the DISINTEGRATION poll

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This has yet to be done, so now is the time! Here is what we have done so far:

Best Cure Album (Poll Closes May 25)
The Cure - Three Imaginary Boys Don't Cry Poll
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The Cure's Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me Poll

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
1. "Plainsong" – 5:12 18
2. "Pictures of You" – 7:24 16
10. "Disintegration" – 8:18 13
7. "Fascination Street" – 5:16 7
6. "Lullaby" – 4:08 5
12. "Untitled" – 6:30 5
4. "Lovesong" – 3:29 4
9. "The Same Deep Water as You" – 9:19 3
11. "Homesick" – 7:06 3
8. "Prayers for Rain" – 6:05 2
5. "Last Dance" – 4:42 1
3. "Closedown" – 4:16 0


Bee OK, Wednesday, 1 April 2009 00:27 (eleven years ago) link

if it was the 12" version of "Fascination Street" than that would get my vote without hesitation but since it isn't than...

Bee OK, Wednesday, 1 April 2009 00:29 (eleven years ago) link

instead of deliberating to the point that i forget to vote, i'm just going to go with pictures of you, because a.) i was such an emo teenager b.) the song itself is still wonderful and c.) plainsong builds so perfectly into it

The Devil's Avocado (Gukbe), Wednesday, 1 April 2009 00:30 (eleven years ago) link

"Untitled." A perfect conclusion: simple, spare.

The Screaming Lobster of Challops (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 1 April 2009 00:31 (eleven years ago) link

"Plainsong" is that one song I needed to hear in my life

fight the real NME (Curt1s Stephens), Wednesday, 1 April 2009 00:49 (eleven years ago) link

i'd vote for the run of 8-10 if i could

the pains of being melissa joan hart (donna rouge), Wednesday, 1 April 2009 00:52 (eleven years ago) link

plainsong

mark cl, Wednesday, 1 April 2009 00:57 (eleven years ago) link

on that "essence of an album" thread, plainsong won, iirc

mark cl, Wednesday, 1 April 2009 00:57 (eleven years ago) link

"plainsong" just opens up so huge and cinematic. it's really the perfect overture.

paper plans (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 1 April 2009 00:59 (eleven years ago) link

Fascination Street, 12" remix or not, is one of my all-time fave Cure tracks. I can't not vote for it here.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 1 April 2009 01:46 (eleven years ago) link

Buttsong

the most brazen explosion of clitoral lust in folk-metal history (cankles), Wednesday, 1 April 2009 01:51 (eleven years ago) link

title track

Charlie Howard, Wednesday, 1 April 2009 01:57 (eleven years ago) link

^^^ great bass from Simon.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 1 April 2009 02:05 (eleven years ago) link

Impossible poll.

ilxor, Wednesday, 1 April 2009 02:16 (eleven years ago) link

Running through the track list, I got chills just thinking of "Disintegration" the title track... so that's how I'm gonna vote and it's the only way I can decide, honestly.

ilxor, Wednesday, 1 April 2009 02:17 (eleven years ago) link

it's funny, i think of this album so much as a unified whole that i forget it has their biggest hit single on it. (in the u.s., anyway.)

paper plans (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 1 April 2009 02:26 (eleven years ago) link

Fascination Street, 12" remix or not, is one of my all-time fave Cure tracks. I can't not vote for it here.

i think the longer version as the original mix with the album version being the edited version of that song.

Bee OK, Wednesday, 1 April 2009 04:30 (eleven years ago) link

Kinda my thought as well, yes.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 1 April 2009 04:31 (eleven years ago) link

This poll is impossible so instead I'll just say that the picture above is from the Head On The Door era... ;-)

LeRooLeRoo, Wednesday, 1 April 2009 04:31 (eleven years ago) link

damn, you're right!

Bee OK, Wednesday, 1 April 2009 04:33 (eleven years ago) link

only know that now that is was pointed out but remember that is from the album before.

Bee OK, Wednesday, 1 April 2009 04:34 (eleven years ago) link

or two album before, you know what i was getting at.

