I leave tomorrow for my trip to England. Sorry I keep writing about it, but hey, it’s my life and it’s what I have going on. In keeping theme my Fantastic Music Friday post features my all time favorite band THE CURE from Crawley in the South.
I know we all have memories of The Cure. Well, I guess my older friends would. I was 12 when I first heard them.
My first taste was Wild Mood Swings which came out that year. Mom and Dad bought a used copy for me from Bebop Music by Edgewater Mall in Biloxi. I thought it was such a cool place. It was right on the water and all the music posters made me feel kinda edgy. You know what I mean. Kind of the same way it felt to wear a ying yang necklace. Or am I the only one?
I eventually figured out the songs were quite different from theirs from the 80’s and early 90’s. Still, I couldn’t get enough of them. I became obsessed with Robert Smith. Maybe it was all a joke, but there was something to it. I had a huge poster on my bedroom door. It was full color so his makeup was very harsh. My poor mom just didn’t get it. She still rolls her eyes a bit. He’s just hot hot hot (listen), yes, a reference to the song I use to always request from our top 40 station on the MS coast. I can’t believe they played it. It was just unlike anything I had ever heard or could find. I looked and looked and now am still mostly pulled to music with an electric feel with synthesizers. I’ll be 80 dancing around and snapping. Those who have seen me dance know exactly what I’m talking about.
I love all cure records. I could post links to so many, but instead, I’m going to assume you’ve heard them, but that most of my friends never gave this record much of a chance. Here’s your opportunity.
The Cure :: Mint Car :: listen
I recorded this song on a tape from the radio. I heard this one and I thought this is exactly how I feel about life! I mean, come on, the first line is, “The sun is up I’m so happy I could scream. There’s nowhere else in the world I’d rather be.” It might as well be called the happy song. This version is a cute little live version. Nice to watch Robert.
The Cure :: Strange Attraction :: listen
I still know every word in this song. I love it. I can’t listen to it without getting all dramatic and pretending like I’m acting out a play. You’ll see. It tells a very clear story of lost love.
The Cure :: Numb off of Wild Mood Swings :: listen
Numb is about addiction. It’s sad. It’s strong. I was so young to feel all the things it made me feel.
The Cure :: The 13th :: listen
The 13th is such a playful little tune. It’s a dancer. We are now transported to South America. We are sipping cold drinks and dancing. You hear it? I can only find a live version on youtube, but it is something amazing, especially for this time of year. Don’t you just love the horns! A great climax, too.