The Cure

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Hall of Fame Essay


Ira Robbins

A review of Three Imaginary Boys, the Cure’s debut album, ran in Melody Maker on May 12, 1979, under the headline “The Eighties Start Here.” 

In England, the magnificent fury of punk rock as it broke in 1977 was already being consigned to cliché: The best bands were consigned to new stylistic adventures, and the bands they inspired into existence were moving even farther afield. 

America gave most of it the cold shoulder, waiting for more colorful and diplomatic acts – the kind that MTV could embrace – to give the new decade a look and a sound, calling it everything from new wave to postpunk, New Romantic, synth pop, and college rock.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 2019
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Trent Reznor Inducts 2019 Inductees The Cure
one of the most unique, most brilliant, most heartbreakingly excellent bands
Trent Reznor

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