Formed in 1976 in Crawley, England, as The Easy Cure, The Cure first made a name for themselves with the release of their 1979 debut album, Three Imaginary Boys. They failed to make an impression during the height of punk rock, but became one of the definitive post-punk bands during the early 80s, and were pivotal in the development of the gothic rock genre. Throughout the years they have undergone numerous line-up changes, with Robert Smith the only constant member, although guitarist Porl Thompson was a founder member, and has been with the band (on and off) for most of their career. They are one of the most acclaimed bands of the past few decades, producing music that has ranged from perfect 60s-inspired pop, to dark, gothic post-punk style rock. Smith has proved himself as a songwriter of great versatility and ability, with lyrics that have encompassed the humorous, the charming, the distressed, and the disturbing. More than 30 years on, they are still producing high quality, and often, original music. Few British bands command more universal respect.
Followers: Interpol, My Chemical Romance, The Bravery, Stellastarr*, Placebo, Bloc Party, The Killers, Art Brut, Franz Ferdinand, Bauhaus
Influenced By: Joy Division, The Sex Pistols, David Bowie, Siouxsie And The Banshees...