The Cure – Japanese Whispers (1983)
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About the Album
Japanese Whispers is the third compilation album by British group the Cure. It was released in late 1983 by Fiction Records.
It includes the singles “Let’s Go to Bed”, “The Walk”and “The Lovecats”. The other tracks are the B-sides of these singles, although “Mr. Pink Eyes”(the second B-side for “The Lovecats”) was not included. The songs were recorded when the band was in a transitional phase after bassist Simon Gallup left following a tour to promote the previous album, Pornography. Beginning with these singles, Lol Tolhurst switched from drums to keyboards, a role he kept until his departure in 1989.
For the tracks from the “Let’s Go to Bed”and “The Walk”singles, the Cure was a duo consisting of Tolhurst and Robert Smith, with the addition of session drummer Steve Goulding (a member of Graham Parker and the Rumour) for the tracks from “Let’s Go to Bed”. For “The Lovecats”single, a full band was assembled with the addition of bassist/producer Phil Thornalley, who had worked with the band on Pornography, and drummer Andy Anderson, a lineup which would continue for the Concert live album.
In 1986, the singles’ lead tracks were included in the Staring at the Sea compilation album, while all of the B-sides were included in the 2004 B-sides and rarities box set Join the Dots.
Japanese Whispers was the first Cure album to enter the Billboard 200 in the US, in early 1984.