The Cure: Classic or Dud?

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Classic. Part of my yoof, you see. I've whiled away many an unhappy evening in the company of 'Faith' and 'Seventeen Seconds'!

Seriously.. though it seems the norm to slag 'em off these days, it's amazing just how much good stuff they have done. 'Boy's Don't Cry'/'3 Imaginary Boys' is a great debut, whichever version you have. Scratchy wired glum-pop. In fact it's all classic up to 'The Top', their first major clunker.

'Head on the Door' is great pop. 'Kiss Me X3' is also great pop ('Just Like Heaven'), except where they try too hard to make great pop and fail ('Hot, Hot, Hot'). 'Disintegration' is their last great album. But not pop. No problem.

My last encounter with The Cure was 'Wild Mood Swings'. I swung my copy back from whence it came - Record and Tape Exchange. Still, 'Galore' sums up the later years nicely.

Anyway I like old Bob, a pop man at heart even in his gloomiest moments.

Dr. C, Tuesday, 27 March 2001 00:00 (15 years ago) Permalink

I think I've been asked for at least twice in this thread already. ;-)

Classic. And if you disagree with me I'll shove all twenty or so CDRs of rare and odd stuff I have of theirs down your throat and kill you. *proceeds to light candles to huge _Disintegration_ poster in room*

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 27 March 2001 00:00 (15 years ago) Permalink

Classique. They have enough great tunes and came up with some pretty original sounds. I like how they continually evolve, even if some of their evolution has produced some crap music. I could still listen to "Jumping Someone Else's Train" repeatedly after all these years. I heard some of their last record and it was really bad though. And kill that "Friday I'm in Love" dung, boys! But for the most part, great stuff.

Tim Baier, Tuesday, 27 March 2001 00:00 (15 years ago) Permalink

Classic, though their most recent stuff sucks.

The Cure are a band who, like Depeche Mode and a number of others of that ilk, should have just hung it up on December 31, 1989. Their glory days were in the 1980s, Disintegration should have been their last album. It would have been a perfect ending. Instead, they chose to put out three subpar releases in the 1990s. While Bloodflowers was a definite improvement over Wild Mood Swings (did *anyone* like that album?) and Wish (which came out at the peak of my Cure fandom and still disappointed me), it still wasn't close to the material they released during the 1980s.

Yeah, some of their stuff is whiny and pretentious. But I think they manage to pull it off reasonably well, and I think the whininess and the pretentiousness will make them staples of every sad-sack high school kid for the next thirty years, whether they continue to release new albums or not. (And hopefully they won't, judging from the poor quality of their most recent albums--I think that the more bad stuff they release, the less "legendary" they'll become.)

By the way, I *was* a teenage goth girl. I was also an early-20s goth girl. I own a velvet and lace cape and little pointy boots and black lipstick. Heh.

Nanette, Wednesday, 28 March 2001 00:00 (15 years ago) Permalink

Nanette, I'd argue that _Wish_ is a very underrated album. Its mood is radically different from _Disintegration_, which is one thing that I think threw people off when it came out. I, for one, really dig the snarlier tone of "Open", "Cut", "FTEOTDGS", and "End" and their juxtaposition with more contemplative "Apart", "Trust", and "To Wish Impossible Things". _Wish_ also has "High", which I consider to be the last truly great pop song that the Cure did.

_Wild Mood Swings_ is more problematic. It's a very erratic album and contains a couple of songs that never should have seen the light of day ("Mint Car", "Return"). However, it also contains the absolutely marvelous "The 13th", "Want", "Gone!" and "Jupiter Crash". Some judicious editing (and swapping some album tracks for b-sides) would make this a much better album.

For me, _Bloodflowers_ compares very well to their 80's output. It seems that the group got back into a good songwriting groove for this album, which is particularly evident on "Out Of This World", "The Loudest Sound", "The Last Day Of Summer", "Bloodflowers", and "Watching Me Fall" (Cure cliches and all). The album has a strong sense of flow and there are no embarrassing attempts to rewrite "Friday I'm In Love". It was a good ending for them, assuming that Robert's latest pronouncements about the band's demise are actually true this time.

