We move like caged tigers
Oh, we couldn't get closer than this
The way we walk, the way we talk
The way we stalk, the way we kiss
We slip through the streets
While everyone sleeps
Getting bigger and sleeker
And wider and brighter
We bite and scratch and scream all night
Let's go and throw all the songs we know
When The Cure released their hit single “Lovecats” in 1983, their career lay ahead of them. The song hit the Top Ten in the UK, peaking at Number Seven, and Number Six in Australia.
Front man Robert Smith is said to have been influenced by Australian author Patrick White, whose 1970 novel The Vivisector won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1973. The plot centralises on the love between its two protagonists: Hurtle Duffield and Rhoda Courtney. It also uses feline imagery to reflect society, in particular comparing the hunchback Rhoda and other vulnerable members of Hurtle’s community to cats.
In turn, much of the song “The Lovecats” compares the band and human lovers to cats, prowling through the night arm in arm. This could be a play on the term 'cool cats', meaning a stylised, popular person. The saying became popular in the 1980s, and particularly in the New Romantic scene of which The Cure were a part.