The Cure - Boys Dont Cry (Album Cover Art) - Framed Print - 16"H x 16"W
A 16"H x 16"W" framed print of Boys Dont Cry Album Cover Art
The Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley, in 1976. The band has experienced several line-up changes, with Robert Smith being the only constant. The Cure first began releasing music in the late 1970s with their debut album Three Imaginary Boys; this, placed the band as part of the post-punk and new wave movements that had sprung up in the wake of the punk rock revolution in the United Kingdom. During the early 1980s, the band's increasingly dark and tormented music was a staple of the emerging gothic rock genre.
After 1982, the band's future was uncertain and Smith was keen to move past the gloomy reputation his band had acquired. Smith began to place a pop sensibility into the band's music and their popularity increased as the decade wore on. The Cure were one of the first alternative bands to have chart and commercial success in an era before alternative rock had broken into the mainstream.
A number of films have used the title of a Cure song as the film's title, including Boys Don't Cry and Just Like Heaven. The Cure's gloomy image has been the subject of parody at times. In series two of The Mighty Boosh, a powerful gothic hairspray, Goth Juice, is said to be "The most powerful hairspray known to man. Made from the tears of Robert Smith." The Mary Whitehouse Experience often featured brief clips of the stars of the show performing comical songs and nursery rhymes as the Cure in a morose style. Robert Smith appeared in the final episode of the second series of The Mary Whitehouse Experience singing "The sun has got his hat on" before punching the character Ray whilst uttering Ray's catchphrase "Oh no, what a personal disaster".
Robert Smith was also portrayed in South Park (for which he himself provided the voice-over) where he transforms into the form of Mothra and battles Mecha-Streisand to save the day. As Smith leaves, the character of Kyle shouts, "Disintegration is the best album ever!"