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Your first time with The Cure

Started by dsanchez, March 23, 2006, 20:50:06

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BiscuityBoyle

In 2002, aged 18, I was flicking through channels very late at night, about to go to bed, when the song playing on VH1 really caught my ear. The video showed a bunch of guys standing in the snow and I remember that while the song was not extremely catchy (I was more into pop back then, from A-HA to Saint Etienne) it struck me as being seriously good. I remember how long it was as I was waiting for it to end so I could learn what it was.

The next day I went to my favourite record shop and asked the guy who worked there - and older friend and a total musical guru - about Pictures of You by The Cure (he had mentioned them to me in the past as "one of the great alternative bands of the 80s"). He said "yeah, but it's the heavier stuff, maybe you want to listen to The Head on The Door first"? I went for Disintegration and became a massive fan!     

Lola Sunset

I first remembering hearing "10:15 saturday night" in the 90's, cause my brother owned the album "three imaginary boys", i listened alot to that song , he recorded the song on tape for me so i could listen as much as i wanted to. :smth020... a couple of months later i was watching MTV Greatest hits and saw "lullaby" and fell in love with that song but at that time you couldnt download music,I couldnt afford to buy an album. Sometime later my friend started listening  to cure and she borrowed cure album from her older brother and thats when i realised what great band it was.. my first cure cd was "Galore" bought it on a school trip to Gothenburg.
2016.10.12 Gothenburg

Felizcelestial

Fascination street video on mtv. Was a Mexican-American middle school jock living in south Texas. Had no interest in wimpy European music. Ha. I liked MC Hammer. But, there was something strong about that song. Made stuff like Duran Duran and Thompson Twins look like joke bands. Then lovesong. Then lullaby. I was intrigued. But, then a bunch of supremely unlikable kids started to bandwagon them and DM. Disintegration and 101 t-shirts were everywhere. Some kids wore those shirts who didn't even like the music! I liked it, and was ready for something new, but then I discovered Neworder. Substance was out, and ceremony was a little closer to my idea of rock music. After the t-shirts went away, I kind of backed into the cure and Depeche mode again. U2 and INXS also caught my attention. The cure was just one of the bands I liked. Then I moved near Detroit where they had an actual alternative radio station broadcast from Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Got into the Jesus and Mary chain. Lemonheads. Siouxsie. Psych furs. wish came out. Achtung baby came out. I considered those albums equal for awhile. But, u2's stuff faded for me. It remained pretty good, but the cure's album had layers and layers of increasing excellence. My favorite song was high, then letter to Elise, then trust, from the edge of the deep green sea, then open. I didn't even notice to wish impossible things back then, but it's prob my favorite nowadays. I've never found music that could do that. Songs that could suddenly burst to life after years of familiarity. I've never really considered another band the cure's equal since then. Closest thing I could name would prob be led zeppelin, but they don't fit my aesthetic the same way. Sorry for rambling. I just don't really have anyone to share this sort of thing with:0)

Hardi

In late 2013, when I was watching TV and suddenly hit a music channel where Cure "Just Like Heaven" was played.

Ulrich

Quote from: Felizcelestial on June 06, 2016, 06:05:47
Sorry for rambling. I just don't really have anyone to share this sort of thing with:0)


Hey, no probs, that's what the forum and this topic are there for!
Thanks @all for sharing the "first time" stories!  :smth023
Can't you see I try? Swimming the same deep water as you is hard...

Felizcelestial


cuneytarkin

My brother made me a mixtape of new wavey/post-punk type stuff in the '80s that had "Close to Me" on it. That was a good tape, as I recall.

