At a time when live music remains off the menu, we’re revisiting the standout moment of the ‘Spotify Singles’ sessions as the brilliant Phoebe Bridgers produced a sparkling cover of The Cure’s iconic song ‘Friday I’m In Love’.
The track, first released in 1992 as the second single taken from the album Wish, is revered by fans as The Cure’s most loved track, one that lead singer Robert Smith described as a “throw your hands in the air, let’s get happy kind of record” and “a very naïve, happy type of pop song.”
When speaking with Guitar World, Smith opened up about the track he said: “I remember driving home one Friday afternoon to have the weekend off. And I started to think of this really great chord sequence. I was about 20 minutes away from the studio. So I turned around, went back to the studio and everyone was still there. We actually recorded it that Friday night.”
Adding: “So from then on it was always just called ‘Friday’. Then, when I came to do the words for it, I thought, why don’t I do a song about that Friday feeling? It’s a thing you have at school, and lots of people work at jobs they don’t really enjoy. So that Friday afternoon feeling is something you look forward to.”
Here, Bridgers attempted to channel her vulnerable vocal and relatable lyrics to make you feel incredibly at ease. What makes her cover of The Cure so remarkable, though, is that it feels so much like a Phoebe Bridgers song.
Somehow it feels more poignant, slightly darker and with an uncontrollable edge it never had before. Take a listen to both below.