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->''''"Disintegration'' is the best album ever!"''
-->--'''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'''

An influential English GothRock band formed in 1976 and one of the earliest successful AlternativeRock bands (alongside Music/{{REM}} and Music/TheSmiths), ''The Cure'' was formed as a response to PostPunk and NewWaveMusic coming on the scene. They've had a ton of members over the years, but the one you most likely know is the FaceOfTheBand, mastermind, guitarist, and nasal singer Robert Smith. For what it's worth, Lol Tolhurst was the band's original drummer, until he was sacked in 1989 (he wasn't drumming by then; he had been replaced by Boris Williams for five years) and is known for his now funny nickname [[note]] "Lol" has been a British shorthand for Laurence / Lawrence long before the MemeticMutation [[/note]], and bassist Simon Gallup is the second longest serving member.

They started out a UsefulNotes/{{Punk}} (or Post-punk, depending on who you ask) band, quickly moved into a {{goth}} phase, with a purposeful anti-image, and a generally somber outlook. After ''Pornography'' came out, Smith felt pigeonholed by their miserabilist image and wanted to escape from it. This caused them to go LighterAndSofter, arguably, which was much more commercially successful. Once they'd reached real success they returned to that image with Music/{{Disintegration}} which won over the UK and gained them fans internationally. Their music ever since is just different degrees of accessibility vs. angst.

Despite their Goth Rock tag, they've also written pop songs, and dabbled in so many genres they're arguably close to NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly territory.

Many bands like Music/JanesAddiction, Music/MyChemicalRomance, and Music/{{Deftones}} cite them as an inspiration.

"Just Like Heaven" and "Friday I'm in Love" are their most recognizable songs to the average listener.
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!! Albums:

* ''Three Imaginary Boys'' (1979)
** ''Boys Don't Cry'' (1980) (US equivalent of ''Three Imaginary Boys'')
* ''Music/SeventeenSeconds'' (1980)
* ''Faith'' (1981)
** ''Happily Ever After'' (1981) (The band's second album in the US, which combined ''Seventeen Seconds'' and ''Faith'' onto one 2 LP set. Now long out of print.)
* ''Pornography'' (1982)
* ''The Top'' (1984)
* ''The Head on the Door'' (1985)
* ''Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me'' (1987)
* ''Music/{{Disintegration}}'' (1989)
* ''Wish'' (1992)
* ''Wild Mood Swings'' (1996)
* ''Bloodflowers'' (2000)
* ''[[SelfTitledAlbum The Cure]]'' (2004)
* ''4:13 Dream'' (2008)
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!! Tropes related to the band:

* AbsenteeActor:
** There's a question on how much and whether or not Lol Tolhurst actually performed on the band's post-Pornography recordings, as he wasn't exactly the most skilled keyboardist (even while he was sober and had to put colored stickers on his keys for live performances, during which he was assisted by Porl Thompson, and later Roger O'Donnell anyway) and the instrument is always credited to other members as well. He effectively ceased to be the band's drummer during the recording of "Let's Go to Bed," as he was unable to get the drum beat for that song correctly. Even though he kept assuring Robert Smith, that he would get it right next time, Smith reminded him, that he would have to play it correctly for live performances as well, which is when Tolhurst gave up. After briefly considering to record the drums himself, Smith called Steve Goulding to play them, while Smith performed everything else, thus Tolhurst did not play on the record.
** ''The Top'' credits Smith for vocals and multiple instruments, Andy Anderson for drums, and Tolhurst for other instruments. The liner notes for the deluxe version mention, that due to Tolhurst increasing substantial abuse (describing him as "no longer a reliably functioning band member") and then bassist Phil Thornalley's physical absence (he went to UsefulNotes/{{Australia}} to produce a Music/DuranDuran album), Smith played everything except drums (and in the case of one song, saxophone).
** Then there was also his non contribution ''Disintegration,'' but the band also claimed, that he played nothing on the previous album, ''Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me.''
* AlbumTitleDrop: "Close to Me" for ''The Head on the Door.''
** Also, "Hey You!" for ''Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me.''
* TheAlcoholic: The reason Lol Tolhurst was fired.
* AlternativeRock
* BreakupSong: "Boys Don't Cry" and "The End of the World."
* CanonDiscontinuity: In 1986, to promote ''Standing on a Beach: The Singles,'' the band released a new remix for "Boys Don't Cry" subtitled "New Voice New Mix" as a stand alone single. Upon its release, the band almost immediately decided it was a bad idea. Aside from its original single release, it has never appeared on another Cure release, not even on the band's career spanning (and otherwise complete) rarities box set ''Join the Dots,'' which ironically enough uses the iconic cover of the "New Voice New Mix" single as its cover image. The only way to hear it outside of owning the single is on the 1986 music video for "Boys Don't Cry" that appears on a few of the band's video collections.
** "Killing an Arab," the band's first single, is absent from the re-issue of ''Three Imaginary Boys'' due to the controversy over its misinterpretation. It remains available on ''Boys Don't Cry'' and ''Standing on a Beach: The Singles,'' both of which remain in print.
* CoverVersion: A weird version of "Foxy Lady" by Music/JimiHendrix shows up on their debut, and they covered "Purple Haze" on the Hendrix Tribute album ''Stone Free,'' Music/TheDoors' "Hello, I Love You" for the Elektra compilation ''Rubaiyat,'' Music/DepecheMode's "World in My Eyes," and Music/DavidBowie's "Young Americans" from ''Music/YoungAmericans'' for {{B Side}}s. They've also been covered a few times, Music/ThreeEleven's "Lovesong" and Music/DinosaurJr's "Just Like Heaven" covers being the most high profile.
* CrapsackWorld: in "Jumping Someone Else's Train"
* DaysOfTheWeekSong: "Friday I'm in Love."
* DreadfulMusician: Tolhurst's keyboard skills (or rather lack thereof) were the reason why his contribution to The Cure albums after ''Pornography'' was minimal, if any. And he wasn't the greatest drummer either -- for example ''Pornography'' uses one single repeated beat per song, some of them sounding even very similar ("A Short Term Effect" and "A Strange Day"). Although Smith claimed that at that time he liked being restrained by Tolhurst inability to do any better.
* EpicRocking: "Faith," the soundtrack to ''Carnage Visors,'' [[note]] Their longest song, barreling over the 20 minute mark [[/note]] "One Hundred Years," "The Figurehead," "Pornography," "The Top," "The Kiss," "The Snakepit," "Pictures of You," "Prayers for Rain," "The Same Deep Water as You," "Disintegration," "Homesick," "Untitled," "Open," "Apart," "From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea," "End," "Out of This World," "Watching Me Fall," "Bloodflowers," "Fear of Ghosts," "Burn," "Young Americans," "It Used to Be Me," and "Coming Up."
