Diary (1977)

Easy Cure


They started reheasing again, but this time as Easy Cure, based on a song written by Lol Tolhurst entitled "I Don't Need No Easy Cure".


"Logically, we should have gone to University, our brothers had gone. But, just then, punk arrived and we turned down University. I went to work in a pharmaceutical lab and we started rehearsing again at Robert's house." Lol Tolhurst on Ten Imaginary Years (1988)

"Robert's parents had an annexe on their house and we practised there three or four times a week. Robert would come in with some guitar chords, I'd find a bassline, Lol would sort out the drums and the two of them would write the words." Michael Dempsey on Ten Imaginary Years (1988)

"The group was a way of doing something. I didn't hope for anything, but I found a lot of our songs better than those I was listening to. My biggest influence at that time was John Peel. From 15 on, I used to listen to his show every night, that was the best part of the day. I heard White Riot and cut off all my hair! The Buzzcocks, The Stranglers... I used to dream of making a record that John Peel would play.
"We decided we needed another name if we were going to start playing again, so one night in the middle of January 1977, we sat around in my kitchen discussing it. One of our songs was called Easy Cure, a song written by Lol, and, eventually, in desperation we settled on that." Robert Smith on Ten Imaginary Years (1988)

"I got reinstated, though - I got taken back but they never acknowledged I was there. It was hilarious. I did three A-Levels - failed Biology miserably, scraped through French and got a B in English. Then I spent eight or nine months on Social Security until they stopped my money.
"It came to the point where I'd rather be stay at home listening to music but they'd tell me I had to work and I'd just ask 'Why?'
"I brewed home-made lager so I shouldn't have to spent a lot of money drinking, which is a good hint for all you out-of-work people."
Robert Smith on A Visual Documentary (1988)

Line-up Changes


During March 1977, Easy Cure had new vocalist Gary X, but they fired him soon. Later in the same month, they co-opted Peter O'Toole, he was known also as a demon footballer and Bowie fan, who'd never sung before.

Birthday Show


On 22 April 1977, Easy Cure performed their debut gig in the hall of St Edward's Church in Crawley.

22.04.1977 - Crawley, St Edward the Confessor (UK)


"I remember nothing at all so it must have been good..." Robert Smith on Ten Imaginary Years (1988)

Wanna Be A Recording Star ?


During April 1977, German's largest indepent label Hansa placed an advert for new talent in the British music press. So, Easy Cure made a tape in the dining room of Robert's parents' house, and then sent it in with a photo.

Plastic Passion


On 5 May 1977, Robert Smith received a telegram from Hansa. And the next day, Easy Cure played at The Rocket in Crawley.

06.05.1977 - Crawley, The Rocket (UK)


"It was Sunday lunchtime and we realised Amulet were supposed to be playing that night and that they couldn't make it for some reason so we just phoned the pub and asked if we could play instead. We realised we needed to play in front of a real audience at some point so we rehearsed all afternoon and went and played. We went down quite well and they asked us back again, within two or three months, we were pulling about 300 people because there was no-one in Crawley who'd ever done anything like what we were doing. We had a really drunken following, and we were really just a focal point, an excuse for people to go out, get really drunk and smash the place up!
"Whenever we played, we all thought it was awful - there was loads of feedback and you could never hear anything except Porl's guitar. That's the only reason we kept getting rebooked, because he became the local guitar hero!"
Robert Smith on Ten Imaginary Years (1988)

Audition At Morgan Studios


On 13 May 1977, Easy Cure arrived at Morgan Studios in London for their audiction.


"They had a video camera set up and said 'Just go through a couple of your songs': we did, and they signed us. In retrospect, their only interest was in the way we looked. They thought they could turn us into a teen group like Child. I don't think they even listened to our tape - they just liked the photo!" Robert Smith on Ten Imaginary Years (1988)

Contract With Hansa


On 15 May 1977, they played again at The Rocket. And, on 18 May 1977, after much debate, they were sent a signed contract offered by Hansa.

15.05.1977 - Crawley, The Rocket (UK)

Easy Cure Live


In June 1977, Easy Cure continued to play locally.

07.06.1977 - Redhill, Railway Inn (UK)
26.06.1977 - Crawley, The Rocket (UK)

Peace Concert


On 3 July 1977, Easy Cure played a Peace Concert in Queen's Square in Crawley, organised by James and Consuelo Duggan who'd arranged over 100 free concerts in Ireland. About 300 people came and Robert's dad filmed this performance (part of it is available on Staring At The Sea - The Images video released in May 1986).

Official biography Ten Imaginary Years states that this show was on 3 June 1979, but it wasn't Sunday...

03.07.1977 - Crawley, Queens Square (UK)


"We just wanted people to come along, listen to the music and think about peace. Not just for Northern Ireland but everywhere" James and Consuelo Duggan on the local (Crawley) press (1977)

Summertime Easy Cure


Between July and September 1977, Easy Cure continued to play locally.

