NUMBER 16: THE CURE
It’s appropriate that with my 39th birthday just a few days away I shall, for the very first time be seeing The Cure play live. They are, without doubt one of my favorite bands. The first album of theirs I managed to buy was Wish and it was off the back their most popular era for success that feel upon them in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Funnily enough, I’ve not seen them live before because i was too young for concerts back in my youth then, the other times they have toured, I have been abroad myself. Finally, the chance has arisen and I am grasping it with both hands to see them play in Sydney and Melbourne next week.
Pornography and Wild Mood Swings are two Cure LP’s I cherish the most. It’s hard to say why because they have such a wonderful back catalog where it is actually possible to love all their albums equally though the aforementioned records just do something for me that the others are incapable of doing. I remember playing Wish on cassette tape over and over again during my final years of school. Not many in my classes could understand why I liked them so much but their impact on my life was massive.
Aside from the music, the visual element to the band has also struck a rich chord with me since I was a teenager. I even used to dress up a little like Robert Smith back in the day. It’s fun to emulate your pop stars but I have often taken it to extremes which I guess is fine as long as i don’t end up sleeping on their doorstep in search of an elusive autograph.
The Cure will always be one of “those” bands for me. In today’s age of corporate driven pop music, I doubt we will see another like them so for the time being at least, it’s worth putting on Pornography and reminding yourself exactly why The Cure are the bomb!