History, biography and new CD Bloodflowers
- sheet music by
Simon Gallup, b; Robert Smith, voc, g; Paul Stephen "Porl" Thompson,
key, g, sax; Laurence Andrew Tolhurst, key; Boris "Bransby" Williams,
Perry Bamonte, g; Jason Cooper, dr, perc; Roger O'Donnell, key.
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The Cure were created in Crawley, Sussex (England), in 1978 as a mix
of psychedelic beat and post-punk tradition. Robert Smith (*1959), Laurence
Tolhurst (*1959) and bassist Michael Dempsey came together, label owner
Chris Perry took them to the studio where the Cure recorded their debut
single Killing An Arab (1979). Four weeks later this was followed
by their album
Three Imaginary Boys. After another few singles and
a tour, Dempsey left the group. He was replaced by Simon Gallup (b), keyboard-player
Mathieu Hartley also joined them. The quartet had a success in 1980 with
their album 17 Seconds (UK number 20). Without Hartley, they published
the album Faith (UK number 7) in 1981. They continued on their road
to success with a mix of punk and pop in the mid-80s. Porl Thompson
replaced Thornhally (in 1983, b). In 1985, Gallup, who had left the band
in 1982, rejoined the Cure. They had one success after another up to the
In 1992, the Cure's most homogeneous album, Wish, came out. They
promoted it with a seven-month world tour at the end of which the dissolution
of the band was to follow. But as their new album Bloodflowers (2000)
proves, they are still together. Bloodflowers is in their typical,
depressive and pessimistic style, with ballads ranging from less than four
minutes up to over eleven minutes. The Cure are no easy-listening band.
The nine tracks are all in the same style, maybe a little bit too monotonous,
but always of a certain quality. Music is a question of taste, and the
Cure appeal to a very special taste.
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