Inbetween Days / In-between Days / In Between Days Covers or Samples
February 4, 2019 9:45 AM   Subscribe

Today I listened to, for the first time to my knowledge, the apparently widespread and famous song by The Cure, In Between Days. I am intimately familiar with song, but I don't know why. The wiki doesn't list many popular culture appearances of the song, I'm a Paramore fan but I'm certain it's not their SirusXM cover. Why do I know it?

I'm fairly confident that I know the song because it's used someone else's album or track, but I don't know whose. Does anyone know any other songs that reference it? Googling In Between Days covers etc seems to be of little help. I think it's either a sample or a cover by a low voiced or male artist, because the original song seems very similar, just not identical.

I'm familiar with pretty much the entire song, looking at the lyrics, but I'm almost certain I've not listened to The Cure before. Nor do I think it likely I've just heard the song on the radio or in top 100s 80s playlists etc. I'm almost certain the song is used elsewhere, but am having trouble finding out or remembering where. Any aid appreciated. Ta.

Also, I've definitely written and read between enough that I no longer believe it is a real word.
posted by AnhydrousLove to Media & Arts (14 answers total)
 
Could be the Grosse Pointe Blank soundtrack, or one of these other movies/shows/games.
posted by wellred at 9:51 AM on February 4 [2 favorites]


Because it is a perfect song, and your soul thrills in ethereal harmony whenever it is played anywhere in the world?

Seriously, though: it may have been used in a popular ad or for a TV show, but I can't ever remember hearing it except through my headphones.

Crazy notion: did someone play it while you made out? That's one way to hear music without consciously listening to it. *shrug*
posted by wenestvedt at 9:52 AM on February 4 [12 favorites]


Ben Folds did a cover. Could that be it?
posted by rabbitrabbit at 9:53 AM on February 4 [2 favorites]


Oh this!

I can't yet remember what TV it's famously used in, though I don't know which version that would be, either. I'll start - have you seen its WhoSampled page and is it any of those?
posted by lokta at 9:55 AM on February 4 [1 favorite]


Luka Bloom did a cover that fits the low/male voice description.
posted by swordfishtrombones at 10:32 AM on February 4


wenestvedt: Crazy notion: did someone play it while you made out? That's one way to hear music without consciously listening to it.

Note to self: find a way to carefully phrase an AskMe or FPP about make-out tunes -- and do it close to the weekend, so everyone can relax and indulge in some Tingly Teen recall to help forget about the week gone by.

posted by wenestvedt at 11:18 AM on February 4 [7 favorites]


I get the same feeling with a few other Cure songs; Close to Me and Just Like Heaven somehow got embedded in my brain at some point, yet I don’t remember hearing them for a first time. I opened this question thinking I’d never heard In Between Days, but ten seconds into playing it I was like “oh yeah, this song, I know this one!”

I think it’s possible you (and I) have heard it on the radio numerous times, but due to the title and the song’s structure our brains never gave it a label. A lot of pop songs have a chorus that clearly mentions the song’s title, and a lot of Cure songs don’t really do that. (This also happens to me with New Order songs; I will probably have those “oh, that song!” moments with New Order well into my fifties.)
posted by Metroid Baby at 11:25 AM on February 4 [2 favorites]


It's somewhat notorious for borrowing from New Order's "Dreams Never End" if you're familiar with that song.
posted by lefty lucky cat at 2:24 PM on February 4 [5 favorites]


It’s from the period in the 80s where New Order released a single that sounded like The Cure and The Cure released a single that sounded like New Order. It is instantly familiar to any New Order fan because it follows their general song formula so closely that it sounds like you put a few of their songs in a blender.
posted by w0mbat at 2:39 PM on February 4 [7 favorites]


It’s from the period in the 80s where New Order released a single that sounded like The Cure and The Cure released a single that sounded like New Order

AKA "the 80s"
posted by lefty lucky cat at 2:52 PM on February 4 [2 favorites]


If you saw the movie Sing Street, you might be recognizing the intentional similarities of the song A Beautiful Sea to In Between Days.
posted by SafetyPirate at 6:16 PM on February 4 [1 favorite]


I think it's actually on the radio (possibly in supermarkets) quite a bit. You probably have heard it in an elevator a couple times :)
posted by Toddles at 8:30 PM on February 4


It is the Ben Folds version I'm thinking of. I've heard supersunnyspeedgraphics through many a time.
Thanks everyone. I likely have heard it a bunch on the radio or the like as well.

I wasn't familiar with Close To Me, but now listening to it I am aware that I know it from somewhere as well. Probably the radio.
posted by AnhydrousLove at 12:17 AM on February 5


For others like me who may be curious, here's the Ben Folds covering "In Between Days" video on YT.

Hey, AnhydrousLove, have you ever heard "A Few Hours After This"? [YT link with bonus David Bowie movie footage] It's a little more....florid -- kind of the opposite of "In Between Days," to be honest. :7)
posted by wenestvedt at 4:58 PM on February 5


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