybe you should retire and leave my nostalgia intact!
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