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Top 5 Cure songs for Robert Smith's birthday



Robert Smith of The CureThe Cure's Robert Smith is feeling a little lonely today. And that's a shame because it's a big day for him. "Did anyone from here remmebered my BIRTHDAY! show some love ♥" he writes on his Facebook page, which oddly enough only has 4,300 fans.

Robert turns 53 today, which makes him actually one of the younger stars of the '80s. And our beloved decade would be nothing without his tunes. But which should we pick for our traditional birthday top 5 list? I asked our friends on the Stuck in the '80s FB page to pick their top 5, and I loosely compiled the results.

So here you go, love cats....


5. IN BETWEEN DAYS (1985): Maybe best known for its three different spellings (also listed as Inbetween Days and In-Between Days), this song was the band's first hit in the U.S. (hitting only No. 99 on the charts).

4. THE LOVE CATS (1983): According to a number of his fans, Smith was inspired to write this song after reading Australian author Patrick WhiteWhite's novel, The Vivisector, in which a lover's husband drowns a sack of stray cats.

3. CHARLOTTE SOMETIMES (1981): Based on the 1969 children's book of the same name (and actually one of three Cure songs based on the book, along with Splintered In Her Head and Empty World.)

2. PICTURES OF YOU (1989): On the list of Rolling Stone's 500 best songs of all time. According to lore, it's inspired by a photo of Robert's wife that he found after a fire broke free in his home.

1. A FOREST (1980): An oldie but a goodie. So many mixes of the song exist, it's hard to keep track. And some many other bands have covered it (Robert Palmer, Creaming Jesus, Nouvelle Vague), that it's achieved a life on its own. A worthy top pick for any birthday.

[Last modified: Saturday, April 21, 2012 11:00am]


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