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The Cure

About The Cure

Before recording Disintegration, Robert Smith became worried that his band would never record a masterpiece. He was approaching 30 – wasn’t that too old to be a great rock star?

The Cure’s career to that point had been defined by pushing against people’s expectations for them. Formed as a punk band, their label pushed them towards pop for their first album. Smith alienated half his bandmates by writing more sombre music after a spell playing for Siouxsie And The Banshees. After reaching new heights with Pornography, nearly broke up, and switched back to a pop style. Whilst gentle hinting from the label played a role, so did Smith’s disliking for being pigeon-holed as “gothic”.

This was followed by a period of positive and eclectic music, peaking with Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me. The double album was a huge success, even charting in America.

The Cure were now seen as a pop band, and Smith was more fed up than ever. He wrote songs that were true to his vision for The Cure, intent on making a masterpiece whilst he was still 29. In Disintegration, he certainly succeeded.

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