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"Friday I'm in Love" is a song by British rock band The Cure. It is the second single taken from the album Wish (1992), and was a worldwide hit. It won the award for European Viewer's Choice for Best Music Video at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards.

"Friday I'm in Love"
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Single by The Cure
from the album Wish
B-side"Halo", "Scared as You"
Released11 May 1992
FormatCD, 12" vinyl
Recorded1991
GenreJangle pop[1]
Length3:38
LabelFiction
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
The Cure singles chronology
"High"
(1992)
"Friday I'm in Love"
(1992)
"A Letter to Elise"
(1992)
Music video
"Friday I'm in Love" on YouTube

Robert Smith, the song's primary writer, described it in 1992 as both "a throw your hands in the air, let's get happy kind of record" and "a very naïve, happy type of pop song."[2]

Contents

ProductionEdit

During the writing process, Robert Smith became convinced that he had inadvertently stolen the chord progression from somewhere, and this led him to a state of paranoia where he called everyone he could think of and played the song for them, asking if they had heard it before. None of them had, and Smith realised that the melody was indeed his.[3]

The song was written to be a slower number than its upbeat final rendition. While the track was recorded in D major, the commercially released version sounds a quarter-tone higher than D major due to Robert Smith forgetting to turn off the vari-speed on the tape after toying with it before recording. When played live, the song is played in its original intended key as opposed to the one heard on the record.[4]

The track was produced by both David M. Allen and The Cure.

Music videoEdit

The video, directed by Tim Pope, features the band performing the song in front of various backdrops on a soundstage, in homage to French silent filmmaker Georges Méliès (the appearance of characters in The Eclipse, or the Courtship of the Sun and the Moon). Throughout the video, the band play around with various props and costumes while several extras wander about, causing chaos and ultimately trashing the set. Tim Pope makes a cameo in the beginning, riding a rocking horse and yelling out high-pitched stage directions through a plastic megaphone after inhaling helium from a balloon. The final shot is of bassist Simon Gallup crouching and peering into the camera while wearing a bridal veil and holding some champagne.[5] The producer of "Friday I'm in Love", Dave M. Allen, makes an appearance in the background, holding up props too. Another oddity is the band's name on the drum - a scrawled "The Cures" rather than the band's singular name.

ReleaseEdit

"Friday I'm in Love" was the second single taken from the band's ninth studio album, Wish, released on 11 May 1992. The single was a number 6 hit in the UK and reached number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100. It is the band's last American Top 40 hit to date. It was also the band's last song (in a string of four) to top the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, matching the success of their previous single, "High", with a four-week stint at number 1.

LegacyEdit

"It's always been paradoxical that it's pushed down people's throats that we're a goth band," Smith observed. "Because, to the general public, we're not. To taxi drivers, I'm the bloke that sings 'Friday I'm in Love'. I'm not the bloke who sings 'Shake Dog Shake' or 'One Hundred Years'."[6]

The song is featured in TV shows and films including I Could Never Be Your Woman, Chuck, Surviving Jack, About Time, Regular Show and iZombie. It is also used at the end of episode six of the first season of Instinct.

The track is the main theme song in the 2009 film He's Just Not That into You.[7]

It was featured on the 2004 soundtrack of 50 First Dates with Dryden Mitchell of Alien Ant Farm.

In the video game Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, "Friday I'm in Love" appears as both an in-game cassette tape and an anachronism, as the song was released eight years after the game takes place in 1984. The song is a playable track in the video game Rock Band 4.

The song was covered by Yo La Tengo for their 2015 album Stuff Like That There.

The song was covered by Scala & Kolacny Brothers, and remixed by Norwegian synthpop band Apoptygma Berzerk in 2007 as a 7" vinyl release.[8]

Track listingEdit

7" vinyl
No.TitleLength
1."Friday I'm in Love" (single mix - also available on Galore)3:36
2."Halo"3:47
12" vinyl
No.TitleLength
1."Friday I'm in Love (Strangelove Mix)"5:29
2."Halo"3:47
3."Scared as You"4:12
cds
No.TitleLength
1."Friday I'm in Love"3:36
2."Halo"3:47
3."Scared as You"4:12
4."Friday I'm in Love (Strangelove Mix)"5:29

PersonnelEdit

Charts and certificationsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Cure - Galore: The Singles 1987-1997". Allmusic. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
  2. ^ "The Cure Interview Transcript - discogs.com".
  3. ^ "The Cure's Robert Smith interview - Part Two". femalefirst.co.uk. 28 Oct 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-09.
  4. ^ Gore, Joe (September 1992). "Editor". Guitar Player.
  5. ^ Jordan Runtagh (21 Apr 2017). "The Cure's 'Friday I'm in Love': 7 Things You Didn't Know". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  6. ^ Cameron, Keith (August 2004). "It's more Kiss Me than goth". Mojo. No. 129. p. 87.
  7. ^ Film trailer: He's Just Not That into You guardian.co.uk, 2 October 2008
  8. ^ "Scala & Kolacny Brothers - Somebody / Friday I'm In Love". Discogs. Retrieved 2018-02-23.
  9. ^ "Australian-charts.com – The Cure – Friday I'm In Love". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  10. ^ "Austriancharts.at – The Cure – Friday I'm In Love" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  11. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 1973." RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
  12. ^ "Musicline.de – Cure Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  13. ^ "Chart Track: Week 22, 1992". Irish Singles Chart.
  14. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Cure – Friday I'm In Love" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  15. ^ "Charts.nz – The Cure – Friday I'm In Love". Top 40 Singles.
  16. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – The Cure – Friday I'm In Love". VG-lista.
  17. ^ "Notowanie nr541" (in Polish). LP3. 3 June 1992. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  18. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – The Cure – Friday I'm In Love". Singles Top 100.
  19. ^ "Swisscharts.com – The Cure – Friday I'm In Love". Swiss Singles Chart.
  20. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  21. ^ "The Cure Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  22. ^ "The Cure Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard.
  23. ^ "The Cure Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Alternative Songs for The Cure. Nielsen Business Media.
  24. ^ "The RPM Top 100 Hit Tracks of 1992" (PDF). RPM. Vol. 56 no. 25. 19 December 1992. p. 8. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  25. ^ "Italian single certifications – The Cure – Friday I'm in Love" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 8 April 2019. Select "2019" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "Friday I'm in Love" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Singoli online" under "Sezione".
  26. ^ "British single certifications – The Cure – Friday I'm in Love". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 29 August 2018. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Friday I'm in Love in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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