The Cure

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This article is about the band. The Cure_sentence_0

For the album, see The Cure (The Cure album). The Cure_sentence_1

For other uses, see Cure (disambiguation). The Cure_sentence_2

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OriginThe Cure_header_cell_0_2_0 Crawley, West Sussex, England, United KingdomThe Cure_cell_0_2_1
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The Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex, in 1978. The Cure_sentence_3

The band members have changed several times, and guitarist, lead vocalist, and songwriter Robert Smith is the only constant member. The Cure_sentence_4

The band's debut album was Three Imaginary Boys (1979) and this, along with several early singles, placed the band in the post-punk and new wave movements that had sprung up in the United Kingdom. The Cure_sentence_5

Beginning with their second album, Seventeen Seconds (1980), the band adopted a new, increasingly dark and tormented style, which, together with Smith's stage look, had a strong influence on the emerging genre of gothic rock as well as the subculture that eventually formed around the genre. The Cure_sentence_6

Following the release of their fourth album Pornography in 1982, the band's future was uncertain. The Cure_sentence_7

Smith was keen to move past the gloomy reputation his band had acquired, introducing a greater pop sensibility into the band's music. The Cure_sentence_8

Songs such as "Let's Go to Bed" (1982), "The Love Cats" (1983), "Inbetween Days" (1985), "Close To Me" (1985), "Just Like Heaven" (1987), "Lovesong" (1989), and "Friday I'm in Love" (1992) aided the band in receiving commercial popularity. The Cure_sentence_9

The band have released 13 studio albums, two EPs and over 30 singles to date. The Cure_sentence_10

The Cure were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019. The Cure_sentence_11

History The Cure_section_0

1973–1979: Formation and early years The Cure_section_1

The founding members of the Cure were school friends at Notre Dame Middle School in Crawley, West Sussex, whose first public performance was at an end-of-year show in April 1973 as members of a one-off school band called Obelisk. The Cure_sentence_12

That band consisted of Robert Smith on piano, Michael "Mick" Dempsey on guitar, Laurence "Lol" Tolhurst on percussion, Marc Ceccagno on lead guitar and Alan Hill on bass guitar. The Cure_sentence_13

In January 1976, while at St Wilfrid's Comprehensive School Ceccagno formed a 5-piece rock band with Smith on guitar and Dempsey on bass, along with two other school friends. The Cure_sentence_14

They called themselves Malice and rehearsed David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix and Alex Harvey songs in a local church hall. The Cure_sentence_15

By late April 1976, Ceccagno and the other two school friends had left, and Tolhurst (drums), Martin Creasy (vocals), and Porl Thompson (guitar) had joined the band. The Cure_sentence_16

This lineup played all three of Malice's only documented live shows during December 1976. The Cure_sentence_17

In January 1977, following Martin Creasy's departure, and increasingly influenced by the emergence of punk rock, Malice's remaining members became known as Easy Cure after a song written by Tolhurst. The Cure_sentence_18

After winning a talent competition, Easy Cure signed a recording contract with German record label Ariola-Hansa on 18 May 1977. The Cure_sentence_19

In September 1977, Peter O'Toole (no relation to the actor), who had been the group's vocalist for several months, left the group to live on a kibbutz in Israel. The Cure_sentence_20

Both Malice and Easy Cure auditioned several vocalists that month before Smith assumed the role. The Cure_sentence_21

The new fourpiece of Dempsey, Smith, Thompson, and Tolhurst recorded their first studio demo sessions as Easy Cure for Hansa at SAV Studios in London between October and November 1977. The Cure_sentence_22

None were ever released. The Cure_sentence_23

The band continued to perform regularly around Crawley (including The Rocket, St Edward's, and Queen's Square in particular) throughout 1977 and 1978. The Cure_sentence_24

On 19 February 1978 they were joined at The Rocket for the first time by a support band from Horley called Lockjaw, featuring bassist Simon Gallup. The Cure_sentence_25

Hansa was dissatisfied with the group's demos and did not wish to release "Killing an Arab". The Cure_sentence_26

The label suggested that the band attempt cover versions instead. The Cure_sentence_27

They refused, and by March 1978 Easy Cure's contract with the label had been dissolved. The Cure_sentence_28

Smith later recalled, "We were very young. The Cure_sentence_29

They just thought they could turn us into a teen group. The Cure_sentence_30

They actually wanted us to do cover versions and we always refused." The Cure_sentence_31

On 22 April 1978, Easy Cure played their last gig at the Montefiore Institute Hall (in the Three Bridges neighbourhood of Crawley) before guitarist Porl Thompson was dropped from the lineup because his lead guitar style was at odds with Smith's growing preference for minimalist songwriting. The Cure_sentence_32

The remaining trio were soon renamed "The Cure" by Smith. The Cure_sentence_33

Later that month, the band recorded their first sessions as a trio at Chestnut Studios in Sussex, which were distributed as a demo tape to a dozen major record labels. The Cure_sentence_34

The demo found its way to Polydor Records scout Chris Parry, who signed the Cure to his newly formed Fiction label—distributed by Polydor—in September 1978. The Cure_sentence_35

The Cure released their debut single "Killing an Arab" in December 1978 on the Small Wonder label as a stopgap until Fiction finalised distribution arrangements with Polydor. The Cure_sentence_36

"Killing an Arab" garnered both acclaim and controversy: while the single's provocative title led to accusations of racism, the song is actually based on French existentialist Albert Camus's novel The Stranger. The Cure_sentence_37

The band placed a sticker label that denied the racist connotations on the single's 1979 reissue on Fiction. The Cure_sentence_38

An early NME article on the band wrote that the Cure "are like a breath of fresh suburban air on the capital's smog-ridden pub-and-club circuit", and noted, "With a John Peel session and more extensive London gigging on their immediate agenda, it remains to be seen whether the Cure can retain their refreshing joie de vivre." The Cure_sentence_39

