The Cure and English rock band formed in 1976 are pretty much as old as I am and I remember their songs from my childhood, even before the advent of MTV. When I first saw them I think it was my first exposure to the goth look and it was a surprise from the 80’s but with bands like Kiss and Twisted Sister I guess the look wasn’t too outrageous for the time, but instead of being just a gimmick there was a genuousness to them.
I would break down at your feet
And beg forgiveness
Plead with you
But I know that it’s too late
And now there’s nothing I can do
Robert Smith the lead vocalist and songwriter and the only permanent member of the Cure never liked the classification of their music and style as gothic rock, regardless of how everyone else viewed them, but their style of music and the angst that it has and the need to be different really is a style of its own. I am very fond of the post-punk style as it introduced me to that genre of music and some consider the Cure one of the first real alternative bands that turned away from the rock and metal of the 80s to create a style that is more in common with the alternative rock of the 90s.
“Boys Don’t Cry” was released in 1980 in the US and is still one of their classics and showcases their musical talent in overlaying multiple guitars with a six string bass guitar. I love the acoustic version from MTV Unplugged as the look of them holding acoustic guitars just seems so oddly rebellious.