The best of The Cure in sixteen tracks with a luminous spleen

From “Killing a Arab” to the hit songs “Boys Don’t Cry” or “Close to Me,” their new wave of romance and dynamism has marked generations of rock fans since the 1980s. On the occasion of their return to the stage after three years of absence, we chose them.

Arab Murder (1978)

From English skinheads to American media during the Gulf War, many attempted to reclaim the Sulfur Song, forcing Robert Smith to consistently justify his homage to Albert Camus. However, you do not need to read the stranger To understand the human interrogation behind the alleged murderous order. Its picturesque eastern countryside, its obnoxious cymbal and its slow chorus, Arab kill It’s an existential black dance of a self-isolating teenager, a pogo hit that invites you to trample all prejudices. – a.

“Boys Don’t Cry” (1979)

It was released as a single shortly after Three imaginary boys (and was later included in its American version), Boys do not Cry It is the first title that many have discovered The Cure. Guitar with descending chords, instant pop tune, and that dreary sharpness in Robert Smith’s voice (20 years old at the time) against a backdrop of modern questions about masculinity … All this is there, and even over time, the subject and the music have acquired complexity , the group signs here the first tube in a long series. – J.-BR

“Three Imaginary Boys” (1979)

In front of the pink pocket, we played to guess who the lamppost was, who the vacuum cleaner, and who the refrigerator (Robert Smith?). We know the thrill of direct contact with “fairy boys” music, of which we know nothing. But it’s rare that a first album stuns you right away. Everything here is played on the nerve or sharp edge of a guitar, even as the voice full of pent-up tears makes its way in a haunting elegy, tomorrow refuses to come. —FG

“So what” (1979)

“so what” (“So what?”), the last words of this song, filled with unavoidable arrogance and anger, echoing the famous “Don’t worry about the shocks” sex pistols? To counteract boredom and compliance, all the healthy (after) punk rage in the early days of the trio of Crowley, a bleak West Sussex town. The beginning of the piece resumes announcing Cake decorating kit / special offer for 3 and a half pounds only. so what? Will we be considered fools? – Father

“Play for the Day” (1980)

Departing from Crawley, i.e. out of nowhere, Cure’s train was passing fast, and we were jumping on it, and it was ours. previous singles seventeen seconds A limit on genius but from the first harmonies of the title in which this second album opened, we knew we were entering a cottony paradise, yet we weaved it with the anxieties and pains he strives to put away. Undercut by resentment, melodic inspiration as ever, Robert Smith was the perfect architect of our frustrations. —FG

“M” (1980)

First, there’s this hesitant introduction that suspends its flight echo for a few seconds to set off again in the opposite direction. This pulsating rhythm guitar, which dances with the undulating bass of Simon Gallop, is joined by another partner in gypsies. She is the one who will take everything in her path at the end of the piece. Lots of titles to highlight seventeen secondswhose In the woods, Developed a little earlier. But M The chorus of dramatic death “You’re going to fall in love with someone else tonight.” finally prevailed. – OdP

“The Drowned Man” (1981)

if triple “the cold” Characterized by spirits, it is subject to strict economy: orchestral minimalism, all razor blades and hard angles and sadistic Gothic aesthetics where liquid, non-essential poetry is hardened to beautiful harmony, and Smith’s cat song. Few things, then, seem to be the only reinforced expression. Ofili’s drifting on black waters, among dead leaves and Mervyn Beck’s memories, drowning man This shows the balance. Nothing to add, nothing to take away: Cure Center looks over all its trainees in a state of grief. – L.-JN

“All Cats Are Gray” (1981)

“I never thought I would find myself / In a bed among the stones […] Inside the graves / All cats are gray…” More than these words are sung (very) far from the microphone and without effect, as if they came to us from beyond the grave, it is mainly the music of this piece of music that captivates and surprises. In these ring parts of the compound spread in the four winds and these cylinders of enveloping sound, like the echo of distant thunder, there is something reassuring to the irony. Is death a peaceful and liberating experience? – Father

“One Hundred Years” (1982)

