For 40 years, the English rock band The Cure has engaged audiences around the world with a mixture of alternative, dance, and pop sounds that keep us coming back for more. Earlier this summer, the group performed in Hyde Park for their 40th anniversary, and it was quite the show for the thousands in London who attended.
Even though the most recent of their 13 studio albums were released in 2008, The Cure remains close to our hearts. Their reputation cemented in the 1980s, the band experienced success into the 1990s and the new century as well. Even as late as 2004, the group had a Top 25 single in the United Kingdom with "The End of the World" to remind everyone of their greatness.
Why are music fans still so enamored with guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist Robert Smith? He has been the one constant since 1978 for The Cure, and here are five reasons why Smith and his bandmates have remained our favorite over the years.
Smith is a unique talent, and he has been hard to ignore through the decades. Consider that he has written hits in the 1970s, the 1980s, the 1990s, and the 2000s. "Boys Don't Cry" was released in 1979, for example, and we know the Eighties were full of hits for the group. While Nirvana and Pearl Jam were taking over the airwaves in the 1990s, though, The Cure still had huge successes like "Friday I'm in Love" and "Burn"—proving the band was far from finished. Talent never sleeps or dies.
The Cure always has been just fun. That may sound a little abstract, but it rings true. We like to look at a string of singles released in the 1980s to prove this point: "Let's Go to Bed", "The Walk", "The Love Cats", and "The Caterpillar". Each of these tracks is quirky in its own way, and it all adds up to just a bundle of fun when you listen to them. The creativity behind such an array of songs is impressive.
Speaking of that array, the variety within The Cure's music is also very appealing. There are light songs—"In Between Days" and "Why Can't I Be You?", for example—and there are dark songs, too: "A Forest" and "Lovesong" come to mind. There are not too many bands that have endured for so long while being able to produce and record such a broad spectrum of moods.
4. Crossover appeal
The Cure had an impact on MTV in the 1980s, of course, but that's not what we mean here. Instead, we are thinking the band's soundtrack contribution to the cult film, The Crow. Heck, the group even had a song on the Judge Dredd soundtrack (1995 version with Sly Stallone). Toss in covers of 1960s classic rock songs "Hello, I Love You" and "Purple Haze", and The Cure has some serious ability to connect to audiences far beyond its primary one. The Doors and Jimi Hendrix would be proud.
Think about the goth movement; that's Robert Smith for you. Hollywood films have used The Cure's song titles as film titles (Boys Don't Cry, which won an Oscar for Hilary Swank, for example). Smashing Pumpkins were heavily influenced by the band. Plus, Robert Smith even made it into an episode of South Park. It's hard to ignore such a cultural impact.