"I've always spent more time with a smile on my face than not, but the thing is, I don't write about it..." Robert Smith
It all started in 1976 as 'Easy Cure', formed by Robert Smith (vocals, guitar) along with schoolmates Michael Dempsey (bass), Lol Tolhurst (drums) and local guitar hero Porl Thompson. They began writing and demoing their own songs almost immediately, playing throughout 1977 in Southern England to an ever growing army of fans. In 1978 the 'Easy' was dropped, along with Porl, and an eager trio now known simply as The Cure were quickly signed to Chris Parry's new Fiction label.
The Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex in 1976. The band has experienced several line-up changes, with frontman, vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Robert Smith being the only constant member. The Cure first began releasing music in the late 1970s with their debut album Three Imaginary Boys (1979); this, along with several early singles, placed the band as part of the post-punk and new wave music that had sprung up in the wake of the punk revolution in the United Kingdom.
During the early 1980s, the band's increasingly dark and tormented music helped form the Gothic rock genre.
In early 1980 the 4-piece Cure embarked on an exploration of the darker side of Robert's song-writing, and emerged with the minimalist classic Seventeen Seconds, along with their first bona-fide 'hit single' “A Forest.”
After the release of Pornography (1982), the band's future was uncertain and Smith was keen to move past the gloomy reputation his band had acquired.
With the 1982 single "Let's Go to Bed" Smith began to inject more of a pop sensibility into the band's music. 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.
After pushing the limits of excess, Robert felt he had to change things, and did so by 'going pop' again. Rejuvenated, the now 2-piece Cure released their first real dance single, the cheesy “Let's Go To Bed,” and during the making of the accompanying video forged a colorful and lasting relationship with director Tim Pope. The band continued into 1983 with the groovy electronic dance of “The Walk,” followed by the demented cartoon jazz of “The Lovecats.” In 1984 The Top was released, a strange hallucinogenic mix, which contained the infectiously psychedelic single “The Caterpillar.”
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 and over thirty singles during the course of their career.
* Three Imaginary Boys (1979)
* Seventeen Seconds (1980)
* Faith (1981)
* Pornography (1982)
* The Top (1984)
* The Head on the Door (1985)
* Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me (1987)
* Disintegration (1989)
* Wish (1992)
* Wild Mood Swings (1996)
* Bloodflowers (2000)
* The Cure (2004)
* 4:13 Dream (2008)
The Cure were one of the first alternative bands to have chart and commercial success in an era before alternative rock had broken into the mainstream. In 1992 the NME declared The Cure had during the 1980s become "a goth hit machine (19 to date), an international phenomenon and, yep, the most successful alternative band that ever shuffled disconsolately about the earth". Smith has noted he looks at Cure-influenced bands Interpol and My Chemical Romance with affection, adding, "I also think [Interpol bassist] Carlos D.'s obsession with Simon Gallup is sweet."
Several references to The Cure and their music have been made in popular culture. A number of films have used the title of a Cure song as the film's title, including Boys Don't Cry (1999) and Just Like Heaven (2005). The Cure's gloomy image has been the subject of parody at times. In series two of The Mighty Boosh, The Moon sings 'The Lovecats' over the credits. In the same episode, a powerful Gothic hairspray, Goth Juice, is said to be "The most powerful hairspray known to man. Made from the tears of Robert Smith." The Mary Whitehouse Experience often featured brief clips of the stars of the show performing comical songs and nursery rhymes as The Cure in a morose style. Robert Smith appeared in the final episode of The Mary Whitehouse Experience, punching the character Ray (played by Robert Newman) whilst uttering Ray's catch phrase "Oh no what a personal disaster". Robert Smith was also portrayed on an episode of South Park where he transforms into the form of Mothra and battles Mecha-Streisand to save the day and Kyle shouts "Disintegration is the best album ever!" In Craig Thompson's graphic novel Blankets the chapter seven is called "Just Like Heaven". The same chapter shows Raina singing some lyrics from this song to Craig. The song Just Like Heaven appears in the video game Rock Band 3.
* Robert Smith – lead vocals, guitars, keyboards (1976-present)
* Porl Thompson – guitars, keyboards (1976–1978, 1983–1993, 2005-present)
* Simon Gallup – bass guitar, keyboards (1979–1982, 1985-present)
* Jason Cooper – drums, percussion (1995-present)
* Michael Dempsey – bass, vocals (1976–1979)
* Matthieu Hartley – keyboards (1979–1980)
* Phil Thornalley – bass (1983–1984)
* Andy Anderson – drums, percussion (1983–1984)
* Lol Tolhurst – drums, percussion, keyboards, drum machine (1976–1989)
* Boris Williams – drums, percussion (1984–1994)
* Roger O'Donnell – keyboards, percussion (1987–1990, 1995–2005)
* Perry Bamonte – keyboards, guitar, six-string bass (1990–2005)
THE MANY FACES OF ROBERT...
AN EPIC LOVE STORY...Robert & Mary
Their love story is so powerful.Robert Smith met Mary Poole in school when he was 14 years old, and they married in 1988. Robert even confessed in an interview for an early Cure book that Mary was the woman he lost his virginity to. He married her. It's been over 30 + years and the love is still blooming. We need to thank her for such beautiful songs as lullaby, A Night Like this, and Just Like Heaven.Smith wrote one of the Cure's signature compositions, "Lovesong", as a wedding present to his wife...
ROBERT~More In Depth...
Robert Smith, frontman of The Cure since the band's creation in 1976, a multi-instrumentalist and one of the most highly regarded artists in the world, talks about his experiences from his early days of touring, and The Cure's work-ethic when on stage. This is the complete cut of seperate videos, edited together.
Robert James Smith was born in Blackpool on 21st April 1959 and is the third of four children born to Alex and Rita Smith. His siblings are Richard, Margaret and Janet. When he was three years old his family moved to Horley in Surrey, then finally to Crawley four years later. Smith was raised as a Catholic and went to Notre Dame Middle School and St. Wilfrid's Comprehensive School in Crawley, West Sussex.
Robert began wearing his trademark style of smeared red lipstick, eye-liner, pale complexion, sleeping in graves, artfully dishevelled black hair, black clothes, and trainers in the early 1980s, around the same time as the Goth subculture got its start. However, Smith denies any link and claims it's a coincidence that the styles are similar, stating that he has worn make-up since he was young and saying, "It's so pitiful when 'goth' is still tagged onto the name The Cure".
His song writing for the band's early albums centered around themes of depression, loneliness, and isolation. The sombre mood of these early albums, along with Robert's on-stage persona, cemented the band's "gothic" image.
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