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View Poll Results: Please select your FIVE (5) favorite albums by The Cure
Three Imaginary Boys 2 9.09%
Seventeen Seconds 9 40.91%
Faith 9 40.91%
Pornography 16 72.73%
The Top 5 22.73%
The Head on the Door 14 63.64%
Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me 10 45.45%
Disintegration 20 90.91%
Wish 12 54.55%
Wild Mood Swings 0 0%
Bloodflowers 7 31.82%
The Cure 1 4.55%
4:13 Dream 0 0%
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:21 AM   #31
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And I suppose that I have already made my feelings known about Seventeen Seconds, but I'll just say again that I think it is their finest work and arguably the apex of post-punk as a genre.


The only Cure albums I've probably listened to more than it are Head on the Door and Disintegration, and that's mostly just because I was young and they were the more popular albums. I'd say Seventeen Seconds has been far and away my favorite Cure album of the last 5 or 6 years. I screamed like a teenage girl on the set of TRL when they played a small Seventeen Seconds set the last time I saw them.
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:24 AM   #32
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I wouldn't call The Head on the Door - a pretty average album by Cure standards in my book - a greatest hits package. Lost of it is 80s Cure cheese at its worst and sounds pretty forgettable. And for an "unpopular opinion", I never cared for Inbetween Days.

Like many Cure tracks, even the highlights are so much better live. A Night Like This gets rid of that cheesy 80s saxophone and becomes one of my favourite Cure tracks in a live setting.
That's crazy talk. I couldn't name a song on there I don't love. It may not be what you listen to the Cure for, but it's an astounding pop record, leaps and bounds above all of their others from that period for its brevity and consistency alone (KMKMKM might come close if you scale it way back, and The Top never would). In Between Days, Push, Close To Me, Six Different Ways, A Night Like This, etc. etc. Great stuff. Not surprised it cracked the top 3.

But that's just, like, my opinion, man.
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:31 AM   #33
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Like many Cure tracks, even the highlights are so much better live. A Night Like This gets rid of that cheesy 80s saxophone and becomes one of my favourite Cure tracks in a live setting.
Yeah, that sax was a questionable inclusion. I believe The Onion's A.V Club had "A Night Like This" on their short list of "great songs tainted by a saxophone."

The unequivocal highlight of Head on the Door for me is Sinking. Some days, I think it is my favorite song from them, period.
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:32 AM   #34
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It's a pop record alright. Just not in a good way. Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, although bloated and overlong, does the job with the pop songs much better and manages to have some more complex musical pieces on it, while making it flow spectacularly well - at least in its 1st half. The highlight of that pop period for me. I hate to use the word "dated", but that is what Head on the Door sounds to me most of the time.

But I do like The Baby Screams a lot.
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:34 AM   #35
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Head on the door is one of the best pop albums of all time.
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The only Cure albums I've probably listened to more than it are Head on the Door and Disintegration, and that's mostly just because I was young and they were the more popular albums. I'd say Seventeen Seconds has been far and away my favorite Cure album of the last 5 or 6 years. I screamed like a teenage girl on the set of TRL when they played a small Seventeen Seconds set the last time I saw them.
There was a very specific time for me when Seventeen Seconds clicked. I was riding in a train across the English countryside to Dover. My girlfriend was asleep, so I was basically just watching these rolling hills and small villages underneath a slate grey sky going past for the duration of the album. And it seemed perfect.

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This is why I usually never participate in these survivor things. "Hey people who love this band, listen to my silly negative arbitrary opinions about your favorite albums and songs!"
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This is why I usually never participate in these survivor things. "Hey people who love this band, listen to my silly negative arbitrary opinions about your favorite albums and songs!"
This made me laugh to the point where I would actually want to apologize for my silly negative remarks.

 
But I'm too much of a cunt for that.
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I wouldn't usually mind if people just put things like "I feel", "I think", "to my ears", or other similar prefaces to comments to lessen the sting.
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But it's non-debatable and irrefutable that I have used those.

Another small Head on the Door endorsement: I agree with iYup that Sinking is a very good closer.
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Honestly, I've never cared for Head on the Door as an album. I find it tremendously inconsistent. In Between Days, Push, and A Night Like This are personal favourites, but honestly, Close to Me is a very strong candidate for my least favourite Cure song ever.

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The best thing Smith ever did was Blue Sunshine, and that ought to be considered a Cure record. Just one where he wasn't allowed to sing.

Seventeen Seconds
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The Top
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Why should it be considered a Cure record? It's a different band altogether.

Should Temple of the Dog be called Soundgarden or Pearl Jam? Zwan - Smashing Pumpkins? The Dead Weather - White Stripes? Queens of the Stone Age - Kyuss? Needless to say I'm not following.
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Why should it be considered a Cure record? It's a different band altogether.

Should Temple of the Dog be called Soundgarden or Pearl Jam? Zwan - Smashing Pumpkins? The Dead Weather - White Stripes? Queens of the Stone Age - Kyuss? Needless to say I'm not following.

Smith wrote the songs and was to sing it, but he wasn't allowed. The Top is an entirely different band from Wild Mood Swings - it has just as many members in common as the Cure and the Glove do, and the songwriting credits break down in the same way - Smith + (well, the top is just smith).

Zwan should be Smashing Pumpkins, and Corgan has said as much. It had more original Pumpkins then the current line-up does, and just as many as 07-09.
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