Bee OK, Wednesday, 1 April 2009 04:35 (eleven years ago) link

Shit I was hoping this was a Basinski poll.

caekles (libcrypt), Wednesday, 1 April 2009 04:56 (eleven years ago) link

Each song on this has been my favorite at some point or another

i'd vote for the run of 8-10 if i could

― the pains of being melissa joan hart (donna rouge), mercredi 1 avril 2009 02:52 (6 hours ago) Bookmark

This OTM basically. I find it hard not to simply vote for "side 2" (8-12).
I guess ultimately I'll vote for "Homesick" but let's sleep on it

baaderonixx, Wednesday, 1 April 2009 07:34 (eleven years ago) link

The Same Deep Water as You

I came back to this album a couple of years ago after not listening to it for 15 years or something, and I'd forgotten that song even existed, and it's beautiful, still and meditative, but moving (in both senses) at the same time. The heart of the record.

Jamie T Smith, Wednesday, 1 April 2009 08:30 (eleven years ago) link

i think the longer version as the original mix with the album version being the edited version of that song.

Hmmm ... why didn't the longer version end up on the album? There was a shorter, radio edit of "Pictures of You" as well but of course the long version on the album is 100000X times better. Is it because the album was long enough already, without yet another eight minute track?

NoTimeBeforeTime, Wednesday, 1 April 2009 09:35 (eleven years ago) link

Title track.

cee-oh-tee-tee, Wednesday, 1 April 2009 10:10 (eleven years ago) link

My turkish brothere-in-law, whose tastes were somewhat more of the Prince/disco type, loved "Lullaby" back in the day, I'd bought the (3" CD) single...

He dashed out and got "Disintegration" as soon as it came out, and was all like "WHAT IS ALL THIS?????"

His loss, my gain.

Mark G, Wednesday, 1 April 2009 10:14 (eleven years ago) link

This is nearly impossible, but went with the title track. High class gut wrenching drama.

Gerard (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 1 April 2009 10:22 (eleven years ago) link

Plainsong >>> you know, pretty much every other song ever.

a tiny, faltering megaphone (grimly fiendish), Wednesday, 1 April 2009 10:24 (eleven years ago) link

He dashed out and got "Disintegration" as soon as it came out, and was all like "WHAT IS ALL THIS?????"

Yeah, I think this is an album where the singles don't really matter unless they're heard within the context of the whole thing.

I've always said The Same Deep Water As You, so I think I'll stick with that. The bassline is extremely hypnotic and the way it starts (and ends) with the sound of rain is perfect for setting the atmosphere.

Temperamental Catstrings (Bimble), Wednesday, 1 April 2009 19:21 (eleven years ago) link

I came back to this album a couple of years ago after not listening to it for 15 years or something, and I'd forgotten that song even existed, and it's beautiful, still and meditative, but moving (in both senses) at the same time. The heart of the record.

I listened to this song on repeat for 4 hours one day while I was in high school. It's easily one of my favorite things of their, possibly my all-time favorite Cure song.

ur an ugly hamster-abusing "girl" or whatever u are, gtfo (HI DERE), Wednesday, 1 April 2009 19:24 (eleven years ago) link

'Pictures of You' is one of my least favorite songs.

i'm shy (Abbott), Wednesday, 1 April 2009 19:44 (eleven years ago) link

I feel like "Pictures of You" was the last major song with a rambling narrative Robert wrote that actually worked (honorable mention to "From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea").

ur an ugly hamster-abusing "girl" or whatever u are, gtfo (HI DERE), Wednesday, 1 April 2009 19:49 (eleven years ago) link

otm

baaderonixx, Wednesday, 1 April 2009 19:55 (eleven years ago) link

Pictures of You interrupts the flow on this so I don't like it as much, but it was awesome the first time I heard it after Plainsong

I just take my louis jag out and wave it round in the air (Curt1s Stephens), Wednesday, 1 April 2009 21:33 (eleven years ago) link

yeah i get kinda bored w/ PoY around minute 4 or so

the pains of being melissa joan hart (donna rouge), Wednesday, 1 April 2009 21:46 (eleven years ago) link

it's funny, i think of this album so much as a unified whole that i forget it has their biggest hit single on it. (in the u.s., anyway.)

