"How I Came To Love The Cure"
CHAPTER ONE: THE DEPRESSION
It all started in 7th Grade when the general public refused to deal with my emotional and learning-related issues (such as ADHD), the student body refused to deal with my lack of interest in anything mainstream, and decided to make my life a living hell.CHAPTER 2: THE CURE FOR DEPRESSION
Soon after the year ended, I was pulled from that school system and sent to one that better fit my needs: a school for teenagers with emotional problems, most of which have experienced some kind of trauma in life, or are having trouble with their behavior. It was then that an old band I had heard once or twice on the radio was brought into my attention.
My art teacher, a huge fan of the band, was playing "STARING AT THE SEA: THE SINGLES" during art class one day, and I inquired, "Is this The Cure?" to which he stated it indeed was. I enjoyed the music much, often asking him to bring the CD in each art class so I could listen. I was pleased to know I wasn't the only one out there who felt isolated at some times, who felt they weren't worth a dime, and other times carried themselves with bravato.CHAPTER 3: THE OBSESSION
The words spoke to me, my problems, the music dug deep into my soul, and I knew I had to have more of this "cure". I went home and spent an entire day on Youtube looking at all of their videos. It was then that I realised that I wanted to BE Robert Smith.
After a while of indulging myself, the band became an obsession, one that could not be topped. And though they were often insulted to my face, I would usually just return to the offender a kind "f*** YOU! THEY'RE BETTER THAN THAT CRAP FALLOUT BOY YOU LISTEN TO!" and continue enjoying the sounds of early gothic rock and post-punk that had become a part of me. Literally. My wardrobe is changing daily.CHAPTER 4: THE EFFECT ON MY LIFE
To this day, The Cure are a very personal experience for me. Upon hearing an insulting comment about the band, it's almost as if that person is insulting me, for I relate so well to what The Cure is preaching: songs of changing yourself to fit into a crowd, being confused about your self-worth, and various other gloomy odes.
The Cure is without a doubt my favorite band, and I can really thank my art teacher for that. Now we always talk about post-punk and New Wave...I much prefer talking to adults than teenagers my own age...