The Cure released their debut album Three Imaginary Boys in May 1979. The Cure_sentence_40

Because of the band's inexperience in the studio, Parry and engineer Mike Hedges took control of the recording. The Cure_sentence_41

The band, particularly Smith, were unhappy with the album; in a 1987 interview, he admitted, "a lot of it was very superficial – I didn't even like it at the time. The Cure_sentence_42

There were criticisms made that it was very lightweight, and I thought they were justified. The Cure_sentence_43

Even when we'd made it, I wanted to do something that I thought had more substance to it". The Cure_sentence_44

The band's second single, "Boys Don't Cry", was released in June. The Cure_sentence_45

The Cure then embarked as the support band for Siouxsie and the Banshees' Join Hands promotional tour of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales between August and October. The Cure_sentence_46

The tour saw Smith pull double duty each night by performing with the Cure and as the guitarist with the Banshees when John McKay quit the group in Aberdeen. The Cure_sentence_47

That musical experience had a strong impact on him: "On stage that first night with the Banshees, I was blown away by how powerful I felt playing that kind of music. The Cure_sentence_48

It was so different to what we were doing with the Cure. The Cure_sentence_49

Before that, I'd wanted us to be like the Buzzcocks or Elvis Costello; the punk Beatles. The Cure_sentence_50

Being a Banshee really changed my attitude to what I was doing." The Cure_sentence_51

The Cure's third single, "Jumping Someone Else's Train", was released in early October 1979. The Cure_sentence_52

Soon afterwards, Dempsey was dropped from the band because of his cold reception to material Smith had written for the upcoming album. The Cure_sentence_53

Dempsey joined the Associates, while Simon Gallup (bass) and Matthieu Hartley (keyboards) from the Magspies joined the Cure. The Cure_sentence_54

The Associates toured as support band for the Cure and the Passions on the Future Pastimes Tour of England between November and December—all three bands were on the Fiction Records roster—with the new Cure line-up already performing a number of new songs for the projected second album. The Cure_sentence_55

Meanwhile, a spin-off band comprising Smith, Tolhurst, Dempsey, Gallup, Hartley, and Thompson, with backing vocals from assorted family and friends and lead vocals provided by their local postman Frankie Bell, released a 7-inch single in December under the name of Cult Hero. The Cure_sentence_56

1980–1982: Early gothic phase The Cure_section_2

Due to the band's lack of creative control on the first album, Smith exerted a greater influence on the recording of the Cure's second album Seventeen Seconds, which he co-produced with Mike Hedges. The Cure_sentence_57

The album was released in 1980 and reached number 20 on the UK charts. The Cure_sentence_58

A single from the album, "A Forest", became the band's first UK hit single, reaching number 31 on the singles chart. The Cure_sentence_59

The album was a departure from the Cure's sound up to that point, with Hedges describing it as "morose, atmospheric, very different to Three Imaginary Boys." The Cure_sentence_60

In its review of Seventeen Seconds the NME said, "For a group as young as the Cure, it seems amazing that they have covered so much territory in such a brief time." The Cure_sentence_61

At the same time, Smith was pressed concerning the concept of an alleged "anti-image". The Cure_sentence_62

Smith told the press he was fed up with the anti-image association that some considered to be "elaborately disguising their plainness", stating, "We had to get away from that anti-image thing, which we didn't even create in the first place. The Cure_sentence_63

And it seemed like we were trying to be more obscure. The Cure_sentence_64

We just didn't like the standard rock thing. The Cure_sentence_65

The whole thing really got out of hand." The Cure_sentence_66

That same year Three Imaginary Boys was repackaged for the American market as Boys Don't Cry, with new artwork and a modified track list. The Cure_sentence_67

The Cure set out on their first world tour to promote both releases. The Cure_sentence_68

At the end of the tour, Matthieu Hartley left the band. The Cure_sentence_69

Hartley said, "I realised that the group was heading towards suicidal, sombre music—the sort of thing that didn't interest me at all." The Cure_sentence_70

The band reconvened with Hedges to produce their third album, Faith (1981), which furthered the dour mood present on Seventeen Seconds. The Cure_sentence_71

The album peaked at number 14 on the UK charts. The Cure_sentence_72

Included with cassette copies of Faith was an instrumental soundtrack for Carnage Visors, an animated film shown in place of an opening act for the band's 1981 Picture Tour. The Cure_sentence_73

In late 1981 the Cure released the non-album single "Charlotte Sometimes". The Cure_sentence_74

By this point, the sombre mood of the music had a profound effect on the attitude of the band and they were "stuck in a ghoulish rut". The Cure_sentence_75

Sometimes Smith would be so absorbed by the persona he projected onstage he would leave at the end in tears. The Cure_sentence_76

In 1982 the Cure recorded and released Pornography, the third and final album of an "oppressively dispirited" trio that cemented the Cure's stature as purveyors of the emerging gothic rock genre. The Cure_sentence_77

Smith has said that during the recording of Pornography he was "undergoing a lot of mental stress. The Cure_sentence_78

But it had nothing to do with the group, it just had to do with what I was like, my age and things. The Cure_sentence_79

I think I got to my worst round about Pornography. The Cure_sentence_80

Looking back and getting other people's opinions of what went on, I was a pretty monstrous sort of person at that time". The Cure_sentence_81

Gallup described the album by saying, "Nihilism took over [...] We sang 'It doesn't matter if we all die' and that is exactly what we thought at the time." The Cure_sentence_82

Parry was concerned that the album did not have a hit song for radio play and instructed Smith and producer Phil Thornalley to polish the track "The Hanging Garden" for release as a single. The Cure_sentence_83

Despite the concerns about the album's uncommercial sound, Pornography became the band's first UK Top 10 album, charting at number eight. The Cure_sentence_84

The release of Pornography was followed by the Fourteen Explicit Moments tour, where the band finally dropped the anti-image angle and first adopted their signature look of big, towering hair and smeared lipstick on their faces. The Cure_sentence_85

