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However a mate persuaded me to go and see them on the "Faith" tour and I was blown away. Bought "Faith" the next day and, when "Pornography" came out, I just had to have it (made even better by the childish pleasure of asking my parents to buy me "Pornography" for my birthday).
I loved "Faith" and I loved Joy Division, the Banshees, and the rest of the post-punk crowd, but this was something else.
With an opening line of "It doesn't matter if we all die" and a closing line of "I must fight this sickness, find a cure", and a whole range of (un)healthy emotions and obsessions explored inbetween, this was just the thing to listen to for those of us who didn't buy into the emptiness of New Pop and the Thatcher Dream. Lots of people thought it was morbid and depressing - more fool them. It made us feel more alive than ever.
And as for the music ... you'll find no better soundtrack to a slasher movie scripted by William Burroughs and Jean-Paul Sartre than this. Now if only someone would make that movie.
More than 20 years on, I bought it again on CD. It was just as good as before, in fact if anything better for now being out of its historical context.
A timeless record. Now, where's my lipstick and face paint......
Seminal it undoubtably was but where other bands strive to achieve the same effect they fail because 'Pornography' is so sincere. Only Nirvana reached the level of outright desperation that brutally stabs out of this recording. But cacophony in itself is not enough. These are really great songs produced by a man who was driving himself way too hard.
In amongst the relentlessly attacking sound, evidence of a great songwriter emerges in moments of astonishing beauty. This is why the Cure's more recent releases fail. Smith was still discovering his ability and wrote as a man in some kind of genuine purgatory. Now, he's wealthy and comfortable and no matter how hard he digs, the well of desparate memories and wondrous revelations have run dry.
So considering it's utterly uncompromising sound it's not surprising that this shocking album didn't sell on release. It left people either stunned (like watching someone having a nervous breakdown at a party) or alienated, after all, it's predecessors were low key and fanciful in comparison.
It marked a change in Smith's life. Although the following album had it's moments of crushing beauty he moved firmly into the land of the 'Lovecats', commercial success and some kind of weird happiness. And unlike Kurt Cobain there really was a happy ending.
When the remastered albums came out I decided to finally replace my old tape and LP versions of the early albums (yes I still listen to tapes - you can look them up on Wikipedia) and bought Pornography to give it another try - and was completely blown away!
How did I miss the incredible beauty of this album all those years ago. The relentless pounding drums - so high in the mix they feel like they are in your head. The intensity of Smith's lyrics, the wonderful guitar and keyboard tunes. And then the overwhelming experience of the final track. Distorted backwards voices like an ESP recording and TV and film voices heard through a wall with the most relentless repetitive drum pattern of all overlaid with slab like keyboards and feedback guitars - wonderful!
This album is not an easy listen - but it is truly wonderfully unnlike anything else you have heard.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Cure's fourth studio album, and possibly their darkest, moodiest most disturbing recording, it pays repeated listens and it will grown on you but boy is it menacing! Read morePublished 20 months ago by Scott Carrick
I can’t believe how good this still sounds after over three decades. My memory of it was of something huge and dark and muddy.... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Moon Blossom
Remaster has brought out a bit more detail - still dark but no longer muddy.Published 21 months ago by Stevonious
Seventeen seconds was good, faith was there best, porngraphy almost matched it and then came the sell out. After two really iconic albums of there time what was the follow up!? Read morePublished 24 months ago by Rich
Before The Cure became known for gothic new wave pop songs like 'Just Like Heaven' and 'Lovesong', they emerged from the UK punk scene alongside Joy Division and Siouxsie and the... Read morePublished on 17 Jun. 2014 by GreyJediMetalCore
This is a very dark and intense album. Back in 1982 I couldn't take something so challenging. I recall a reviewer saying this was all too much. Read morePublished on 29 May 2014 by P. J. Beaver