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Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Out of all the bands that emerged in the immediate aftermath of punk rock in the late '70s, few were as enduring and popular as the Cure. Led through numerous incarnations by guitarist/vocalist Robert Smith (born April 21, 1959), the band became notorious for its slow, gloomy dirges and Smith's ghoulish appearance, a public image that often ... Read more in Amazon's The Cure Store

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  • Audio CD (10 Sept. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lilith
  • ASIN: B000PTYNHW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 610,733 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Mar. 2000
Format: Audio CD
I first got this on LP from my brother in the late eighties when I was 15 or 16 and have been listening to it ever since. In an age where over production is the norm, the almost minimalistic sound, quirky riffs, Smith's jerky vocals and off-beat subject matter still make Three Imaginary Boys a breath of fresh air. As one of the Cure's ealiest works, it captures them in post-punk, pre-gothic mode. The tracks it features will (sadly) never be remembered as the Cure's finest, though songs such as 10:15 Saturday Night, Fire in Cairo, Acuracy and Meat Hook will always stand up against later classics such as Love Cats. Sadly, my turntable has passed away but this is one of the few LP's I have that I've also bought on CD..... need I say more?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
The best way I cxan describe this album is that listening to it is like spending a Friday night sitting in on a band finding their feet rehearsing their set and you gradually realise they are magnificent.
My brother bought this record in 1979 after seeing the band at the Marquee, and after our initial fascination with the cover and anonymous songs fell in love with it. It was the first album of the post-punk era to be unashamedly catchy and yet safely uncommercial, a very difficult balance to strike.
The atmopshere is incredibly gloomy and yet in a very believeable way, not as some art-student pose. The gloom is in the mood more than the lyrics. And best of all, the band display a fine sense of humour that makes this album their most diverse collection of songs.
10.15 is a classic piece of introspection, incredibly assured: a character and mood is established within about 10 seconds thanks to the precision yet not virtuoso playing and the like most of the record it sounds deceptively effortless.
One of the best tracks for me is Another Day, one of the bleakest but most distrinctive moments. And Subway Song is an instant classic and will always remain a great party trick piece.
Fire in Cairo and Grinding Halt are bright yet dark snappy tracks, but the two stand out tracks on the second half of the record are the title track and the extraordinary So What? Over a slick and catchy tune Smith drunkenly reads out the words on the back of a bag of sugar, occasionally wandering into something else, perhaps the original lyrics? It's a brilliant, self-deprecating moment that could have started a whole trend! And it's oddly infectious after a few listens, as well as being very funny.
And the title track is absolutely beautiful, and heartbreaking.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Bad Monkey Mick on 13 May 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is pre goth Cure at its best. This sounds surpassingly modern today. Just compare what band like Bloc Party and Hot Hot Hot Heat are doing today to the sound of The Cure in 1979. Want to hear where Razorlight got their Golden Touch? Just listen to 10.15 Saturday Night. Songs such as Fire in Cairo and Accuracy are angular new wave guitar pop. Three Imaginary Boys and Another Day are the sound of the birth of goth. Object is an enjoyable piece of the Cure try punk. Despite a dodgy cover version (Michael Dempsey sung 'Foxy Lady)' this is a forgotten all time classic album.
The bonus discs highlights are the non album classics, Boys Don't Cry and Jumping Someone Else's Train. Here are also very rough demos of some of the album tracks. These are quite interesting insights into the composition of the finished songs. A glaring omission however is the excellent 'Killing an Arab' single.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Krista on 15 May 2009
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When I started to listen to the Cure I had only heard their "Friday I'm In Love" song, so basically I thought all of their songs were like that. I decided to start off with their very first album. At first I was a bit skeptical about it, it didn't sound at all as I'd expect it to sound! But then it grew on me and now I really really love it. Someone said it is very addictive, and I must admit, it indeed is! A great album by a great band :-) I highly recommend this one !
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By alaric everett on 5 Jan. 2008
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i felt i had to write in, as i'm just re-listening to it and i'm realising that there isn't one single track that i would skip- and i can't think of one other album in my 500 or so of which that's true- even blood on the tracks [come on lily, rosemary and the jack of hearts is OK, but only that].

fortunately these reviewers above have done the album justice, but i just wanted to add how brilliant, beautiful and charming this record is. i love the way he sings and he is a truly exceptional and innovative guitarist whose style can be seen in loads of what later came to be indie music from blur, mogwai and bloc party and so on.

this is definitely their best record and it works so well as there is a real flavour of all the different moods and styles they would play with over the years.

i partly wanted to write this cos i recently read that book on post punk 'rip it up and start again' that gave two paragraphs to the cure in over 550 pages- AND dismissed them as goth-lite no more than second rate siouxie and the banshees. this is an absolute travesty! make no mistake along with 'entertainment!' 'unknown pleasures' 'jeopardy'[another sadly overlooked classic] 'metal box' 'pink flag' 'crocodiles' 'singles going steady'... etc this is one of the few landmarks of that era.

wonderful angular [bass-driven] pop- my absolute favourite type of music. this record can be heard in so much alternative music that followed it- for me most interestingly in more recent times in razorlight [mixed with a bit of talking heads & television].
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