There are individual songs I don't like, and _Wild Mood Swings_ is easily my least- favorite of their albums, but I'd be hard-pressed to say that I actively dislike any of the Cure's albums.

Dan Perry, Wednesday, 28 March 2001 00:00 (15 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...
I'm in sympathy with the way that the 'classic' brigade have articulated that they love the band even though they can see their sillinesses, repetitions and limitations. Possibly a lot of pop love is of this kind.

the pinefox, Saturday, 28 April 2001 00:00 (15 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...
The Cure are damned by having so many annoying fans.

They have many good tunes. However, they have many bad ones, viz "Friday I'm In Love".

Still, at their best they show an impressive ability to make both poppy goth jumpathons and total doomfests.

DV, Friday, 26 July 2002 00:00 (13 years ago) Permalink

Dud. Possibly something worthwhile beyond Smith's vocals, but I can't get past them.

DeRayMi, Friday, 26 July 2002 00:00 (13 years ago) Permalink

I've had a love/hate relationship with The Cure that had long since given way to indifference. but recently I've listened again to Robert Smith's 1983 collaboration album with Steve Severin - The Glove is great! (probably like how I'd rather listen to the Andy Partridge solo album Take Away/Lure Of Salvage than most XTC.)

as with many Cure detractors, Bob's voice and self-pity usually get to me. still have fond memories of Seventeen Seconds and Faith but I also enjoy some later stuff where twisted humour, all of Pornography, or tenderness, "The Upstairs Room" and "Birdmadgirl", balance out the self-loathing and sappiness.

the Laurence Tolhurst abuse didn't help Robert Smith's case (and John McGeoch was a better Banshee).

Paul, Friday, 26 July 2002 00:00 (13 years ago) Permalink

stop

Paul, Friday, 26 July 2002 00:00 (13 years ago) Permalink

The Cure are fucking appalling. As someone else already keenly observed - a classic case of having a fucking awful voice. I mean I don't mind some of the musicianship but fatboy Smith is such a twat. Really.

I had a girlfriend once who was into these boys hard and she used to play is it 'Pictures of You' (?) over and over and over (a sort of pining for a lost love I think; not me, incidentally). Anyway, it used to bore the hell out of me, not to mention what felt like a large hole in my brain.

The thing is, with the Cure, it's like the Manic Street FUCKING Preachers syndrome - people who like 'em don't just like 'em, they fucking LOVE 'em, and think they're prophets or something. No, they are miserable, half-goths with absolutely nothing to say and even less charisma.

That said, I am admit that I am hardly familiar know their canon, since I can't bear exposure to it for protracated periods.

Still; DUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUD

Roger Fascist, Monday, 29 July 2002 00:00 (13 years ago) Permalink

Actually, I think it's that the boring protestations of those who don't 'get' the music always have to be matched by those who emphatically do. One defines the other ..

Dare, Monday, 29 July 2002 00:00 (13 years ago) Permalink

Not at all, Paul. There's something about The Cure and The Preachers that triggers fervour of a disturbing religiosity in people's heads, well, in my experience anyway. And if you wanna put that to the test, gently question a more avid fan and watch them twist like they was shackled to the cross.

Hmm, having said that, I do get riled when someone fails to 'get' my favourite bands and indulges in the kind of mindless attack I have already posted against The Cure. Yet, I feel that certain bands are wont to attract a more dependent following, who hang the band's music like metaphorical rosaries. And I'm not sure that even among my most beloved artists, there are those which I could hold in such equally mindless esteem.

What say you?

