Some of the singles off Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me were too good to ignore, but I wasn't a big fan of Robert Smith's voice initially. And then Disintegration came out, with "Fascination Street" released as the first U.S. single. I was hooked, no two ways about it.
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Most of The Cure's albums are outstanding, but Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me is simply magical. Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me shows The Cure delivering perfect, joyful pop right alongside languid and extended jams that don't give a damn about radio play.
I have to be honest, I was a bit put off by Robert Smith's voice at first. Almost despite myself, I loved some of the singles off this album, but I initially found his delivery just a little off-putting. It eventually grew on me, but that's a story for later.
Even so, I couldn't deny the strength of the singles from Kiss Me.
My introduction to this was in the late 80s, when I was still really new to The Cure and looking for the most bang for my buck. I found it in the cassette version of Standing On A Beach • The Singles (And Unavailable B-Sides). This is The Cure's early stuff, just up to 1985, so it's before the band really hit the charts with Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me.
This extended play cassette had most of the singles as well as their b-sides. However, this sequence has not been duplicated on CD, and CD releases under the title Staring at the Sea have tracks not found on this collection but also omit the b-sides. No doubt a combination of media limitations (an extended play cassette can hold more songs than a CD), record companies grabbing money with both hands from completists (guilty), and the whims of the folks who put the tracks together.
So, I have to vote for both here, and have even gone to the lengths of re-creating the track order using The Cure's Join the Dots collection and other albums for my listening pleasure. So let's talk about all the goodness on these releases. All told there's 29 tracks between the various versions of the albums, so I'm just going to hit a few highlights on this one.