FLOWERS OF LOVE

www.thecure.cz

The Cure on Press (1981)


New Musical Express (UK)


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Polls entitled "John Peel's Festive Fifty" with A Forest at # 18.

Trans Europe Express on the cover.

New Musical Express (UK)


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Times Square movie advert.

Wah Heat on the cover.


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Melody Maker (UK)


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I'm In Love With A German Film Star single (by The Passions) review by Lynden Barber mentioning The Cure.


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Record Mirror (UK)


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Interview with Passions entitled "What becomes of the broken hearted?" written by Daniela Soave mentioning The Cure. Also there are more mentions in sections "Natural Blondie Column" and "Don't look back".


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New Musical Express (UK)


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Mention about The Cure.


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Smash Hits (UK)



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News article about the release of Faith album.


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New Musical Express (UK)


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Mention about The Cure which begins with: "Cure sticksman Lol Tolhurst has been invited by Europe's leading percussion expert...".


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New Musical Express (UK)


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News article entitled "Big Cure Tour".

John Lydon on the cover.


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New Musical Express (UK)


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News article entitled "Cure carnage".


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Melody Maker (UK)


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Primary single review entitled "Under the doctor's orders" written by Adam Sweeting. Also there is news article entitled "... and a comeback for Gilbert" about upcoming releases and UK tour dates.

Motorhead and Girlschool on the cover.


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New Musical Express (UK)


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Primary single advert and review. News article entitled "Cure set the rest" about the tour. Mention about The Cure.

Madness on the cover.


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Record Mirror (UK)


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News article about the UK tour. Primary single advert and review by Simon Tebbutt. "Spring Collection" with the picture of Robert Smith written by Daniela Soave and Sunie.

Adam Ant on the cover.


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Sounds (UK)


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News article entitled "Cure all" about the UK tour.


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Unknown Magazine (UK)


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Primary single review.

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Sound International (UK)



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Interview with The Cure entitled "17,000 Seconds with The Cure" written by Ralph Denyer.


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Spex (Germany)


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Primary single review.

Smash Hits (UK)



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News article entitled "Faith Healing". Primary single review by David Hepworth.


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Melody Maker (UK)


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News article with UK tour dates and London (4/5/1981) show advert. Gig guide (???).

Adam Ant on the cover.


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New Musical Express (UK)


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London (4/5/1981) show advert.

Michael Jackson on the cover.


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Sounds (UK)


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London (4/5/1981) show advert.

Melody Maker (UK)


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Gig guide with the picture of Michael Dempsey.

Linx on the cover.


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New Musical Express (UK)


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Charts.

Popeye on the cover.


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Sounds (UK)


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News article entitled "Cure All" which begins with: "The Cure have added two more dates to their previously announced British tour...". London (4/5/1981) show advert.

Smash Hits (UK)



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Lyrics to Primary. Competition. Faith album advert and review written by David Hepworth.


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Melody Maker (UK)


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Faith album review entitled "The Cure's funeral party" written by Adam Sweeting. Also there is news article about UK tour and London Hammersmith Odeon (4/5/1981) show advert.

Teardrop Explodes on the cover.


TRANSCRIPT

The Cure's funeral party

There's not a lot here you can stuff carelessly into the drawer labelled 'fun'. Just check the song titles - 'The Holy Hour', 'The Funeral Party', "The Drowning Man'. Not the stuff Mrs Mills albums are made of.

But it's impressive. The professional genre detective, confronted with the evidence of the Cure's first two albums, might have spotted the penchant for pop on the first and detected the spots of blood on the sombre sleeves of the second and added them together. But he couldn't have predicted the richness and deceptive power of 'Faith'. They start as they mean to go on with 'The Holy Hour', where Simon Gallup's slowly phased bass riff is beaten and punched by Lol (absuredly billed as 'Laurence' on the sleeve) Tolhurst's fat, dead percussion.

The rest of the first side, except the wonderfully streamlined single "Primary", offers variations on these themes. 'Other Voices" is built on a Spanish-style chord sequence and slyly builds enough momentum to start pushing crockery off the sideboard.

'All Cats Are Grey' (in the dark?) adopts more sluggish tempos but wrenches them into a completely different perspective via Robert Smith's desperately atmospheric keyboards. There's an inexplicable melancholy to it which is overwhelming.

Overleaf, you run straight into the aptly-named 'The Funeral Party'. More synthism and measured percussion strongly suggest a coach party of pall bearers enjoying a works outing to the great morgues of Europe.

