* AwardSnub: No UsefulNotes/GrammyAward, and still not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame...
** ...Yet. [[http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2011/09/27/rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-announces-2012-nominations/ They have been nominated for the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction]].
* {{Expy}}: Robert Smith's look is inspired by the looks of Creator/SydBarrett.
* FaceOfTheBand: Robert Smith. Rarely anyone can name another member.
** Naming another member is easy. [[RevolvingDoorBand Remembering whether or not he's actually in the band at the moment is the hard part]]. Simon Gallup, the band's bassist since 1979 (except for a few years in the 1980's,) is likely the second most nameable member of the band after Smith.
* HarsherInHindsight: "Killing an Arab." They don't perform it anymore, unsurprisingly (or when they do, they change the lyrics around heavily; some of the alterations include "Killing Another," and more humorously, "Kissing an Arab.")
* HilariousInHindsight: The name "Lol."
* LastNoteNightmare: ''Music/{{Disintegration}}'''s title track.
** [[CarefulWithThatAxe The closing to "Subway Song."]]
* MagnumOpus: The 1989 album ''Music/{{Disintegration}}'' bridges the gap between their GothRock work and their pop work, and its large number of classic songs has made it so.
** Other often named contenders for this trope, are ''Pornography'', an incredibly dark, and influential release that was the culmination of the {{goth}} sound that the band adopted in 1980, or the sprawling ''Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me'', an album that features the band explore numerous different styles.
* MisaimedFandom: Enough of it for "Killing an Arab" that they had to put a sticker on ''Staring at the Sea'' to decry racist use of the song.
* SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome: In 1981, when they were playing in the Werchter Festival, the festival was running late, and the organizers wanted The Cure to finish their show early to let bigger artists like Music/RobertPalmer and Music/ZZTop play. The organizers and The Cure agreed to let the band play one more song. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXgN-7A1MXM Cue the legendary 9 minute epic monster rendition of A Forest]], and [[PrecisionFStrike "Fuck Robert Palmer, fuck rock 'n' roll!"]]
* NightmareFuel: "Lullaby", which [[http://www.allmusic.com/song/lullaby-mt0010501609 a review]] described as "probably the only song about being eaten alive that people heard on the radio outside the month of October."
** Or is it about [[IntercourseWithYou something else]]?
*** WordOfGod says that it is about scary stories his father told him just before bed, which freaked him out.
** ''Pornography''. This is their darkest album, and it sure sounds like it. Definitely not a good idea to sleep to this.
*** In fact, the album opens up with the lines "It doesn't matter if we all die." Touching.
*** It gets worse. The last track, "Pornography," is filled with dissonant guitars, gloomy synths, backward snippets of unknown clips, and Smith's depressing vocals, probably making it the band's darkest and scariest song. If you do sleep to it, you're more than likely to get jolted awake by the ear-splitting feedback at the very end.
*** "Icing Sugar" seems to be about a coked out murderer.
* ReplacementScrappy: Arguably Jason Cooper. Even recently some fans of the band were still calling him a terrible drummer just because he replaced fan-favorite Boris Williams, despite the fact that by that time Cooper was longer in the band than any other drummer (Williams, Andy Anderson, and Lol Tolhurst.)
* SignatureSong: Either "Just Like Heaven" or "Lovesong." "A Forest" from ''Music/SeventeenSeconds'' is also a popular staple of AlternativeRock radio.
* SweetDreamsFuel: "Friday, I'm In Love" is one of those songs that's impossible ''not'' to be cheered up by.
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