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Minimalist and cold on the surface, the music from the Cure sounds like Alice’s attic from Lewis Carroll in its imagery and in the construction of its melodies. But this first stripped-down attempt veering toward post-punk doesn’t yet prefigure the upcoming highly anthracite trilogy (the essential Seventeen Seconds, Faith and Pornography). In the blend of metallic, saturated and nervous sounds of Three Imaginary Boys released in May 1979, Robert Smith evokes his phobias and his fears in an atypical way. Atypical like 10:15 Saturday Night, a genial pop song both disjointed and sharp, leaning on the crutch of improbable saturated guitars. Atypical again is the oddball cover of Foxy Lady from Hendrix, of whom Smith is an absolute fan. These are weird and strange beginnings, far from the huge success that this flagship band of the British New Wave will enjoy throughout the 80s and 90s… © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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1
10:15 Saturday Night
00:03:42

Mike Hedges, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer - Lol Tolhurst, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Dempsey, Composer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Parry, Producer - Mike Dutton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1979 Fiction Records Ltd.

2
Accuracy
00:02:17

Mike Hedges, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer - Lol Tolhurst, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Dempsey, Composer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Parry, Producer - Mike Dutton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1979 Fiction Records Ltd.

3
Grinding Halt
00:02:49

Mike Hedges, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer - Lol Tolhurst, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Dempsey, Composer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Parry, Producer - Mike Dutton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1979 Fiction Records Ltd.

4
Another Day
00:03:44

Mike Hedges, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer - Lol Tolhurst, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Dempsey, Composer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Parry, Producer - Mike Dutton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1979 Fiction Records Ltd.

5
Object
00:03:01

Mike Hedges, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer - Lol Tolhurst, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Dempsey, Composer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Parry, Producer - Mike Dutton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1979 Fiction Records Ltd.

6
Subway Song
00:01:58

Mike Hedges, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer - Lol Tolhurst, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Dempsey, Composer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Parry, Producer - Mike Dutton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1979 Fiction Records Ltd.

7
Foxy Lady
00:02:29

Mike Hedges, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jimi Hendrix, ComposerLyricist - Robert Smith, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - The Cure, MainArtist - Lol Tolhurst, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Dempsey, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Parry, Producer - Mike Dutton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1979 Fiction Records Ltd.

8
Meat Hook
00:02:17

Mike Hedges, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer - Lol Tolhurst, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Dempsey, Composer, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Parry, Producer - Mike Dutton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1979 Fiction Records Ltd.

9
So What
00:02:36

Mike Hedges, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer - Lol Tolhurst, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Dempsey, Composer, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Parry, Producer - Mike Dutton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1979 Fiction Records Ltd.

10
Fire In Cairo
00:03:23

Mike Hedges, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer - Lol Tolhurst, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Dempsey, Composer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Parry, Producer - Mike Dutton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1979 Fiction Records Ltd.

11
It's Not You
00:02:50

Mike Hedges, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer - Lol Tolhurst, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Dempsey, Composer, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Parry, Producer - Mike Dutton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1979 Fiction Records Ltd.

12
Three Imaginary Boys
00:03:15

Mike Hedges, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer - Lol Tolhurst, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Dempsey, Composer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Parry, Producer - Mike Dutton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1979 Fiction Records Ltd.

13
The Weedy Burton
00:00:53

Mike Hedges, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer - Lol Tolhurst, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Dempsey, Composer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Parry, Producer - Mike Dutton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1979 Fiction Records Ltd.

DISC 2

1
I Want To Be Old ('Easy Care' Sav Studio Demo 10/77)
00:02:35

Chris Blair, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer - Lol Tolhurst, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Porl Thompson, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Dempsey, Composer, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1977 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

2
I'm Cold (Sav Studio Demo 11/77)
00:03:19

Chris Blair, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer - Lol Tolhurst, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Porl Thompson, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Dempsey, Composer, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1977 Fiction Records Ltd.

3
Heroin Face (The Rocket Live 12/77)
00:02:38

Chris Blair, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer - Lol Tolhurst, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Porl Thompson, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Dempsey, Composer, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2004 Fiction Records Ltd.

