In the aftermath of the bleak Pornography, Robert Smith returned from a month-long detox in the Lake District to write the antithesis to what The Cure currently represented. Written as a sarcastic reflection on sexual imagery in pop music, the single was a surprise hit. It was most successful in Australia, reaching #15.
The origins of “Let’s Go to Bed” lie in “Temptation”, one of the demos for Pornography. The song is a relatively upbeat, guitar-driven instrumental. In August 1982, soon after Simon Gallup’s departure from the band, Smith demoed a vocal version of the track, entitled “Temptation Two”, a psychedelic piece not far removed from the Pornography album but somewhat lighter in tone. At the end of the song, Smith sings a string of wordless syllables, nearly identical to the “doo doo doo”s of the later song. The final version was debuted on Kid Jensen’s radio show on 27 November 1982.
Robert Smith has often stated that he wished its b-side, the darker “Just One Kiss” (also first performed during the session) was released as a single.
The song was covered by New York pop band Ivy for their 2002 album “Guestroom”. The video for the cover features a brief appearance by The Smashing Pumpkins’ James Iha, also known for his love for, and his own covers of, The Cure. Los Angeles rock band The Dreaming have also covered this song.The hook was also sampled by Rihanna in her song S&M
Released 15 November 1982
Format 7”, 12”
Genre New Wave
Label Fiction Records
Producer Chris Parry
Edited by Doods420 on 11 Jan 2012, 03:10
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