Top 10 songs by The Cure

A rainy day, so what better thing to do! Very tough to narrow down, since the band have put out so many fantastic tracks. Take this as my personal top 10, not necessarily the most famous tracks:

1. The Funeral Party (from 1981’s Faith)
2. Out Of This World (from 2000’s Bloodflowers)
3. Lullaby (From 1989’s Disintegration)
4. Plainsong (From 1989’s Disintegration)
5. Lovesong (From 1989’s Disintegration)
6. The Loudest Sound (From 2000’s Bloodflowers)
7. Just Like Heaven (From 1987’s Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me)
8. The Caterpillar (From 1984’s The Top)
9. Friday I’m in Love (From 1992’s The Wish)
10. The Walk (From 1983’s Japanese Whispers)

Just missed out:

A Strange Day (From 1982’s Pornography)
Fascination Street (From 1989’s Disintegration)
Disintegration (From 1989’s Disintegration)
The Upstairs Room (From 1983’s Japanese Whispers)
All Cats Are Grey (From 1981’s Faith)
A Forest (From 1980’s Seventeen Seconds)
A Night Like This (From 1985’s The Head on the Door)
In Between Days (From 1985’s The Head on the Door)
Let’s Go To Bed (From 1983’s Japanese Whispers)
If Only Tonight We Could Sleep (From 1987’s Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me)
Pictures Of You (From 1989’s Disintegration)
Push (From 1985’s The Head on the Door)
Lament (From 1983’s Japanese Whispers)
Purple Haze (Jimi Hendrix cover) (From Join the Dots: B-Sides & Rarities, 1978–2001)

Any thoughts on my list? Agree or disagree? Did I miss anything by The Cure you love?

In appreciation of The Cure (part 4 of 4)

Album: Wish (1992)

Friday I’m in Love – The Cure

(Has been overplayed, still a great song nonetheless!)

Album: Stone free A tribute to Jimi Hendrix (1993)

Purple Haze – The Cure (Jimi Hendrix cover)

(While the music production on the track sounds like something that would fit on a 90s Michael Jackson album, and is not very respectful of Hendrix’ original guitar playing, I enjoyed this rarity.)

Wild Mood Swings (1996)

Bare – The Cure

Strange Attraction – The Cure

Bloodflowers (2000)

Bloodflowers was a return to form for The Cure, who struggled to redefine themselves during the britpop era in the mid 90s. Arguably the last memorable album The Cure have released, and will conclude my appreciation of the band. Considered to be the third part of a trilogy of albums that best defines the Cure, the other two records are Pornography (1982) and Disintegration (1989).

Out Of This World – The Cure

Maybe Someday – The Cure

(According to thevoidgoround, the lyrics are filled with fear and the reluctance to change, and includes some of Smith’s finest vocals in the way he expresses the lyrics vocally.)

The Loudest Sound – The Cure

The Last Day of Summer – The Cure

To sum up my appreciation, I’ve listed my current top 7 The Cure albums:
1.) Disintegration (1989)
2.) Bloodflowers (2000)
3.) Japanese Whispers (1983)
4.) The Head on the Door (1985)
5.) Faith (1981)
6.) Seventeen Seconds (1980)
7.) Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me (1987)

Robert Smith’s appearance:
Much has been written about Robert Smith’s appearance with teased hair, white face, red lipstick, and dark clothes which has become equally as important in defining the group as the music itself.
The image has not dated and has an appeal to both male and females. Smith himself revealed that he went with the look because his face is nondescript. According to allmusic, Smith’s ghoulish appearance is a public image that often hid the diversity of the Cure’s music.

What did you think of the music? Any final thoughts on The Cure or on Robert Smith’s appearance? What are your favorite albums by The Cure? Check back next week for first part of my appreciation of The Flaming Lips

Quotes:
Allmusic
The Void-Go-Round

In appreciation of The Cure (part 3 of 4)

Album: Disintegration (1989)

Featured in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, Disintegration remains The Cure’s highest selling record to date, with more than 3 million copies sold worldwide. The album was also a critical success, eventually being placed at number 326 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic called it the “culmination of all the musical directions The Cure were pursuing over the course of the ’80s.”

In a 1989 interview, Robert Smith was quoted about the album Disintegration. “The whole project was triggered by me writing the words to the song Disintegration around the time of my 29th birthday. It was just the sense of falling apart I can’t really seem to shake off, I think it’s true for everyone really. (…) Getting back to things we used to do with a bit more bite to them, rather than just pop stuff”
(…) I still try and fight against it, the mental decline and the psychical decline that comes with age, your loss of a sense of wonder of things. Having nephews and nieces it has brought home a little more frequently how old I’m getting, just inside my head, not being fascinated by things I used to do, is just a bit worrying, a bit sad. I try and fight against it by doing something like writing songs”

Plainsong – The Cure

(reminds me of Joy Division’s song Atmosphere)

Pictures of You – The Cure

(According to interviews, the inspiration of the song came when a fire broke loose in Robert Smith’s home. After that day, Robert was going through the remains and came across his wallet which had pictures of his wife, Mary. The artwork of the single above is one of the pictures.)

Lovesong – The Cure

(The song was a wedding gift to Robert Smith’s newly wedded wife.)

