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Doom-laden and claustrophobic, yet also joyous and life-affirming, The Cure paved the way for the crossover of post-punk and goth into mainstream popular music. With his scarecrow hair, smeared lipstick, heavy eyeliner, and knack for infiltrating superb pop songwriting into a genre that commonly comes off as humorless and nihilistic, Robert Smith has led the British band through innumerable line-up configurations since their formation in 1976. Right from the start, The Cure crafted a series of immortal albums – as well as era-defining singles like “Boys Don’t Cry” and “Jumping Someone Else’s Train” – which merged ominous soundscapes and serrated melodies into epic, experimental music that consistently defied easy categorization. The Cure joined the Elektra roster in 1984, their U.S. rights derived from the British indie label, Fiction Records. They made their label debut in 1985 with their gold-certified breakthrough, The Head On The Door, followed by a platinum-certified singles collection, Standing On A Beach, in 1986. From there, a chain of platinum-certified studio albums commenced, including 1987’s double-length Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me and 1989’s Disintegration, highlighted by “Love Song” – a brilliant and bleak collection rightly regarded as the band’s finest hour. Ever-surprising, The Cure followed this most gut-wrenching of albums with 1992’s platinum-certified Wish, which entered the Billboard 200 at #2 propelled by the incredibly chipper hit single, “Friday I’m In Love.” Wild Mood Swings arrived in 1996, followed by another four-year hiatus before 2000’s final Fiction/Elektra release, Bloodflowers. The Cure continues to craft powerful and challenging new music for their loyal legion of fans, new generations of which seem to turn up with each passing year.
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