Show me, show me, show me how you do all those music tricks Robert Smith! I love me some Cure, especially after reading Martin Popoff's brand new book Wild Mood Swings: Disintegrating The Cure Album by Album. A must-read for Cure fans who want a whole new perspective on the entire Cure catalog.
The first Cure album I listened to from start to finish was 1989's Disintegration. My college roommate Chris Robinson was a huge alt-rock fan, and he used to bust my stones for being a fan of Van Halen and David Lee Roth. I didn't convert him to the Van Halen side, but he did turn me on to the Cure with this album. "Lullabye", "Lovesong", "Pictures Of You", "Fascination Street"? Are you kidding?! It's goth rock at its finest and no band waved the goth flag bigger and better than the Cure. I got goosebumps listening to it, ended up getting it on CD as a Christmas gift, and played it non-stop during the bitter-cold winter months of '91. The darker the days got, the better the album sounded.
But it's not as if Disintegration is an easy pick. There's the '79 debut Three Imaginary Boys, followed by Seventeen Seconds, Faith, and the wonderfully dark Pornography from '82. How can we forget about The Head On The Door from '85 featuring "In Between Days", 1987's Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me with my all-time favorite Cure song "Just Like Heaven", 1984's The Top, and '91's Wish with the weekend kickoff classic "Friday I'm In Love"?
You may prefer the later-era Cure records like Wild Mood Swings from '96, 2000s Bloodflowers ( the third of the Cure trilogy along with Pornography and Disintegration), the self-titled '04 album, or 4:13 Dream from 2008. Whichever you choose, you can't lose! Make your pick below:
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