― paper plans (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, March 31, 2009 10:26 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark

was it really their biggest US single? maybe it's an age thing but i'd always assumed it was "friday i'm in love"

the pains of being melissa joan hart (donna rouge), Wednesday, 1 April 2009 21:48 (eleven years ago) link

(in terms of radio play at least)

the pains of being melissa joan hart (donna rouge), Wednesday, 1 April 2009 21:48 (eleven years ago) link

yeah i get kinda bored w/ PoY around minute 4 or so

This is true for almost every song! I like this album and love its singles, but it does drag.

The Screaming Lobster of Challops (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 1 April 2009 22:00 (eleven years ago) link

no YOU drag

ur an ugly hamster-abusing "girl" or whatever u are, gtfo (HI DERE), Wednesday, 1 April 2009 22:05 (eleven years ago) link

I voted for "Pictures of You", maybe it drags but it's a gorgeous drag.

Euler, Wednesday, 1 April 2009 22:42 (eleven years ago) link

Especially difficult, once again, but I guess... "Untitled"? Like Alfred says, it's the way it's so simple that makes it perfect, after all the enormity of the preceding record.

Second choice would be the opposite extreme, "Plainsong."

tits akimbo (kenan), Wednesday, 1 April 2009 22:47 (eleven years ago) link

christ, impossible, almost every song on here is absolutely classic except maybe Last Dance. My gut says "Homesick" so I'll vote for that, although I love the way the weird time changes in Plainsong as soon as the vocals come in.

akm, Wednesday, 1 April 2009 23:07 (eleven years ago) link

the only song on here that isn't classic is "Closedown" IMO

ur an ugly hamster-abusing "girl" or whatever u are, gtfo (HI DERE), Wednesday, 1 April 2009 23:37 (eleven years ago) link

title track here too.

rentboy, Thursday, 2 April 2009 00:14 (eleven years ago) link

ffs the poll is broke for me...would probably vote "Homesick"

Zayatte Mondatta (country matters), Thursday, 2 April 2009 00:16 (eleven years ago) link

Wait until tomorrow, you can vote (again).

tits akimbo (kenan), Thursday, 2 April 2009 00:23 (eleven years ago) link

I'd take the title track second, probably. I always think of that and Same Deep Water As You as like the real center of the album, a one-two punch of sadness and misery. It's hard to count the number of times those songs have helped me deal with shit.

Temperamental Catstrings (Bimble), Thursday, 2 April 2009 00:26 (eleven years ago) link

I'm sure I voted for the title track, but this is otm:

The Same Deep Water as You

I came back to this album a couple of years ago after not listening to it for 15 years or something, and I'd forgotten that song even existed, and it's beautiful, still and meditative, but moving (in both senses) at the same time. The heart of the record.

― Jamie T Smith, Wednesday, April 1, 2009 4:30 AM (3 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

how's life, Saturday, 12 January 2013 14:09 (seven years ago) link

That is completely OTM

Solange Knowles is my hero (DJP), Saturday, 12 January 2013 14:12 (seven years ago) link

The quote from that kid is just perfect.

Mule, Saturday, 12 January 2013 14:53 (seven years ago) link

Yes it is!

LeRooLeRoo, Saturday, 12 January 2013 15:58 (seven years ago) link

Came here to say Plainsong but

Oh man this is so hard but I think that I have to vote Plainsong. It's just amazing.

