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Boys Don't Cry


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  • Audio CD (April 11 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra Entertain.
  • ASIN: B000002H5V
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,983 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Boys Don't Cry
2. Plastic Passion
3. 10:15 Saturday Night
4. Accuracy
5. So What
6. Jumping Someone Else's Train
7. Subway Song
8. Killing An Arab
9. Fire In Cairo
10. Another Day
11. Grinding Halt
12. Three Imaginary Boys


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SandmanVI on Feb. 19 2004
Format: Audio CD
Basically the same as their actual debut '3 Imaginary Boys' with the addition of the singles "Killing an Arab" based on Camus' "The Stranger" and the uptempo, anti-conformity ditty "Jumping Someone Else's Train". Too bad they dropped the cover of Hendrix' "Foxy Lady". The title track is amazing; I always to compare it to Bauhaus' "She's in Parties" as one of the best post-punk, pre-Goth masterpieces. It's soaked in reverb and echoes, dreamy and dark, distant and edgy. The disc is a must for fans and non-fans would like it as well. It's easily more accessible than the bleak efforts that followed. If you have this then the British debut '3IB' is unnecessary unless you are a true Cure completist (disclosure - I have both).
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Format: Audio CD
This is the beginning of the Cure. Sometimes very raw, but also smart. I don't know many bands that write songs about books ('Killing An Arab' is based on the book 'The Stranger'), it just shows that Robert Smith isn't your average musician. The last track, 'Three Imaginary Boys', is probably my favorite song, it is a great close to the album.
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By A Customer on Oct. 1 2002
Format: Audio CD
As an old 80's youth, I would have to say that this album is arguably the one album that changed the face of music and finally sent disco packing. It set the sound for what would later become "80s music", much like Nirvana's "Never Mind" started the whole grunge scene, and put the 80's sound away for good. Heck, I think Robert Smith started the Goth fashion statement. This album came out at the perfect time when new sounds were being introduced and future bands were starting to click. It's from an era when the Police were brand new, and the B-52s had yet to become the ultimate party band. .
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.
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By A Customer on Sept. 16 2002
Format: Audio CD
My sister got this CD yesterday. I hadn't listened to this album in at least six or seven years and was very upset when I popped it in the player and noticed (as an earlier reviewer noted) that "Object" has been replaced by "So What" and "World War" is just absent. Why did they remove these two songs? It can't be for lack of space on the CD because it's only about 35 minutes long. And it can't be because they were offensive songs because "Killing an Arab," while NOT offensive is misinterpreted as such to an extent that a warning sticker was on the CD (shudder). I got this tape in 1985 a day after I heard "Boys Don't Cry" on the radio. I must have listened to it a thousand times. My two-star rating would be an admittedly biased five if the two songs weren't missing. Maybe this is the original album and the tape had bonus tracks, who knows. I suggest trying to find the album on tape, or buy Three Imaginary Boys but you still won't get "World War." WARNING: I stopped listening the the Cure after I bought Disintegration ... I am one of those old fogey Cure fans.
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Format: Audio CD
This disc is very much worth a listen or two...or three...or sixty. I still have the original cassette, but it's seen better days. So I bought the CD, as well.
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.
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