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Encyclopedia > A Forest
"A Forest"
"A Forest" cover
Single by The Cure
from the album Seventeen Seconds
Released April 8, 1980 UK
Format 7", 12"
Genre Gothic Rock, Post-punk
Length 4:55
Label Fiction Records
Producer(s) Mike Hedges
Robert Smith
Peak chart positions
  • #31 (UK)
The Cure singles chronology
"Jumping Someone Else's Train"
(1979)
"A Forest"
(1980)
"Primary"
(1981)

A Forest is a song by British rock band The Cure. It was released as a single on April 8, 1980, and was the only single from their second album Seventeen Seconds.
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History

The lyrics tell a vague story about a man looking for a girl in a forest. He hears her calling for him, and as he chases her, he suddenly stops and realizes that he is lost and that the girl is not there. The song is fairly upbeat compared to the other material on the album, and Lol Tolhurst's machine-like steady beat together with Simon Gallup's minimalistic bassline gives this nervous chase more depth and keeps the song on the edge of a frantic groove until the end. Laurence Lol Tolhurst (born Laurence Andrew Tolhurst, 3 February 1959, in Horley, Surrey, England) is a founding member and former drummer/keyboardist for the UK goth rock band, The Cure. ... Simon Johnathon Gallup is an English musician born on June 1, 1960 in Duxhurst, England, and a member of the British post-punk band The Cure. ...


Though not their biggest hit, it is regarded by many fans and critics as the best example of The Cure's sound. Also notable for securing the band its first slot on BBC's "Top of the Pops". Today, this song is a concert favourite, known to be stretched out of proportions. In fact, there are versions that have lasted up to 20 minutes. The Cure are an English rock band that formed in Crawley, Sussex in 1976. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ...


The track has been re-recorded a number of times by The Cure. In 1990 the track was re-recorded and remixed as the "Tree mix" on the band's "Mixed Up" album. It was redone for the second time on the "Join the Dots" box set this time remixed by Mark Plati and featuring Earl Slick on guitar. Robert Smith supplied vocals for a Blank & Jones cover version in 2003. The song has also been covered by Nouvelle Vague on their first album Nouvelle Vague Mixed Up is The Cures 10th album which was released in November 1990. ... Join the Dots: B-sides and Rarities is an album of The Cure, released in January 27, 2004 by their new record label Elektra / Asylum. ... Piet Blank & DJ Jaspa Jones Blank & Jones is a German dance act, consisting of the members Jan Pieter Blank (born June 15, 1971), René Runge (born June 27, 1968), better known as DJ Jaspa Jones and the producer Andy Kaufhold ( N*D*K) (born December 17, 1969). ... Nouvelle Vague (French for new wave AND (Portuguese for bossa nova) is a bossa nova group initiated by French musicians Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux. ... Nouvelle Vague is the 2004 debut album by Nouvelle Vague. ...


1981 "Robert Palmer" version

The most notorious performance of this song is the so-called "Robert Palmer"-version, performed at the Werchter Festival in Belgium, July 5, 1981. Everything was late at the festival, and the crowd was mostly there to see artists that were at the time bigger than The Cure, like Dire Straits and Robert Palmer, of whom the latter happened to be the next on stage after The Cure. After twelve songs, Palmer's roadies said that if The Cure didn't stop playing soon, they would pull the plug. They reached a compromise that they would play one song before they left, opting for "A Forest", which they decided to play a lot longer than what was normal at the time (almost ten minutes), with Robert Smith adding some lyrics improvised on the spot (including the words: "Such a long end" repeated several times). When the band finally finished, bass player Simon Gallup yelled into the microphone: "Fuck Robert Palmer, and fuck rock 'n' roll!" Robert Allen Palmer (January 19, 1949 – September 26, 2003), born in Batley, Yorkshire, was an English singer. ... is the 186th day of the year (187th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Robert Allen Palmer (January 19, 1949 – September 26, 2003), born in Batley, Yorkshire, was an English singer. ... For other persons named Robert Smith, see Robert Smith (disambiguation). ... Simon Johnathon Gallup is an English musician born on June 1, 1960 in Duxhurst, England, and a member of the British post-punk band The Cure. ...


References in Popular Culture

This track is featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, released for the PlayStation Portable and Playstation 2 consoles. The song can be heard on Wave 103 while driving. The PlayStation Portable , officially abbreviated as PSP) is a handheld game console released and currently manufactured by Sony Computer Entertainment. ... “PS2” redirects here. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ...


Track listing

7" Single

  1. "A Forest" - single version
  2. "Another Journey by Train"

12" single

  1. "A Forest" - album version
  2. "Another Journey by Train"

Personnel

For other persons named Robert Smith, see Robert Smith (disambiguation). ... Matthieu Hartley was born in Smallfield, England on February 4th, 1960. ... Laurence Lol Tolhurst (born Laurence Andrew Tolhurst, 3 February 1959, in Horley, Surrey, England) is a founding member and former drummer/keyboardist for the UK goth rock band, The Cure. ... Simon Johnathon Gallup is an English musician born on June 1, 1960 in Duxhurst, England, and a member of the British post-punk band The Cure. ...

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