Throwback Thursday: The Cure’s First U.S. TV Appearance on ‘Arsenio Hall’
By the time the Cure found their way to the U.S., they'd already made their mark on music in their homeland of England. So when the Cure finally stepped onto American soil, they were welcomed with open arms by millions of enthusiastic fans.
The Cure released their first album, Three Imaginary Boys, in 1979, so reaching American shores took eight long years. When they finally arrived stateside, they had a slew of critically praised albums under their collective belt. When they released their seventh album, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me in 1987, Americans ate it up.
Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me marked the band's first appearance on the Billboard Top 40, appearing at the number 35 slot. It quickly went platinum and set the band up for a successful tour here in the States.
The Cure were in fine form during their first television appearance in the U.S. on the Arsenio Hall Show. They played one of their singles, "Just Like Heaven." They'd go on to play that same song on MTV's Video Music Awards soon after.
Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me is obviously a classic album and one of the band's biggest successes. But perhaps the album's greatest achievement was setting the stage for the band's next record, Disintegration, which is probably to date the band's most widely loved album.