Roger fascist, Tuesday, 30 July 2002 00:00 (13 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...
If i brooded around and had a aweful voice, would i be as good as the cure, which coincidently, isnt even good to begin with

DUD

Hayward, Thursday, 3 October 2002 02:11 (13 years ago) Permalink

Oddly enough, I've never really sought out their albums; I'm sure I'll get around to it, but I'm pretty sure they'll always be available... Pretty much all of their singles, though, are flat-out amazing - how could they not be classic?

Clarke B., Thursday, 3 October 2002 04:37 (13 years ago) Permalink

The albums are SO WORTH IT, Clarke.

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Thursday, 3 October 2002 11:13 (13 years ago) Permalink

Quite.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 3 October 2002 23:38 (13 years ago) Permalink

hmmmmmmm .............
dud

donna (donna), Friday, 4 October 2002 01:02 (13 years ago) Permalink

I'm exactly like Clarke. Always loved what I heard, but only own 'Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me'... Last year I told a friend of mine that the reason for this is because I pretty much know that I'll like them and am just 'saving it'. Is this like some weird Cure phenomena?

Kim (Kim), Friday, 4 October 2002 01:39 (13 years ago) Permalink

I LOVE THE CURE. They fill a niche that no other band does. From the acutely depresso Pornography stuff to the silly dance stuff to the haunting gothy Faith stuff to the blatant sunshine pop... they've done all this convincingly and well. Did they invent the drugged up goofy romantic miserable goth ecstatic giddy thing?

Yet I do wonder how much my own nosatlgia plays a role. I still think Wish is great, despite every. review. ever. written. Maybe if I hadn't listened to it for the 1st time as a teenager travelling thru Europe with schoomates I'd think differently.

Aaron A., Friday, 4 October 2002 03:43 (13 years ago) Permalink

Where to start, Ned and Dan? I'm thinking _Pornography_, but some of their _Disintegration_-era stuff kills me (esp. "Lovesong").

Also, I really really like the Wolfgang Press song on _Lonely is an Eyesore_, but I've heard their recordings are pretty patchy. Any recommendations there?

Clarke B., Friday, 4 October 2002 05:30 (13 years ago) Permalink

In your place I'd start with 17 Seconds, Clarke. It has their greatest song on it, "A Forest" and I find it the darkest and most powerful of their records. A lot of their stuff didn't age too well (even Disintegration), but this record definitely stood the test of time.

alex in mainhattan (alex63), Friday, 4 October 2002 07:03 (13 years ago) Permalink

I wouldn't go for _Pornography_ first; I think I'd get _Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me_ and the cassette version of _Standing On A Beach_ in order to get the b-sides.

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Friday, 4 October 2002 11:04 (13 years ago) Permalink

Classic until "Stranding on a Beach" came out, after which they descended into the depths of self-parody.

TMFTML (TMFTML), Friday, 4 October 2002 17:37 (13 years ago) Permalink

I kinda saved them also, Kim - owned the two singles compilations for years before actually buying my first proper album (Disintegration) just this year. Though I do like it, it hasn't swayed me into snatching up the others yet. Maybe in another four years I'll get another one.

Vinnie (vprabhu), Friday, 4 October 2002 17:51 (13 years ago) Permalink

They fill(ed?) a niche no one else did (which I usually characterize as "Harlequin romance rock") and they did a perfectly accomplished and unique job of it most of the time but it's not one I care to listen to much at all. I can play Pornography maybe a couple times per year and it's sometimes nice to hear the singles on the radio but overall there's not a big connection. And I couldn't imagine sitting through a whole album of stuff like "In Between Days" or "Let's Go to Bed". The singles comp (Staring At the Sea?) is probably as much as I'd need of that. I'd buy Disintegration if I thought I'd ever listen to it. Wish and Wild Mood Swings were awful.

sundar subramanian, Friday, 4 October 2002 18:32 (13 years ago) Permalink

I honestly cannot comprehend how _Wish_ is AWFUL.

