Originally called the Easy Cure, the band
was formed in 1976 by schoolmates Robert Smith (vocals, guitar),
Dempsey (bass), and Laurence "Lol" Tolhurst
Easy Cure had started out very much as a punk band, by the time they
simplified the name to The Cure, Smith’s increasing fascination with
dark and weighty subject matter was matched by his ability to channel
those ideas into passionately evocative songs that set them apart from the
typical punk bands of the era, as evidenced by the Albert Camus-inspired
"Killing an Arab." A demo tape, featuring "Killing an
Arab," arrived in the hands of Chris Parry, an A&R representative
at Polydor Records; by the time he received the tape, the band's name had
been condensed to the Cure. Parry was impressed with the song and arranged
for its release on the independent label Small Wonder in December 1978.
Early in 1979, Parry left Polydor to form his own record label, Fiction,
and the Cure was one of the first bands he signed to the label.
"Killing an Arab" was re-released in February of 1979, and the
Cure set out on their first tour of England.
The Cure Pictures
|The Cure's debut
Imaginary Boys, was released in May 1979 to good reviews in the
British music press. Later that year, the group released the non-LP
singles "Boys Don't Cry" and "Jumping Someone Else's
Train." That same year, the Cure embarked on a major tour with
Siouxsie & the Banshees. During the tour, the Banshees' guitarist
McKay left the group and Robert Smith stepped in for the missing musician;
for the next decade or so, Smith would frequently collaborate with members
of the Banshees.