Mint Car

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"Mint Car"
TheCureMintCarUKDisc1.jpg
'CD1' single cover
Single by The Cure
from the album Wild Mood Swings
B-side "Home", "Waiting", "A Pink Dream"
Released 17 June 1996
Format CD
Recorded 1995
Genre Jangle pop[1]
Length 3:29
Label Fiction
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
The Cure singles chronology
"The 13th"
(1996)
"Mint Car"
(1996)
"Strange Attraction"
(1996)
Alternative covers
'CD2' single cover
'CD2' single cover

"Mint Car" is a song by English rock band The Cure, released as the second single from their tenth studio album Wild Mood Swings in June 1996.

Background[edit]

Robert Smith has stated in an interview that he thought this song was better than the British Top 10 hit "Friday I'm in Love".[2] Smith said, "it was the single, and I thought it was a better song than 'Friday'. But it did absolutely nothing because we weren't the band at that time. The zeitgeist wasn't right. It taught me that sometimes there's a tipping point, and if you're the band, you're the band, even if you don't want to be, and there's nothing you can do about it."[2]

Release[edit]

Released on 17 June 1996, the song reached number 31 on the UK Singles Chart and number 14 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.

The single included two remixes of the song, as well as three songs not available on the album. All of the B-sides, except the remixes, would go on to appear in the 2004 box set Join the Dots.

Impact[edit]

The song appeared in the films Loser (2000) and A Lot Like Love (2005) and was included on the respective soundtracks.

The song is mentioned in The Format's song "Dead End" from their album Dog Problems (2006).

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Smith/Gallup/Bamonte/Cooper/O'Donnell.

CD 1

  1. "Mint Car (Radio Mix)"
  2. "Home"
  3. "Mint Car (Buskers Mix)"

CD 2

  1. "Mint Car (Electric Mix)"
  2. "Waiting"
  3. "A Pink Dream"

US CD

  1. "Mint Car (Electric Mix)"
  2. "Waiting"
  3. "A Pink Dream"
  4. "Mint Car (Buskers Mix)"

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 100
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[4] 20
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[5] 47
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 31
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 58
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[8] 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Cure - Galore: The Singles 1987-1997". Allmusic. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Pete Wentz Meets Robert Smith". Stereogum. Retrieved 11 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  4. ^ "The Cure: Mint Car" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  5. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  6. ^ "The Cure: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  7. ^ "The Cure Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  8. ^ "The Cure Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 14 March 2018.

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