The Cure appreciation thread

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Blazer, Mar 16, 2018.

  1. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy Tele-Afflicted

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    I think Robert Smith is a great guitarist.
     
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    He really doesn't get enough credit for his work. He didn't go for the widdly-diddly stuff that was common around the 80s, but his style is atmospheric and textural. A lot of borrowed mideastern scales and dissonance. Often his stuff is easy to play, but difficult to create, if that makes any sense.
     
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    That makes total sense, and I agree! Skill is no predictor of imagination, and invention doesn’t necessarily require high-level or traditional skill. Perhaps it’s to the contrary!
    Robert Smith is a shamefully overlooked guitarist. He had a big influence on my playing, especially the first four albums and his work with Siouxsie on Hyena and Nocturne. It’s cool that he brought in a second guitarist on later albums, but I like the tightrope walk being the only guitarist forced him into. I think that’s where his style was born.
    His live playing is phenomenal; simultaneously atmospheric and immediate. I love Show and Paris, but seeing them live was a real revelation.
    When I saw them he would nip back behind his amp now and again and swig off a jug of wine and, counterintuitively, his playing got better and better. Maybe he was inoculating against nerves. By the encore, he launched into s second extended modal solo on “Killing an Arab” and it just ripped the roof off the place!
     
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    I sometimes wish I was a younger man with my whole life laid out ahead of me to do again, but I’m not. I’m 55 and eternally grateful that I was born in the London suburbs. I was a teenager when punk and then “new wave” exploded and spawned hundreds of interesting bands releasing independent label records and playing clubs and small theatres. The Cure at the Marquee playing the jagged, raw Guitar pop of Three Imaginary Boys was amazing and the beginning of a lifelong love of the Cure.
    Seeing them again at the Marqee a year later with the haunting Faith stuff and an electronic Lol Tolhurst was incredible. Syndrums!!! I’d never seen them before. A Forest and Drowning Man are still go to songs for me, especially if I’m playing my Jaguar. I am a newcomer to the Fender world ( Gretsch man) and I have spent forty years under the impression that smith played a Fender Jaguar. It was only when I decided to buy one last year that I found out that he didn’t!
     
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    lucky enough to see them play many times always put on a good show
     
  6. src9000

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    Love the Cure. Definitely a big part of the soundtrack to my late teens and early twenties.
    I remember eagerly awaiting Disintegration and ran out and bought the cd as soon as it came out.
    I was floored.
     
  7. fatcat

    fatcat Friend of Leo's

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    Im definitely in.

    The cure was definitely in the mix in my teenage soundtrack of the mid-late eighties, and early nineties.

    They were one of the first music videos I ever saw on MTV.
     
  8. littlebadboy

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    When I was younger, I wanted to learn to do lightning speed licks, but I can't. I went to a known guitarist in my country for lessons, and he said - speed is not important.... what matters most is melody.

    20+ years after... I think I'm doing ok.


    I agree with you, Robert Smith is excellent at what he does. He is amazing with his melodies.
     
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    Some tasteful playing right there!
     
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    I've just got into The Cure this year (I'm 48). The lyrics of Just Like Heaven may be one of the most beautifully written that I've ever heard. It's poetry...very moving.



    Show me how you do that trick
    The one that makes me scream, she said
    The one that makes me laugh, she said
    And threw her arms around my neck
    Show me how you do it
    And I promise
    I'll run away with you

    Spinning on that dizzy edge
    I kissed her face and kissed her head
    Dreamed of all the different ways
    I had to make her glow
    Why are you so far away, she said
    For won't you ever know
    That I'm in love with you

    Daylight licked me into shape
    I must have been asleep for days
    Moving lips to breathe her name
    I opened up my eyes
    And found myself alone, alone
    Alone above the raging sea
    That stole the only girl I loved
    And drowned her deep inside of me
     
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    disintegration is the best album ever!

     
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    Transcends genres very well.

     
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    The Cure is the best!

     
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    My absolute favorite band in the early 90s! I had two posters in my room, books, magazines, every record I could get. I followed them until Wish and then lost track. But got nostalgic a while back and went on a "the-cure-youtube" binge. Brilliant, smart, varied, deep. Robert Smith is a true artist
     
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    Robert Smith, before the hair and makeup...

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    I got to see them live several times in the 80s. Pretty much the soundtrack for me 85'-95' (along with the first Tears for Fears album). The Cure also represents a big hole in my music collection because (probably like others) I bought it all originally on cassette and vinyl and played it until they were dead.
     
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    And Robert Smith saved South Park from Barbra Streisand!

     
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    I alsays liked this bonkers version. Mr Mascis has an ear for a tune.

     
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    easily easily easily one of my all time favorite bands and biggest influences. robert smith is one of my all time favorite guitarists. he's why i bought a bf-2 (which i use at the exact same settings), and he's why i crave a bass vi.

    the bass vi is the secret to a lot of what's he's doing on disintegration and later. it's easy to mistake it for a normal guitar unless you know to listen for it.
     
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