"Just Like Heaven", by the Cure, is definitely an odd choice for me and an even odder choice if you know me and my taste for hard, loud music. Truth is, if this song had come out today, I might even say this was a horrible, emo-like, trash bag of a song. But, I liked it when it originally came out in 1987 and thus, and am still able to appreciate it nowadays.
This song was actually The Cure's first hit in the United States, but they were not new by any means as it was their ELEVENTH hit in the UK. Yes, they were already a big band across the pond when this song dropped, but it was this song that was their breakthrough for a US audience. In addition, people in Europe were already somewhat familiar with the song before it was even released. How is that possible? Well, while the band was still working on the song, French TV show Les Enfants du Rock got a hold of the band and asked them to come with an instrumental theme song for their TV show. The band gave them the rights to the instrumental version of the song and before the song was even released, people all across Europe were already familiar with the song, minus the lyrics. Europe loved the song, the US were happily exposed to a new band, and the rest as they say, is history. The band's popularity skyrocketed.
And what is the song about? Well, according to lead singer Robert Smith, "The song is about hyperventilating - kissing and fainting to the floor." Well, okaaaaay then. I'll just stick with it being a fun song. I think it will be fun to sing as I enjoy singing like Smith and making myself laugh because, really, he does have a ridiculous singing voice. The keyboard solo in the middle of the song should also be pretty fun too! We can't forget that new instrument in the game!