Heinali and Matt Finney - 'Plainsong'
Ever wonder what Disintegration's opener would sound like in a doomier register? Here it is reimagined as a fuzzed-out post-rock number. It sure will make you feel like you're living at the edge of the world.
If Only Tonight We Could Sleep
Perhaps one of the most beautiful and relaxing Cure songs that exists could be If Only Tonight We Could Sleep. This song has never failed to put me into a relaxed, thoughtful, peaceful state of mind -- and has always made me curious about what Robert Smith was actually thinking about when he originally wrote the lyrics to the song. Everything about this song is literally flawless, even when its performed live -- and not all artists are able to keep such a level of beauty in their music when transcending from albums to live performances -- but of course, the Cure has always mastered it well.
The lyrics of the song itself are simply poetic and nearly indescribable in the type of emotions that they are able to provoke when you first hear them. Something about this particular song is so ethereal and mystical when you hear it -- you could simply close your eyes and imagine yourself in some other world or time. I once met someone who claimed that it was an ideal song to meditate to just in consideration of the overall arrangement of the music. I haven't yet tried that, but I'll agree that this is the ideal song to listen to when you truly want to calm yourself down and take your mind to another place.
Additionally, the song was eventually performed as a duet with Brian Molko from Placebo, and even this rendition of If Only Tonight We Could Sleep remained remarkably beautiful. Usually I don't like when other artists team up with a band to create a different version of a favorite song, but this is one case where I'll make an exception.
Friday I'm In Love
The Cure has always written some of the most memorable and poignant love songs. What I've always admired about Cure love songs is that they keep an element of realism compared to most love songs. Although many love songs focus on only the good points and how love is supposed to ultimately be perfect, the Cure always seemed to focus on love as it exists more realistically; such as the flaws or unique features you can love about someone, or even loving someone who might be a million miles away from you.
Likewise, Robert Smith has always seemed to express that love is such a multi-faceted emotion throughout his lyrics. There is a vast range and spectrum of all of the sides of love, and Robert Smith has often written about these things, whether they were from experience or just the pure coincidence of his knowing way with words. And sure, some people continue to make fun of Cure fans for the emotional lyrics - but I'd rather listen to a song that was realistic and provoked emotion than a song that written only for the sake of dancing and partying.
When I think of all of the Cure songs that focus on love and relationships, it's a wonder to me that they have never specifically created an album that was purely dedicated to love songs - or rather, it's shocking to me that there hasn't been some sort of tribute album made towards them, like many other artists have encountered. Yet if it were to happen, I can't help but wonder what songs would be included.
What are some of your favorite love songs by The Cure?
Disintegration is undoubtedly a synth-heavy album, but sometimes its songs benefit from being translated over to the acoustic side of things. This is one of those times. One of their most haunting songs, recorded organically.
There are so many classic songs by The Cure that it can be really difficult to start choosing favorites sometimes. Yet, since they are such an amazing band, it is also difficult not to have a large amount of favorites as well. As I thought about this today, I was easily reminded of one of my favorite albums -- Disintegration. When it comes down to favorites, this album has always had a noteworthy amount of the most memorable songs on it.
Initially, you might think that I am talking about some of the more well-known hits, like Pictures of You or Lovesong, but these were not the songs that came to mind when I thought of Disintegration. Instead, I was inclined to remember songs such as Fascination Street and The Same Deep Water As You. I always felt that the songs on this album were timeless and intriguing. Prayers For Rain was even once referenced in a song by another favorite band of mine -- which I only realized some years ago due to my habit of listening to this particular album over and over again.
Of course, there are many other Cure albums that I can think of that have many other of my favorite songs on them -- but for some reason, Disintegration has always stood out to me. I read somewhere once that this particular album was created during a time when Robert Smith was focusing on creating music that would be more thought provoking and have more of a legacy. Considering that the music of The Cure continues to be listened to decades later and he is still touring with the band, I believe it's safe to say he succeeded.
Bestival Live 2011
Although some people are upset about the changes to this song, it's not exactly a new change. In fact, the song has been changed a few times since 2005. In 2005, The Cure was performing at several festivals in Europe and Robert had changed the song from Killing An Arab to Kissing An Arab. By 2006, he had added a new verse to the song and changed it into Killing Another. This same Killing Another version was used throughout the 2007-2008 tour as well.
