Goth Icons THE CURE Released Their 4th Album ‘PORNOGRAPHY’ 40 Years Ago Today

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4 May 2022

Anniversary album: PORNOGRAPHY
Released: 4 May 1982 – 40 years ago today

Sounds (legendary British music weekly) said: “Despite a genuine talent still
at work, Pornography has too much music too cluttered a backing for Smith’s
well-intended observance. He seems locked in himself, a spiralling nightmare
that leaves The Cure making pompous sounding music that is, when all’s said
and done, dryly meaningless.”
Score: 3/5.

Turn Up The Volume: Not good enough to be a good Cure LP.

Single/clip: The Hanging Garden

Full album stream on Spotify

THE CURE: Story – All Albums

Pop Goth Icons THE CURE Released 9th Album ‘WISH’ 30 Years Ago Today

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21 April 2022

Active: Since 1978 / 13 studio LPs (so far)

Anniversary album: WISH
Released: 21 April 1992 – 30 years ago today

Rolling Stone Magazine: “Smith is the top howler in pop music now. Bravely, mastering his own literate notions of how bands might do more with postpunk “gloom rock” than just bellyache, he has fiddled around with and fine-tuned the Cure for fifteen years. Since The Head on the Door (1985), when he discovered the joys of groove, acoustic jangle, and any instrumentation that could further heighten the increasing emotionality of his songs, Smith’s work with the Cure has never been less than original, often inspired. Wish lacks the dynamic grab of Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me (1987) and the awesome brooding rush of Disintegration (1989). Yet this outstanding album, like all the Cure’s best music, runs on
its own brash logic, making a virtue of its emotional polarities
.” Score: 4/5.

Turn Up The Volume: The Cure by numbers, with the 3 singles as standouts.


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Stream full album on Spotify…

THE CURE: Facebook – All Albums

Back sleeve

FONTAINES D.C. Cover THE CURE Live In Dublin

Daily electricity to load your batteries

20 March 2022

(photo by Turn Up The Volume!)

Young generations covering old generations is not a new thing.
The Beatles, The Stones, Bob Dylan, and other giants did it over and
over again, out of respect and love for what musicians/mentors
did for their careers. And nothing has changed since then.

Young Irish wolves FONTAINES D.C. did it last weekend
on a special St. Patricks Day live show/stream.

They picked a big one from Goth oldies The Cure.
A pearl of a single from their 1987 longplayer
Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me.

Hear Fontaines‘s take on Just Like Heaven

The original cracker…

FONTAINES D.C.: Facebook

THE CURE – ASH – ELBOW – LPs Turning 25 – 25 – 20

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Released: 7 May 1996 – 25 years ago

Trouser Press said: “A potent and sweeping dissertation on
melancholy and tentative dreams denied. Consistently compelling.”

Stream here…

THE CURE: Facebook

Band: ASH (UK)
Album: 1977 – debut LP
Released: 6 May 1996 – 25 years ago

BBC Music
wrote: “To listeners of a certain vintage, Ash will
forever be summer holidays and half-inched hooch, stained
into the grey like a spilled alcopop.”

Stream here…

ASH: Facebook

Album: ASLEEP IN THE BACK – debut LP
Released: 7 May 2001 – 20 years ago

AllMusic: “Elbow fiddles with a battery of widescreen dynamics
and slight prog-rock tendencies, delivering an epic debut of
Manchester miserablism.”

Stream here…

ELBOW: Facebook