Let's Go To Bed

Album: Japanese Whispers (1982)
Charted: 44 109
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  • Speaking to the Rock 'n' Roll Alternative Show in 1983, frontman Robert Smith said that he didn't want this sarcastic reflection on sexual imagery in pop music ever to be released. "It wasn't as dumb as I wanted it to be," he explained. "It was really me reacting against The Cure's image, the states we've gone through. So I wanted to do something that was really, really dumb and pop. The words mean nothing. Once I recorded it I thought maybe this isn't quite right. And it was taken over and taken to its logical conclusion and released... Looking back maybe it wasn't such a bad thing. But at the time I was really, really angry 'cause I didn't want it released."

    The song was a moderate hit, doing especially well in Australia, where it reached #15.
  • This was both the first and last song played on WFNX. The Boston Alternative Rock radio station played the tune when they signed on in 1983, and as the final song broadcast on their last day on the air: July 20, 2012.
  • The music video was the first the band made with Tim Pope, who became their director of choice. The band felt that Pope presented the whimsical side of the band, which helped dispel the notion that they were humorless brooding goths. The "Let's Go To Bed" video finds Robert Smith and keyboard player Lol Tolhurst larking about in a series of strange rooms shot at distorted angles from behind a scrim. At one point, Tolhurst is dancing naked behind a screen.


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