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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 35 customer reviews
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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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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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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
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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By A Customer on Sept. 1 2001
Format: Audio CD
Like many Cure fans, I started with "Disintegration" and was sucked in very quickly. After that epic album I purchased the "Galore" singles collection and then set about purchasing other Cure albums to satisfy my desires for 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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