The Cure release their fifth album : ‘The Top’ featuring ‘The Caterpillar’ (1984)

The Cure’s ‘The Top’ is their fifth studio album released on April 30, 1984 by Fiction.

Track Listing : 1.Shake Dog Shake (Robert Smith) – 04:55 . 2.Bird Mad Girl (Robert Smit, Lol Tolhurst) – 04:05 . 3.Wailing Wall (Robert Smith) – 05:17 . 4.Give Me It (Robert Smith) – 03:42 . 5.Dressing Up (Robert Smith) – 02:51 . 6.The Caterpillar (Robert Smit, Lol Tolhurst) – 03:40 . 7.Piggy In The Mirror (Robert Smit, Lol Tolhurst) – 03:40 . 8.The Empty World (Robert Smith) – 02:36 . 9.Bananafishbones (Robert Smith) – 03:12 . 10.The Top (Robert Smith) – 06:50

Richard Bellia

Musicians : The Cure – Band . Robert Smith – Vocals, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Organ, Violin, Harmonica . Lol Tolhurst – Keyboards . Andy Anderson – Drums, Percussion . Porl Thompson – Saxophone, Keyboards

Tim Pope

Production : Produced By David M. Allen, Chris Parry, Robert Smith . Dave Allen – Engineer . Howard Gray – Engineer

Package : Richard Bellia asterisques RVM – Photography . Johnny Black – Sleeve Notes . Paul Cox – Photography . Steve Pyke – Photography . Motoko Sashi – Photography . P. Terrrasson – Photography

Video Director(s) : Tim Pope asterisques RVM for “The Caterpillar”

Recorded 1983–1984 At Genetic, Garden Studios And Trident.

Released On April 30, 1984 By Fiction.


Yes, “The Caterpillar” is on here, and “Dressing Up” has a sexy pop-song elegance that’s certainly new. But this full-length is the sound of a rock band stretching out in a much less controlled and occasionally bitter way: There are shades of gnarled psychedelia scattered throughout. […]

The key to getting the most out of ‘The Top’ is to simply understand that it’s experimental and transitional, so it’s uniqueness can take a little longer than usual to set in, and even then, not every track will be a big hit, given the album’s eclecticism. […]

Essentially Smith and Lol Tolhurst working with studio musicians (this being the period when the Cure’s lineup was never assured), it’s an album obviously recorded under stress, drink, and drugs. […]


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