Lullaby – The Cure

(The song won Best Video at the 1990 Brit Awards)

Fascination Street – The Cure

The same deep water as you – The Cure

Disintegration – The Cure

Homesick – The Cure

Untitled – The Cure

What do you guys think of the music? Check back next week for part 4 of 4 where I look at my favorite Cure songs from 1992-2000

Robert Smith quotes from:
The Story Of The Cure – Much More Music (2000)
The Cure on That Was Then… This Is Now (1988, BBC documentary)
Out of the Woods – The Cure (2004) (Chrome Dreams)

In appreciation of The Cure (part 2 of 4)

Album: Japanese Whispers (1983)

(A compilation album of The Cure singles Nov 82 – Nov 83. It compiles the singles “Let’s Go to Bed”, “The Walk” and “The Lovecats”. The other tracks are the B-sides of these singles.)

The Upstairs Room – The Cure

Let’s Go to Bed – The Cure

The Walk – The Cure

Album: The Top (1984)

The Caterpillar – The Cure

(Among my favorite Cure tracks, haunting 80s song that is tough to shake from my memory. When played live, legend has it that Robert Smith would jokingly introduce it as an old Japanese song.

As thevoidgoround writes in his review: “The Caterpillar is an upbeat song with vibrant percussions, washy acoustic guitars, screeching violins, and de-tuned piano flourishes. Smith sings abstract lyrics about a girl who loves caterpillars that has an aura of psychedelia.”)

Album: The Head on the Door (1985)

(According to thevoidgoround, the advent of MTV with their videos that were directed by longtime collaborator Tim Pope helped increase their audience helping the band to become one of the key alternative acts of the 1980s.)

Close to me – The Cure

In Between Days – The Cure

A Night Like This – The Cure

The Blood – The Cure

Album: Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me (1987)

(Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me is the seventh studio album by British alternative rock band The Cure. Released in 1987, this album helped put The Cure into the American mainstream, becoming their first album to reach the Billboard Top 40.

1987 Robert Smith interview: “The reason why the group started really, was that I’d get really affected by music, what I listened to, and I was just being bombarded by awful music, from all around me, when I was like 14 or 15, and I just thought I want to do something about it. So I’ve always wanted the group to play music that I enjoy, and as my tastes have changed over the years our style of music has changed”)

Just Like Heaven – The Cure

If Only Tonight We Could Sleep – The Cure

How Beautiful You Are… – The Cure

What do you guys think of the music? Check back next week for part 3 where I look at arguably The Cure’s finest album Disintegration (1989)

Robert Smith quotes from:
The Story Of The Cure – Much More Music (2000)
The Cure on That Was Then… This Is Now (1988, BBC documentary)
Out of the Woods – The Cure (2004) (Chrome Dreams)

In appreciation of The Cure (part 1 of 4)

Album: Seventeen Seconds (1980)

If you have any suggestions that you think I’ve overlooked, feel free to post your favorite Cure songs in the comments ( :

Originally called The Easy Cure, the band formed in 1976. Since 1979, a total of 13 people have played with The Cure, with Robert Smith being the only constant. Several have returned after leaving.

Beautiful sonic sound and guitars. Seventeen Seconds (1980) was featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. The album reached number 20 on the British album charts. Due to budgetary restraints, the record was recorded and mixed in seven days costing between £2000 and £3000, which resulted in the band working 16 or 17 hours a day to complete the album. In 2000, Q magazine placed Seventeen Seconds at number 65 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever.

In Your House – The Cure

A Forest – The Cure

Play For Today – The Cure

Album: Faith (1981)

When The Cure was first formed, Smith did not intend to become the lead vocalist; he began singing after the original singer left the band, and fell into the role somewhat by default, since no better replacement appeared.

Robert Smith: “It was never the point of the group, it never has been and never will be, to be successful. But the point of the group was that I can do what I want. And I think people just like that”

Faith (1981) is generally a brooding, atmospheric, and sombre album, although it has a flash of anger in the form of the song “Doubt”, and some edge in the driving single “Primary”. It is often seen as the mid-point in a ‘Dark Trilogy’ that begins with Seventeen Seconds and ends with Pornography. At least two songs on the album, “All Cats are Grey” and “The Drowning Man”, are inspired by the Gormenghast novels of Mervyn Peake.

It is the first album by The Cure to feature baritone guitar/six-string bass. The front cover, designed by former and future member Porl Thompson, is a picture of Bolton Priory in the village of Bolton Abbey in the fog.

All Cats Are Grey – The Cure

(Atmospheric, reminds me of the Lost in Translation soundtrack)

Other Voices – The Cure

The Funeral Party – The Cure

(Love the sound…so dreamy)

Album: Pornography (1982)

Despite the acclaim and the brilliance of below tune, this is actually one of my least favorite Cure albums to listen to.

Robert Smith: “I’ve been in five bands, all with the same name, that’s the way I look at it”

A Strange Day – The Cure

What do you guys think? Do you own any The Cure albums? Have you seen them live? Which is your favorite record by the group? Check back next week for part 2 where I look at their 80s work!

Robert Smith quotes from:
The Story Of The Cure – Much More Music (2000)
The Cure on That Was Then… This Is Now (1988, BBC documentary)
Out of the Woods – The Cure (2004) (Chrome Dreams)