Despite these changes, Bestival Live 2011 remains to be an amazing live DVD. The DVD features 32 songs in a performance that truly showcases some of the best hits from the 80s and 90s. This double disc set is likely to get a lot of use once it is added to any Cure fan's discography collection.
How do you feel about the changes from Killing An Arab to Killing Another? Knowing Robert Smith's attention to lyrics, what do you think his overall goals were by changing the song?
This Must Be The Place
The reviews that I have read seem to mark the film as more of a comedy, but when I read some of the statements that are actually made in the dialogue, the comedic effect seems to fail. Sean Penn's character, Cheyenne, is supposed to be an aging goth singer that is trying to recapture what's left of the 80s. There are many obvious similarities to Robert Smith, such as the huge black hair and the signature lipstick. Yet, as I read the reviews for the movie, I couldn't help but feel that it was more of a mockery to Robert than a truly inspired depiction of him.
For example, in almost every review I've read, it seems that Cheyenne makes remarks that are just generally a bit overly emotional and depressing. Of course, Sean Penn is not actually depicting Robert Smith, but you would think that a character that is supposedly inspired by him would be a bit more realistic. I've never really gotten a depressing vibe out of Robert Smith, I've always thought of him as a particularly cheerful fellow. Then again, as I said previously - the dialogue seems to really lose its comedic effect when you're only reading it. I am legitimately intrigued enough by this film to want to see it, because I want to determine if the comedic tone is just lost in translation when I'm reading everyone's comments about the movie. Maybe it's not a mockery and it's a totally decent film. I wonder what Robert would think if he saw it.
Memories of The Cure (Download Festival 2007)
I will never forget the first time that I saw The Cure in concert. It was Download Festival 2007 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre and I was 18 years old. It was one of the most unforgettable concerts of my life. Out of all of the musicians and bands that I was exposed to by my mother at a young age, The Cure was always one of my favorites. For years, I had believed that I would never have the chance to see them live, until finally the chance appeared to see them at Download Festival that one particular year…. and the show was breathtakingly amazing.
The band played a set list that was around three hours long and featured old and new hits with all of the favorites included. It was one of those concerts where the setting seemed purely surreal; I can still remember the crisp air on such a chilly October night and looking around to find myself surrounded by people young and old who were dancing to their favorite songs. Literally everyone was dancing -- which was understandable. After all, who could dislike The Cure?
There was only one moment where I had found myself in horror; earlier in the afternoon, I had heard several of my peers discussing who they wanted to see at the festival. After some girls had rattled off the names of several unfamiliar bands that were listed on the paper they were looking at, one mentioned The Cure at the bottom of the set list -- Download Festival having saved the best for last) -- and a girl suddenly said, "Is that the band with that weird looking guy in the lipstick? Why does he have to look like that?"
I always found myself wondering if she had stayed long enough to hear the actual set list.
She would have been amazed. I certainly was.
Here's a tip for you- if you're looking for interesting music, check out whatever Robert Smith thinks is interesting music. The guy seems to have good taste. He led me to Cranes, who have been one of my favorite bands for a long time. Now we have the familiar voice of Robert Smith, paired with the less-familiar sound of Crystal Castles, and their song “Not In Love.”
Crystal Castles are a duo from Toronto, Ontario. Alice Glass writes the lyrics and sings the songs (when Robert Smith isn't singing them!) while Ethan Kath puts the music together. They've been described as synth-pop as well as avant-garde electronic dance music.
The story of the band is kind of fun. Alice Glass was a fifteen-year-old singer for a punk band called Fetus Fatale, when Ethan Kath asked her to sing in his recording studio. Without telling her, he made a recording of her singing, and mixed it with his own music for a series of singles released on the internet. By the time she found out they'd been offered a record deal she still didn't know she'd been recorded at all.
This is the kind of thing that would probably make most people angry, but she seems to have taken it in stride because they're still touring and recording together today! This track, featuring Robert Smith, is from their second album. Their first album was in 39th place on the “Top 100 Greatest Albums of the Decade” list from NME.