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Robert Smith.
** TheLancer: Simon Gallup.
** TheChick: Roger O'Donnell.
** TheBigGuy: Jason Cooper.
** TheSmartGuy: Reeves Gabrels.
* FollowTheLeader: "Jumping Someone Else's Train" is a song about this trope.
* FourMoreMeasures: "In Between Days," "Fascination Street," and "Just Like Heaven" are prime examples.
* GothRock: Probably the band that comes to mind when the general public thinks of "goth rock," even though the band has many popular songs that are decidedly non goth, and indeed only a handful of their albums actually fit in the genre.
** ''Music/SeventeenSeconds,'' ''Faith,'' and ''Pornography'' are regarded as their {{goth}} era, but all of their albums since ''The Top'' have at least a few straight up Goth Rock songs, and some more that have many of the musical characteristics of the genre, but are somewhat more upbeat melodically (i.e. "In Between Days," "Just Like Heaven," and "Friday I'm in Love").
* GreatestHitsAlbum: Three -- 1986's ''Standing on a Beach: The Singles'' (expanded on compact disc as ''Staring at the Sea,'' which features a couple album tracks), 1998's ''Galore'' (containing the singles released after ''Staring at the Sea,'' plus a newly recorded single, "Wrong Number"), and 2001's career spanning ''Greatest Hits'' (which also featured two new songs: "Cut Here" and "Just Say Yes").
* InspiredBy: "Charlotte Sometimes" and "The Empty World" are both inspired by Penelope Farmer's book ''Literature/CharlotteSometimes;'' "Killing an Arab" derives from Creator/AlbertCamus' ''Literature/TheStranger;'' and "A Letter to Elise" is about Jean Cocteau's ''Les Enfants Terribles.'' "All Cats Are Grey" and "The Drowning Man" are both based on Mervyn Peake's ''Literature/{{Gormenghast}}'' novels, the latter even addressing Fuchsia directly.
* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle: ''Pornography.''
* IntercourseWithYou: "The Lovecats:"
--> We should have each other for dinner
--> We should have each other with cream.
** "Siamese Twins" is a DarkerAndEdgier take on an IntercourseWithYou song, which is a song about wretched loathing while detailing a loss of virginity in the most poetically horrific terms. "The Real Snow White" and "Doing the Unstuck" are less explicit, but also much darker than the average poppy sex songs.
** Also, on a happier note: "This. Here and Now. With You.," "The Only One," and "Mint Car." Oh, and "Let's Go to Bed," [[CaptainObvious of course.]]
* TheInvisibleBand: Played with in the "Boys Don't Cry" video. A bunch of young boys are playing the song, while the real band is behind the curtain, visible only in silhouette.
* LastNoteNightmare: The ear piercing scream on "Subway Song."
** Also, to a lesser extent: "Pornography" ends with dissonant feedback increasing in pitch, until the track abruptly ends. Same thing with "End."
* LesserStar: Literally. Lol Tolhurst's [[TheAlcoholic alcohol abuse]] reached a peak, during the ''Music/{{Disintegration}}'' sessions, and despite being credited for "other instruments," [[WordOfGod the band said]] he played absolutely nothing on the album, preferring to sit around, get drunk, and watch Creator/{{MTV}}, while the rest of the band bullied him (except Smith, who said his behaviour was like: "Some kind of handicapped child being constantly poked with a stick.") He was fired after a shouting match, over arriving excessively drunk to the album's mixing.
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: "Killing an Arab" is named for part of the existentialist novel ''Literature/TheStranger'' by Creator/AlbertCamus. "Charlotte Sometimes" refers to a book by ''Penelope Farmer.''
* LooksLikeCesare: Robert Smith.
* LyricalColdOpen: "Lost," which kicks off their 2004 SelfTitledAlbum.
* LyricalDissonance: Most of their songs.
* MessyHair: Smith, of course. After 1981, his hairstyle pretty much stayed in its unkempt state.
* MilkingTheGiantCow: Robert Smith in pretty much any of their music videos. Dude ''loves'' waving his arms around.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Most songs are 3-5, with some below, and a few ("Doubt," "One Hundred Years," "Shake Dog Shake," and "Give Me It") arguably reaching 6.
* MoodDissonance: Most of their more pop oriented albums, such as: ''The Head on the Door'' or ''Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me.''
* MoodWhiplash: "The Kiss" a dark and angsty tune, to "Catch" with a poppy upbeat tune to it, on ''Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me.''
