BEHIND THE GROOVES: a music blog by Jeff Harris

On this day in music history: August 26, 1985 - “The Head On the Door”, the sixth album by The Cure is released. Produced by Robert Smith and Dave Allen, it is recorded at Angel Studios in London from Early - Mid 1985. Following the UK success of their previous album “The Top”, Cure leader Robert Smith, will continue to expand the bands more pop based sound (but maintaining their characteristic dark edge) begun on the previous effort with their next release. “Door” is the first to introduce new members Boris Williams (drums) and Porl Thompson (guitar, keyboards) and marks the return of bassist Simon Gallup to the band. The album will be a pivotal release in the bands’ career as it will be their first release to receive significant support in the US from both college radio and the burgeoning commercial Modern Rock radio format, as well as video outlets like MTV which will grow the bands’ fanbase beyond its small but loyal cult following. It will spin off two hit singles including “In Between Days” (#99 US Pop, #15 UK) and “Close To Me” (#13 UK). In 2006, a 2 CD Deluxe Edition album will be released. The first disc is a remastered version of the original album, with the second disc featuring Robert Smith’s original instrumental demo recordings, early band demos, and three live bootleg tracks recorded in Paris in December of 1985.  ”The Head On The Door” will peak at number fifty nine on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the  by the RIAA.

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