Cure - Three Imaginary Boys (Rhino/Fiction)
The 2nd of June 1979 and a band that would later become regulars to
the UK chart made their first appearance with the release of 'Three
Imaginary Boys'. The Cure, a band who had previously only had minor
success and none so far on a nationwide level released this album through
independent label Fiction. Tunes that featured the punkesque backdrop
of Tolhurst and Dempsey were illustrated by Smith's now familiar vocal
scrawl and this band were set to go from cult heroes to stadium fillers
in the space of a decade.
This time around, the Rhino label have released this album as a double
set featuring tracks taken from Robert Smith's own personal archive.
Hours spent in punk clubs of the day, coupled with his own personal
teenage angst really do show when we come to listen to this album. A
hotchpotch of untrained riotous musicality perform upfront, but what
appears quite odd is the fact that the group are undoubtedly different
from their contemporaries and are set for more than the rigors of fashion
that punk experienced.
What is most interesting about this collected work is that we not only
get to hear live workings of familiar tunes taken from the original
album, but also hear for example, how a song like '10.15...' developed
from its original 'home demo' in 1978. This sees Robert performing this
tune apparently on his own, flanked by what I can only describe as a
'Bontempi' and rhythm offered up by something considerably less than
a 'full-kit'. It's these moments that help the listener connect with
the artist more so than was originally available from listening to this
album upon it's release. With rarities dating back as far as 1977 available
here, this release collects together tracks that were never before generally
available and is an album, that is for more than just the die-hard fan.