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the cure biography
Formed in 1976 as the Easy Cure, this UK band originally comprised Robert Smith (b. 21 April 1959, Crawley, Sussex, England; guitar, vocals), Michael Dempsey (bass) and Laurence "Lol" Tolhurst (b. 3 February 1959; drums). After struggling to find a niche during the first flashes of punk, the band issued the Albert Camus-inspired "Killing An Arab" on the independent Small Wonder Records in mid-1978. It proved sufficient to draw them to the attention of producer and Fiction Records label manager Chris Parry, who reissued the single the following year. By May 1979, the band were attracting glowing reviews, particularly in the wake of "Boys Don't Cry", whose style recalled mid-60s British beat, with the added attraction of Smith's deadpan vocal. The attendant album, Three Imaginary Boys, was also well received, and was followed by a support spot with Siouxsie And The Banshees, on which Robert Smith joined the headliners onstage. Another strong single, "Jumping Someone Else's Train", performed predictably well in the independent charts but, in common with previous releases, narrowly missed the national chart. A pseudonymous single, "I'm A Cult Hero", under the name the Cult Heroes, passed unnoticed and, soon after its release, Michael Dempsey was replaced on bass by Simon Gallup (b. 1 June 1960). Amid the shake-up, keyboards player Mathieu Hartley was added to the line-up.
By the spring of 1980, the Cure was developing less as a pop outfit than a guitar-laden rock band. The atmospheric 12-inch single "A Forest" gave them their first UK Top 40 hit, while a stronger second album, 17 Seconds, reached the Top 20. Thereafter, the Cure's cult following ensured that their work regularly appeared in the lower regions of the charts. After consolidating their position during 1981 with "Primary", "Charlotte Sometimes", and "Faith", the band looked to the new year for a new direction. A major breakthrough with Pornography threatened to place them in the major league of new UK acts, but there were internal problems to overcome. The keyboard player, Mathieu Hartley, had lasted only a few months and, early in 1982, the other "new boy", Simon Gallup, was fired and replaced by Phil Thornalley and Steve Goulding. Meanwhile, Smith briefly joined Siouxsie And The Banshees as a temporary replacement for John McGeogh. As well as contributing the excellent psychedelic-tinged guitar work to their hit "Dear Prudence", Robert Smith subsequently teamed up with Banshee Steve Severin and Jeanette Landray in the Glove.
The Cure, meanwhile, continued to record and during the summer enjoyed their first UK Top 20 single appearance with the electronics-based "The Walk". Four months later, they were in the Top 10 with the radically contrasting pop single "The Love Cats" (Robert Smith subsequently attempted to distance himself from this song, which was initially intended more as a parody). Further success followed with "The Caterpillar", another unusual single, highlighted by Robert Smith's eccentric violin playing. This chart success confirmed the Cure as not only one of the most eclectic and eccentric ensembles working in British pop, but one of the very few to make such innovations accessible to a wider audience. Robert Smith's heavy eye make-up, smudged crimson lipstick and shock-spiked hair was equally as striking, while the band's videos, directed by Tim Pope, became increasingly wondrous. In 1985, the band released their most commercially successful album yet, The Head On The Door. The following year, they re-recorded their second single, "Boys Don't Cry", which this time became a minor UK hit.
By now, the cure was effectively Robert Smith and Laurence "Lol" Tolhurst, with members such as Simon Gallup and others flitting through the line-up from year to year. With the retrospective Standing On A Beach singles collection the Cure underlined their longevity during an otherwise quiet year. During 1987, they undertook a tour of South America and enjoyed several more minor UK hits with "Why Can't I Be You?", "Catch" and "Just Like heaven". The latter also reached the US Top 40, as did their double album, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. A two-year hiatus followed before the release of the follow-up, Disintegration. A fiendishly downbeat affair, with some of Robert Smith's most moribund lyrics, it nevertheless climbed into the UK Top 3. During the same period, the band continued to register regular hits with such singles as "Lullaby", "Lovesong", "Pictures Of You" and the fiery "Never Enough". Along the way, they continued their run of line-up changes, which culminated in the departure of Laurence "Lol" Tolhurst (to form Presence), leaving Robert Smith as the sole original member.
Although it was assumed that the Cure would attempt to consolidate their promising sales in the USA, Robert Smith announced that he would not be undertaking any further tours of America. Mixed Up, a double album compiling re-recordings and remixes of their singles, was released at the end of 1990. By 1992, the Cure line-up comprised Robert Smith, a reinstated Simon Gallup, Perry Bamonte (b. 6 September 1960; keyboards, guitar), Porl Thompson (guitar) and Boris Williams (drums), and with the critically acclaimed Wish, the Cure consolidated their position as one of the world's most consistently successful bands. Porl Thompson left the unit in June 1993, at which time former member Laurence "Lol" Tolhurst sued Robert Smith, the cure and its record label, for alleged unpaid royalties. The ensuing court transcripts made for colourful reading, and confirmed the Cure's reputation for drinking excess (Laurence "Lol" Tolhurst was summarily defeated in the action and left with a huge legal debt). Following a successful bill-topping gig at the 1995 Glastonbury Festival the band started work on what was to become Wild Mood Swings, issued in May 1996. The line-up on this album was Robert Smith, Perry Bamonte, Simon Gallup, Jason Cooper (drums) and Roger O'Donnell (keyboards). The revealing lyrics hinted at Smith's personal insecurities. Galore, a useful follow-up to the earlier compilations, preceded the excellent Bloodflowers which Robert Smith claimed was to be the final Cure album.