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Friday, 4 October 2002 18:34 (13 years ago) Permalink

the cure were/are one of the best bands for dancing to whilst only wearing underwear...hopefully not by yourself...

g (graysonlane), Friday, 4 October 2002 18:47 (13 years ago) Permalink

Ok, I'm a liar. I totally forgot that I also had 'Standing on a Beach' on cassette - played it to death. I don't have it anymore though. I think my brother "borrowed" it and never gave it back! Ooooh...that little...

Kim (Kim), Friday, 4 October 2002 20:39 (13 years ago) Permalink

I like just like heaven, I'm going to get Kiss me times 3.

jel -- (jel), Friday, 4 October 2002 20:43 (13 years ago) Permalink

classic classic classic and why should you not dance to the cure in underwear by yourself! unless you are wearing the underwear out to the goth dance club, of course.

teeny (teeny), Friday, 4 October 2002 20:44 (13 years ago) Permalink

Have you ever been to a goth dance club? Underwear as outerwear is pretty much de rigeur.

Kim (Kim), Friday, 4 October 2002 20:48 (13 years ago) Permalink

Clarke, start with Disintegration first, and then try Seventeen Seconds and then Pornography. I've argued elsethread about this already so I won't go into the details here...just click the link, cause there's a lot of other good talk there anyhow.

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Friday, 4 October 2002 20:55 (13 years ago) Permalink

Pretend that there's a smiley at the end of my last post. I sound like a meanie otherwise.

Kim (Kim), Friday, 4 October 2002 20:57 (13 years ago) Permalink

10 months pass...
"And yet Robert Smith - the Chatterton of Crawley - had created if not a wall of sound then a very high hedge of sound, over which he seemed to peer at the world like a boy who couldn't be bothered to ask for his ball back."

the "cure=suburbia" part of Michael Bracewell's England Is Mine is one of the best things ever!

etc, Wednesday, 20 August 2003 08:54 (12 years ago) Permalink

"Join the Dots" (B Sides and rarities) is out on October 21st. I presume it'll have the much talked about Cassette b sides from Standing on a Beach on it, but does anyone know that actual tracklisting is?

flowersdie (flowersdie), Wednesday, 20 August 2003 09:05 (12 years ago) Permalink

Hopefully it'll have the stuff off "curiosity", too. And that soundtrack they did.

Classic, BTW. Again, my mid-teens coincided with Disintegration and I was full-on obsessed for a couple of years. I bought a shedload of albums at Oxfam last year, and a friend and I drove our GF/wives insane by listening, back to back, to 17 Seconds, Faith, Pornography and the Top. Divorce was on the horizon by the end of that evening.

Jim Eaton-Terry (Jim E-T), Wednesday, 20 August 2003 13:04 (12 years ago) Permalink

Hopefully it'll have the stuff off "curiosity", too. And that soundtrack they did.

Thing is, there are SO many B-sides and rarities which have officially surfaced that they'd have to put out a box set. As it is, if the remasters that are surfacing next year are going to include bonus discs for each with room for other oddities, then that will partially settle the problem.

Thy Lethal Zen Ned (Ned), Wednesday, 20 August 2003 13:42 (12 years ago) Permalink

This news makes me very, very happy.

Jay Vee (Manon_70), Wednesday, 20 August 2003 13:53 (12 years ago) Permalink

won't come out on Oct. 21st though. That info was wrong

Fabrice (Fabfunk), Wednesday, 20 August 2003 13:55 (12 years ago) Permalink

When is it out then?

flowersdie (flowersdie), Wednesday, 20 August 2003 13:56 (12 years ago) Permalink

No official release date..

Fabrice (Fabfunk), Wednesday, 20 August 2003 14:01 (12 years ago) Permalink

I kind of like the guitars in "Pictures of You".

sundar subramanian (sundar), Wednesday, 20 August 2003 14:04 (12 years ago) Permalink

Recently listened to Dark Side of the Moon and then Disintegration back to back. Confirmed what I already knew.
Fuck the Canon and the Keepers it rode in on. The Cure > Pink Floyd.

