This year's Glastonbury headliners and goth icons The Cure celebrate a milestone today. Their seminal album 'Disintegration', widely adored and critically heralded, turned 30 years old. Back in 1989, it was considered a triumph in cementing The Cure's dark, thematic sound, and the band really hit their stride musically and commercially.
In the latest of our Why I Love... features, See Tickets' own Digital Marketing Manager Sarah Moore gushes over the sound of her late teens and invites you to do the same.
Can you summarise your love for 'Disintegration' in one paragraph?
I discovered The Cure as a teen, when Robert Smith featured on blink-182's self titled record and was immediately drawn to the dark and intense vocal he added to the moody, lovelorn track 'All Of This'. As a result, I proceeded to watch every YouTube video I could find of their singles. On listening to songs like 'Pictures of You', 'Lullaby' and 'Lovesong' I was hooked. I listened to the full album 'Disintegration' and found instantly that no other album had resonated with me so deeply. The perfect personification of melancholy, and romance, and pain... wrapped up in a mammoth 71 minutes and 47 seconds.
Do you have a particular anecdote or memory attached to the album?
So many. My obsession with The Cure will always remind me of going to college, desperately trying to find my place in all of it, and most of all trying to appear cool and edgy in amongst all of these new people I was meeting. Most of all, it reminds me of meeting my husband, and demanding he listen to the album with me on his old Hi-Fi tucked away in his room so he could appreciate it the same way I did.
We’re not saying you should mess with perfection, but if you could change anything about the album what would it be?
It's recently been pointed out to me that the vinyl issue that I own from 1990 omits two of the tracks ('Last Dance and 'Homesick'), due to the album being so long it couldn't fit on one record. I suppose I would add those back in to the LP. You truly can't mess with perfection!
How would you persuade any music fans – or non-music fans for that matter – to listen to 'Disintegration'?
You need to go into The Cure with some entry level songs. The softer stuff from 'Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me' or 'The Head On The Door'. If you've never listened to them before, you can't go full goth on your first time. Once you listen to the album, as it says in the liner notes, "this album was mixed to be played loud... so turn it up!"
The Cure are not currently touring in the UK. But, if you're lucky enough to have bagged yourself a ticket, you can catch them at Glastonbury Festival this June!
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