The Cure Portrait
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The
Cure

Eligible Year

2004

Nominations

2

Category

Performers

Nominated In

2012, 2019

Members

  • Perry Bamonte
  • Jason Cooper
  • Michael Dempsey
  • Simon Gallup
  • Roger O'Donnell
  • Robert Smith
  • Porl Thompson
  • Lol Tolhurst
  • Boris Williams

POST-PUNK INNOVATORS AND GOTH STYLE MAVENS

The name The Cure has stood for a group of teenage musical schoolmates, a legendary act commanding 10 million television viewers during a live performance, and everything in between. The band’s sound has been called post-punk, gothic rock, new wave, and alternative – but as front man Robert Smith says, it’s all just “Cure music.”

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Discography

Biography

Over the past 40+ years, the name “The Cure” has stood for a group of teenage musical schoolmates, a legendary act commanding 10 million television viewers during a live performance, and everything in between. The band’s sound has been called post-punk, gothic rock, new wave, and alternative – but as frontman Robert Smith says, it’s all just “Cure music.”

The story of the Cure has many chapters. After some youthful first efforts billed as “The Easy Cure,” the band began exploring dark imagery. Despite lineup changes, they settled into a distinctive formula of Existentialist philosophy, Gothic themes, and a lot of reverb. The records released between 1979 and 1982 – Seventeen Seconds, Faith, and Pornography – saw Smith develop lyrical prowess and a haunting sound as a singer and guitarist. The band followed suit, contributing to atmospheric, synthesizer-driven tracks like “A Forest” (the first to chart in the UK). Their stage look added to the aesthetic: teased black hair, messy makeup, and funeral clothes.

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In 1983, ready to move from the stress of what Smith deemed the “sordid side of life,” the Cure opened a new chapter. The Head on the Door (1985) set the standard for a more pop-oriented sound. Big albums full of hit singles – including Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, Disintegration, and Wish – were supported by even bigger tours. The Cure was also in heavy rotation on MTV, which showed their stunning visual collaborations with director Tim Pope. As their music appealed to an ever-growing audience, they didn’t lose their substance, continuing to produce heart-wrenching tracks like “Love Song.”

The Cure settled into a distinctive formula of Existentialist philosophy, Gothic themes, and a lot of reverb

The acclaimed album Bloodflowers ushered in the new millennium and earned the Cure a GRAMMY nomination, a forerunner of the accolades the new century would bring. From an MTV Icon award in 2004 to a banner year in 2008, with four #1 hit singles and plans to headline twenty festivals in 2019, it’s clear that the band’s current chapter is one of the best yet.

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