Lord Custos Epsilon (Lord Custos Epsilon), Wednesday, 20 August 2003 14:18 (12 years ago) Permalink

Just adding to the calls of "Classic" (up to, and including, Wish, that is).

David A. (Davant), Wednesday, 20 August 2003 19:47 (12 years ago) Permalink

6 months pass...
Shall I expound at great length here about The Cure's gig at the Barfly last night? Or does it warrant its own thread?

CharlieNo4 (Charlie), Saturday, 6 March 2004 12:31 (12 years ago) Permalink

either way, spill!

teeny (teeny), Saturday, 6 March 2004 16:25 (12 years ago) Permalink

Yes. Now please. Or else.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 6 March 2004 16:30 (12 years ago) Permalink

Giz it.

Lynskey (Lynskey), Saturday, 6 March 2004 16:34 (12 years ago) Permalink

You don't want to make The Raggett angry.

El Diablo Robotico (Nicole), Saturday, 6 March 2004 16:34 (12 years ago) Permalink

I have a fantastic bootleg from the Top tour with Phil still on bass and Boris in on drums (maybe his first or second show ever, if I recall correctly). I'll post it when I get home if enough people are interested.

Go on then. This was the tour i first saw them.

Half-baked profundities. Self-referential smirkiness (Bob Six), Friday, 20 May 2016 21:09 (4 days ago) Permalink

Listened to "The Top" for the first time in ages, and yeah, it's pretty great! Really sets the stage for what comes next, but in a sort of non-linear way.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 20 May 2016 21:41 (4 days ago) Permalink

Faith
The Walk (North American mini-LP)
Blue Sunshine (The Glove)
Pornography
17 Seconds
Disintegration
Join the Dots (first 2.5 CDs)
The Head on the Door
KMKMKM
The Top
Wish
Boys Don't Cry >> Three Imaginary Boys
Wild Mood Swings
4:13 Dream
The Cure
Bloodflowers

I can't include Japanese Whispers with the truncated "Just One Kiss," as much as I love "The Lovecats."

What was the story with World War again? It wasn't on the CD version of BDC for some reason, I think I read that Bob doesn't/didn't like it?

Yes, Robert left "Object" and "World War" off the CD because he hated them - replaced with "So What." I believe he thought "World War" was terrible, and "Object" lyrically embarrassing.

lingereffect (Kent Burt), Friday, 20 May 2016 22:02 (4 days ago) Permalink

Here 'tis:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ovqbesiwmcxa1qf/tc16111984.zip?dl=0

Austin, Friday, 20 May 2016 22:04 (4 days ago) Permalink

I'm really impressed that they played "2 Late". I hope they play it in Montréal.

― LeRooLeRoo, Friday, May 20, 2016 3:52 PM (2 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

oh nice

always be charging (rip van wanko), Friday, 20 May 2016 22:28 (4 days ago) Permalink

(x-post)
Thanks! I still have my ticket for Thursday 10 May 1984 (Block 10;B19) - 32 years ago.

Half-baked profundities. Self-referential smirkiness (Bob Six), Friday, 20 May 2016 22:53 (4 days ago) Permalink

Relistening to this Top tour show, it has some downright hilarious between song banter from Bob:

"Sorry we started so late. We got arrested."

(introducing 'Let's Go to Bed') "Here's another country and western song."

"Whoever turned the house lights on is gonna get a fuckin' kicking later on."

Austin, Saturday, 21 May 2016 00:38 (3 days ago) Permalink

Smith's live between-song banter was always a bit WTF during the '80s, providing that you could make out what the hell he was saying! There's some moments on The Cure In Orange where I'm like "what the fuck did he just say?"

Turrican, Saturday, 21 May 2016 01:43 (3 days ago) Permalink

my all-time favorite band:

Pornography
The Head on the Door
Faith
Seventeen Seconds
Disintegration
Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me
Join the Dots
Wish
The Top
Japanese Whispers
Three Imaginary Boys
Bloodflowers
Wild Mood Swings
4:13 Dream
The Cure

Bee OK, Saturday, 21 May 2016 01:49 (3 days ago) Permalink

Relistening to this Top tour show, it has some downright hilarious between song banter from Bob:

"Sorry we started so late. We got arrested."

