How bands got their name: The Cure

There are few gothic rock bands that have become as legendary as The Cure.

The English band had a plethora of hit singles under their belt and was one of the leaders of the post-punk movement that created new wave. That movement would go on to forever change pop music, and The Cure, naturally, became a household name under the genre they helped create.

But we can’t help but wonder -- how in the world did The Cure get their name? If you’re wondering the same thing, we did some research to find out how this famous band got its name.

Before they became “The Cure,” they were “The Easy Cure,” which was born out of the name of a song that was written by Lol Tolhurst, the original drummer of the band. They stuck with this name for a while, but lead singer Robert Smith felt that the name was “too hippie” for the sound that they were trying to create.

You can’t be too hippie if you’re a punk band.

So, by the end of 1978, instead of coming up with a completely different name, Smith shortened the band’s name to “The Cure.” Truthfully, it still doesn’t sound like a thoroughbred punk band, but the name stuck and became a hit among the post-punk crowd.

In 1980, The Cure scored their first UK chart hit in “A Forest,” and two years later, The Cure would show up on the American charts with “Let’s Go to Bed,” a single that moved away from the dark persona they originally created. Though they wouldn’t become chart-busters in the U.S., The Cure became one of the UK’s most recognizable new wave bands, and here in America, The Cure has achieved a cult following.

Although they haven't’ appeared on any chart since 2008, The Cure is still intact today, still attracting crowds to their shows and showing the rock world who the goth and post-punk godfathers are. If you’re a fan of goth and post-punk, you have to be a fan of The Cure.

Let’s just hope they don’t revert back to the name “Easy Cure” again.