With their 1979 debut record Three Imaginary Boys, The Cure gave pop music a new game to play when they rolled onto the rock scene for the long haul. The British band’s overlying tones of gothic sentiment, bright guitar sound, and passionately delivered vocals pinpointed them as the greatest gothic rock band of all time then and now. Today we look back on the top five songs from The Cure’s lengthy discography.
“A Letter to Elise”
Released in 1992, the song was the third single from The Cure’s ninth studio album Wish. According to frontman and lead songwriter Robert Smith, novelist Franz Kafka’s Letters to Felice had served as the main inspiration for the song, though it had originally been written with different lyrics than the album version.
This sonically steel-cutting track serves as an example of the band’s mysterious, dark side. While the song is historically known for the long bass intro, it was the semi-creepy video that was ultimately put up for nomination for Best Alternative Video at the MTV Video Music Awards in the late 90s.
“The Love Cats”
Truly one of the greatest Cure songs, and yet it has never gotten quite as much of the spotlight as it deserves. Leave it to the new wave group, though, to have immortalized the sound of clinking bottles and cat meows all in one song. The “cute” track is not one to often catch radio play, but have a listen for yourselves to hear what we mean.
“Friday I’m in Love”
“Friday I’m in Love” contains some classic pop appeal in that it’s slightly different than most other songs written and performed by The Cure. Like their uber-popular 1987 single “Just Like Heaven,” The Cure strung together a simple series of the perfect chords to give this track an everlasting run for success. You can’t help but sing along!
Screenwriter and director Sofia Coppola knew what was up when she added this song to her 1996 historical drama, Marie Antoinette. Although Coppola gave the ghostly jive a sort of rebirth from its 1999 launch, “Plainsong” speaks for itself. Beautiful, melancholy lyrics like “I think it’s dark and it looks like it’s rain, you said / And the wind is blowing like it’s the end of the world / you said / And it’s so cold, it’s like the cold if you were dead / And you smiled for a second,” show just why the term ‘gothic’ isn’t always applied to the obvious idea of the dark side.
The Cure had an undeniable way of luring us into a magical state of grace, pushing for a higher sense of self to take over and connect with our inner creative souls. For that, we utterly hail them.