The career arcs of bands are not always controlled by the players. Or they spin out beyond local expectations.
The Cure became an international pop sensation, and in many ways deservedly so. I have no idea if that is what they aspired to, but they got it.
But all we ever listened to were their first two elpees, which are wonderfully clear and direct and poetic. Not unpopular, but pure art in a way.
If you’re at all studious about life in our modern world, you should read Albert Camus’s The Stranger, and listen to this song by the Cure. Obviously not the whole story, but a bit of perspective.
Part of the brilliance is you don’t need to know the book to love this song, and wonder about it.