The tour also saw a series of incidents that prompted Simon Gallup to leave the Cure at the tour's conclusion. The Cure_sentence_86

Gallup and Smith did not talk to each other for eighteen months following his departure. The Cure_sentence_87

Smith rejoined Siouxsie and the Banshees as their lead guitarist in November 1982. The Cure_sentence_88

He subsequently became a full-time member of the band, and was featured on the live video and album Nocturne. The Cure_sentence_89

He then recorded the album Hyæna with them, but left the group two weeks before its June 1984 release to concentrate on The Cure. The Cure_sentence_90

1983–1988: Commercial success The Cure_section_3

With Gallup's departure from the Cure and Smith's work with Siouxsie and the Banshees, rumours spread that the Cure had broken up. The Cure_sentence_91

In December 1982, Smith remarked to Melody Maker, "Do the Cure really exist any more? The Cure_sentence_92

I've been pondering that question myself [...] it has got to a point where I don't fancy working in that format again." The Cure_sentence_93

He added, "Whatever happens, it won't be me, Laurence and Simon together any more. The Cure_sentence_94

I know that." The Cure_sentence_95

Parry was concerned at the state of his label's top band, and became convinced that the solution was for the Cure to reinvent its musical style. The Cure_sentence_96

Parry managed to convince Smith and Tolhurst of the idea; Parry said, "It appealed to Robert because he wanted to destroy the Cure anyway." The Cure_sentence_97

With Tolhurst now playing keyboards instead of drums, the duo released the single "Let's Go to Bed" in late 1982. The Cure_sentence_98

While Smith wrote the single as a throwaway, "stupid" pop song to the press, it became a minor hit in the UK, reaching number 44 on the singles chart, but entered the Top 20 in Australia and New Zealand. The Cure_sentence_99

It was followed in 1983 by two more successful songs: the synthesiser-based "The Walk" (number 12), and "The Love Cats", which became the band's first British Top 10 hit, reaching number seven. The Cure_sentence_100

These singles and their B-sides were compiled on the Japanese Whispers compilation, which was released in December 1983. The Cure_sentence_101

In 1984, the Cure released The Top, a generally psychedelic album on which Smith played most of the instruments except the drums (played by Andy Anderson) and the saxophone (played by Porl Thompson). The Cure_sentence_102

The album was a Top 10 hit in the UK, and was their first studio album to break the Billboard 200 in the US, reaching number 180. The Cure_sentence_103

Melody Maker praised the album as "psychedelia that can't be dated", while pondering, "I've yet to meet anyone who can tell me why the Cure are having hits now of all times." The Cure_sentence_104

The Cure then embarked on their worldwide Top Tour with Thompson, Anderson and producer-turned-bassist Phil Thornalley on board. The Cure_sentence_105

Released in late 1984, the Cure's first live album, Concert consisted of performances from this tour. The Cure_sentence_106

Near the tour's end, Anderson was fired for destroying a hotel room and was replaced by Boris Williams. The Cure_sentence_107

Thornalley also left because of the stress of touring. The Cure_sentence_108

However, the bassist slot was not vacant long, for a Cure roadie named Gary Biddles had brokered a reunion between Smith and former bassist Simon Gallup, who had been playing in the band Fools Dance. The Cure_sentence_109

Soon after reconciling, Smith asked Gallup to rejoin the band. The Cure_sentence_110

Smith was ecstatic about Gallup's return and declared to Melody Maker, "It's a group again." The Cure_sentence_111

In 1985, the new line-up of Smith, Tolhurst, Gallup, Thompson and Williams released The Head on the Door, an album that managed to bind together the optimistic and pessimistic aspects of the band's music between which they had previously shifted. The Cure_sentence_112

The Head on the Door reached number seven in the UK and was the band's first entry into American Top 75 at number 59, a success partly due to the international impact of the LP's two singles, "In Between Days" and "Close to Me". The Cure_sentence_113

Following the album and world tour, the band released the singles compilation Standing on a Beach in three formats (each with a different track listing and a specific name) in 1986. The Cure_sentence_114

This compilation made the US Top 50, and saw the re-issue of three previous singles: "Boys Don't Cry" (in a new form), "Let's Go to Bed" and, later, "Charlotte Sometimes". The Cure_sentence_115

This release was accompanied by a VHS and LaserDisc called Staring at the Sea, which featured videos for each track on the compilation. The Cure_sentence_116

The Cure toured to support the compilation and released a live concert VHS of the show, filmed in the south of France called The Cure in Orange. The Cure_sentence_117

During this time, the Cure became a very popular band in Europe (particularly in France, Germany and the Benelux countries) and increasingly popular in the US. The Cure_sentence_118

In 1987, the Cure released the musically eclectic double LP Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, which reached number six in the UK, the Top 10 in several countries and was the band's first entry into the US Top 40 at number 35 (where it was certified platinum), reflecting the band's rising mainstream popularity. The Cure_sentence_119

The album's third single, "Just Like Heaven", was the band's most successful single to date in the US, being their first to enter the Billboard Top 40. The Cure_sentence_120

The album produced three other singles. The Cure_sentence_121

After the album's release, the band recruited the Psychedelic Furs keyboardist Roger O'Donnell and successfully toured as a sixtet but during the European leg of the tour, Lol Tolhurst's alcohol consumption began to interfere with his ability to perform. The Cure_sentence_122

1989–1993: Disintegration and worldwide stardom The Cure_section_4

In 1989, the Cure released the album Disintegration, which was critically praised and became their highest charting album to date, entering at number three in the UK and featuring three Top 30 singles in the UK and Germany: "Lullaby", "Lovesong" and "Pictures of You". The Cure_sentence_123

Disintegration also reached number twelve on the US charts. The Cure_sentence_124

The first single stateside, "Fascination Street", reached number one on the American Modern Rock chart, but was quickly overshadowed when its third US single, "Lovesong", reached number two on the American pop charts (the only Cure single to reach the US Top 10). The Cure_sentence_125

