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Favorite songs: The Cure | Just Like Heaven.

How the goth masters wrote one of the best love songs of modern pop.



What makes a love song? If we take a deeper look most "romantic songs", they’re actually sad songs, heartbroken songs, songs about broken relationships, betrayals, tragedies.


Take The Police's 'Every Breath you Take' or Duran Duran's 'Save a Prayer', is this really the mood of love? I rather commemorate the happiness of a corresponded love, the celebration of a joyful heart, an exaltation of matching souls. Well, sometimes love is where we least expect it and, interestingly, we found what we were looking for in The Cure.


But how do the goth masters wrote one of the best romantic songs of all time? Well the truth is, if look beyond the dark clothes, long messy hairs and Gothic looks, The Cure wrote some of the world's most iconic pop songs. During the 1980s and 1990s, Robert Smith and company delivered a variety of perfect tracks for wide moods swings (pun intended).


"I was never a big fan of irony," said Smith, maybe that's why this daydream of love, direct, sincere, unassuming and simple song, according to himself, is his favorite The Cure song. The track, written in 1987 and released on the double album Kiss-me, Kiss-me, Kiss-me, is responsible for the bands breakthrough in the United States, being the first single of them to reach the Top 40 of that country.


According to Smith, "the is song about hyperventilating, kissing and passing out on the floor". The lyrics took inspiration on a trip he made with his girlfriend (and future wife) Mary Poole to Beachy Head in southern England. Smith said the song's opening line ("Show me, show me, show me how you do that trick") refers to his childhood memories of mastering magic tricks, but added, "on another [level], it's about a seduction trick, from much later in my life". Smith also stated that the band members' girlfriends contributed to the song as they, during a recording process, “sit on the sofa in the back of the control room and give the songs scores”.


The video was directed by Tim Pope and filmed at Pinewood Studios, set on a cliff overlooking the sea, recreating the landscape of the trip Smith had with his love.

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