Equally jocular is 'The Drowning Man', where the skeletal structure is modified by speaker-swapping overdubs and accelerated by clipped handclaps.

'Doubt' is side two's 'Primary', slicing though the dominant moody textures with angry vocals and grunting bass. 'Tear that flesh and rip that skin', snarls Smith, who would rather mince people than words.

Mostly, 'Faith' is a sophisticated exercise in atmosphere and production (by Mike Hedges and the band). It's gloomy but frequently majestic, never using brute force where auto-suggestion will do.

You may not love it, but you'll become addicted to it.

by Adam Sweeting


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New Musical Express (UK)


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News article entitled "Additions for Cure" about tour changes. Faith album advert with UK tour dates and review entitled "Cure: cancerous?" written by Ray Lowry. Gig guide. London (4/5/1981) show advert.

Scar on the cover.


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Record Mirror (UK)


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Faith album review entitled "Grinding halt for the Cure" written by Mike Nicholls. In the section "UK Newies" is small Primary review by James Hamilton. Gig guide with the picture of The Cure.

Steve Strange of Visage on the cover.


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Sounds (UK)


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News article entitled "Free Cure" about Carnage Visors soundtrack. London (4/5/1981) and Aylesbury (18/4/1981) shows adverts. Faith album advert.


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Melody Maker (UK)


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London (4/5/1981) show advert.

The Fabulous Thunderbirds on the cover.


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New Musical Express (UK)


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London (4/5/1981) show advert.

The Polecats on the cover.


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Sounds (UK)


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Faith album review entitled "Faith, Hope And Reverse Psychology" written by John Gill.

Ian Gillan on the cover.


TRANSCRIPT

The Cure: Faith

If we didn't know better, we could all throw rocks with the words "Joy Division" printed all the way through at The Cure. Fact is, course, they were doing this sort of thing - and minus the distasteful wordplay with deathcamp imagery - years before. Perhaps someone should phone the insanity squad?

Enough! The Cure are above such puerile games of grammar and solipsism. At best (Joy)/Division offered an unhealthy, vicarious snapshot of the darkness (but how soon everyone wore their badge!) and the press, poor leeches living their lives by proxy, flocked to their falsie nerve-ends.

The Cure pretend to no such Genetesque aesthetic of degradation. They would never "die for you". "Faith" has exactly that; beyond the surface of cynicism, this glance of genius glows with positivism and blares from its boot-soles upwards.

"Faith" is hardly new. "Primary" goes fast, its phased binary beat slicing somewhere between Neu and the Doctors of Madness. "Doubt" also takes it at a fair lick, a classy lyrical dance number. Neither of them are particularly historic, but both are infused with an epic quality by The Cure's sense of strong, haunting melody.

The rest commutes between modern-day Dusseldorf and the Sixties of the Floyd at the Middle Earth and the Doors in Miami. There's a Neu-ish sense of smudged melody, soft tones flowing around a languorous, groaning bass. Pieces like "Other Voices", a chill offshore dub written for a spaghetti western, and the seductive cathedral voices of "All Cats Are Grey", with a ritual drum beat I could whirl to all night, have an overwhelming authentic atmosphere. Like "The End", they have some strange sense of importance, of personal commitment, that I can't quite fathom. It's almost as though listening to "Faith" requires a personal act of involvement, the reward being a sense of belonging.

That may sound completely wacko, but "Faith" wins. It swings like a warm summer night, its warm breezes and rarefied beat transcend everyday dance music. But whatever symbols I pin on its entrancing map, the only steps you'll take here are those of an irresistible dance to music like brilliant light.

And a word to the wise: "Faith" and its constituent parts trade under a namemark of broadly "religious" cynicism, dismissing catechism, belief and observance. It may (should?) knock down some icons, but you should read between its lines. Reverse psychology may be passe, but "Faith" uses these as a front for its own deep-rooted hope and belief. As Smith repeats at the end of the title track, "There's nothing left but faith." Without that they couldn't have made this album. This is life and I want more of it.

by John Gill


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Sounds (UK)


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Faith album advert.

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The Face (UK)


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Faith album advert and review by David Hepworth.

Annabella on the cover.


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Musikexpress (Germany)


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Faith album advert with German dates.

Kraftwerk on the cover.