By 1992, Disintegration had sold over three million copies worldwide. The Cure_sentence_126

During the Disintegration sessions, the band gave Smith an ultimatum that either Tolhurst would have to leave the band or they would. The Cure_sentence_127

In February 1989, Tolhurst's exit was made official and announced to the press; this resulted in O'Donnell becoming a full-fledged member of the band and left Smith as the Cure's only remaining founding member. The Cure_sentence_128

Smith attributed Tolhurst's dismissal to an inability to exert himself and issues with alcohol, concluding, "He was out of step with everything. The Cure_sentence_129

It had just become detrimental to everything we'd do." The Cure_sentence_130

Because Tolhurst was still on the payroll during the recording of Disintegration, he is credited in the album's liner notes as playing "other instrument" (sic) and is listed as a co-writer of every song; however, it has since been revealed that while Tolhurst had contributed to the song "Homesick", his contributions to the rest of the album were minimal due to his alcoholism. The Cure_sentence_131

The Cure then embarked on a successful tour which saw the band playing stadiums in the US. The Cure_sentence_132

On 6 September 1989, the Cure performed "Just Like Heaven" at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. The Cure_sentence_133

In May 1990, O'Donnell quit and was replaced with the band's guitar technician, Perry Bamonte. The Cure_sentence_134

That November, the Cure released a collection of remixes called Mixed Up. The Cure_sentence_135

The one new song on the collection, "Never Enough", was released as a single. The Cure_sentence_136

In 1991, the Cure were awarded the Brit Award for Best British Group. The Cure_sentence_137

That same year, Tolhurst filed a lawsuit against Smith and Fiction Records in 1991 over royalties payments and claimed that he and Smith jointly owned the name "the Cure"; the verdict was handed out in September 1994 in favour of Smith. The Cure_sentence_138

In respite from the lawsuit, the band returned to the studio to record their next album. The Cure_sentence_139

Wish (1992) reached number one in the UK and number two in the US and yielded the international hits "High" and "Friday I'm in Love". The Cure_sentence_140

The album was also nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 1993. The Cure_sentence_141

In the fall of 1993, the band released two live albums, Show and Paris, featuring recordings from concerts on their world Wish tour. The Cure_sentence_142

Between the release of Wish and the start of sessions for the Cure's next studio album, the band's line-up shifted again. The Cure_sentence_143

Thompson left the band to play with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Bamonte took over as lead guitarist, and O'Donnell returned to play keyboards. The Cure_sentence_144

Boris Williams also left the band and was replaced by Jason Cooper (formerly of My Life Story). The Cure_sentence_145

1994–1998: Transition The Cure_section_5

In 1994 the band composed the original song "Burn" for the soundtrack to the movie The Crow, which went to number 1 on the Billboard 200 album charts. The Cure_sentence_146

The sessions for the new album began in 1994 with only Smith and Bamonte present; the pair were later joined by Gallup (who was recovering from physical problems) and keyboardist O'Donnell, who had been asked to rejoin the band at the end of 1994. Cooper also participated in the recording of the album. The Cure_sentence_147

Wild Mood Swings, finally released in 1996, was poorly received compared with previous albums and marked the end of the band's commercial peak. The Cure_sentence_148

Early in 1996, the Cure played festivals in South America, followed by a world tour in support of the album. The Cure_sentence_149

In 1997 the band released Galore, a compilation album containing all of the Cure's singles released between 1987 and 1997, as well as the new single "Wrong Number", which featured longtime David Bowie guitarist Reeves Gabrels. The Cure_sentence_150

In 1998 the Cure contributed the song "More Than This" to the for film, as well as a cover of "World in My Eyes" for the Depeche Mode tribute album For the Masses. The Cure_sentence_151

1999–2005: The Trilogy and line-up changes The Cure_section_6

With only one album left in their record contract and with commercial response to Wild Mood Swings and the Galore compilation lacklustre, Smith once again considered that the end of the Cure might be near and thus wanted to make an album that reflected the more serious side of the band. The Cure_sentence_152

The Grammy-nominated album Bloodflowers was released in 2000 after being delayed since 1998. The Cure_sentence_153

According to Smith, the album was the third of a trilogy along with Pornography and Disintegration. The Cure_sentence_154

The band also embarked on the nine-month Dream Tour, which included 20 dates in the United States. The Cure_sentence_155

In 2001, the Cure left Fiction and released their Greatest Hits album and DVD, which featured the music videos for a number of classic Cure songs.The band released The Cure: Trilogy as a double live album video, on two double layer DVD-9 discs, and later on a single Blu-ray disc. The Cure_sentence_156

It documents The Trilogy Concerts, in which the three albums, Pornography, Disintegration and Bloodflowers were played live in their entirety one after the other each night, the songs being played in the order in which they appeared on the albums. The Cure_sentence_157

Trilogy was recorded on two consecutive nights, 11–12 November 2002, at the Tempodrom Arena in Berlin. The Cure_sentence_158

In 2003, the Cure signed with Geffen Records. The Cure_sentence_159

In 2004, they released a new four-disc boxed set on Fiction Records titled Join the Dots: B-Sides & Rarities, 1978–2001 (The Fiction Years). The Cure_sentence_160

The album peaked at number 106 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The Cure_sentence_161

The band released their twelfth album, The Cure, on Geffen in 2004. The Cure_sentence_162

It made a top ten debut on both sides of the Atlantic in July 2004. The Cure_sentence_163

To promote the album, the band headlined the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival that May. The Cure_sentence_164

From 24 July to 29 August, the Cure headlined the Curiosa concert tour of North America, which was formatted as a travelling festival and also featured Interpol, The Rapture, Mogwai, Muse, and Thursday, among other groups. The Cure_sentence_165

While attendances were lower than expected, Curiosa was still one of the more successful American summer festivals of 2004. The Cure_sentence_166

The same year the band was honoured with an MTV Icon award in a television special presented by Marilyn Manson. The Cure_sentence_167