(introducing 'Let's Go to Bed') "Here's another country and western song."

"Whoever turned the house lights on is gonna get a fuckin' kicking later on."

― Austin, Saturday, May 21, 2016 12:38 AM (16 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

My favorite Robert Smith stage banter can be heard on the Curiosity cassette. At the conclusion of one of the songs, he says, "You've been the noisiest audience I ever had to listen to."

Ex Slacker, Saturday, 21 May 2016 17:49 (3 days ago) Permalink

thanks! this version of "forever" is dope

reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 21 May 2016 17:53 (3 days ago) Permalink

I often think I've "completed" my Cure phase but there's still quite a bunch of things I don't have. I should be filling the gaps but it's annoying to get albums for just a few tracks.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 21 May 2016 23:14 (3 days ago) Permalink

I tend to go through phases of either not listening to The Cure, or binge listening to their discography. Just when I think I've reached a point where I feel I've burnt out on the discography, I'll find myself on a Cure kick and loving them as much as ever.

Turrican, Saturday, 21 May 2016 23:31 (3 days ago) Permalink

I'm definitely getting in the mood for it and I always meant to fill in the gaps and buy all the expanded editions but I'm always reluctant to go back to old favourite bands when I've got the majority of their stuff. I don't know why. But I'll probably have a great time with it.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 21 May 2016 23:40 (3 days ago) Permalink

I tend to go through phases of either not listening to The Cure, or binge listening to their discography. Just when I think I've reached a point where I feel I've burnt out on the discography, I'll find myself on a Cure kick and loving them as much as ever.

― Turrican, Saturday, May 21, 2016 7:31 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

This. Also, I hear the influence of Disintegration in unlikely places, like a lot of post rock and shoegazey metal. I was listening to Panopticon by Isis last week and remember thinking it sounded like that band has definitely spent some time with the back half of Disintegration (and probably Pornography too)

Wimmels, Sunday, 22 May 2016 00:48 (2 days ago) Permalink

my friend/drummer is a friend of roger's. he txted him today:

"what do i have to do to guarantee exploding boy on the shoreline set list?"

roger: haha

"i don't know why you think i'm joking"

roger: awful song

still hope they play it!

akm, Sunday, 22 May 2016 03:54 (2 days ago) Permalink

Hope nobody minds if I shill for a Curehead friend of mine.

Nick Keech (who plays in the Telescopes touring band among others) has a little side project where he conjures up the sound of that cold, disconnected, 17 Seconds/Faith era for fun and he's really good at it too.

This is his latest.

http://easterhead.bandcamp.com/track/swing

MaresNest, Sunday, 22 May 2016 10:57 (2 days ago) Permalink

Roger seriously off the money

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Sunday, 22 May 2016 11:55 (2 days ago) Permalink

I hear the influence of Disintegration in unlikely places, like a lot of post rock and shoegazey metal.

Not as unlikely as all that -- the Cure and metal have had twenty years plus of overt worship by the latter going on in various areas. As more people realized "Holy fuck those are some loud guitars" the rest followed.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 22 May 2016 15:06 (2 days ago) Permalink

getting ready to go tonight, can't believe this is really happening.

Bee OK, Sunday, 22 May 2016 21:12 (2 days ago) Permalink

going to try and also catch The Twilight Sad, getting ready to leave.

Bee OK, Sunday, 22 May 2016 23:46 (2 days ago) Permalink

have never been to the Hollywood Bowl and i have see close to 200 live shows. so looking very forward to tonight.

Bee OK, Sunday, 22 May 2016 23:47 (2 days ago) Permalink

Will there be /was there screaming?

