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YMMV: The Cure
  • Award Snub: No Grammy, and still not in the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame...
  • Expy: Robert Smith's look is inspired by the looks of Syd Barrett.
  • Face of the Band: Robert Smith. Rarely anyone can name another member.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: "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").
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The name "Lol."
  • Last Note Nightmare: Disintegration's title track.
  • Magnum Opus: The 1989 album Disintegration bridges the gap between their Goth Rock 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.
  • Misaimed Fandom: 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.
  • Moment Of Awesome: 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 Robert Palmer and ZZ Top play. The organizers and The Cure agreed to let the band play one more song. Cue the legendary 9 minute epic monster rendition of A Forest, and "Fuck Robert Palmer, fuck rock n roll!"
  • Nightmare Fuel: "Lullaby", which 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 something else?
      • Word of God 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.
  • Signature Song: Either "Just Like Heaven" or "Lovesong."

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