In May 2005, O'Donnell and Bamonte were fired from the band. The Cure_sentence_168

O'Donnell claims Smith informed him he was reducing the band to a three-piece. The Cure_sentence_169

Previously O'Donnell said he had only found out about the band's upcoming tour dates via a fan site and added, "It was sad to find out after nearly twenty years the way I did, but then I should have expected no less or more." The Cure_sentence_170

The remaining members of the band—Smith, Gallup and Cooper—made several appearances as a trio before Porl Thompson returned to the Cure's lineup for their summer 2005 tour. The Cure_sentence_171

In July 2005, the band performed a set at the Paris concert of the Live 8 series of benefit concerts. The Cure_sentence_172

2006–2015: 4:13 Dream and Reflections The Cure_section_7

The Cure began writing and recording material for their thirteenth album in 2006. The Cure_sentence_173

The Cure postponed their autumn 2007 North American 4Tour in August to continue working on the album, rescheduling the dates for spring 2008. The Cure_sentence_174

The group released four singles and an EP—"The Only One", "Freakshow", "Sleep When I'm Dead", "The Perfect Boy" and Hypnagogic States respectively—on or near to the 13th of each month, in the months leading up to the album's release. The Cure_sentence_175

Released in October 2008, 4:13 Dream was a commercial failure in the UK compared to their previous album releases, only staying in the charts two weeks and not peaking higher than number 33. The Cure_sentence_176

In February 2009, the Cure received the 2009 Shockwaves NME Award for Godlike Genius. The Cure_sentence_177

O'Donnell officially rejoined the Cure in 2011 before the band performed at the Vivid Sydney festival in Australia. The Cure_sentence_178

This concert was the first in their Reflections concert series, in which they performed their first three albums in their entireties. The Cure_sentence_179

The band performed seven additional Reflections concerts in 2011, one in London, three in New York City and three in Los Angeles. The Cure_sentence_180

On 27 September, the Cure was announced as a nominee for 2012 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Cure_sentence_181

In NME's cover article for March 2012, the Cure announced that they would be headlining a series of summer music festivals across Europe, including the Leeds/Reading Festival. The Cure_sentence_182

On 1 May, Porl Thompson, now known as Pearl Thompson, announced that they had left the Cure. The Cure_sentence_183

On 26 May, the Cure embarked on a 19-date summer festival tour of Europe, commencing at the Pinkpop Festival, joined by former the Cure/COGASM collaborator Reeves Gabrels on guitar. The Cure_sentence_184

On the same day, it was announced that Gabrels would be standing in for the tour, but at that point was not a fully-fledged member of the band. The Cure_sentence_185

Several weeks into the tour, the band invited Gabrels to become a member and he accepted. The Cure_sentence_186

The Cure paid tribute to Paul McCartney on the album titled The Art of McCartney, which was released on 18 November 2014. The Cure_sentence_187

The Cure covered the Beatles' song "Hello, Goodbye" which featured guest vocals and keyboards from Paul's son, James McCartney. The Cure_sentence_188

A video of the band and James performing the song was released on 9 September 2014 filmed at Brighton Electric Studio in Brighton. The Cure_sentence_189

Robert Smith also covered McCartney's "C Moon" on the album's bonus disc. The Cure_sentence_190

In the summer of 2015, the Disintegration track "Plainsong" was featured in a humorous moment in the movie Ant-Man, but did not appear on the movie's soundtrack. The Cure_sentence_191

2017–present: 40th anniversary and new album The Cure_section_8

In June 2018, The Cure headlined the 25th annual Meltdown Festival in London. The Cure_sentence_192

Smith also selected the festival's lineup, which included several of his personal favorite artists, including Nine Inch Nails, My Bloody Valentine, Deftones, Placebo, Manic Street Preachers, and Kristin Hersh, among others. The Cure_sentence_193

On 7 July 2018, Cure performed a 40th anniversary concert at Hyde Park as part of the British Summer Time concert series. The Cure_sentence_194

For Record Store Day 2018, the Cure released a remastered, deluxe edition of Mixed Up, along with a sequel titled Torn Down featuring 16 new remixes all created by Robert Smith. The Cure_sentence_195

In a 30 March 2019 interview with Rolling Stone, Smith commented on the band's next album, saying, "For the first time in 20 years, we went into a studio—we actually went into the studio where they (Queen) did 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. The Cure_sentence_196

The songs are like 10 minutes, 12 minutes long. The Cure_sentence_197

We recorded 19 songs. The Cure_sentence_198

So I have no idea what to do now... We'll finish it before we start in the summer, and it'll be mixed through the summer. The Cure_sentence_199

And then so release date, I don't know, October? The Cure_sentence_200

Halloween! The Cure_sentence_201

Come on!" The Cure_sentence_202

In an interview published on July 5 in NME, he noted that the band would be re-recording 3 or 4 songs in August 2019 but that, "I feel intent on it being a 2019 release and would be extremely bitter if it isn’t." The Cure_sentence_203

However, the year passed with no release. The Cure_sentence_204

In 2019, the Cure embarked on a 23-date summer tour, consisting mostly of festival performances along with four dates in Sydney, Australia. The Cure_sentence_205

The final Sydney show on 30 May was live-streamed. The Cure_sentence_206

The band performed at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in October 2019. The Cure_sentence_207

Later that same month, the band issued 40 Live: CURÆTION-25 + Anniversary, a Blu-ray, DVD and CD box set featuring their Meltdown and Hyde Park performances from 2018 in their entireties. The Cure_sentence_208

At NME Awards in February 2020, Smith confirmed that their new album is coming "definitely" in 2020. The Cure_sentence_209

Speaking about the amount of material, Smith said that in reality the band have only 2 records in the works, the third "thing is just me, it's just an hour of noise." The Cure_sentence_210

Release date remains unconfirmed as Smith said: "I'm too old to commit to idiot things like that, wait and see". The Cure_sentence_211