23.07.1977 - Crawley, The Rocket (UK)
05.08.1977 - Crawley, St. Edward's Church Hall (UK)
13.08.1977 - Crawley, Lakeside (UK)
14.08.1977 - Crawley, The Rocket (UK)

Line-up Changes


On 11 September 1977, the band played at The Rocket, and the next day Peter O'Toole quit.


"He went off to a Kibbutz in Israel and, as I'd sung Foxy Lady at the Peace concert, and we'd already had about four useless frontmen, I thought I couldn't be any worse so I decided to be the singer." Robert Smith on Ten Imaginary Years (1988)

"I think that's probably the most admirable thing I've ever seen Robert do, take the vocals on himself. I can't remember how he broken the news to us but I'm sure his decision was born out of frustration. We'd had such a hard time with singers." Michael Dempsey on Ten Imaginary Years (1988)

"I've never really seen myself as a singer. In the early days I never cared about giving a performance. I'd just work myself up into the state of mind needed for the song and that'd be it. Some of the things I sang were pretty good, but a lot of it was out of tune." Robert Smith on A Visual Documentary (1988)

Easy Cure Goes Into Tthe Studio / Benefit Gig


On 9 October 1977, the band played again in Queen's Square in Crawley. And, after signing a £1.000 contract with Hansa, they bought new equipment.

On 11 October 1977, they recorded some demos in SAV studios in London. The songs from the first recording session were See The Children, I Just Need Myself, I Want To Be Old, Pillbox Tales and Meathook.

On 16 October 1977, Easy Cure played benefit for Tony Weaver at Felbridge Village Hall and the police intervened.


"I think it was because we were doing benefits for this teacher called Tony Weaver who was sacked for his committing an act of gross indepency with a main in a public place. We didn't think someone's sexual preferences should have any bearing on whether or not they were considered to be a good teacher and, inevitably, this incurred the wrath of the local National Front. From then on whenever we played local concerts, there was usually a lot of trouble, so we started gathering together our own Easy Cure Wrecking Crew." Robert Smith on Ten Imaginary Years (1988)

"Dr Weaver was a language teacher at our secondary school, probably the first outrageous homosexual we ever met, and a marvelous character. When he left the school, he was persecuted continuously and we admired him because he became a kind of anti-establishment figure." Michael Dempsey on Ten Imaginary Years (1988)

During October 1977, they played more local places, like The Rocket on 23rd, St. Edward's Church Hall on 28th and Lakeside on 31st.

Easy Cure Goes Into The Studio


On 15 November 1977, Easy Cure recorded new demos in SAV studios in London. The songs from the second recording session were Rebel Rebel, I Saw Here Standing There, I'm Cold, Little Girl and Killing An Arab.

On 20 November 1977, Easy Cure played at The Rocket.

Easy Cure For All Occasions


During December 1977, Easy Cure continued to play locally.

04.12.1977 - Crawley, The Rocket (UK)
17.12.1977 - Effingham, Park Hotel (UK)
18.12.1977 - Crawley, The Rocket (UK)
22.12.1977 - Crawley, St. Edward's Church Hall (UK)
23.12.1977 - Crawley, Upjohn Pharmaceutical (UK)

On 31 December 1977, Easy Cure played at Orpington General Hospital.


"It was hilarious - something Michael's brother-in-law set up. He decided he was going to be our manager, had all these cards printed up saying 'Easy Cure For All Occasions' and got us this gig paying £20. Well, we thought, 'we'll play anywhere for £20' but when we arrived, we realised it was full of 40 and 50 year olds and trainee managers who, by 11 o'clock, were getting pretty belligerent because we were playing songs like Killing An Arab." Robert Smith on Ten Imaginary Years (1988)

"They wanted a dance band and we really had no grasp on anyone's tunes but our own. We were also expected to play two sets but we knew right from the outset it was dangerous because we played our first set to a lot of booing and hissing. Luckily they weren't sufficiently drunk at that stage to be anything more than vocal." Michael Dempsey on Ten Imaginary Years (1988)

"Porl had a history of playing in cabaret bands and so, during the break, we were wondering what we could do and Porl said he sort of knew how to play 'Tie A Yellow Ribbon'. So we went back and started playing it and this roar of approval went up but, after bashing away at the chorus for six or seven minutes, this bloke threw a bottle and we ended up in the car park getting beaten up by several punters who wanted their money back!
"Michael's brother-in-law immediately destroyed all 500 of his Easy Cure calling cards and we realised then that we couldn't just go and play any old place. We didn't want to learn loads of other people's songs just so we could because, that way, we would have become yet another pub band."
Robert Smith on Ten Imaginary Years (1988)

"I think we got paid. I'd remember if we hadn't!" Michael Dempsey on Ten Imaginary Years (1988)