Thirty years ago Robert Smith and The Cure taught an entire generation how to experience the beauty of misery, and in the process made the best albums of their career. On the latest episode of Discologist, special guests Casey Rae and Wes Covey join us to talk about teenage feelings, commiseration through sound, and growing older with one of the biggest, most beautiful downers in music history.
The Cure were extremely prolific in the 80s, releasing seven albums during the decade, but in the years since their output has tapered off to the point where one might be forgiven for thinking that the band has gone into retirement. Every few years Robert Smith and company make a return, though, and it is perhaps the rarity of these appearances that make it seem like an event when they happen. When the band announced a show at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD, it sold out quickly – quite a feat for a venue with a capacity of over 19,000 – and on the night of the show the excitement in the air was palpable before the band even took to the stage.