4
I Just Need Myself (PSL Studio Demo 1/78)
00:02:12

Chris Blair, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer - Lol Tolhurst, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Porl Thompson, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Dempsey, Composer, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1978 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

5
10:15 Saturday Night (RS Organ Home Demo With Vox 2/78)
00:04:35

Chris Blair, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer - Lol Tolhurst, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Dempsey, Composer, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1978 Fiction Records Ltd.

6
The Cocktail Party (Group Home Demo)
00:04:15

Chris Blair, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer - Lol Tolhurst, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Porl Thompson, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Dempsey, Composer, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1978 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

7
Grinding Halt (Group Home Demo 4/78)
00:03:29

Chris Blair, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer - Lol Tolhurst, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Porl Thompson, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Dempsey, Composer, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1978 Fiction Records Ltd.

8
Boys Don't Cry (Chestnut Studio Demo 5/78)
00:02:43

Chris Blair, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer - Lol Tolhurst, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Dempsey, Composer, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2004 Fiction Records Ltd.

9
It's Not You (Chestnut Studio Demo 5/78)
00:03:15

Chris Blair, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer - Lol Tolhurst, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Dempsey, Composer, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1978 Fiction Records Ltd.

10
10:15 Saturday Night (Chestnut Studio Demo 5/78)
00:03:39

Chris Blair, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer - Lol Tolhurst, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Dempsey, Composer, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1978 Fiction Records Ltd.

11
Fire In Cairo (Chestnut Studio Demo 5/78)
00:03:40

Chris Blair, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer - Lol Tolhurst, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Dempsey, Composer, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1978 Fiction Records Ltd.

12
Winter (3IB Studio Out-Take 10/78)
00:03:45

Mike Hedges, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Blair, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer - Lol Tolhurst, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Dempsey, Composer, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Parry, Producer - Mike Dutton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

13
Faded Smiles (aka I Don't Know) (3IB Studio Out-Take 10/78)
00:02:15

Mike Hedges, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Blair, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer - Lol Tolhurst, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Dempsey, Composer, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Parry, Producer - Mike Dutton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

14
Play With Me (3IB Studio Out-Take 10/78)
00:03:28

Mike Hedges, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Blair, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer - Lol Tolhurst, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Dempsey, Composer, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Parry, Producer - Mike Dutton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Polydor Ltd. (UK)

15
World War
00:02:36

Mike Hedges, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer - Lol Tolhurst, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Dempsey, Composer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Parry, Producer - Mike Dutton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1980 Fiction Records Ltd.

16
Boys Don't Cry
00:02:35

Mike Hedges, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Young, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Dempsey, Composer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - David M. Allen, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Parry, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Dutton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1979 Fiction Records Ltd., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music Group, Inc.

17
Jumping Someone Else's Train
00:02:57

Mike Hedges, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Dempsey, Composer, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Parry, Producer

℗ 1979 Fiction Records Ltd.

18
Subway Song (Live In Nottingham 10/79)
00:02:27

Chris Blair, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer - Lol Tolhurst, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Dempsey, Composer, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2004 Fiction Records Ltd.

19
Accuracy (Live In Nottingham 10/79)
00:02:34

Chris Blair, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer - Lol Tolhurst, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Dempsey, Composer, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1979 Fiction Records Ltd.

20
10:15 Saturday Night (Live In Nottingham 10/79)
00:04:38

Chris Blair, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Smith, Composer, Author, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Cure, MainArtist - LAURENCE TOLHURST, Composer - Lol Tolhurst, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Dempsey, Composer, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1979 Fiction Records Ltd.

Album Description

Minimalist and cold on the surface, the music from the Cure sounds like Alice’s attic from Lewis Carroll in its imagery and in the construction of its melodies. But this first stripped-down attempt veering toward post-punk doesn’t yet prefigure the upcoming highly anthracite trilogy (the essential Seventeen Seconds, Faith and Pornography). In the blend of metallic, saturated and nervous sounds of Three Imaginary Boys released in May 1979, Robert Smith evokes his phobias and his fears in an atypical way. Atypical like 10:15 Saturday Night, a genial pop song both disjointed and sharp, leaning on the crutch of improbable saturated guitars. Atypical again is the oddball cover of Foxy Lady from Hendrix, of whom Smith is an absolute fan. These are weird and strange beginnings, far from the huge success that this flagship band of the British New Wave will enjoy throughout the 80s and 90s… © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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