The Cure, circa 1992

For Day 3 of our Disintegration Week — in which we toast this past Tuesday’s North American release of The Cure’s eagerly anticipated Disintegration: Deluxe Edition — we flip those singles over, running down the band’s Top 10 B-sides, as chosen by Slicing Up Eyeballs’ readers.

Just like yesterday’s countdown of The Cure’s Top 10 singles, we’ve compiled this list, somewhat unscientifically, by adding up the results from our recently completed contest, which asked readers to name their favorite Cure songs. With more than 380 votes, a good number of people picked B-sides, so we broke those out and tallied up the Top 10.

Unlike the singles list, this one — presented below — skews a bit more into the early ’90s, which is fitting, since that was a fertile era for choice B-sides (the list also features one selection that’s not technically a B-side, but is a rare non-album track). As always, feel free to leave a comment at the end with your own picks. We’ll wrap things up Friday with the full, ranked list of our readers’ 90-some favorite Cure songs.

DISINTEGRATION WEEK
TUESDAY: The Cure’s Disintegration tracks ranked
WEDNESDAY: Readers poll: The Cure’s Top 10 singles
TODAY: Readers poll: The Cure’s Top 10 B-sides
FRIDAY: Readers poll: The Cure’s Top 98 songs of all time

See the Cure’s Top 10 B-sides after the jump…

The Cure, 'Inbetween Days'1. “The Exploding Boy”

A side: “Inbetween Days”
Release date: July 15, 1985
Available on: Join the Dots: B-Sides & Rarities, 1978-2001
Sample comment: “It’s probably the quintessential track from the Head on the Door era, and the perfect stepping stone between The Top and Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, yet was somehow relegated to B-side status. Nutty, fun, catchy.” (RJL)

The Cure, 'Lovesong'2. “2 Late”

A side: “Lovesong”
Release date: Aug. 21, 1989
Available on: Join the Dots: B-Sides & Rarities, 1978-2001
Sample comment: “I have always loved this song, and the demo on the Cure’s Disintegration website is great. I love the lyrics and the tempo of the song. And I always think one day that once spent out on me and up til late…” (Scott)

The Cure, 'Killing an Arab'3. “10.15 Saturday Night”

A side: “Killing an Arab”
Release date: Feb. 6, 1979
Available on: Join the Dots: B-Sides & Rarities, 1978-2001
Sample comment: “It always brings back great memories for me because one of my old bands used to cover it live. The drummer from that band took his own life a short time after we broke up, and we all miss him very much.” (Steve)

The Cure, 'A Letter to Elise'4. “The Big Hand”

A side: “A Letter to Elise”
Release date: Oct. 5, 1992
Available on: Join the Dots: B-Sides & Rarities, 1978-2001
Sample comment: “Musically it lures you in, and when the words hit, they hit close to home. I feel as though the big hand is God or some force that we can’t perceive but that he is in charge of everything.” (AndyTheCureFan)

'Stranger Than Fiction'5. “To the Sky”

Appears on: Stranger Than Fiction compilation
Release date: 1989
Available on: Join the Dots: B-Sides & Rarities, 1978-2001
Sample comment: “I loved all the dense moodiness then, but 20 years out, I’ve come to prefer the somehow lighter songs. ‘To the Sky’s’ ‘Just Like Heaven’-ness does it for me, without actually being the ever-overplayed ‘Just Like Heaven.'” (Rich)

The Cure, 'Catch'6. “A Chain of Flowers”

A side: “Catch” and “Just Like Heaven”
Release date: June 22, 1987 and Oct. 5, 1987
Available on: Join the Dots: B-Sides & Rarities, 1978-2001
Sample comments: “It’s a very effective and emotional portrayal of the terrible fear of losing someone.” (Erin), and “Last song on the best cassette maxi single I ever bought.” (Charles Sawyers)

The Cure, 'Never Enough'7. “Harold and Joe”

A side: “Never Enough”
Release date: Sept. 17, 1990
Available on: Join the Dots: B-Sides & Rarities, 1978-2001
Sample comment: “There is something about the tune, and particularly those single, individual organ notes (so clear and shining, like a star on a clear winter night), that strike an emotional chord more so than any words.” (Place Logo Here)

The Cure, 'High'8. “This Twilight Garden”

A side: “High”
Release date: March 16, 1992
Available on: Join the Dots: B-Sides & Rarities, 1978-2001
Sample comment: “I think this song says a lot for The Cure; it shows how serious they take their B-sides, and it shows how beautiful their work can be. Mainstream media likes to label them as goth or dark — we know better!” (Kent Butabi)

The Cure, 'Inbetween Days'9. “A Few Hours After This”

A side: “Inbetween Days”
Release date: July 15, 1985
Available on: Join the Dots: B-Sides & Rarities, 1978-2001
Sample comment: “Why it wasn’t included on Head on the Door is beyond me… I loved it for the line, ‘Just put your hands around my heart/And squeeze me until I’m dry,’ and the odd production…” (Chad)

The Cure, 'A Forest'10. “Another Journey By Train”

A side: “A Forest”
Release date: March 28, 1980
Available on: Join the Dots: B-Sides & Rarities, 1978-2001
Sample comment: “The song is completely tight, solid bass work, tip-top drumming, decent synth work and guitar that doesn’t need Robert’s voice behind it. I listen to it on the way to and from work, on the subway…” (John)

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