The Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex, in 1976. The band has experienced several line-up changes, with vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Robert Smith being the only constant member. The Cure first began releasing music in the late 1970s with their debut album Three Imaginary Boys; this, along with several early singles, placed the band as part of the post-punk and new wave movements that had sprung up in the wake of the punk rock revolution in the United Kingdom.
The Cure are often identified with the gothic rock genre, and are viewed as one of the form's definitive bands. However, the band has routinely rejected classification, particularly as a gothic rock band. Robert Smith said in 2006, "It's so pitiful when 'goth' is still tagged onto the name the Cure", and added, "We're not categorisable. I suppose we were post-punk when we came out, but in total it's impossible. I just play Cure music, whatever that is."
The Cure's primary musical traits have been listed as "dominant, melodic bass lines; whiny, strangulated vocals; and a lyric obsession with existential, almost literary despair."Most Cure songs start with Smith and Gallup writing the drum parts and bass lines. Both record demos at home and then bring them into the studio for fine-tuning. Smith said in 1992, "I think when people talk about the 'Cure sound', they mean songs based on six-string bass, acoustic guitar and my voice, plus the string sound from the Solina." On top of this foundation is laid "towering layers of guitars and synthesisers".
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The Cure on the road in Holland and Belgium during their 1980 'Seventeen Seconds' tour.
Robert Smith photographed by Kevin Westenberg at The Worx Studios, London in 1993 whilst on a shoot for SPIN Magazine
Cover art for The Cure's debut studio album 'Three Imaginary Boys' released in May 1979
Limited edition giant vintage pin badge for the Cure by artist Tony Dennis AKA Tape Deck Art
Limited edition giant vintage pin badge for The Cure's fifth single A Forest by artist Tony Dennis AKA Tape Deck Art
Robert Smith from The Cure photographed by Jill Furmanovsky at her London studio in July 1985.
The Cure photographed by Jill Furmanovsky hanging out by swings in the snow in 1979.