The Cure

Formed 1977.
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The Cure - Reading 2012

Highlights of The Cure's set at Reading 2012

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The Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex, in 1976. The band has experienced several line-up changes, with vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Robert Smith being the only constant member. The Cure first began releasing music in the late 1970s with its debut album Three Imaginary Boys. Their second single, "Boys Don't Cry", became a hit; this, along with several early singles, placed the band as part of the post-punk and new wave movements that had sprung up in the wake of the punk rock revolution in the United Kingdom. During the early 1980s, the band's increasingly dark and tormented music helped form the gothic rock genre.

After the release of 1982's Pornography, the band's future was uncertain and Smith was keen to move past the gloomy reputation his band had acquired. With the single "Let's Go to Bed" released the same year, Smith began to place a pop sensibility into the band's music (as well as a unique stage look). The Cure's popularity increased as the decade wore on, especially in the United States where the songs "Just Like Heaven", "Lovesong" and "Friday I'm in Love" entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart. By the start of the 1990s, the Cure were one of the most popular alternative rock bands in the world. The band is estimated to have sold 27 million albums as of 2004. The Cure have released thirteen studio albums, ten EPs and over thirty singles during their career.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Bestival Live 2011

    Bestival Live 2011 2011

    Reviewed by Tom Hocknell
    Confirms The Cure as an ongoing, still-vibrant concern.
  2. Review of Disintegration – Deluxe Edition

    Disintegration – Deluxe Edition 2010

    Reviewed by Jaime Gill
    No other album has ever matched its morose magnificence.
  3. Review of 4:13 Dream

    4:13 Dream 2008

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Time to get the lipstick out again.
  4. Review of Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me

    Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me 2006

    Reviewed by Ian Wade
    A true delight.
  5. Review of Seventeen Seconds, Faith, Pornography (Deluxe Editions)

    Seventeen Seconds, Faith, Pornography (Deluxe Editions) 2005

    Reviewed by Jaime Gill
    This 'concept trilogy' chronicles Robert Smith's plunge from despondency into...
  6. Review of Three Imaginary Boys (Deluxe Edition)

    Three Imaginary Boys (Deluxe Edition) 2004

    Reviewed by Simon Morgan
    Recorded practically live over three nights with few over-dubs, 'Three Imaginary Boys'...
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