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Encyclopedia > The Top (album)
The Top
The Top cover
Studio album by The Cure
Released May 1, 1984
Recorded Genetic, Garden studios, Trident, 1983 - 1984
Genre Alternative Rock
Length 40:55
Label Fiction
Producer David M. Allen,
Chris Parry,
Robert Smith
Professional reviews
The Cure chronology
Concert
(1984)
The Top
(1984)
The Head on the Door
(1985)

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Overview

The Top was the studio album to follow Pornography. After Pornography, Robert Smith found himself without his friend Simon Gallup, who departed the band due to a fight. Pornography is the fourth studio album by British alternative rock band The Cure, originally released in 1982 and re-mastered and re-released in 2005. ... Simon Jonathon Gallup is an English musician born on June 1, 1960 in Duxhurst, England, and bassist of the British post-punk band The Cure. ...


Smith then took a radical shift in his music. Just months after the bleak Pornography, the band released the single "Let's Go to Bed" which just featured Smith, Lol Tolhurst and session drummer Steve Goulding. Following this was "The Walk", and then "The Lovecats". All three were poppy and upbeat and featured little guitar, very different to the things they'd done in the three albums prior. The Top is the first album to follow this new side of The Cure. 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. ...


Due to the conflicts and band lineup troubles, Smith wrote almost all of the music himself, and played almost all the instruments (except the drums). As such, this is closer to a Robert Smith solo album than any other album in the band's history, seen as experimental and transitional.[1]


The Top was The Cure's first studio album to chart in the U.S.


2006 re-release

The album was re-released August 8, 2006 in the U.S. and August 14 in the UK. The first CD had the original album with remastered sound. Due to a mastering problem, "Bananafishbones" appeared on the original album at a slower speed than it was recorded, which lowered its pitch by a semitone. The 2006 remaster has restored the track to its original speed and pitch, making it nearly 15 seconds shorter. is the 220th day of the year (221st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 226th day of the year (227th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... A semitone (also known in the USA as a half step) is a musical interval. ...


The second disk had four unreleased tracks, live performances and studio outtakes of all ten songs on the original album (and it's two B-sides "Happy the Man" and "Throw Your Foot", from "The Caterpillar"). The Caterpillar is the name of a 1984 single by The Cure from their album The Top. ...


Track listing

All songs by Robert Smith, except where noted.


Original 1984 release

  1. "Shake Dog Shake" – 4:55
  2. "Birdmad Girl" (Smith, Tolhurst) – 4:05
  3. "Wailing Wall" – 5:17
  4. "Give Me It" – 3:42
  5. "Dressing Up" – 2:51
  6. "The Caterpillar" (Smith, Tolhurst) – 3:40
  7. "Piggy in the Mirror" (Smith, Tolhurst) – 3:40
  8. "The Empty World" – 2:36
  9. "Bananafishbones" – 3:12
  10. "The Top" – 6:50

Dressing Up is a song from The Cures 1984 album, The Top. ... The Caterpillar is the name of a 1984 single by The Cure from their album The Top. ...

2006 "Deluxe Edition"

Disc one

Original album, as above, but with the intro drum roll of "Shake Dog Shake" shortened, and "Bananafishbones" sped up one semi-tone, making it 2:59.


Disc two

  1. "You Stayed..." (Robert Smith Home demo)
  2. "Ariel" (Robert Smith Home demo)
  3. "A Man Inside My Mouth" (Studio demo)
  4. "Sadadic" (Robert Smith Studio demo)
  5. "Shake Dog Shake" (Studio demo)
  6. "Piggy in the Mirror" (Studio demo)
  7. "Birdmad Girl" (Studio demo)
  8. "Give Me It" (Studio demo)
  9. "Throw Your Foot" (Studio demo)
  10. "Happy the Man" (Studio demo)
  11. "The Caterpillar" (Studio demo)
  12. "Dressing Up" (Studio alt mix)
  13. "Wailing Wall" (Studio alt mix)
  14. "The Empty World" (Live bootleg)
  15. "Bananafish Bones" (Live bootleg)
  16. "The Top" (Live bootleg)
  17. "Forever (version)" (Live bootleg)

Personnel

For other persons named Robert Smith, see Robert Smith (disambiguation). ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... A sunburst-colored Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Andy Anderson (birth name Clifford Leon Anderson) was born in London, England on January 30th, 1951. ... Percussion redirects here. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... 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. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Porl Thompson (born Paul Stephen Thompson on November 8, 1957 in Wimbledon, England) is an English musician best known for his work with The Cure. ... The saxophone (colloquially referred to as sax) is a conical-bored instrument of the woodwind family. ... Philip Carden Thornalley (born 5 January 1960, Worlington, Suffolk, England) is a songwriter-producer and occasional bassist and vocalist who has worked in the music industry since 1978. ... A sunburst-colored Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ...

Production

Dave Allen is the bassist for the post-punk band Gang Of Four. ... For other persons named Robert Smith, see Robert Smith (disambiguation). ... Dave Allen is the bassist for the post-punk band Gang Of Four. ... For other persons named Robert Smith, see Robert Smith (disambiguation). ... 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. ...

Charts

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Year Chart Position
1984 The Billboard 200 180

References

  1. ^ Chris True. All Music Guide review.

 
 

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