― ENBB, Wednesday, April 1, 2009 10:19 PM (3 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

2009 me otm.

go to party leather (ENBB), Saturday, 12 January 2013 16:14 (seven years ago) link

Hah so awesome, kid. Ask that girl to the prom. If it doesn't work out then hey your favorite band is the Cure you can cry away your misery.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 12 January 2013 16:38 (seven years ago) link

I've never really been taken with 'The Same Deep Water As You'. In fact, if I were to be painfully honest, I find the song extremely boring.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Saturday, 12 January 2013 18:12 (seven years ago) link

I was so that kid in high school.

crüt, Saturday, 12 January 2013 18:22 (seven years ago) link

After listening to Disintegration (the album) for nearly 20 years, the one song that has stood the test of time and, indeed, has escaped it to flee to a world far removed from ours, is "Homesick".

kafkaesque (c21m50nh3x460n), Saturday, 12 January 2013 18:44 (seven years ago) link

(But I'm a sucker for meandering piano riffs--think Nick Drake's Northern Sky.)

kafkaesque (c21m50nh3x460n), Saturday, 12 January 2013 18:48 (seven years ago) link

three months pass...

Happy 24th birthday...

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 1 May 2013 19:32 (seven years ago) link

oh cool. i'm eleven days older than this album. i'm really shocked at the results of this poll - i thought "lovesong" would get more votes. especially because of the video where he is in the cave staring at his hand... total classic.

rock 'em sock 'em (Treeship), Thursday, 2 May 2013 14:34 (seven years ago) link

He will always love his hand

Mark G, Thursday, 2 May 2013 14:37 (seven years ago) link

I was still into Disintegration in 1992 when I decided to paint my skateboard ramp. I wrote a bunch of lyrics on there, including "I will always love you" from Lovesong. A few days afterward, I was skating with a friend who wasn't into the Cure at all. He was like "why did you put Whitney Houston lyrics on your ramp?"

sheer tip (how's life), Thursday, 2 May 2013 14:41 (seven years ago) link

The Cure, skateboard ramps, now I can't get that damn video for Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'" out of my head.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 2 May 2013 14:56 (seven years ago) link

BTW - this was the first CD I ever bought.

― ENBB, Wednesday, April 1, 2009 10:19 PM (4 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Now I feel old. Shit.

Airwrecka Bliptrap Blapmantis (ENBB), Thursday, 2 May 2013 15:04 (seven years ago) link

"Love Song" was the first CD single I bought.

A deeper shade of lol (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 2 May 2013 15:04 (seven years ago) link

:D

Airwrecka Bliptrap Blapmantis (ENBB), Thursday, 2 May 2013 15:07 (seven years ago) link

Disintegration was my first dispatch from the Columbia Record Club

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Thursday, 2 May 2013 15:09 (seven years ago) link

three months pass...

I never want Untitled to end.

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 14 August 2013 16:15 (seven years ago) link

Man, no votes for "Closedown"?

Matt M., Wednesday, 14 August 2013 16:45 (seven years ago) link

it's the worst song on the album

OH MY GOD HE'S OOGLY (DJP), Wednesday, 14 August 2013 16:50 (seven years ago) link

Closedown is better than the four songs above it.

Lullaby got robbed that one is top three material.

Moka, Wednesday, 14 August 2013 17:03 (seven years ago) link

'Closedown' is so much better than 'Last Dance'.

Here's to Shooting Up (rip van wanko), Wednesday, 14 August 2013 17:14 (seven years ago) link

LOL @ DJP

Matt M., Wednesday, 14 August 2013 17:19 (seven years ago) link

you're all insane

OH MY GOD HE'S OOGLY (DJP), Wednesday, 14 August 2013 18:09 (seven years ago) link

The title track is the one I keep returning to from this - easily one of my Top 10 favourite Cure songs.

I wanna live like C'MOWN! people (Turrican), Wednesday, 14 August 2013 18:49 (seven years ago) link

My personal ranking:

1. Plainsong
2. Lullaby
3. Pictures of You
4. Fascination Street
5. Lovesong
6. Disintegration
7. Untitled
8. Closedown
9. The Same Deep Water As You
10 - 12. All the rest

Moka, Wednesday, 14 August 2013 20:30 (seven years ago) link

The Same Deep Water As You
Disintegration
Prayers For Rain
Untitled
Homesick
Lullaby
Fascination Street
Pictures of You
Plainsong
Last Dance
Lovesong
Closedown

OH MY GOD HE'S OOGLY (DJP), Wednesday, 14 August 2013 20:41 (seven years ago) link

You crazy DJP

Moka, Wednesday, 14 August 2013 20:56 (seven years ago) link

I'd put Lovesong last and swap Pictures with Closedown but other than that DJP OTM

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Wednesday, 14 August 2013 21:18 (seven years ago) link

I had this old CD my dad bought back then and it got scratcher enough for the first two track never to work, Closedown was my official and personal opener and I enjoyed it a lot as such.
Then I got proper files from the album and yeah, it is the lesser song of the album, but I still value it.

