Known for their "goth" style and original ethereal sounds, The Cure is one of the most influential bands of all time. Alternative before the alternative genre even existed, the band achieved a number of hit singles and albums with their distinct compositions. A definitive force, the band has shaped modern rock as we know it today.
The Cure was formed in 1976 when frontman Robert Smith, a 17 year old attending school in Sussex, formed The Easy Cure with schoolmates Michael Dempsey (bass), Lol Tolhurst (drums) and local guitar hero Porl Thompson. The 4-piece began writing their own songs almost immediately, and quickly compiled an impressive repertoire of original material that included such seminal classics as "Killing an Arab" and "10:15 Saturday Night."
In early 1977, the band won a Battle of the Bands-style competition, but no recording contract followed. Frustrated but undeterred, the 'Easy' was dropped, along with Porl, and an eager trio now known simply as The Cure sent out a demo tape of 4 songs to a number of record labels and The Cure signed with a new label, Fiction that September. "Killing An Arab" was released to great acclaim through a deal with Small Wonder Records in December.
Re-released on Fiction in January 1979, it was quickly followed by the album Three Imaginary Boys. An additional two non-album singles, "Boys Don't Cry" and "Jumping Someone Else's Train" were released shortly after. "Boys Don't Cry" was a minor success in the US, and as a result, Three Imaginary Boys was reworked and renamed Boys Don't Cry.
Simon Gallup (bass) and Matthieu Hartley (keyboards) joined, and in early 1980, a 4-piece Cure embarked on two weeks of studio experimentation. This time, the band decided to explore the darker side of Robert's songwriting, and emerged with the minimalist classic Seventeen Seconds. An album of extraordinary clarity and grace, the distinctive, almost cinematic "A Forest" became the band's first bona fide UK hit single.
At the start of 1982, The Cure returned to the studio to produce an album that was to be the culmination of their increasingly morbid fascination with darkness, despair and decay. Pornography, released in May, was infected with an unrelenting depression. Having pushed himself and those around him beyond the limits of emotional excess, Smith realized it was time to lighten up. His response was the counterfeit disco of "Let's Go To Bed," an instant and unexpected pop hit in the US.
The Cure continued to redefine themselves in 1983 with the groovy electronic dance of "The Walk" and the demented cartoon jazz of "The Lovecats," which became the band's first top 10 UK single.
In 1984, The Top was released, and although billed as a Cure album, in reality Smith played everything but the drums. The result was a strangely hallucinogenic mix. With the world Top Tour, the band were seemingly fully functioning and on their way, but the lineup was changed again at the end of the tour.
This new incarnation started work on 1985's The Head On The Door with enthusiasm. The vibrant hit single "Inbetween Days" was followed up by "Close To Me," which featured an acclaimed music video. It became the first Cure album to break into the US Top 50.
In 1987, The Cure released an ambitious double album entitled Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me. Lyrically and musically broader than anything they had yet attempted, the greatest strength of the album lay in it's extreme diversity and extraordinary stylistic range. Hit singles "Why Can't I Be You?," "Catch," "Just Like Heaven" and "Hot Hot Hot!!!" were released, all accompanied by brilliantly inventive videos. A 6-piece Cure then embarked on the wildly successful Kissing Tour.
In 1988, The Cure's first decade was officially documented with the "Ten Imaginary Years" biography, and the band took a few well-deserved months off.
1989 saw the completion and release of the wonderfully atmospheric Disintegration -- a classic work of mournful grandeur and brooding power. It gave rise to four Top 20 singles: "Lullaby," "Fascination Street," "Lovesong" and "Pictures Of You." The Prayer Tour that followed gave rise to some of the best performances The Cure has played, including sold out performances at both Giants and Dodgers Stadiums.
In early 1990, the band released Mixed Up, a collection old and new tracks, remixed by such luminaries as Mark Saunders and William Orbit. The album also included the seminal Paul Oakenfold single remix "Close To Me," and reached #14 in the US.
In February 1991, The Cure was awarded at home at the Brit Awards with the award for Best British Group. The Wish album followed in 1992 and was hailed as The Cure's best work to date. Wish was a richly diverse, multi-faceted guitar driven album of massive appeal. It went straight to #1 in the UK and #2 in the US, and produced three hit singles: "High," "Friday I'm In Love" and "A Letter To Elise." The band embarked on the highly successful Wish Tour, selling out arenas around the world.
The power and excitement of the Wish Tour performances inspired the release of two live works in 1993: Show and Paris. Show, a double album as well as a video release, captured the band onstage in Detroit. Paris, a limited edition, presented the band live in the French capital playing a more eclectic collection of songs.
The Cure returned to the UK for the release of their next album, Wild Mood Swings, and continued to perform and tour. In late 1997, Galore, a collection of the second decade of Cure singles, was released on album and video.
1999 saw the band complete and release the Bloodflowers album. Bloodflowers, the last piece of a trilogy that includes Pornography and Disintegration, is filled with sounds of nostalgia, introspection, rage, despair and emotional resolution. The album received high critical acclaim and Bloodflowers is considered to be one of the band's best albums.
In late 2001, The Cure released Greatest Hits, featuring 16 of their most popular and beloved singles of their entire career. The album also features two new songs, including the hit single "Cut Here." A special limited edition features acoustic versions of all 18 hits featured on the album. After more than twenty years of making music and weathering constant changes in lineup, the genius of Robert Smith and his bandmates continue to provide meaningful and acclaimed emotional content for their fans.
--- from the official The Cure website