SueC

Curious about how everyone here got into The Cure  (merged - :cool )

I can't resist a pun like that... :angel Anyway, I'm interested in when and how everyone present here decided they were definitely a Cure fan.  So please, fire away - extra Brownie points for extended answers!   :winking_tongue

Briefly, for me - random encounter with the Cure album Bloodflowers on my husband's iPod when working outdoors, in 2014!  For him, the song Burn when he was watching The Crow in the cinema in the 90s - it all went from there.  I'm being unusually brief here because I've been more extended about that elsewhere...  :kissing_smiling_eyes:

Maybe also name your personal favourite albums / songs, and why... I'm really interested in how people's own life stories mesh them with certain kinds of music (and art, books etc).  :)
SueC is time travelling

Ulrich

Quote from: SueC on October 31, 2019, 05:08:33I can't resist a pun like that...

Tut tut. ;)

Quote from: SueC on October 31, 2019, 05:08:33I'm interested in when and how everyone present here decided they were definitely a Cure fan.

Hm, "decided" - this is a different question to "how and when did you discover The Cure?"... (which many of us have answered before here in the forum, but I'd be happy to do again and again...)!

As mentioned before, I first heard "Inbetween days" in 1985 and bought the album "Head On The Door", but I don't think at that point I'd "decided" to be a "fan". I got some more albums of course, but not all of them (yet). In '87 KM KM KM was released and I was impressed by the variety of sounds & songs on it.

However, I guess it was later, in 1989, when I made sure that I was a "fan"; after "Disintegration" came out I bought more of the old albums, namely "Seventeen Seconds" and "Faith" were missing in my collection, so I got these two (on vinyl) and put them on a tape (which I listened to in the car). For me, I think this was the point where I (kind of) "decided" to be a life-long Cure fan!  :cool
Can't you see I try? Swimming the same deep water as you is hard...

SueC

Dear @Ulrich, I have a problem with the word "discovered" because it's often used in weird ways, like "Captain Cook discovered Australia" and "Isaac Newton discovered gravity."  I don't think I've ever personally discovered The Cure, but I did at one point decide I was a fan of their music, as opposed to I just casually liked a song or two!  ;)

It seems to me that maybe the word "fan" is not amongst your favourite words?  Considering how many " " " " are clustered around it?  I suppose it's short for "fanatic" and if that's the case, I'm not a fanatic, I would call myself a consistent appreciator... :)
SueC is time travelling

Ulrich

Quote from: SueC on October 31, 2019, 12:48:40I have a problem with the word "discovered" because it's often used in weird ways, like "Captain Cook discovered Australia" and "Isaac Newton discovered gravity."  I don't think I've ever personally discovered The Cure, but I did at one point decide I was a fan of their music, as opposed to I just casually liked a song or two!  ;)

Well I did discover The Cure of course, without me they'd be unknowns still... :winking_tongue

I'm undecided as to when exactly I decided that, maybe in '87 already? KM KM KM was a great album to listen to back then.
On the other hand, in '89 I got myself the book "Ten Imaginary Years", which of course gave me more insight into the band and their "history" - ideal for being a "fan".

Quote from: SueC on October 31, 2019, 12:48:40It seems to me that maybe the word "fan" is not amongst your favourite words?  Considering how many " " " " are clustered around it?  I suppose it's short for "fanatic" and if that's the case, I'm not a fanatic, I would call myself a consistent appreciator... :)

Ok, we'll change the forum to "Cure apps" then...  :1f633:
Can't you see I try? Swimming the same deep water as you is hard...

SueC

Quote from: Ulrich on October 31, 2019, 13:50:17Well I did discover The Cure of course, without me they'd be unknowns still... :winking_tongue

Well, may I thank you formally for your services to humanity?  :angel

Quote from: undefinedOk, we'll change the forum to "Cure apps" then...  :1f633:

Or Cure cons, I don't mind!  :beaming-face

...which reminds me, has anyone here ever tried to do an online search for "The Cure" and got pages and pages of stuff on cancer?  And then searched for "The Cure - Music" and got medical cures for various ailments, involving music?

We don't have KM yet, @Ulrich - or a whole swag of recent Mike Scott releases - but they're on the list.  I suppose I have things to look forward to if noone else in the world makes any decent music ever again...
SueC is time travelling