“It doesn’t matter if we all die.” Open the door to the underworld, and the cure rushes there as knights in the apocalypse. What will come out of it? Pornography, of course. From this place only corpses, tortured flesh, broken souls, the fornication of reptiles, and the torment of iron and lead are extracted. This stubbornness in ruthless art, in the competition of incarnation and life, pushes Robert Smith into the abyss – caricature. However, the fall is avoided: faith, be it an angel or a demon, supports him on this journey to the end of terror. – L.-JN

“A Strange Day” (1982)

In 1982, Robert Smith hesitated between suicide and recording. He will choose the second option, Close, with pornographybegan his dark trilogy Seventeen seconds. His dismal state, combined with drug abuse and tensions within the group, gave rise to a gothic masterpiece, strange day It is one of the centerpieces. Weeping sound, automatic drums with its three snarl beats at the end of each measure, and a guitar gimmick powered by a flanger pedal.And the shocking text: “Everything is gone forever.” The treatment brilliantly reached the peak of neurasthenia. It can (re)become pop. – F.

“The Lovecats” (1983)

It’s totally silly and therefore irresistible. The exception to The Cure is knowing how to balance her romantic splendour with quirky, youthful pop songs. Neither Joy Division nor Nick Cave can say the same. the loveby Drunk Robert Smith, is the craziest of the group, borrowing Aristotle’s trapeze to celebrate the mischievous rebirth of a half-disassembled group after extremism. pornography. Or how to maintain innocence as an antidepressant. —HC

“A Night Like This” (1985)

with album head on doorFinally, the movie turned pop hit The Cure made its way to the general public. But without losing its uniqueness or darkness. Dark words (break up) fromsuch a night And the sadness that comes out of them evidence of that. The combination of the two harps (fluid arpeggios on one side, grumpy riff on the other) beautifully carries the meandering melody that Robert Smith sings in his melancholy voice. Even the solo saxophone (one of the horrors of the ’80s) still holds true here. Section ! – F.

“Near Me” (1985)

“Oh, if only I was sure that my head on the door was a dream,” Robert Smith sings hallucinogenic Close to me. excerpt from head on doorThe sixth album from The Cure, the song that rubs the shoulders between dayswhich is the Cormania anthem, dealing, according to Smith himself, with ‘Disappointment comes true’ or a ‘Feeling of impending doom’ Experienced in childhood. The subtle intoxication that emanates as delightful as the tormented simplicity in which Smith slips, manages to make this counterattack, with its wobbly sax and hand-clapping, a classic. – J.-BR

“Just Like Heaven” (1987)

In 1986, Bernard Lenoir, with whom I collaborated, took over rocker kids He decides to change the credits. What music to wear? The Cure, now popular in France, was recorded at the studio of its successor, Miraval head on door. The application is submitted without illusion. Soon, we receive a machine, work in progress who fills all our hopes. We pinch ourselves. Presented without compensation, this piece perfectly focuses the group’s vocal chemistry. We can count on Robert Smith to add one of his most beautiful poems to Eternal Love, in life as in the afterlife. —HC

“Fascination Street” (1989)

Robert Smith books street magic Before leaving for New Orleans, in the imaginative, and therefore frightening expectation, of finally seeing the famous Bourbon Street, the promise of night fever. Is desire doomed to disappointment? This abrasive song with sophisticated bitterness is from the album fell apart He subtly rocks the album’s romantic symbols with understated, slightly lyrical poetry. With Gallup’s endless streak, eccentric Thompson guitars and Smith’s broad vocals, to give it more than street sound, the cathedral resonates. – a.

“From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea” (1992)

The group is at its commercial peak. though one (Friday I’m in love) to the sheer lightness, desire It is a dark disk inhabited, as always, by demons and sorrows. Evidenced by other titles, From the edge of the depths of the green sea. A staggering rise in love, guitars and drums, interrupted by tears of clarity mixed with lies. “Why are you crying, what did you say? But it’s just rain, I smile…”. Times have changed, the shoe wall of My Bloody Valentine reverberates across England. Therapy puts its fingerprints on it. – OdP

owns: The Cure is on tour in France, November 7-28.

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