** ''Wild Mood Swings'' even lampshades this. "Want" is dark and depressing, while "Club America," the next track, is set to the tune of a typical drinking song. Pretty much the whole album falls under this trope.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: While generally rooted in PostPunk and GothRock, they did delve into this territory, quite a bit in their later years, though mostly without abandoning, said genres completely.
* NewSoundAlbum: Their albums after ''Pornography'' either lower or increase the angst level.
* NewWaveMusic: Especially in latter two thirds of TheEighties.
* NonAppearingTitle: "Lullaby" and "Lovesong" (although you can consider the titles of both describe the content of the song), "Mint Car," "Cut Here," among many others. "In Between Days" could also count, as the complete title doesn't appear.
* PostPunk
* RevolvingDoorBand: 13 members were in the band, with Smith being the only constant member. And that doesn't include those, who were in the band, before they took the name ''The Cure.''
* SelfBackingVocalist: Robert Smith sings pretty much, all vocals on the band's songs. The exception is: "I'm Cold" (BSide to "Jumping Someone Else's Train"), which has backing vocals by [[Music/SiouxsieAndTheBanshees Siouxsie Sioux,]] and "Foxy Lady" sung by Michael Dempsey.
* SignificantAnagram: "Cut Here" = "The Cure."
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Due to Smith being fed up with their image, the band followed the dark, depressing masterpiece ''Pornography,'' with a string of three poppy non album singles: The {{Synth Pop}}py "Let's Go to Bed," "The Walk," and the {{Jazz}} influenced "The Lovecats." At the time of their release, these songs were also the band's biggest chart hits, with "The Lovecats" making the Top 10 in the United Kingdom.
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: The ''Three Imaginary Boys'' cover of "Foxy Lady," was sung by bassist Michael Dempsey, because Robert Smith hated it. Thus, Dempsey's the only person not named Robert Smith, to sing lead vocals on a Cure album. Unless you technically count Simon Gallup, who sang on the unreleased demo for "The Violin Song."
* StudioChatter: At the start of "Foxy Lady:"
--> '''Robert Smith:''' "This is a good intro."
* StylisticSuck: The BSide "Do the Hansa" is a pisstake, at the expense of ''The Cure'''s first record label, ''Hansa Records,'' and their ExecutiveMeddling. It features {{Disco}} styled guitar, bass melodies, silly voices with either GratuitousGerman or [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign German sounding gibberish,]] regular gibberish, and the few comprehensible lines are snarky {{Take That}}s like: "Platinum all the way!" and "Do the Hansa!"
* TheSomethingSong: "Lovesong," "Plainsong," and "The Violin Song."
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: "Doing the Unstuck:"
--> It's a perfect day for doing the unstuck
--> For dancing like you can't hear the beat
--> And you don't give a f-f-further thought
--> To things like feet.
* SurrealMusicVideo: Just about ''all'' they ever made.
* TakeThat: The (in)famous "Robert Palmer" version of "A Forest" from the Werchter festival, UsefulNotes/{{Belgium}}, in 1981. A five minute song extended to nine minutes (after they've been told they can only have one more song), finished with Simon's: "Fuck Robert Palmer and fuck rock 'n' roll!" as they walked off stage.
** From ''Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me'' there's a song called "Shiver and Shake," which Smith wrote for Tolhurst, expressing his frustration, at the latter's utter uselessness. When recording the song, Smith allegedly sang it right into Tolhurst's face. After Tolhurst was fired, Smith was often dissing him, such as calling his band ''Presence'' a joke.
* UnpluggedVersion: The Cure's ''Acoustic Hits'' is an album length version of this trope; it contained newly recorded acoustic versions of all 18 songs, on the North American version of ''Greatest Hits.''
* UnusualEuphemism: Arguably in "Primary:"
--> The very first time
--> I touched your skin
--> I thought of a story
--> [[SpeedSex And rushed to reach the end too soon.]]
* VocalEvolution: Compare Smith on ''Three Imaginary Boys'' and on everything released after it.
* WholePlotReference:
** "Killing An Arab" to AlbertCamus' ''TheStranger''
** "How Beautiful You Are" to Charles Baudelaire's ''The Eyes of the Poor''
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