Lullaby (from Disintegration, 1989)
“This scared the bejesus out of me and occasionally still does. I was 15 and I saw the video on Top Of The Pops. Up until then, all the
music I’d heard had been fed to me by my sisters, or it’d been chart music. Then that happened and I was like, ‘What’s going on, and why does that man look like that?’ It’s fantastic, whether it’s a metaphor for drug addiction or whether it’s something else, it doesn’t matter. If you take the lyrics literally, it’s a terrifying nightmare and the way that it’s written is pure Edgar Allen Poe. To be able to write basically a short story in such an amazing pop tune, and the groove on that tune sounds like a meat cleaver going through a table. It hasn’t dated, it’s still such a fantastic choppy groove, then this whispered vocal. It’s got this conspiratorial vibe to it. The lines about being eaten by ‘a thousand million shivering furry holes’ and if you struggle, ‘I will only love you more’ – horrific! The economy of language to get that story across in all its terrifying detail makes for some of the best lyrics I’ve ever heard. Pure poetry. We opened up for them at Old Trafford Cricket Ground [ in 2004]. I was flattered when Cast Of Thousands came out – Q did a ‘What are you listening to?’ piece and Robert Smith said our second album. Very flatteringly, he said it was like learning a different language listening to our music. It’s the biggest compliment I’ve ever had! I’ve often thought about giving him a ring and saying, ‘Do you wanna go for a beer so can I get in your head for a bit?’”
A night like this: The Cure headline Glastonbury, 1995.