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English alternative group comprised of singer-songwriter Toni Halliday and guitarist/producer/everything else Dean Garcia. Their music is best categorized as Shoegazing; their best-known song is likely "Chinese Burn" from their 1998 album Come Clean, which was prominently featured in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Bad Girls" and used as the intro music for the Season 3 DVD menus. Active from 1991 to 1994, and again from 1996 to 2005.

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Both Halliday and Garcia have since formed new bands, Chatelaine and SPC ECO, respectively.

Partial discography:

  • Doppelganger (1992)
  • Pubic Fruit (1992, EP compilation)
  • Cuckoo (1993)
  • Come Clean (1998)
  • Open Day at the Hate Fest (2001, album-length compilation of new music, online only)note 
  • Gift (2001)note 
  • The New Adventures of Curve (2002, online only)
  • The Way of Curve (2004, Greatest Hits Album)
  • Rare & Unreleased (2010, a compilation of rare tracks and remixes, via Bandcamp)


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Tropes associated with Curve include:

  • Careful with That Axe: The outro of "Split Into Fractions", which features a lot of distorted screaming... and then one scream that is not distorted, and will freak you out if you're not ready for it.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Toni Halliday.
  • The Insomniac: "Fait Accompli":
    Every night, sleep wanders on its own
    Never once does it kiss me with its chloroform
  • Non-Appearing Title: A couple on each album, including "Fait Accompli" from Doppelganger, and "Sweetback" from Come Clean.
  • One-Woman Wail: In a few of the band's earlier songs. "Horror Head" and "Doppelganger" might be the most prominent examples.
  • Perishing Alt-Rock Voice: Mostly in the band's early material, but downplayed even then compared to other alt-rock bands of the time. Averted entirely from about Come Clean onwards.
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  • Precision F-Strike: Possibly the only one in the band's entire repertoire, in the second verse of "Chinese Burn":
    She gets what she wants, then walks away
    And she doesn't give a fuck what you may say
  • Step Up to the Microphone: Their last album's last song, "Joy", is the only one sung by Dean Garcia.
  • Take That!: As noted above, the very existence of Open Day at the Hate Fest was a Take That! against their record label for refusing to release their fourth (and ultimately final) album.

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