Oh my goodness I got obsessed by The Cure in my late teens. Emerging from a world of electronic and hip hop, through the gateway of New Order, I ended up in Indie guitar world but then introduced to The Cure by friend and occasional Smooly Batrash co-conspirator Alex.

The first Cure album I really got into was 1987’s Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, but I then plundered their back catalogue. Seventeen Seconds, their second album, mixes electronic instruments with the guitars of Three Imaginary Boys. It’s very much of its time, and still quite simplistic in comparison to where Robert Smith took the band, but it shows some of the direction of where there were headed. The song A Forest became a live favourite for many years.

You can see the #51for50 project to date here: https://mmitii.mattballantine.com/category/projects/51-for-50/

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