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Charted: September 7, 1985

Rating: 4.250 (average of 10 ratings)

Genre: goth rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. In Between Days (Without You)
  2. Kyoto Song
  3. The Blood
  4. Six Different Ways
  5. Push
  6. The Baby Screams
  7. Close to Me
  8. A Night Like This
  9. Screw
  10. Sinking


sales in U.S. only ½ million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated ½ million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 59
peak on U.K. album chart 7

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • In Between Days (Without You) (7/22/85) #99 US, #15 UK
  • Close to Me (9/21/85) #97 US, #13 UK

Notes: In 2006, a deluxe edition added a second disc of 18 odds and ends, from home demo instrumentals, live bootleg recordings, and studio demos of unreleased songs.


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

The Head on the Door
The Cure
“After recording one of their darkest albums, 1983’s The Top, the Cure regrouped and shuffled their lineup in 1984 and ended up changing their musical direction rather radically. While the band always had a pop element in their sound and even recorded one of the lightest songs of the ‘80s, ‘The Lovecats’, The Head on the Door is where they become a hitmaking machine. The shiny, sleek production and laser-sharp melodies of Inbetween Days and Close to Me helped them become modern rock radio staples and the inspired videos had them in heavy rotation on MTV” (Sendra).

“The rest of the record didn’t suffer for hooks and inventive arrangements either, making even the gloomiest songs like Screw and Kyoto Song sound radio-ready, and the inventive arrangements (the flamenco guitars and castanets of The Blood, the lengthy and majestic intro to Push, the swirling vocals on The Baby Screams) give the album a musical depth previous efforts lacked. All without sacrificing an ounce of the emotion of the past, which songs as quietly desperate as A Night Like This and Sinking illustrate” (Sendra).

“With The Head on the Door, Robert Smith figured out how to make gloom and doom danceable and popular to both alternative and mainstream rock audiences. It was a feat the band managed to pull off for many years afterward, but never as concisely or as impressively as they did here” (Sendra).

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Last updated July 19, 2008.