The Cure’s “The Head On The Door”

On August 13th, 1985 The Cure released their 6th studio album The Head On The Door, and album that takes its title from the single “Close to Me”. 

This record marks the return of bassist Simon Gallup who had departed after touring for the band’s 4th album Pornography. The album also saw Porl (Pearl) Thompson officially rejoin the band, as he had played guitar during the Malice and Easy Cure days. Also added to the lineup was drummer Boris Williams, who had previously worked with the Thompson Twins.

The album was the first to to be released by singer/songwriter/guitarist Robert Smith after he left Siouxsie and The Banshees in May of 1984 Smith has stated that their album Kaleidoscope  was a strong influence of the wide variety of tracks on The Head On the Door: be it “Kyoto Song’s” Japanese flavor or  “The Blood’s” Spanish style. Flamenco. The piano tune in the track “Six Different Ways” was evolved from from the single “Swimming Horses”.

Following the ill informed controversy between The Cure’s “The Walk”, and New Order’s “Blue Monday”, is the even stronger similarity between The Cure’s single from this record, “In Between Days”, to New Order‘s “Dreams Never End”.

Regardless of what you believe from the rivalry above, the video only single “A Night Like This” admittedly reuses previous material by reworking the original melody from the Easy Cure track “Plastic Passion”.

Below, we have included the full Les Enfants du Rock program from 1985 where The Cure are promoting The Head On The Door. Note that at 6 minutes and 45 seconds, Robert half jokingly derides founding member and keyboardist Lol Tolhurst for his alcoholism—a subject that is addressed at length in Lol’s book Cured: The Story of Two Imaginary Boys.


  1. In Between Days
  2. Kyoto Song
  3. The Blood
  4. Six Different Ways
  5. The Baby Screams
  6. Close to Me
  7. A Night Like This
  8. Screw
  9. Sinking