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Boys Do Cry

The band nearly broke apart before the Cure finally took

In a sense, Smith's rediscovery of his youthful vigor further underscores the childlike facets of the Cure. The sparse simplicity of their debut disc Three Imaginary Boys resembles snotty nursery rhymes, while the group's constant experimentation without worrying about consequences (the children's-song-on-acid "The Caterpillar" and hit-or-miss forays into Remixland) is reminiscent of a toddler's naive curiosity.

Most important, the Cure's uncensored honesty is the type that springs only from the mouths of babes. Whether the band was hazy with drugs (a bizarre B-side like "Mr. Pink Eyes") or uncertain about musical direction (their mid- to late '90s originals), the texture and content of the music reflected that -- for better and for worse. In fact, being an imperfect open book is exactly the characteristic that makes the Cure so inviting and accessible.

"Finding someone on your own wavelength...that, essentially, [is] what I've been doing for most of my adult life," Smith explains. "Wanting to communicate with other people who think and feel the same things.

Robert Smith's world always has been in a tangle.
Robert Smith's world always has been in a tangle.

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"[Ross] said something really good one day. 'Imagine how you're going to feel when you first get this record and you listen to it on your own. That's what you have to bear in mind.' The power of that, and when you've heard albums as you were growing up or even now, that you'll listen to a piece of music and you think, 'Oh my God.' It's that feeling that's important, because without it, life is a much poorer experience."

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