The Cure – ‘Wish’ on iTunes.
by Walter Price
The year was 1992 and you probably had yourself drowned in the sounds of Sade, Whitney Houston, Take That, Madonna, but there was a ‘new-ish’ genre continuing to catch pop-fire. ‘Modern Rock’ was making its way into the mainstream. Bands like Gin Blossoms, R.E.M., Spin Doctors, and 10,000 Maniacs were a handful from the genre making a splash in Ninety-Two.
But there was a beautifully quirky band, one of the most popular bands at the time, out of The UK that were continuing to make eclectic moves on the US Billboard charts. That band is The Cure, heir album that year was, ‘Wish’, and the single that had the mainstream folks in sonic bewilderment was titled “Friday I’m In Love”.
The Cure have little in common with Loverboy, albeit their eagerness for the weekend is a universal desire. And a chipper bubble-gum pop-song about the leisure times was well received by audiences far and wide. Robert Smith had this to say (To Spin), “‘Friday I’m in Love’ is a dumb pop song, but it’s quite excellent actually because it’s so absurd. It’s so out of character – very optimistic and really out there in happy land. It’s nice to get that counterbalance. People think we’re supposed to be leaders of some sort of ‘gloom movement.’ I could sit and write gloomy songs all day long, but I just don’t see the point.”
I have always been interested in what The Cure would do next, I still do. As I am always intrigued to discover how other artists interpret songs that have become part of pop-culture landscape. Here are three brilliant ways “Friday I’m In Love” has been reimagined.
Nathan & Eva
Scars on 45
Directed by Tim Pope
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