10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Cure
You probably know that the Cure are one of modern rock's all-time biggest bands, forming in the late '70s and peaking in the late '80s and early '90s, just as alt-rock started taking over radio. But did you know that only one of their songs reached the Top 10? It's one of the 10 Things You Didn't Know About the Cure.
Nearly 20 different musicians can put the Cure down on their résumés. But since the band's official start in 1976, only frontman Robert Smith has played on every single Cure album.
When Smith was a student at Notre Dame Middle School in Sussex, England, he and future Cure members Lol Tolhurst and Mick Dempsey formed the Obelisk and played one show in 1973.
After their debut album was released, the Cure went on the road opening for goth gods Siouxsie and the Banshees. When the Banshees' guitarist quit, Smith filled in and then played on some of their records.
The Cure's 1978 debut single 'Killing an Arab' is based on Albert Camus' 'The Stranger.' But people took it the wrong way, so a sticker was placed on the single that stated that the band wasn't racist.
Smith met his wife, Mary Poole, when he was 14. They took a drama class together at school. They married in 1988. That's her as the ghostly figure dancing with Smith in the 'Just Like Heaven' video.
Smith wrote every song and played almost every single instrument (except for drums and saxophone) on the Cure's fifth album, 'The Top.' It was the band's first album to chart in the U.S., making it to No. 180.
The Cure recorded covers of the Doors' 'Hello, I Love You' (from a 1990 record honoring the 40th anniversary of their label) and the Jimi Hendrix Experience's 'Purple Haze' for a 1993 Hendrix tribute album.
Smith voiced an animated version of himself in a 1998 episode of 'South Park' in which he transforms into a giant moth to battle an oversized Barba Streisand who's trying to destroy the town.
You might know every single word to every single Cure song, but only 'Lovesong' reached the Top 10, climbing to No. 2. Only two other songs -- 'Just Like Heaven' and 'Friday I'm in Love' -- hit the Top 40.
The band's record company was certain that the long, druggy dirges found on the 1989 album 'Disintegration' would kill the Cure's career. But it became their first hit record and bestselling LP.