Hard to believe this classic Cure tune didn't chart in '85
The Cure will be heading for the U.S. in 2016 for a summer tour and questions abound. Will Robert Smith's makeup hold up in the heat? Will they come close to a city near you? Even if you are some distance away, never fear, as The Cure are always close - well, Close To Me.
The Cure's 1985 album Head On The Door was a breakthough of sorts in America for the English band, becoming their first album to go gold in the U.S. Off that album was the single Close To Me and its claustrophobic video. There are multiple videos of Close To Me that were edited and today's version is the one where all five members of The Cure are locked in a wardrobe and try to play Close To Me all piled on top of each other. Things go horribly wrong at the end for the band in the wardrobe as they go crashing down a cliff into the sea. Alternative video versions begin at the crash landing and have The Cure still trying to play their instruments underwater while fighting an octopus.
While Close To Me did not chart in 1985, in 1991 the song was remixed and reissued and that version made it to No. 97 on the U.S. charts. The Cure would have to wait until 1987 to get their first Top 40 hit in the U.S. with Just Like Heaven. While The Cure are regarded as alternative legends in America, they only landed three Top 40 hits on the U.S. Top 40 as compared to 23 appearances on the U.K. Top 40 charts.