The Cure, formed in 1976 and fronted by Robert Smith, are an English rock band largely known for developing the gothic rock genre, thanks to their dark, tormented lyrics and sound.
Beginning life as Easy Cure, the band soon dropped the ‘easy’ and were signed to Chris Parry’s Fiction label in 1978. But by 1982, even after moderate commercial success, fed up of the gloomy reputation the band were getting and after several volatile tours resulted in members leaving, Smith focused on writing more upbeat melodies- the result being 1982’s Let’s Go To Bed and future singles, Love Cats and Friday I’m In Love. By this time, The Cure were enjoying increasing commercial success and in 1984, The Top became a UK top 10 hit and bought them US success when it broke in to the Billboard Top 200.
Following more band fall outs and line up changes, The Cure returned to their gothic roots with 1989’s Disintegration, which debuted at No.3 and became their biggest chart hit to that point. Following a law suit which was found in favour of singer Smith, the band released album The Wish in 1993 which reached No.1 in the UK and No.2 in the US. Since they formed, the band has been recognised as icons in the world of music, recently receiving NME’s 2009 Godlike Genius Award. (SM)
Original members included Robert Smith (vocals, songwriting), born April 21, 1959, in England; Laurence Tolhurst (keyboards), and Michael Dempsey (bass). Other members include Simon Gallup (drums, bass), Porl Thompson (keyboards, guitar), Boris Williams (drums), and Roger O'Donnell (keyboards).
Band formed, 1976, in Crawley, Sussex, England. Signed with Fiction Records, 1978, recorded first album in Great Britain, 1978. Released first album in America, Boys Don't Cry, 1980; toured America in 1987 and 1989.
Addresses: Record company—Elektra Records, 75 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10019.
Three Imaginary Boys, Fiction, Rhino, 1979.
Seventeen Seconds, Fiction Records (UK), Elektra Records (U.S. 1988 release)
Rhino Records (2006 reissue), 1980.
Faith, Fiction (UK), A&M (U.S. original release), Elektra (1986 reissue), Rhino (2006 reissue), 1981.
Pornography, Fiction (UK), A&M (U.S. original release), Elektra (1986 reissue), Rhino (2006 reissue) 1982.
The Top, Fiction (UK), Sire (U.S. original release), Rhino (2006 reissue), 1984.
The Head on the Door, Fiction (UK), Elektra (U.S. original release), Rhino (2006 reissue), 1985.
Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Fiction (UK), Elektra (U.S. original release), Rhino (2006 reissue), 1987.
Disintegration, Fiction (UK), Elektra (U.S. original release), Rhino (2010 reissue), 1989.
Wish, Fiction (UK), Elektra (U.S.), 1992.
Wild Mood Swings, Fiction (UK), Elektra (U.S.), 1996.
Bloodflowers, Fiction (UK), Elektra (U.S.), 2000.
The Cure, I AM, Geffen, 2004.
4:13 Dream, I AM, Geffen, 2008.
Source: Anne Jannette Johnson
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