The first two Cure albums

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.


2 thoughts on “The first two Cure albums

  1. I dunno. For some reason The Cure never grabbed me which is weird as they are the perfect sort of pop/rock/art band that would draw me in. Add in the existential connection, and it sounds like a perfect listening storm.

    But, just never nailed. Kind of like The Cult, too.

    Strange but true.

  2. Like you, Peter, I loved the first two Cures, then lost interest the more Robert Smith became Goth Elvis. 25 years ago I’d likely have listed the first Cure in my Top 50. I do like that “Tell me, tell me, tell me” song from later on though. Good pop.

    As for The Cult, “Electric” on which Rick Rubin strips The Cult down to AC/DC, IS one of my Top 50. There’s other good stuff from that period as well.

    Liked the “Electric” Cult so much, it caused me to catch them opening for Metallica in the late 1980s. Having seen Metallica makes me feel kind of historically whole, although I was never much of a fan.

    But I digress.

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