The Cure

Head On The Door

I’m pretty sure that The Cure Saved my life.  Not in a “jump in the river and pull me out” type of way but more because they offered me an alternative mind set to the crushingly conservative and predictable 1980’s teenage life I found myself living in West Sussex.

Courtesy of the local charity shops, The Cure changed my image but they also changed my outlook.  Suddenly it was more than OK to be slightly ridiculous and not in-step with other people.  Being yourself was the most important thing and if society didn’t like this then that was just fine with me.  I finally found a voice, and a wardrobe which included a pair of Converse sneakers and a second hand black suit that was at least three sizes too big for me, and don’t forget the fluorescent socks!

Very important were those garish socks because they were a feature of The Cure’s 1985 “Head On The Door” album.  A definitive Cure classic, and their first true “pop” album, although the band’s version of pop was devised of skewed and jumbled styles, no two songs sounded the same and yet it was all undeniably the work of one fiercely individual group who just happened to come from Crawley, not that far from my own home town of Chichester.

If it’s in print, Vinyl Revolution will always stock “The Head On The Door” because it meant (and still means) so much to me.  Without this LP (named after a recurring dream of singer Robert Smith) I would never have found the courage to set off on my own musical adventure.  And I guess that means there would be no Vinyl Revolution.

For those thinking of exploring The Cure’s extensive back catalogue (do it!), may I humbly recommend you begin with “Disintegration”, “Seventeen Seconds”, “Bloodflowers” and the “Standing On A Beach” singles compilation.

And of course “The Head On The Door”.  Who knows? Maybe it will save your life too.

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2 thoughts on “The Cure

  1. The Cure really did save a lot of us that were born in the south east of England from – as Bowie put it – “the blandness.. the idea that nothing culturally belonged to us…”. I was always aware of them having a lifelong love of music (kick started by my mums cassette copy of Rolled Gold by The Stones, Simon and Garfunkel Best Of and… Abba) but the first album I bought was the next one on – Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me. They came from Crawley too, which, coming from Dorking – was almost a successful local band! They still felt like a private pleasure back in the 80s, and how we all scoffed at people that said – “Oh I love The Cure – their first single The Lovecats”. I’m a bit of a Cure snob still however and really don’t acknowledge anything after Disintegration, Wish was just SUCH a disappointment and Friday I’m In Love makes me want to hit things. I saw them at Wembley Arena for the Prayer Tour in 1989, they played for about 3 hours i think and it was magical. I missed the last train home and had to walk from Marylebone to Waterloo. I saw them at the Great British Music Weekend too (remember that?) and Cap’n Bob stated something like “We’re only supposed to play a few songs but fuck that”. Great days.

    1. Yes, still a private pleasure in the UK up until they won a Brit award in 1990-1, but abroad things were getting steadily huge. May I ask you to dig out ‘Bloodflowers’ though…it really is the best Cure lp after Disintegration. Take out Watching Me Fall and its a brilliant lp, vastly underrated in my humble opinion. I recall various Cure gigs-Garden Party at Crystal Palace etc. All great!

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