Musical style The Cure_section_9

The Cure are often identified with the gothic rock genre, and are viewed as one of the form's definitive bands. The Cure_sentence_212

However, the band has routinely rejected classification, particularly as a gothic rock band. The Cure_sentence_213

Robert Smith said in 2006, "It's so pitiful when 'goth' is still tagged onto the name the Cure", and added, "We're not categorisable. The Cure_sentence_214

I suppose we were post-punk when we came out, but in total it's impossible [...] I just play Cure music, whatever that is." The Cure_sentence_215

While typically viewed as producers of dark and gloomy music, the Cure have also yielded a number of upbeat songs and been part of the new wave movement. The Cure_sentence_216

Spin has said "the Cure have always been an either/or sort of band: either [...] Robert Smith is wallowing in gothic sadness or he's licking sticky-sweet cotton-candy pop off his lipstick-stained fingers." The Cure_sentence_217

The Cure's primary musical traits have been listed as "dominant, melodic bass lines; whiny, strangulated vocals; and a lyric obsession with existential, almost literary despair." The Cure_sentence_218

Most Cure songs start with Smith and Gallup writing the drum parts and bass lines. The Cure_sentence_219

Both record demos at home and then bring them into the studio for fine-tuning. The Cure_sentence_220

Smith said in 1992, "I think when people talk about the 'Cure sound', they mean songs based on six-string bass, acoustic guitar and my voice, plus the string sound from the Solina." The Cure_sentence_221

On top of this foundation is laid "towering layers of guitars and synthesisers". The Cure_sentence_222

Keyboards have been a component of the band's sound since Seventeen Seconds, and their importance increased with the instrument's extensive use on Disintegration. The Cure_sentence_223

Music videos The Cure_section_10

The band's early music videos have been described as "dreadful affairs" and have been maligned for their poor quality, particularly by the band itself. The Cure_sentence_224

Tolhurst said, "Those videos were unmitigated disasters; we weren't actors and our personalities weren't coming across." The Cure_sentence_225

The video for "Let's Go to Bed" was their first collaboration with Tim Pope. The Cure_sentence_226

The director added a playful element to the band's videos; the director insisted in a 1987 Spin interview, "I think that side of them was always there, but was never brought out." The Cure_sentence_227

Pope would go on to direct the majority of the Cure's videos, which became synonymous with the band, and expanded their audience during the 1980s. The Cure_sentence_228

Pope explained the appeal of working with the Cure by saying, "the Cure is the ultimate band for a filmmaker to work with because Robert Smith really understands the camera. The Cure_sentence_229

His songs are so cinematic. The Cure_sentence_230

I mean on one level there's this stupidity and humour, right, but beneath that there are all [Smith's] psychological obsessions and claustrophobia." The Cure_sentence_231

Legacy The Cure_section_11

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. The Cure_sentence_232

In 1992, NME declared the Cure had, during the 1980s, become "a goth hit machine (19 to date), an international phenomenon and, yet, the most successful alternative band that ever shuffled disconsolately about the earth". The Cure_sentence_233

As a leading figure of gothic rock, NME made Smith the cover artist in their 2004 edition, Originals: Goth. The Cure_sentence_234

Interpol lead singer Paul Banks was quoted as saying, "the Cure is the band that all of us in Interpol can say influenced us. The Cure_sentence_235

When I was younger I listened to them a lot. The Cure_sentence_236

Carlos as well. The Cure_sentence_237

Actually, he took a straight influence from this band on the way he played the bass and the keys. The Cure_sentence_238

To me, Robert Smith is also one of these examples: you can't be Robert Smith if you're not Robert Smith. The Cure_sentence_239

It's one of the bands with the deepest influence on Interpol, because we all like them. The Cure_sentence_240

They're legendary." The Cure_sentence_241

The Cure were also a formative influence on the Smashing Pumpkins. The Cure_sentence_242

Frontman Billy Corgan has named the Cure as a primary influence,' and drummer Mike Byrne described himself as a "huge Cure fan." The Cure_sentence_243

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame chose the Cure for induction in its Class of 2019. The Cure_sentence_244

Although the Cure had been eligible for the Hall of Fame since 2004, they were only nominated once previously, in 2012. The Cure_sentence_245

The formal induction ceremony was held 29 Mar 2019 at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York. The Cure_sentence_246

The members named by the Rock Hall for induction as part of the band are Bamonte, Cooper, Dempsey, Gabrels, Gallup, O'Donnell, Smith, Thompson, Tolhurst and Williams. The Cure_sentence_247

Gabrels was initially not included in the induction, but was added in February 2019. The Cure_sentence_248

At the Hall of Fame ceremony on 29 March 2019, the Cure were inducted by Trent Reznor and performed five tracks. The Cure_sentence_249

Awards and nominations The Cure_section_12

The Cure have been given at least six awards, including two Brit Awards (Best British video for "Lullaby" in 1990, and Best British group in 1991), and a Viewer's Choice (Europe) MTV Video Music Award for "Friday I'm In Love" in 1992. The Cure_sentence_250

Robert Smith was given an Ivor Novello Award for International Achievement in 2001. The Cure_sentence_251

The Brit Awards are the British Phonographic Industry's (BPI) annual pop music awards. The Cure_sentence_252

The Cure has received two awards from five nominations. The Cure_sentence_253

The Cure_table_general_1

YearThe Cure_header_cell_1_0_0 Nominee / workThe Cure_header_cell_1_0_1 AwardThe Cure_header_cell_1_0_2 ResultThe Cure_header_cell_1_0_3
1990The Cure_cell_1_1_0 "Lullaby"The Cure_cell_1_1_1 British Video of the YearThe Cure_cell_1_1_2 WonThe Cure_cell_1_1_3
1991The Cure_cell_1_2_0 "Close to Me"The Cure_cell_1_2_1 NominatedThe Cure_cell_1_2_2
The CureThe Cure_cell_1_3_0 British GroupThe Cure_cell_1_3_1 WonThe Cure_cell_1_3_2
1993The Cure_cell_1_4_0 NominatedThe Cure_cell_1_4_1
"Friday I'm in Love"The Cure_cell_1_5_0 British Video of the YearThe Cure_cell_1_5_1 NominatedThe Cure_cell_1_5_2

