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Japanese Whispers: The Cure Singles Nov 82 : Nov 83 is a singles album by
the Cure. It was released in late 1983 by their
It includes the singles "Let's Go to Bed", "The Walk" and "The Lovecats". Two other tracks are the
B-sides of these singles, although "Mr. Pink Eyes" (the second B-side for "The Lovecats") was not included. The songs were recorded when the band was in a transitional phase after bassist
Simon Gallup left following a tour to promote the previous album,
Pornography. Beginning with these singles,
Lol Tolhurst switched from drums to keyboards, a role he kept until his departure in 1989.
For the tracks from the "Let's Go to Bed" and "The Walk" singles, the Cure was a duo consisting of Tolhurst and
Robert Smith, with the addition of session drummer
Steve Goulding (a member of
Graham Parker and
the Rumour) for the tracks from "Let's Go to Bed". For "The Lovecats" single, a full band was assembled with the addition of bassist/producer
Phil Thornalley, who had worked with the band on Pornography, and drummer
Andy Anderson, a lineup which would continue for the
Concert live album.
In 1986, the singles' lead tracks were included in the
Staring at the Sea
compilation album, while all of the B-sides were included in the 2004 B-sides and rarities
Join The Dots.
Japanese Whispers was the first Cure album to enter the
Billboard 200 in the US, in early 1984.