Boys Don't Cry
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|8. Killing An Arab|
|9. Fire In Cairo|
|10. Another Day|
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When Robert Smith's long-running group made this debut (actually the resequenced American version of the British Three Imaginary Boys), they weren't the Goth-and-reverb, new wave heroes they later became; they were just a trio of disaffected kids who didn't like what was on the radio, because it wasn't smart enough or dark enough. Smith's lyrics are bleakly sarcastic (as when he spells out the title of "Fire in Cairo") and literate (the single "Killing an Arab," a nihilistic sketch based on a scene from Albert Camus's The Stranger). The band matches them with swift, tingling arrangements that dodge skillfully around rock's machismo and self-indulgence, even when Smith launches into the occasional gnarled little solo. --Douglas Wolk
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This is a simple album, much like the Violent Femmes first release, full of simple tunes that stay in your head. No drum machines or over programmed keyboards, just some solid guitar and rhythm. It's unfortunate that this release has messed with the tracks. I am lucky enough to actually own an original Friction Records release on CD, which I bought many years ago. All I can surmise is that there must have been some copyright disputes preventing Elektra from obtaining the rights to World War and Object from Friction.
Anyway this is a great album, and has a definite place in history. If you like the Cure or want to follow the sound of a decade, check it out. If you don't like the 80's sound, you most likely won't like this, but it's worth a listen.
What I find interesting is that the track listings are different. My original cassette has the song "Object" in place of "So What," and an extra track called "World War," bringing the total number of songs to 13, as opposed to the 12 that you receive on this edition of the album. I was slightly disappointed by this, as "World War" had been one of my favorite songs from the album. But I've grown to accept this difference, and I still love the CD. Plus, "So What" is a nice little song, in its own right. I just never understood the change. Perhaps, someday, someone will be able to explain it to me.
All that aside, this edition is, as I've said, certainly worth the money. As long as "Fire in Cairo," "Another Day," and "Three Imaginary Boys" are still intact, it's pretty priceless and shows the enormous potential that The Cure had when they started out. Potential which rose to soaring heights by 1989, then drifted into maudlin repetitiveness. Let's face it...every Post-"Disintegration" Cure album is not worthy of their reputation, each having a FEW good songs, at best. The Cure have been running on fumes ever since the '90s began. But this was before all that. This was 1979. And God...does it sound good.
The songs on this album are nowhere near as elaborate or epic as those found on later Cure albums. In fact, all of the songs on "Boys Don't Cry" are briefer than the INTROS from most of the songs on "Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me" or "Disintegration." They're also very stripped down, being that there were only three members in the band in 1979.Read more ›
I purchased this, the first album, recently and was very disappointed. Certainly, as others have stated, I can see the roots of what would come in the lyrics. But not in the music. The Cure is (was?) an ever-changing group; members would come and go as they felt the need, and it seems that Robert Smith was the only constant. Thus the albums reflect the contributions of the group's lineup at the time. This particular lineup is not one that I enjoyed.
I don't want to sound too harsh, but this sounded like bad 80s music. :(
If you're just getting into the Cure, (or are about "half way" like me), skip this one and the next one ("Seventeen Seconds"); save them for last, perhaps.
If you're looking for more music like that on "Disintegration", I recommend the following: Wish, Bloodflowers, and Pornography. (Note that Pornography, Disintegration, and Bloodflowers are said to be the 3 chapters of a conceptual trilogy.)
Also, on The Cure's site ([...] click on "Archives", then "Words." All of the songs are listed in order of creation/publish, and are grouped by the different Cure lineups, which is incredibly helpful in figuring out which lineup you prefer.
In summary, this album was a disappointment to me, as the later albums are much more satisfying.
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OK, so technically this isn't The Cure's first album. Well, it is, and it isn't. It culls the best tracks from their actual debut album, "Three Imaginary Boys", removing... Read morePublished on June 6 2004 by B
i just got into the cure, but i find alot of the stuff they did in the 80's and 90's boring. this album i think is the best i've heard by them. Read morePublished on May 1 2004
This is the album that paved a way for one of the most versatile, ingenious and eccentric alternative rock bands of all time; a phenomenon, i.e. The Cure. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2003 by Vish Iyer
I haven't heard Three Imaginary Boys yet, however I own everything else the Cure has released including the imports, and to my ears this is a fine debut. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2003 by mike
I can't tell you what it is about this album that is so great, because first off, there are some horrible songs on here. Read morePublished on Aug. 14 2003 by R. Brown
Album number one (or at least the US edition of it) by The Cure is a far cry from all later albums, even their second, Seventeen Seconds, let alone something like Disintegration. Read morePublished on June 3 2003 by alexliamw
if anyone thinks punk and pop cant peacefully co- exist togther personaly this blows anything by green day and most of the ramones stuff out of the water the production is so... Read morePublished on Dec 19 2002
Robert Smith & co. were just teenagers when they did this album of pop gems. These songs catchy, fun and quite listenable today. Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2002