The European Festivals Awards were established in 2009. The Cure_sentence_254

They are voted for by the public via the European Festival Awards website and receive hundreds of thousands of votes annually. The Cure_sentence_255

The Cure_table_general_2

YearThe Cure_header_cell_2_0_0 Nominee / workThe Cure_header_cell_2_0_1 AwardThe Cure_header_cell_2_0_2 ResultThe Cure_header_cell_2_0_3
2012The Cure_cell_2_1_0 The CureThe Cure_cell_2_1_1 Headliner of the YearThe Cure_cell_2_1_2 NominatedThe Cure_cell_2_1_3

The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by The Recording Academy of the United States for outstanding achievements in the music industry. The Cure_sentence_256

Often considered the highest music honour, the awards were established in 1958. The Cure_sentence_257

The Cure_table_general_3

YearThe Cure_header_cell_3_0_0 Nominee / workThe Cure_header_cell_3_0_1 AwardThe Cure_header_cell_3_0_2 ResultThe Cure_header_cell_3_0_3
1993The Cure_cell_3_1_0 WishThe Cure_cell_3_1_1 Best Alternative Music AlbumThe Cure_cell_3_1_2 NominatedThe Cure_cell_3_1_3
2001The Cure_cell_3_2_0 BloodflowersThe Cure_cell_3_2_1 NominatedThe Cure_cell_3_2_2

The Ivor Novello Awards are awarded for songwriting and composing. The Cure_sentence_258

The awards, named after the Cardiff born entertainer Ivor Novello, are presented annually in London by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA). The Cure_sentence_259

The Cure_table_general_4

YearThe Cure_header_cell_4_0_0 Nominee / workThe Cure_header_cell_4_0_1 AwardThe Cure_header_cell_4_0_2 ResultThe Cure_header_cell_4_0_3
1993The Cure_cell_4_1_0 "Friday I'm In Love"The Cure_cell_4_1_1 Best Contemporary SongThe Cure_cell_4_1_2 NominatedThe Cure_cell_4_1_3
2001The Cure_cell_4_2_0 Robert SmithThe Cure_cell_4_2_1 International AchievementThe Cure_cell_4_2_2 WonThe Cure_cell_4_2_3

The Juno Awards are presented annually to Canadian musical artists and bands to acknowledge their artistic and technical achievements in all aspects of music. The Cure_sentence_260

New members of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame are also inducted as part of the awards ceremonies. The Cure_sentence_261

The Cure_table_general_5

YearThe Cure_header_cell_5_0_0 Nominee / workThe Cure_header_cell_5_0_1 AwardThe Cure_header_cell_5_0_2 ResultThe Cure_header_cell_5_0_3
2005The Cure_cell_5_1_0 "The End of the World"The Cure_cell_5_1_1 Best VideoThe Cure_cell_5_1_2 NominatedThe Cure_cell_5_1_3

The Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica is the Latin American version of the MTV Video Music Awards. The Cure_sentence_262

It was established in 2002 to celebrate the top music videos of the year in Latin America and the world. The Cure_sentence_263

The Cure_table_general_6

YearThe Cure_header_cell_6_0_0 Nominee / workThe Cure_header_cell_6_0_1 AwardThe Cure_header_cell_6_0_2 ResultThe Cure_header_cell_6_0_3
2007The Cure_cell_6_1_0 The CureThe Cure_cell_6_1_1 Influencia AwardThe Cure_cell_6_1_2 WonThe Cure_cell_6_1_3

Lunas del Auditorio are sponsored by The National Auditorium in Mexico to honor the best live shows in the country. The Cure_sentence_264

The Cure_table_general_7

YearThe Cure_header_cell_7_0_0 Nominee / workThe Cure_header_cell_7_0_1 AwardThe Cure_header_cell_7_0_2 ResultThe Cure_header_cell_7_0_3
2005The Cure_cell_7_1_0 The CureThe Cure_cell_7_1_1 Best Foreign Rock ArtistThe Cure_cell_7_1_2 NominatedThe Cure_cell_7_1_3
2008The Cure_cell_7_2_0 NominatedThe Cure_cell_7_2_1

The MTV Europe Music Awards were established in 1994 by MTV Networks Europe to celebrate the most popular music videos in Europe. The Cure_sentence_265

The Cure_table_general_8

YearThe Cure_header_cell_8_0_0 Nominee / workThe Cure_header_cell_8_0_1 AwardThe Cure_header_cell_8_0_2 ResultThe Cure_header_cell_8_0_3
2004The Cure_cell_8_1_0 "The End of the World"The Cure_cell_8_1_1 Best VideoThe Cure_cell_8_1_2 NominatedThe Cure_cell_8_1_3
2008The Cure_cell_8_2_0 The CureThe Cure_cell_8_2_1 Best Live ActThe Cure_cell_8_2_2 NominatedThe Cure_cell_8_2_3

The MTV Video Music Awards were established in the end of the summer of 1984 by MTV to celebrate the top music videos of the year. The Cure_sentence_266

The Cure_table_general_9

YearThe Cure_header_cell_9_0_0 Nominee / workThe Cure_header_cell_9_0_1 AwardThe Cure_header_cell_9_0_2 ResultThe Cure_header_cell_9_0_3
1989The Cure_cell_9_1_0 "Fascination Street"The Cure_cell_9_1_1 Best Post-Modern VideoThe Cure_cell_9_1_2 NominatedThe Cure_cell_9_1_3
1992The Cure_cell_9_2_0 "Friday I'm In Love"The Cure_cell_9_2_1 Viewer's Choice (Europe)The Cure_cell_9_2_2 WonThe Cure_cell_9_2_3

