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YMMV tropes for the band:

  • And You Thought It Would Fail: Disintegration was considered commercial suicide by execs because Robert Smith returned to the band's gloomy sound after the success of The Head on the Door and Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, but the album turned out to be the band's most popular.
  • Award Snub: Never won a Grammy Award, despite a few nominations in the alternative category. It took them until 2019 to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, despite being eligible for 15 years beforehand.
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  • Awesome Music: Plenty of their songs, to be sure, but have you ever heard a love song dreamier than "Just Like Heaven"?
  • Dork Age: Fans commonly see Wild Mood Swings as the band's weakest release.
    • Many fans agree that Wild Mood Swings could have actually been a good album if some of the weaker tracks were replaced with underrated B-sides such as "A Pink Dream". The self titled album and 4:13 Dream also have fan backlash to them. Some fans believe that the self-titled, with the exception of its well-liked singles "The End of the World" and "Taking Off", is even worse than Wild Mood Swings.
  • Eclipsed by the Remix:
    • In the UK, "Close To Me" is one of the group's most enduring radio staples - but in its 1990 "Closer Mix" (or more commonly, the "Closest Mix", which is the shorter edit version) rather than the 1985 original. In the US, the best known version of the song is also a remix: The single version of the original, which added a horn section that is not found on the album.
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    • Conversely, very much averted by the 1986 "New Voice - New Mix" version of "Boys Don't Cry", which became Canon Discontinuity almost immediately following its release. The original version wasn't a hit, the "new mix" was - but you'll only ever hear the original played these days.
  • Epic Riff: Even if "Lullaby" is pure Nightmare Fuel, the two guitar riffs and the bassline are undeniably catchy.
    • For bass riffs "Play for Today" and "Other Voices" are up there.
    • "A Forest" also features a really catchy riff.
    • If there's any Cure song that features one of these, it's "Fascination Street".
  • 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.
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  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The signature keyboard-bass-drum patterns of "Close to Me" became the popular "Cure riddim" in Jamaica, rehashed as the backing track for numerous Reggae songs.
  • 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.")
    • A less well known example: In the video for "Mint Car", the lead singer of The Associates, Billy Mackenzie, makes a light-hearted cameo, which gets a lot sadder when you find out what happened to him less than a year after the release of the single, which arguably makes the song itself more of a Tear Jerker, as even though it's one of the band's happiest and most upbeat songs, this gives it a slightly melancholy and bittersweet feel. It even led to Robert writing "Cut Here" which is arguably one of the band's most tearjerking songs.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The name "Lol". While nowadays better known as an abbreviation of "laughing out loud", Lol is also a shortened version of the name Laurence, and Tolhurst isn't even the only musician to use the nickname (There's also Lol Creme of 10cc).
  • Memetic Badass: Robert Smith, destroyer of the evil Mecha-Streisand.
  • Memetic Mutation: The band's interview before their induction into the RnR Hall of Fame went viral thanks to Robert's rather snarky remarks.
    Carrie Keagan: Are you as excited as I am!?
    Robert Smith: By the sounds of it, no.
  • 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. In fact, it got so bad that their US label wanted to leave the song off the album altogether - the sticker was a compromise after Smith refused.
  • 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!"
  • Narm Charm: “A Forest” is an excellent song and one of the definitive pieces of Goth Rock, but its ominous lyrics sound like someone telling a scary story at a campfire.
    • Also some of the videos for their more upbeat songs, such as "Why Can't I Be You?".
  • Nightmare Fuel: Has its own page.
  • Replacement Scrappy: 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).
  • Signature Song: Either "Just Like Heaven" or "Lovesong." "A Forest" from 17 Seconds is also a popular staple of Alternative Rock radio. Goths are also likely to name "One Hundred Years". For the New Wave crowd, there's "Boys Don't Cry".
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: "Friday I'm in Love" is one of those songs that's impossible not to be cheered up by.
    • "Mint Car" as well, it's one of the band's most cheerful, summery, nostalgic and upbeat songs.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song:
    • "In Between Days" and "One Hundred Years" sound a lot like New Order's "Dreams Never End" and "Denial", respectively.
    • In another example with New Order, "Just Like Heaven" sounds oddly similar to "Weirdo", with the main riff being note-for-note identical to that from "Leave Me Alone" (apart from being in a higher key). In turn, New Order's "All the Way" bears a striking resemblance to "Just Like Heaven".


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