THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Cure – “The Lovecats”.
A swinging little ditty from the earlier days of the Cure. Still flashing the pop sense the band demonstrated on their early singles, “The Love Cats” — released between albums in 1983 and collected on Japanese Whispers (1984 EP) and again on Staring at the Sea: The Singles (1986) — shows the band experimenting with textures like a screeching guitar to mimic the screech of a cat and falling bottles.
But the song is almost like a show tune in its classic Tin Pan Alley arrangement, with tack piano, horns, phonetic backing vocals, vibes, and upright bass being the most prominent instrumentation. It is the sort of undeniably catchy music hall type of song found on the mid- to late-’60s Beatles records. “The Love Cats” contains something like five separate hooks.