The MVPA Awards are annually presented by a Los Angeles-based music trade organization to honor the year's best music videos. The Cure_sentence_267

The Cure_table_general_10

YearThe Cure_header_cell_10_0_0 Nominee / workThe Cure_header_cell_10_0_1 AwardThe Cure_header_cell_10_0_2 ResultThe Cure_header_cell_10_0_3
2005The Cure_cell_10_1_0 "The End of the World"The Cure_cell_10_1_1 Best Alternative VideoThe Cure_cell_10_1_2 NominatedThe Cure_cell_10_1_3
Best Art DirectionThe Cure_cell_10_2_0 NominatedThe Cure_cell_10_2_1

Music Television Awards The Cure_sentence_268

The Cure_table_general_11

YearThe Cure_header_cell_11_0_0 Nominee / workThe Cure_header_cell_11_0_1 AwardThe Cure_header_cell_11_0_2 ResultThe Cure_header_cell_11_0_3
1992The Cure_cell_11_1_0 WishThe Cure_cell_11_1_1 Best AlbumThe Cure_cell_11_1_2 NominatedThe Cure_cell_11_1_3
"High"The Cure_cell_11_2_0 Best VideoThe Cure_cell_11_2_1 NominatedThe Cure_cell_11_2_2
ThemselvesThe Cure_cell_11_3_0 Best GroupThe Cure_cell_11_3_1 NominatedThe Cure_cell_11_3_2
2004The Cure_cell_11_4_0 NominatedThe Cure_cell_11_4_1
Best AlternativeThe Cure_cell_11_5_0 NominatedThe Cure_cell_11_5_1
"The End of the World"The Cure_cell_11_6_0 Best VideoThe Cure_cell_11_6_1 NominatedThe Cure_cell_11_6_2

The NME Awards were created by the NME magazine and was first held in 1953. The Cure_sentence_269

The Cure_table_general_12

YearThe Cure_header_cell_12_0_0 Nominee / workThe Cure_header_cell_12_0_1 AwardThe Cure_header_cell_12_0_2 ResultThe Cure_header_cell_12_0_3
2009The Cure_cell_12_1_0 The CureThe Cure_cell_12_1_1 Godlike Genius AwardThe Cure_cell_12_1_2 WonThe Cure_cell_12_1_3
4:13 DreamThe Cure_cell_12_2_0 Best Album ArtworkThe Cure_cell_12_2_1 NominatedThe Cure_cell_12_2_2
2020The Cure_cell_12_3_0 The CureThe Cure_cell_12_3_1 Best Festival HeadlinerThe Cure_cell_12_3_2 WonThe Cure_cell_12_3_3

The Pollstar Concert Industry Awards is an annual award ceremony to honor artists and professionals in the concert industry. The Cure_sentence_270

The Cure has been nominated seven times. The Cure_sentence_271

The Cure_table_general_13

YearThe Cure_header_cell_13_0_0 Nominee / workThe Cure_header_cell_13_0_1 AwardThe Cure_header_cell_13_0_2 ResultThe Cure_header_cell_13_0_3
1985The Cure_cell_13_1_0 ThemselvesThe Cure_cell_13_1_1 Which Artist is Most Likely to Successfully Headline Arenas for the First Time in 1985?The Cure_cell_13_1_2 NominatedThe Cure_cell_13_1_3
1986The Cure_cell_13_2_0 Next Major Arena HeadlinerThe Cure_cell_13_2_1 NominatedThe Cure_cell_13_2_2
1987The Cure_cell_13_3_0 NominatedThe Cure_cell_13_3_1
1988The Cure_cell_13_4_0 The Kissing TourThe Cure_cell_13_4_1 Small Tour of the YearThe Cure_cell_13_4_2 NominatedThe Cure_cell_13_4_3
1990The Cure_cell_13_5_0 The Prayer TourThe Cure_cell_13_5_1 Most Creative Stage ProductionThe Cure_cell_13_5_2 NominatedThe Cure_cell_13_5_3
ThemselvesThe Cure_cell_13_6_0 Surprise Hot Ticket of the YearThe Cure_cell_13_6_1 NominatedThe Cure_cell_13_6_2
1997The Cure_cell_13_7_0 The Swing TourThe Cure_cell_13_7_1 Most Creative Stage ProductionThe Cure_cell_13_7_2 NominatedThe Cure_cell_13_7_3

The Q Awards are the United Kingdom's annual music awards run by the music magazine Q to honour musical excellence. The Cure_sentence_272

Winners are voted by readers of Q online, with others decided by a judging panel. The Cure_sentence_273

The Cure_table_general_14

YearThe Cure_header_cell_14_0_0 Nominee / workThe Cure_header_cell_14_0_1 AwardThe Cure_header_cell_14_0_2 ResultThe Cure_header_cell_14_0_3
2003The Cure_cell_14_1_0 The CureThe Cure_cell_14_1_1 Q Inspiration AwardThe Cure_cell_14_1_2 WonThe Cure_cell_14_1_3
2011The Cure_cell_14_2_0 Q's Greatest Act of the Last 25 YearsThe Cure_cell_14_2_1 NominatedThe Cure_cell_14_2_2

Discography The Cure_section_13

Main article: The Cure discography The Cure_sentence_274

The Cure_unordered_list_0

Band members The Cure_section_14

Main article: List of the Cure band members The Cure_sentence_275

The Cure_unordered_list_1

  • Robert Smith – lead vocals, guitars, six-string bass guitar, keyboards (1978–present)The Cure_item_1_13
  • Simon Gallup – bass guitar, six-string bass guitar, keyboards (1979–1982, 1985–present)The Cure_item_1_14
  • Roger O'Donnell – keyboards (1987–1990, 1995–2005, 2011–present)The Cure_item_1_15
  • Jason Cooper – drums (1995–present)The Cure_item_1_16
  • Reeves Gabrels – guitars, six-string bass guitar (2012–present)The Cure_item_1_17


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