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The Cure
History, biography and new CD Bloodflowers -
sheet music by The Cure
Simon Gallup, b; Robert Smith, voc, g; Paul Stephen "Porl" Thompson, key, g, sax; Laurence Andrew Tolhurst, key; Boris "Bransby" Williams, dr; 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 early 1990s.
 
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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