the cure songs
10.15 saturday night, peel session, 2 late, 39, a blues in drag [the glove], a chain of flowers, a few hours after this, a foolish arrangement, a forest, tree mix, a japanese dream, extended remix, a letter to elise, 7" remix, 12" extended remix, blue mix, a man inside my mouth, a night like this, a pink dream, a reflection, a short term effect, a sign from god [cogasm], a strange day, a thousand hours, accuracy, adonais, aerial, all cats are grey, all i want, all mine, another day, another journey by train, apart, at night, babble, bananafishbones, bare, birdmad girl, bloodflowers, boys don't cry, demo (curiosity), new vocal mix, peel session, breathe, burn, carnage visors, catch, cats like cheese (demo of give me it), charlotte sometimes, close to me, closer mix, closest mix, extended remix, radio edit, closedown, cloudberry, club america, roxy mix, cold, cold colours (demo of primary), coming up, cut, descent, desperate journalist (version of grinding halt), disintegration, do the hansa, doing the unstuck, doubt, dredd song, radio edit, remix, dressing up, end, faded smiles [easy cure demo], faith, fascination street, extended remix, remix, fear of ghosts, fight, fire in cairo, peel session, forever, foxy lady, friday im in love, strangelove mix, from the edge of the deep green sea, give me it, gone, critter mix, radio mix, ultraliving mix, spacer mix, grinding halt, halo, happy the man, harold and joe, heart attack (demo from wish sessions), hello i love you, slight return, heroin face, hey you!!!, extended remix, remix, high, higher mix, trip mix, home, homesick, hot hot hot!!!, extended remix, remix, how beautiful you are, remix, i dig you [cult hero], i just need myself [easy cure demo], i want to be old [easy cure demo], i'm a cult hero [cult hero], i'm cold, icing sugar, new mix, if only tonight we could sleep, in your house, inbetween days, shiver mix, extended remix, it used to be me, its not you, jumping someone else's train, jupiter crash, just like heaven, remix, dizzy mix, just one kiss, remix, extended remix, just say yes, killing an arab, peel session, kyoto song, la ment, flexipop version, last dance, lets go to bed, milk mix, extended remix, edit, like an animal [the glove], like cockatoos, listen [easy cure demo], looking-glass girl [the glove], lovesong, extended remix, remix, 7" mix, love will tear us apart, lullaby, extended remix, remix, m, maybe someday, meathook, mint car, radio mix, electric mix, buskers mix, more than this, mouth to mouth [the glove], mr alphabet says [the glove], mr pink eyes, never enough, big mix, new day, numb, object, ocean, off to sleep, old england (demo from wish sessions), one hundred years, one more time, open, fix mix, orgy [the glove], other voices, out of mind, out of this world, perfect murder [the glove], pictures of you, extended dub mix, extended remix, strange mix, remix, piggy in the mirror, pillbox tales, plainsong, plastic passion, play, play for today, pornography, prayers for rain, primary, red mix, extended remix, punish me with kisses [the glove], purple haze, edit, push, relax, return, round & round & round, scared as you, screw, secrets, see the children [easy cure demo], seventeen seconds, sex-eye-makeup [the glove], shake dog shake, shiver and shake, siamese twins, sinking, six different ways, slvvy (demo from wish sessions), snow in summer, so what, speak my language, spilt milk, splintered in her head, stop dead, strange attraction, strange mix, radio edit, subway song, sugar girl, tape, full-length version, the 13th, swing radio mix, radio edit, feels good mix, two chord cool mix, killer bee mix, the baby screams, the big hand, the blood, the caterpillar, flicker mix, the dream, the drowning man, the empty world, the exploding boy, the figurehead, the final sound, the funeral party, the hanging garden, the holy hour, the kiss, the last day of summer, the loudest sound, the lovecats, extended remix, the perfect girl, the same deep water as you, the snakepit, the three sisters, the tightrope [the glove], the top, the upstairs room, the walk, everything mix, there is no if, this green city [the glove], this is a lie, radio edit, ambient mix, this twilight garden, three, three imaginary boys, throw your foot, to the sky, to wish impossible things, torture, trap, treasure, trust, untitled, uyea sound, wailing wall, waiting, want, watching me fall, weedy burton, wendy time, where the birds always sing, why cant i be you, extended remix, world in my eyes, world war, wrong number, analogue exchange mix, crossed line mix, digital exchange mix, dub analogue exchange mix, engaged mix, isdn mix, p2p mix, radio edit, yesterday's gone [robert w/ reeves gabrels], you're so happy, young americans,
the cure albums
Three Imaginary Boys, Boys Don't Cry, Seventeen Seconds, Faith, Pornography, Japanese Whispers, The Top, Concert - The Cure live with Curiosity - The Cure Anomalies, The Head on the Door, Standing on a Beach with Unavailable B-Sides, Kiss me Kiss me Kiss me, Disintegration, Entreat, Mixed Up, Wish, Show, Paris, Wild Mood Swings, Galore, BloodFlowers