Disintegration – The Cure

Released on May 2, 1989 this eighth studio album marked their return a more introspective and gloomy Gothic rock style. Founding member Lol Tolhurst was fired mid-way through production when the other members refused to work with him and continue to endure his increasingly abusive alcoholic states. The album peaked at #3 in the UK and #12 in the US. It is their best selling album with over 3-million sold.

Jason: I find this album to be very relaxing.

Brad: Me too. This is one of my all-time favorite albums. I love the way it makes me feel.

Jason: Like you are a lonely high school goth kid that just wants to put on headphones and lay on your bed and pretend to hate the world?

Brad: Yes, but I don’t find it to be depressing or dark. I know a lot of people do but I find it strangely comforting.

Jason: I don’t find it depressing either. I know a lot of The Cure songs have darker lyrics but really they just tap into that angst-y part of teen adolescence which some people carry over into adulthood. But they are really kind of inspiring. I think a lot of people find that they feel less alone when listening to them. 

Brad: I totally agree. Speaking of darker lyrics. I was so intrigued by the lyrics of “Lullaby” at the time that I used them for my calligraphy project in my high school art class

Jason: I love that song. Do you remember what lyrics specifically?

On candy stripe legs the Spiderman comes
Softly through the shadow of the evening sun
Stealing past the windows of the blissfully dead
Looking for the victim shivering in bed
Searching out fear in the gathering gloom and
A movement in the corner of the room
And there is nothing I can do
When I realize with fright
That the Spiderman is having me for dinner tonight

Jason: I thought maybe you’d do the part about him sticking his tongue in your eye or a thousand million shivery furry holes. I like how he whisper-sings in that song.

Brad: I love it too. It is perfect for that song. And the music is not dark like the lyrics.

Jason: Much like a lot of their songs. This album is darker and slower than their previous album.

Brad: I learned from Wikipedia that Robert Smith was having trouble dealing with the pressures of fame and was using hallucinogenic drugs during the recording of this album.

Jason: It shows.

Brad: Yes, those drugs worked really well. This year is the 30th anniversary of this album.

Jason: That means I was a high school freshman 30 years ago. Now I feel old. This album is one that defined my adolescence.

Brad: I remember exactly where I bought it when it first came out.
I bought the CD longbox at Camelot Music at the mall along with the cassingle of Bobby Brown’s “On Our Own” before going to see Ghostbusters II.

Jason: Those two things couldn’t have been more different. How do you think this holds up after 30 years? It still sounds fresh and relevant.

Brad: I go back to this album often. I still can’t believe how great it sounds. 

Jason: There isn’t a bad song on it. “Lovesong” and “Fascination Street” still get played at clubs (not as much as “Just Like Heaven” from Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me) but if you go to a neo-goth night, which we have done a few times in the past year or so, they get played a lot.

Brad: Definitely. “Lovesong” gets covered a lot by other artists including Adele. One time when I saw Adele she said that she recorded “Lovesong” because her mom is a big fan of The Cure. So she was excited to play it for her and her mother was not impressed.

Jason: Why wasn’t her mom impressed?

Brad: Adele said her mom thought that The Cure’s original version of “Lovesong” was perfect and didn’t think Adele should mess with it. She released it anyway on her 21 album which went on to sell over 31 million copies.

Jason: She should have filmed a video for it in a cave. Th Cure’s music is very beautiful and complex I feel that people younger than us overlook that aspect of them and simply write them off as an 80s Goth band.

Brad: That might be true but they are still very popular and headline festivals all over the world including Lollapalooza and Riot Fest here in Chicago. They still sound so good live.

Jason: And Robert is 60 this year!

Brad: Robert’s voice still sounds incredible. I can’t stress enough how great they sound live. Plus they play everything you want to hear. They just recently announced that they are doing this album in full at some shows.

Jason: That’s cool.

Brad: After this album, The Cure released a remix album, Mixed Up, which includes remixed versions of songs from their previous albums including this one. It is easily the best remix album I’ve ever heard.

Jason: I agree. It’s really spectacular. “A Forest – Tree Mix” is my favorite on that. What grade would you give Disintegration?

Brad: An A. I almost want to give it an A+

Jason: I am an A-almost-A+ as well. Make me go to that show if they come here.

Brad: I’ll try. I know how you are.

Jason: You’re right. I won’t go.

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