LABEL: Elektra / WEA
VINYL RELEASE DATE: 9/6/2016
ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 1984
VARIANT: 180 Gram Black Vinyl LP
The Top is the fifth studio album by English rock band The Cure, released on 30 April 1984. The Top contains different styles, from Spanish to Middle-Eastern and also metallic for the most violent songs. After recording a psychedelic album Blue Sunshine for the one-off project The Glove during the summer 1983, Robert Smith finished off the year composing and working on two other studio albums at the same time: The Top for The Cure and Hyæna for Siouxsie and the Banshees. Smith was still the official guitarist of Siouxsie and the Banshees while he wrote The Top. For The Top, Smith teamed up with another Cure founding member Lol Tolhurst who had given up drums for keyboards, and new member drummer Andy Anderson who had previously performed on the UK top 10 single "The Lovecats". Porl Thompson was credited for playing saxophone on "Give Me It". All the songs are credited by Smith bar three tracks co-written with Tolhurst, "The Caterpillar", "Bird Mad Girl" and "Piggy in the Mirror".