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Rip It Up (New Zealand)


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Article entitled "Catchin' In Barnes" written by Duncan Campbell. Primary single review which begins with: "First single from Faith...". Cult Hero single review which begins with: "Rumour has it that this is early Cure material...". Faith album full page advert. Small article entitled "Records: The State Of The Art - The Cure" which begins with: "Rock 'n Roll in the UK is currently at its most diverse...".

John Lydon on the cover.

Sounds (Germany)



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Article entitled "Gibt es Leben nach der Restauration?" written by Dietrich Diederichsen. Faith album advert and review written by Ewald Braunsteiner.


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Spex (Germany)



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Faith album review.

Melody Maker (UK)


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Interview with The Cure entitled "Primary Cure and the Picture Tour" written by Adam Sweeting.

Gary Numan on the cover.


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New Musical Express (UK)


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London (4/5/1981) show advert. Charts.

Girlschool on the cover.


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Record Mirror (UK)


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Reading (x/4/1981) show review entitled "The mood brood" by Marc Cooper. Reader's letter entitled "Is there no Cure?". Small article which begins with: "The Cure's bassist Simon Gallup looking supernaturally similar...".

The Undertones on the cover.

Small article in this issue ???


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Sounds (UK)


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London (4/5/1981) show advert. Charts with the picture of The Cure.


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The Times (UK)


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London (4/5/1981) show review written by Richard Williams.


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New Musical Express (UK)


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Newt Week in NME advert.


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Melody Maker (UK)


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London (4/5/1981) show review entitled "Taking The Cure With A Drip Feed" written by Lynden Barber.

XTC on the cover.


TRANSCRIPT

Taking The Cure With A Drip Feed

Up on stage the band were engaged in the fine art of performance, down in the stalls everyone was standing in front of their seats in a rapturous trance.

That's right, standing up for a stereo-headphone-and-reclining-chair job like the Cure!

I only had to look at lead Curist Robert Smith to get irritated... the way he stood motionless in inky shadow at the left of the stage, the way he'd carefully selected dark garb to match the grey "mood" of the music that was being stolidly painted in washed out watercolours, even the way his stupidly teased hair stood on end like a bushbaby plugged into the mains.

Most of all, though, I was annoyed by the whingeing voice he continually affected, grating through each song as if this was his idea of what a concerned young man ought to sound like. One of the songs actually contained the line "drip, drip, drip, drip...", which must have been tempting fate.

As if this wasn't enough, Smith's roadie must have accidentally jammed his flanger-chorus gadget thingy, so that the thing couldn't be turned off. Now dreamy ripples of guitar can sound attractive when used thoughtfully, but when used all evening they soon become a painful bore, turning every song into a samey wash.

The whole thing wasn't exactly helped along by bassist Simon Gallup and drummist Lol Tolhurst, who played so cleanly they must have scrubbed down before walking on stage. Now accuracy, sure, but where was the fire, the spark, the commitment? Only their latest single, "Primary", came across with anything that approached real human emotion.

The last time the Cure were at this venue, supporting the Banshees, they played with a sense of verve that turned the introversion of their records into a more attacking mould.

Nowadays they seem more concerned with transferring their increasingly precious vinyl sound to stage, a pretty pointless exercise. Maybe they'll change, I don't know. The way this lot are going at the moment they're more of an anaesthetic than a cure.

by Lynden Barber

New Musical Express (UK)


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Interview with The Cure entitled "Brood - Don't Sulk" written by Chris Bohn. Gig guide (???).

Bob Marley on the cover.


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Record Mirror (UK)


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Interview with Robert Smith entitled "Swaying with The Cure" written by Mark Cooper.

Bob Marley on the cover.

Sounds (UK)


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News article which begins with: "The Cure issue more sound prescriptions on the tail end of their month long tour...".

Melody Maker (UK)


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Reader's letter entitled "Cure Followers".

The Jam on the cover.

New Musical Express (UK)


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London (4/5/1981) show review entitled "Incurable!" written by Sheryl Garratt.

The Beat on the cover.


TRANSCRIPT

Incurable

This evening started and ended with music from Joy Division, appropriate as I heard "She's Lost Control" coming through at least twice during The Cure's set, but everybody's doing it and they're better than most. The difference is that JD created a mood and then said something with it, where The Cure simply create a mood, the lyrics comparing with the very worst sixth form poetry: "dancing at the funeral party" indeed!

First, Carnage Visors, an animated film shown on a large screen, with stills of the puppets in various positions appearing simultaneously on two smaller ones. I found it tedious and totally incomprehensible, the band's haunting soundtrack adding nothing to it.

