March 2019 is a historical milestone for The Cure.
Not only will the British band perform for an African audience for the very first time – but just eight days after their Cape Town show on the 21st, the post-punk pioneers will be inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame.
What’s more exciting is that frontman Robert Smith has promised us a new album sometime this year. This’ll be The Cure’s first full-length offering in over a decade, and their 13th since 2008’s 4:13 Dream.
If you’re not familiar with these ’80s new wave icons, we suggest you buy The Cure’s well-curated Greatest Hits album.
But they’re not just the poppy Friday I’m in Love and jazzy Love Cats – The Cure can also get incredibly ominous, crazy and alien.
They have a rich back catalogue dating back some 40 years.
So, we’ve carefully chosen a dozen of their lesser-known tracks to get you over those post-holiday blues, and amped for March.
(I Don’t Know What’s Going) On
Taken from the band’s second last, self-titled album, this somewhat repetitive track has Smith bleating out unworldly high-notes in a chorus you didn’t hear coming.
Easily overlooked because of the iconic Lullaby and Disintegration of the same album, this song shows off The Cure’s key trademark: instrumental layering.
The Reasons Why
The Cure know how to keep up with the times and do indie far better than most today. After all, they are the Godfathers.
Smith tells the story of a relationship that, just like the song, comes to an abrupt end.
Doing the Unstuck
Here’s hoping this underrated track makes it to the South African setlist. Stellar guitar-work.
Smith’s come out to play and he can’t find his lipstick.
Eat your heart out Tom Delonge. This is often the band’s festival centrepiece. We can’t wait.
How Beautiful You Are
A seamless chorus screaming signature Cure.
Six Different Ways
Wanna balloon Georgie?
We were so surprised to hear this gem play in the reboot of Stephen King’s IT.
The Cure’s goth daze: you either really love it or can’t get into the mood.
The mist lifts with this punk sing-along. They’re Three Imaginary Boys!
Absolutely haunting. Bassist Simon Gallup lays the bed, while Smith casts you under his sleeping spell.
The Cure will Rock the Lawns in South Africa on these dates in March 2019:
16 March – JHB: Carnival City
21 March – CPT: Kenilworth Race Course
You can buy your tickets at Computicket here.
Graeme Raubenheimer is a journalist, TV news producer, bassist and occasional writer for Texx and the City. He’s never physically met the publication’s founder Tecla Ciolfi. Blame the internet. He’s also in love with The Cure.