It’s my birthday today. Last night I went to a concert by The Cure with my sister, who bought the tickets as a gift for me. I always wanted to go to a show of theirs. An avid fan I am. A Curist you might say (it’s a term they mainly use in France for fans).
Though I know terms like New Wave and Goth are never far off, I can honestly say that I have not seen that many (yes admittedly a few) black dressed/fizzy haired/makeup galore types at the arena. If you google the band, often enough they are classified under ‘alternative rock’. I am pleased with that term. But you know by now how I feel about labelling and stuff… it bothers me a bit. You can’t put anything in just one box, you need several.
It struck me that people of all sorts were there to catch the show, and this pleased me. The Cure is for everyone and anyone. Music has no boundaries. Cause hey, I’m actually too young for Cure, and they speak to me musically in so many ways.
My sister, though for her it’s a reminiscence of her youth – having been a teenager throughout the eighties (she’s going to pinch me for writing that here) -, isn’t actually a fan but knows a few of their songs. I warned her she’d be in for a treat, cause a Cure show is a hell of a show. They are known to perform for about 3-4 hours. And they did so last night: MORE than 3 hours we got to be entertained. Now honestly! Which band or artist these days performs like that, I ask you! And don’t forget, they aren’t getting any younger! Having started back in 1978 and several line-ups later… it’s fricken unbelievable.
The current line-up consists of Robert Smith (vocals, guitars), Simon Gallup (bass), Jason Cooper (drums) and Porl Thompson (guitars) who has re-joined the band after several years of absence. He played with them mainly throughout the eighties and nineties.
I treated myself to a t-shirt. I know it’s silly, but I couldn’t resist. I had an amazing time. I danced, I sang, I screamed, I had a blast.
Though they played so many songs, I can recall by heart 26 of them now. Unbelievable. They played over 26 songs in one night! I am going to list them below, not in the order they played them of course, but after the list I once made (did I mention I was a fan?) according to album:
Three imaginary boys (1978-1979)
Boys don’t cry (1978-1979)
Killing an …
10.15 Saturday night
Seventeen seconds (1980)
Japanese Whispers (1983-1984)
The head on the door (1985-1987)
Kiss me kiss me kiss me (1985-1987)
boys don’t cry
jumping someone else’s train
why can’t I be you?
just like heaven
hot hot hot!!!
I forgot on which album it is but it’s definitely on Mixed Up
pictures of you
Galore (hit singles of ’87-’97)
from the edge of the deep green sea (my favorite song ever)
Friday I’m in love
to wish impossible things
wrong number (bonus track on that album)
The Cure (2004)
(I forgot the song but definitely one)
the end of the world
alt.end (I think but am not certain of this one)