There's a new version of cult favourite 'A Few Hours After This'
Andrew Trendell

11:00 23rd December 2015

Here's an awesome Christmas present for fans of The Cure. Ahead of next year's tour, the band have re-recorded one of their most cult favourite songs for an upcoming episode of Luther. Check it out below. 

The 'Disintegration', 'Lullaby' and 'Boys Don't Cry' icons have re-recorded a version of 'A Few Hours After This' - a b-side taken from the 12 inch for The Head On The Door classic single, 'In Between Days'.

It will appear on the soundtrack to the upcoming Christmas special of the Idris Elba-starring crime drama, Luther - which was shown on BBC One last night and can be streamed here

“I have been an obsessive fan of The Cure since I was 13," the show's creator Neil Cross told The Daily Record. “After we had finished shooting the second episode of this special, I phoned the producer and said there is this really obscure Cure track – an extra track on a 12-inch single called 'A Few Hours After This' – which I have always loved and think it would really go."

He added: “Long story short, we contacted Robert Smith and he re-recorded the song. That was one of those moments where I wanted to hijack the Tardis and go back and see my teenage self and say, ‘One day…’”

Listen to the new version below

Last year it was revealed that The Cure were working on 'two new albums'. Fingers crossed that 2016 is the year they finally see the light of day. 

The Cure's full upcoming UK tour dates are below. Support on all dates comes from the incredible Gigwise favourites, The Twilight SadTickets are on sale now and are available here

The Cure will play:
Tue November 29 2016 - MANCHESTER Arena
Thu December 01 2016 - LONDON SSE Arena, Wembley
Fri December 02 2016 - LONDON SSE Arena, Wembley
Sat December 03 2016 - LONDON SSE Arena, Wembley

  • 12. 'Lovecats' - It's a timeless classic, highly evocative of 80's Britain and a staple on any decent indie disco dancefloor. it also has a great Dexys Midnight Runners feel to it. but with that brilliant dark Cure delicious twist.

  • 11. 'Friday I'm In Love' - Surely the ultimate weekend song, 'Friday I'm In Love' puts a tear in your eye and a spring in your step from the moment the jangly guitar riff first kicks in. It's hardly The Cure's most complex lyrical output, but perfectly suited to the song's sheer, almost childlike joy.

  • 10. 'Boys Don't Cry' - With an opening riff so brilliantly recognisable that The Libertines spent an entire career trying to recreate it, 'Boys Don't Cry' drips with irony - an irony no-one could pull off with the same panache as the theatrically androgynous Robert Smith.

  • 9. 'In Between Days': An electrifying drum roll to kick off one of The Cure's most uplifting cuts. Released in 1985, Smith and co channeled the same morose lyricism and poppy instrumental combo that was all the rage at that time. The lyrics don't boast complexity but are teeming with an unmistakable sincerity.

  • 8. '10.15 On A Saturday Night' - This is taken from their debut album which was released in 1979 and it was a b-side to 'Killing An Arab'. It's quite simply one of the greatest post-punk tracks ever, and it's no wonder The Cure keep playing it 37 years later.

  • 7. 'Pictures Of You' - Assured enough of its own brilliance to justify a two and a half minute guitar intro, 'Pictures Of You' is the most tangible example of The Cure's ability to embrace both euphoria and melancholia in a single breath.

  •  6. 'Lullaby' - This charted at No.5 when it came out in 1989, and it showed the band still had big ambitions. Huge string sections accompany Robert Smith's vocals to sublime effect. A true pop-noir horror story gem.

  • 5. 'Just Like Heave'n: One of the most iconic riffs in The Cure discography, 'Just Like Heaven' is an almost flawless pop song. It has heart and chops, it's so good, in fact, it inspired a thousand great covers and just as many terrible knock-offs that could never do the track justice - looking at you Katie Melua.

  • 4. 'Plainsong': Taken from the classic Disintegration, this is pretty much the perfect opener to any album or gig - crystallizing that oh-so-Cure sense of graceful but aching longing to an elegiac but majestic soundtrack: "Sometimes you make me feel like I am living at the edge of the world".

  • 3. 'Killing An Arab': The title has become somewhat controversial over time with the current climate in world affairs, resulting in the band often writing it on set lists as 'Killing Another' these days, but it is in fact inspired by a scene in Albert Camus' 'The Stranger'. The band's debut single was a short-sharp blast of post-punk energy, full of vim and vigour - setting the template for countless copycats for a generation to come.

  • 2. 'Close To Me': The Cure at their most playful and infectious. Can you name a better pop song? Didn't think so.

  • 1. 'Lovesong': Using a palette of forlorn lyrics and achingly romantic but melancholy sounds that is entirely exclusive to The Cure, 'Lovesong' is proof alone that they are the masters of taking hopeless devotion and searing heartache and turning into such an utterly essential listen.

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