The three imaginary boys take their places as it ends, silhouetted against the screens now used to much greater effect as blocks of colour in the sparse lighting scheme.

To avoid monotony, they vary the tone from intense through to very intense, but while the latter is atmospheric and sombre, any idiot with a synthesizer and a smattering of Kafka can do the same. It's when the angst is added to a pop sensibility, the synth swapped for that hollow, twangy guitar that they excel. Then I can love The Cure.

The earlier, quirky and fragile tunes like "10.15" and "Boys Don't Cry" show up the grim "Faith" tracks for the empty poses that they are; and the more meaningful they try to be, the less they actually manage to say.

They deserve an audience of earnest young men of the type founded at New Order gigs to share their collective angst, but instead were faced with hoardes of "O" and "A" Level students, closet existentialists who yell for "A Forest" all the way through, and sing along as if they were at a Gary Glitter show, spoiling the whole atmosphere by smiling when they should have been depressed.

The encore, of course, was "Killing An Arab", a song that was released while I was still at school, knee deep in French Lit. and existentialism myself. Which leads to Jean-Paul" Inevitable Question: Are you free, Robert Smith?

by Sheryl Garratt


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Faith album advert and review written by Frank Erdle.


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Record Mirror (UK)


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News article about the signature to A&M in the USA.

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Flexipop! (UK)


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Faith album review.

Issue # 7.


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The Cure: Faith

Remember "Killing An Arab". Good that. And "Boys Don't Cry". Another little gem. The Cure were upon us. Yet they've never really managed to cash in on their obvious talent in any hit making way. A track from this album "Primary", got them onto Top Of The Pops along with Buster and the boys but if they're looking for any real commercial success they may need to make a slight modification to their doomladen suicide pact act.

NME said: "This album... says absolutely nothing meaningful in a fairly depressing way... thousands of young people are forming bands when they would really be more suited to chartered accountancy or a career in market gardening."

Sounds said: "Faith wins. It swings like a warm summer night, it's warm breezes and rarefied beat transcend everyday dance music."

Record Mirror said: "Hollow, shallow, pretentious, meaningless, self-important and bereft of any real heart and soul... Faith? You've got to be kidding."

Melody Maker said: "It's impressive. "Faith" is a sophisticated exercise in atmosphere and production... it's gloomy but frequently majestic... you may not love it, but you'll become addicted to it..."

Flexipop says: The band's third and most fascinating album so far. Rich in ideas with an almost hypnotic appeal. Pass me the razor Robert.

Sounds (UK)


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Newcastle (17/5/1981) show review entitled "Out of the bedsit and into the funeral" written by Ian Ravendale. Next week's Sounds advert.

David Sylvian of Japan on the cover.


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Melody Maker (UK)


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Advert promoting Rock Werchter / Rock Torhout festivals including The Cure.


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Sounds (UK)


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Interview with The Cure entitled "Progression of power" written by John Gill.

Howard Devoto on the cover.


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New Musical Express (UK)


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MGP advert.

James Chance on the cover.


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Musiker Music News (Germany)


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Hamburg (1/6/1981) show review entitled "Picture Show" by Peter Niemann.


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Musiker Music News (Germany)


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News article entitled "Cure mit Sonder - Cassette".

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In Touch (New Zealand)


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Interview with Robert Smith entitled "Rapping With Robert" written by David Maclennan.


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New Musical Express (UK)


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News article entitled "Summer Round-up" about The Cure appearance at Torhout Festival.


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New Musical Express (UK)


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"Portrait Of The Artist As A Consumer" with David Gahan which mentions The Cure.

Dzuboks (Yugoslavia)


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Article entitled "Muzika koja ne mora nikom da se dopadne" written by Slobodan Cicmil. 2 pages

New Musical Express (UK)


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News article about The Cure appearance at Futurama Festival. Mention about The Cure. Interview with Siouxsie & The Banshees entitled "Into The Valley Of The Voodoo Doll" written by Lynn Hanna which mentions Robert Smith.


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Sounds (UK)


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In the section "Town And Out" is a small mention about The Cure which begins with: "The Cure headlined to a sizeable crowd at Perkins Palace...".

Melody Maker (UK)


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News article entitled "Four for Futurama" about The Cure's upcoming appearance at Futurama Festival (6/9/1981) in Stafford. Anyway they didn't played there again.


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Sounds (UK)


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News article about Futurama festival.

