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14. The Cure

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After we came up with our rankings, it just seemed right for the Cure to be associated with number thirteen. The mystical number might fit the gothic image of a band (who ironically despised that label) better than any other group on this list.


It is easy to take a look at Robert Smith’s crazy hair, black outfits and lipstick and simply say that The Cure was just a Goth band, but of course they are so much more than that. True, many a Cure song is perfect for the depressed teenager hollowed up in their parent’s basement but despite the brooding image of Smith, not all of their songs are dark and gloomy. In fact, some of their songs feel so saccharin sweet (The Lovecats, come to mind) that its cheeriness is contagious. Regardless, of the mood invoked, their technical skills can’t be denied and historically speaking, The Cure was one of the first true Alternative acts to become commercially viable.  Considering their success in the States, this bodes well for future induction.


The Cure

The Bullet Points:


Previous Rank:

2010: #13


Eligible Since:


Country of Origin:

United Kingdom (Crawley, England)

Why They Will Get In:

Cited as influential by many current successful artists


Why They Won’t Get In:

Their gothic image hasn’t changed much, and may not win over Hall voters


Nominated In:


Essential Albums:

Seventeen Seconds (1980)

Pornography (1982)

Disintegration (1989)

Wish (1992) 

Our Five Favorite Songs as
Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:

Charlotte Sometimes (Single, 1981)

The Hanging Garden (From Pornography, 1982)

Hot Hot Hot!!! (From Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, 1987)

Lovesong (From Disintegration, 1989)

Friday, I’m In Love (From Wish, 1992)



Should The Cure be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put them in! - 42.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 32.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 7.1%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 17.9%
Last modified on Friday, 16 January 2015 10:06


+2 #1 jimmy26 -0001-11-29 19:00
Has anyone in the history of music had a movement named for them as culturally as siginificant as the Goth movement. This is not just a musical influence but an entire way of living that has made the disassociated youth change everything from their hair color and makeup routines to their belief system as a whole. Yes, the Cure might not be the only players in this field but their is no doubt they are the kings of this style much in the way of the Sex Pistols or Nirvana. Robert Smith is the very personna of Goth. To leave them out is to say that Goth is not a genre of rock and roll. And to be honest this may be true. It is so much more! And nobody has ever been as synonymous with an entire culture as the Cure is with Goth. They have to be in. No they need to be in. If The Cure is not included then you might as well kick out everybody from Elvis to the Sex Pistols to Run DMC and never let in Nirvana. And i don't think anybody wants to see these things happen. Let them in!
+1 #2 Musicologist999 -0001-11-29 19:00
I'm not a Cure fan, but sure, I'll admit that Robert Smith & company are arguably the Kings Of Goth, and certainly the most successful Goth Rock band of all. They've got a big fanbase, big album sales, several hit singles to their credit, and big influence as well. The Cure in the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame? Sure, why not.
+1 #3 mrpauljoconnor82 -0001-11-29 19:00
They deserve it alright but their ghoulish image and mediocre output of the last decade may hurt their chances a bit.
+2 #4 Sean -0001-11-29 19:00
They'll get in like I said on the nominations page solely because none of the kinds of bands who could compete with them (Joy Division, New Order, Depeche Mode, The Cars, and so on...) were nominated. They are the only alternative or new wave choice, and they're more critically acclaimed than most of the other acts on the ballot.Mediocre latter-era output won't keep a band out of the HoF if their earlier work was good enough. GNR will survive "Chinese Democracy" and get in. The Beach Boys survived "Kokomo&qu ot;. Aerosmith survived "I Don't Want to Miss A Thing". The Rolling Stones survived their very weak post-1981 career. U2 hasn't been taken very seriously since "Achtung Baby". Etc... Etc... "Disintegr ation" is legendary enough. They'll be fine. I will be stunned and disappointed if they don't go in now.
+2 #5 mrpauljoconnor82 -0001-11-29 19:00
And............ ..they didnt get in. I'm not surprised to be honest, i had a feeling the hall would be more partial to bums 'n posers.
+1 #6 NJRob68 2012-05-22 16:02
The Cure were nominees in the class of 2012.
+2 #7 MrMe 2012-06-23 01:46
No matter anyones opinion.
Disintigration is one of most well received and highest selling albums in rock history and is frequently listed as one of the best rock albums of all time, even if it is goth rock. They have numerous songs that are easy to remember by even people dont listen to them, Just like heaven is still commonly known.
0 #8 Paul 2012-10-16 14:52
No matter anyones opinion.
Disintigration is one of most well received and highest selling albums in rock history

Um, all opinions matter, including yours.
Disintegration was very well recieved but it isnt one of the biggest selling albums in rock history at all, it did about three million which is impressive but when you consider Depeche Mode's Violator doing over ten million, U2's Joshua Tree over 15 million+ etc, it doesnt come close.
+6 #9 biograph 2013-05-12 04:24
Great music that was enormously popular. These guys should've been in the Hall even before U2.
-2 #10 SteveR 2014-04-11 10:27
Joe Cocker is far more deserving than half the one hit wonders in the Hall.

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