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 14 August 2013 22:08 (seven years ago) link

Disintegration
Fascination Street
Lovesong
Plainsong
Pictures Of You
Prayers For Rain
Untitled
Closedown
Lullaby
Last Dance
The Same Deep Water As You
Homesick

I wanna live like C'MOWN! people (Turrican), Thursday, 15 August 2013 18:20 (seven years ago) link

eight months pass...

Released 25yrs ago today. Still remember breaking the seal on the cassette copy I bought that day. Remains one of my favorite albums 25 years later.

brotherlovesdub, Friday, 2 May 2014 16:41 (six years ago) link

"The Same Deep Water As You" really is my favorite Cure song, I've decided. "All Cats Are Grey" and "Siamese Twins" are both wonderful but I never filled an entire C-90 with either of those so I could just listen to them on repeat.

chillin' on an "awesome pretzel" hoagie (DJP), Friday, 2 May 2014 16:46 (six years ago) link

Posted this before I know but again

http://www.rogerodonnell.com/disintegration/

Ned Raggett, Friday, 2 May 2014 17:26 (six years ago) link

hard to believe this came out in the month of May. didn't know about this but i did hear "Plainsong" today.

Bee OK, Friday, 2 May 2014 23:59 (six years ago) link

Happy Birthday "Disintegration"! Bought the cassette on release day as well. Listened and studied and did *everything* to this thing for months. 25 years...

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Saturday, 3 May 2014 00:09 (six years ago) link

Just wore my original Prayer Tour t-shirt to the Knife concert the other day. The only Cure t-shirt I kept all these years. Didn't realise it was 25 years old until now ! Still looks great :-)

LeRooLeRoo, Saturday, 3 May 2014 05:18 (six years ago) link

four years pass...

Played my crackly second hand copy yesterday and thought this should have been released as a double album. So happy to find the 2010 reissue in the local record shop today

willem, Saturday, 15 September 2018 10:26 (two years ago) link

happy to see plainsong win, it's one of those songs where sure, there are probably songs as good, but no song could be better

I always feel some weird, irrational guilt when my fav track on an album is the opener, as if I haven't listened properly, surely the real treasure isn't going to be that obvious

niels, Saturday, 15 September 2018 11:18 (two years ago) link

I still remember the shock of putting it on for the first time and it just broke over me like a wave. Smith was never as assured and instinctive as in this record - the songs are seamless and unforced (with a couple of exceptions, Last Dance has never worked for me).

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Saturday, 15 September 2018 12:02 (two years ago) link

I always feel some weird, irrational guilt when my fav track on an album is the opener, as if I haven't listened properly, surely the real treasure isn't going to be that obvious

Hail to thee, neurotic soulmate

Hideous Lump, Saturday, 15 September 2018 17:25 (two years ago) link

pollster bee okay otm. easing into it with that siren then that bass rumble is totally the way to go. love this song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cty6qH-7mTw

reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 15 September 2018 18:03 (two years ago) link

I bought this in the week it came out, while caravanning with my family. Wasn't able to listen to it until we got back home almost two weeks later. It was the last Cure album I would buy.

Duke, Saturday, 15 September 2018 19:20 (two years ago) link

(Apart from a few reissues)

Duke, Saturday, 15 September 2018 19:20 (two years ago) link

so that's how it ended, this last dance together?

reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 15 September 2018 19:36 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

pictures of trickery amirite

mookieproof, Sunday, 13 September 2020 05:19 (one week ago) link

1. Fascination Street
2. Plainsong
3. Homesick

naked and sexually active alien (rip van wanko), Sunday, 13 September 2020 05:37 (one week ago) link


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