Skip to content

The Cure were always in my Hall of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is not my cup of tea. It's a corporate shin dig I usually enjoy belittling but this year I have to hold my tongue.
 
Congratulations to Joan Jett and The Cure for being admitted to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Jann Wenner managed  populalrity contest gets two right at least!. 
 
The Cure were an intricate part of my teenage years. Robert Smith's hair was an obsession… along with the dark and sort of sad sound of his voice. I recall people calling it Gothic or Halloweenish. So insane, if you think about it just being pale and wearing black made you an instant necrophiliac, vampire or serial killer.
 
I can remember lying in bed holding the cardboard sleeve of "Pornography" up while singing (soundlessly) "One Hundred Years". I tried to hip and daunting and depressed but I failed miserably at it, I' was  just too damn happy and sarcastic. To this day I adore the cracking and vulnerability in Smiths voice. You want to shoo people away from him- I swear to God, Tim Burton must have been a huge fan, cuz Edward Scissorhands is the personality of of The Cures music. It hurts but in such a beautiful way.
 
You wear your heart on your sleeve, The Cure stapled it there for you so you wouldn't have to worry about it. Instrumental interludes that left such imagery that a dark room and a soundless home movie could evolve into a horror show. No gore, no pyrotechnics, just hollow lonely words and an industrial beat that pounded in your soul, if you chose to have one.
 
But let's  not get all emo, emo wasn't even a genre back in the day, nor was Goth. . It was punk, it was new wave, it was 'alternative' but in those days it was actually alternate to the norm unlike today.
 
The Cure weren't all razor blades and Kleenex, ah hell no. The brilliance of so many songs rounded out a band that in a pinch could please your grandmother and two seconds later scare the fuck out of her- a gift.
 
"Love Cats","Friday I'm In Love", "Love Song" proof that this was no doomsday done wrong band of sobsters but a band of brilliant men ushered but not lead by the masterful Robert Smith.
 
My colleague Alyson announced the three day residencies on the East and West Coasts. What a glorious opportunity for just a few days sit back and time travel to a time when new sounds floated in the air. Before the cookie cutter alt world became a copy machine of boy bands with one eye. A time when music was a story and it wasn't always pretty, but you sang and you thought and when you got up and flipped the album over you'd dash right back in to bed, close your eyes and float along on the journey.
 
The Cure let me know it was OK to feel anything I was feeling. Don't hide who you are, don't act how you should. Be angry, be sad, be in love, be yourself. Thank you to The Cure for stretching the boundaries of my mind and helping me to brave the world.

 

Leave a Comment





Amazon_Smile_logo-e1623352788338-reupload
ScreenShot2020-10-05at12.00.04PM-reupload

Support Let Me Help Inc by shopping at smile.amazon.com

The Daisy Jopling Band To Perform “Who’s Who” At The Transfiguration Church In Tarrytown, NY Sunday May 12th, 2024 7 PM ET

By admin | May 9, 2024 |

The Transfiguration Church in Tarrytown, New York Presents “Who’s Who”, original violin arrangements of iconic songs by The Who performed by the Daisy Jopling Band featuring the Sleepy Hollow High School Chamber Orchestra on Sunday, May 12th, 2024. Location: Transfiguration Church 268 South Broadway Tarrytown, NY 10591 United States Tickets are $25 and can be…

Cyborg Drummer/DJ DRMAGDN Headlining Montauk Music Fest

By admin | April 9, 2024 |

Major Label BMG Records Artist & Producer DRMAGDN Cyborg Drummer / DJ will be making his Montauk Music Fest debut this year in May. DRMAGDN will be the Official Host & MC of The Montauk Music Fest plus play headlining sets on Friday 5/17 and Saturday 5/18 from 10pm-12am at Gurney’s Montauk Resort (290 Old…

RED CARPET EVENT @ Chelsea Table & Stage 4/12/24 Featuring THE AMERICAN RELICS & DRMAGDN

By admin | March 25, 2024 |

On Friday April 12th, 2024 beginning at 6:30 pm ET  there will be a Red Carpet event pre-show sponsored by Tribeca Records at the trendy nightspot Chelsea Table and Stage located in the heart of Chelsea at 152 west 26th street (inside the Hilton Fashion Hotel) in NYC. The Red Carpet will be followed by…

Live Review: Composer Randy Edelman Live at Chelsea T&S “2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Massacre” 03/16/24 and Record Release in NYC

By admin | March 17, 2024 |

There was an infinite vitality of velvet green flowing deliciously through the air as Composer Randy Edelman presented his 2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Massacre at the trendy new nightspot Chelsea Table & Stage in the heart of NYC on March 16, 2024….. a vivacious close to the spirited Irish Parade. His music is the…

DRMAGDN: Cyborg Drummer/DJ Debuts @ Chelsea T&S With Retro 80’s Party & Red Carpet Event 4/12/24

By admin | February 29, 2024 |

BMG recording artist, producer and World renowned, Global Touring Electrifying Powerhouse, DRMAGDN: Cyborg Drummer and DJ will make his debut at the popular, trendy night spot Chelsea Table & Stage (located at 152 west 26th street inside the Hilton Hotel) on  Friday April 12, 2024 @ 9:00PM. DRMAGDN will be celebrating his high energy brand of Electronic Dance Music (EDM)…

Going Steady: New Singles 2-23-24- 2-29-24 Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 26, 2024 |

dance pop, gooey confection

US Top Ten Albums Tracking 2-16-24 – 2-22-24

By Iman Lababedi | February 26, 2024 |

75K EAUs is abysmal

Our Friend Tony Orlando’s Farewell Tour

By admin | February 25, 2024 |

“I still hit the ball, I just can’t run the bases!!!”

Sneak Peaks: New Album releases 3-1-24 – 3-7-24

By Iman Lababedi | February 25, 2024 |

contenders for the best punk rock around

Child Bite, Lamb Of God, Pantera At Madison Square Garden, Thursday, February 22nd, 2024, Reviewed

By Iman Lababedi | February 25, 2024 |

A three hours of hard rock, metal not metal, swift, loud, egoless pure metal

Scroll To Top