Mark G, Monday, 23 May 2016 07:25 (Yesterday) Permalink

Last night's set list kinda blew

kurt schwitterz, Monday, 23 May 2016 15:33 (Yesterday) Permalink

Looks pretty good from here!

http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/the-cure/2016/hollywood-bowl-hollywood-ca-33fea03d.html

Ned Raggett, Monday, 23 May 2016 16:04 (Yesterday) Permalink

omigod @ that The Top sequence w/"All I Want" interrupting.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 23 May 2016 16:10 (Yesterday) Permalink

Eh it was a bummer greatest hits set list but all I want was amazzzingggg

kurt schwitterz, Monday, 23 May 2016 16:17 (Yesterday) Permalink

4 encores, 15 songs?!

Double Nickels on the Pecunidigm (Dan Peterson), Monday, 23 May 2016 16:26 (Yesterday) Permalink

A 'greatest hits' setlist with "Trust," "2 Late," "All I Want" and "Piggy in the Mirror" alone? I mean, I'll take that.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 23 May 2016 16:29 (Yesterday) Permalink

That doesn't look like a bad setlist at all to me. The guy who runs the Smash Hits archive was apparently at the show.

Turrican, Monday, 23 May 2016 17:55 (Yesterday) Permalink

You all know about the London residency/secret gig towards the end of the year, yes?

djh, Monday, 23 May 2016 20:17 (Yesterday) Permalink

[Disclaimer: may have just been someone bullshitting on my Facebook page]

djh, Monday, 23 May 2016 20:17 (Yesterday) Permalink

Go on...

Birds in Hell, Monday, 23 May 2016 23:36 (Yesterday) Permalink

my review of last nights show at the Hollywood Bowl. i was really mad at my friend. really wanted to get there on time and maybe catch a bit of the first band. he got here over an hour late and i was pissed. ended up missing "Plainsong," we are talking about a song in my Top 5 Cure songs and he made me miss it, was so pissed. we were so late we should have missed half the show but bought tickets for a shuttle ride and they were able to drive us almost to the front door to miss the all that traffic. settled down and they played "A Night Like This" so was happy again. then they just played all these Disintegration including the hits. if was still daylight out and it really didn't seem right to watch them in the sun. the sun finally went down when they started to play "Fascination Street" and it was perfect. right after "Just Like Heaven" they started to play "2 Late" and i almost died. i could not believe they were playing this song. they they followed that up with "Trust" which probably stole the night for me. it was unbelievable, it sent goose bumps down my spine. they played "Want" after that and followed up with "One Hundred years" which was all painted in red lights. then they end the set with "Disintegration." they then played "A Forest" but you could tell they were on a time limit so it didn't go on like it normally does live but still was about 10 minutes or so. for the second encore they played three songs from The Top and by this time i was going pretty crazy. i could not believe i was hearing song after song from The Top with a Kiss Me song thrown in for good measure. at one point he just went to his usually howl and it lasted and lasted and lasted. what a set of lungs on that guy. he must not smoke because his voice is as good now as it has ever been. they closed out with a bunch of hits to make the crowd very happy. i would have preferred a few more obscure songs, but the people always want to see the hits it did make sense to play almost all of them. was not the best i have ever seen this band but they are on the top or their game and if you see them you should have a great time. they are always a blast live.

and they need to release a new album, those two new songs i heard are really, really good. they didn't sound out of place at all! what a band.

Bee OK, Tuesday, 24 May 2016 01:18 (4 hours ago) Permalink

my only in L.A. moment. i ran into Ron Jeremy.

Bee OK, Tuesday, 24 May 2016 01:21 (4 hours ago) Permalink

Quite reassuring, thanks. Sux I'm only seeing one date but I'm excited

always be charging (rip van wanko), Tuesday, 24 May 2016 02:22 (3 hours ago) Permalink

Sounds like a wonderful experience. I'm most interested in those new songs.

Austin, Tuesday, 24 May 2016 03:22 (2 hours ago) Permalink


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