Unknown Magazine (UK)


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News article which begins with: "Bow Wow Wow have been added to the Sunday... Futurama 3 festival, joining The Cure...".

NME, MM, RM or Sounds ???

New Musical Express (UK)


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News article about The Cure appearance at Futurama Festival.

Title of this article is "Simply Minds replace The Cure in Stafford" ???

Blue Rondo on the cover.


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Unknown Magazine (UK)


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News article about The Cure's upcoming appearance at Futurama Festival (6/9/1981) in Stafford.

Date ??? NME, MM, RM or Sounds ???


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Sounds (UK)


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News article entitled "Minds join Futurama bill".

New Musical Express (UK)


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News article entitled "Leeds event - Cure, Heaven 17 and Professionals".

Kim Wilde on the cover.


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Unknown Magazine (UK)


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News article entitled "No Cure for Futurama 3".

Date ???

New Musical Express (UK)


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Leeds Festival review entitled "Daze Of The Week" written by Paul Du Noyer and Mick Duffy which mention The Cure.

New Musical Express (UK)


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Charlotte Sometimes single advert.

The Clash on the cover.


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Record Mirror (UK)


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News article about the release of Charlotte Sometimes single and review by Sunie.

Sting on the cover.

Date ??? 19/10/1981 ???


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Sounds (UK)


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Charlotte Sometimes single advert.


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Melody Maker (UK)


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Charlotte Sometimes single review by Adam Sweeting.

The Police on the cover.


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Lyrics to Charlotte Sometimes.


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Melody Maker (UK)


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London (3/12/1981) show advert.

OMD on the cover.


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New Musical Express (UK)


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London (3/12(1981) show advert. Newt Week in NME advert.


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Sounds (UK)


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London (3/12/1981) show advert.

New Musical Express (UK)


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News article entitled "Tonic from The Cure" about the tour. London (3/12/1981) show advert.


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Record Mirror (UK)


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News article entitled "Cold Cure" about the UK tour dates.


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Melody Maker (UK)


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News article with UK tour dates. Also there is London (3/12/1981) show advert.

Blue Rondo on the cover.


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New Musical Express (UK)


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Interview with Robert Smith entitled "A Cure For Fun" written by Paul Morley. News article about the tour. UK tour advert. Next Week in NME advert.

Earth, Wind & Fire on the cover.


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Melody Maker (UK)


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London (3/12/1981) show advert.

TV 21 on the cover.


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New Musical Express (UK)


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UK tour advert. Gig guide. In the section "Error" is a mention about The Cure.

DAF on the cover.


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Record Mirror (UK)


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News article about the UK tour.

Sounds (UK)


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Edinburgh (26/11/1981) show advert.

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Flexipop! (UK)



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Interview with Robert Smith entitled "A Cure For Christmas" written by Collingbourne.


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Melody Maker (UK)


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Bradford (28/11/1981) show review entitled "Future Cure" written by Frank Worral. Gig guide.

Julian Cope on the cover.


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New Musical Express (UK)


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Glasgow (27/11/1981) show review entitled "Trance Stance" written by Kirsty McNeill.

Images of the Year on the cover.


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Record Mirror (UK)


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Brighton (x/x/1981) show review by Sunie.


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Sounds (UK)


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Edinburgh (26/11/1981) show review by Johnny Waller.

Musikmarkt (Germany)


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Article entitled "New Wave Band und neue Kult Formation The Cure. News article about the release of Faith album.

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Top (Germany)


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Gig guide entitled "Top-Stars auf Tournee".

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News article (1/4 page) which begins with: "In Schuttorf: The Cure - 2. Open Air Festival am 13. Juni mit funf bands...". Another article or review (1/4 page) entitled "Deutsch Rock Kam An 13000 Besuchten Open Air Festival In Schuttorf" written by Uwe Ewers.

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Unknown Magazine (New Zealand)


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Wellington (4/8/1981) show advert. 1/4 page

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Unknown Magazine (UK)


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Charlotte Sometimes lyrics.

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Unknown Magazine (UK)


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Edinburgh (26/11/1981) show review written by Johnny Waller.

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Unknown Magazine (UK)


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Picture of Robert Smith.

Date ??? RM 28/3/1981 ???

Unknown Magazine (UK)


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News article which begins with: "Two little boys: Robert Smith, singer of The Cure, is currently producing a band called The Obtainers...".

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Unknown Magazine (UK)


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Faith album review which begins with: "Putting the creepy back into Crawley, Bob Smith's maturing...".

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