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The Cure Biography

The Cure, one of the most popular and acclaimed Pop-Rock band of the last two decades, was formed in 1976 in Crawley, ENGLAND, as The Easy Cure by the 17-years-old frontman singer+guitarist Robert Smith, with schoolmates bassist Michael Dempsey, guitarist Porl Thompson and drummer Laurence 'Lol' Tolhurst.

They began writing their own songs and recording a demo featuring "Killing An Arab" and "10:15 Saturday Night".
In early 1978 Thompson had left the group, which renamed itself The Cure, in December the three-piece issued their first official debut record, "Killing An Arab" and the group's debut full-length album, "Three Imaginary Boys", was released in May of 1979, it entered the top 50 of The U.K. Albums chart; followed, that same year, two singles, "Boys Don't Cry" and "Jumping Someone Else's Train", during 1980 "Boys Don't Cry" was a minor success in the States, the album "Three Imaginary Boys" was reworked and renamed "Boys Don't Cry", around the same time Dempsey was replaced by Simon Gallup on bass and keyboardist Matthieu Hartley joined the group.
"Seventeen Seconds", which arrived in the spring of 1980, became a top 20 hit in The U.K. Albums chart, its single, "Forest", was a modest commercial success in the States and in their homeland.
After the first U.S. and Australian tours the band released 1981's "Faith" which gained the same notoriety of its predecessor.
The follow-up, "Pornography", was issued in May of 1982, it ranked in the top 10 of The U.K. Albums chart; after this, a period of instability in the line-up followed, Hartley left the band and Gallup was fired; Smith and Tolhurst continued releasing three top 20 U.K. Electro-Pop hit singles: "Let's Go To Bed", "The Walk" and "The Love Cats".
In 1984 Robert Smith released a bizarre album titled "The Top", on which he played all of the instruments except for drums.
The next year, The Cure, completely revitalized, returned with Robert Smith on vocals+guitar, Porl Thompson on guitar, Lol Tolhurst on keyboards, Simon Gallup on bass and Boris Williams on drums; they recorded "The Head On The Door", their breakthrough commercial LP which crashed into the top 10 in U.K. chart and broke The Billboard Top 200 reaching the #59 spot, the single "In Between Days" has cracked The Billboard Hot 100 and entered the top 20 on The National U.K. Singles chart, another single cut, "Close To Me", scored similar commercial success.
In 1986 was released the retrospective compilation "Standing On The Beach: The Singles", which went gold in the States and reached the #4 in British chart.
In 1987, The Cure issued an ambitious double-album entitled "Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me", it peaked at #35 on Billboard's Top 200 chart and saw a marked increase in sales in Europe thanks to the singles "Why Can't I Be You?", "Catch", "Hot Hot Hot!!!" and "Just Like Heaven".
Two years later the band returned with their eighth album, around this time Roger O'Donnell replaced Tolhurst, on keyboards; "Disintegration" hit #3 in U.K. Albums chart and reached the #12 on The Billboard 200 chart spawning their biggest U.K. hit single to date, "Lullaby", plus "Lovesong" which rose to #2 on both The Billboard Hot 100 and Modern Rock Tracks charts, "Fascination Street" topped The Modern Rock chart and "Pictures Of You" ranked in the top 20 in the same chart.
When the group returned to England, after the 1989's world tour named The Prayer Tour, O'Donnell left and was replaced by Perry Bamonte; The Cure recorded a new single, "Never Enough", for the 1990 remix compilation, "Mixed Up", the set debuted at #14 The Billboard 200 chart; the single took off peaking at #1 on Modern Rock chart.
Two years later the band issued "Wish" which was hailed as The Cure's best work to date, in a few weeks went to #1 on Official U.K. Albums chart, later peaked at #2 on Billboard's Top 200 and generated two Modern Rock Tracks chart topper, "High" and the transatlantic multi-platinum smash "Friday I'm In Love" plus "A Letter To Elise" which hit #2 spot in the same chart.
Porl Thompson left the band in 1993, the keysman Roger O'Donnell re-joined and Bamonte switched on guitar, subsequently Williams split in 1995 and the group entered the studio with the new drummer Jason Cooper working on "Wild Mood Swings", this album has never failed to reach the top 20 in U.S. chart spawning another two Modern Rock Tracks top 20 hits: "Mint Car" and "The 13th".
The next year saw the release of "Galore", the second singles retrospective featured the new song "Wrong Number", the track climbed into the top 10 of The Modern Rock chart.
The band resurfaced with an album of new material in early 2000, "Bloodflowers" peaked at #16 in U.S. Top 200 chart and its main single, "Maybe Someday", ranked in the top 10 of Billboard's Modern Rock chart.
In late 2001, they released, "Greatest Hits", featuring 16 of their most popular singles of their entire career plus two new songs including the hit "Cut Here".
In mid-2004 The Cure returned in action with the release of the eponymous 13th album, the first on Geffen Records, it climbed into the top 10 of The Billboard Top 200 chart.


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