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"“I love the Cure, I love the Cure”" 

 

Date Range: 01/01/1974 To 01/01/1989   Comments: 8   Views: 6,317
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When I was a young teenager, I started to get into alternative / progressive rock music.  I owe my sister (5 years older than me) a lot of credit for turning me on to exceptional alternative ‘80s bands like the Smiths and New Order (bonus points if you ever listened to the band “Curiosity Killed the Cat”).  That music had a huge impact on me during my teenage years and frankly, shaped who I am today.

 

As I got to be about 15, I started to dress the part more.  I grew my bouncy bangs out and my dishwater brown hair started get to blonder and blonder until it was platinum blonde. Then I went maroon, and then Idiscovered Manic Panic and tried out “fire engine red” for a while.  I discovered ripped tights, Jesus & Mary Chain t-shirts, big hoop earrings and the mother of all shoes….Doc Martens. 

In 1989 you couldn’t find Docs in Columbus, Ohio so my rock star mom drove me and my friends to Cincinnati to Vine Street to get our first pair of docs.  We got standard 3 eyelet ones, but as the popularity started to grow and the shoes became more available, we went nuts with knee high boots, purple ones, steel toed shoes and more than we could ever wear in our life.  [Side story – when we got out of the car in Cincy, there was a guy on the street screaming and swearing at his girlfriend; it was awkward for us to listen to them scream obscenities, esp. with my mom there.  Then my mom looked at me and asked me why the guy was calling the girl a “bucket of horse”…I had to explain to her he was actually saying “you blanking whore.”]. 

 

And while I’m giving my Mom credit, I also have to give props to my Dad who drove me and my 2 friends to Cleveland to go see the Cure on a school night.  Rock on Dad!

 

The music I listened to filled my life – we went to concerts at the Newport almost every single weekend (back when shows were only $12) and as my interest grew, my eyeliner got heavier and my clothes got more creative. 

 

My parents were so cool during my metamorphosis.  I had other friends who parents were mortified by it all.  I remember my parents saying once “As long as you put the chemicals on your head, and not in your head, we’re ok.”

 

There is one memorable moment from my teenage years that I really remember. I was at home and my brother, 2 years older than me and did not understand my point (he listened to Rush for goodness sake, how could he), said to me in a mocking, singing, high pitch voice “I love the Cure, I love the Cure!”. 

 

I can’t remember what prompted him to do it, but I can still clearly hear him saying it.  And you know, I do love the Cure. I guess I don’t listen to them much these days, but I still think Head on the Door is one of the best albums ever made.



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Aug 2007
Olga Pinashova said:
posted on Jan 17, 2008
Love Cats!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jk08Zb6oyf8 We move like cagey tigers We couldn't get closer than this The way we walk The way we talk The way we stalk The way we kiss We slip through the streets While everyone sleeps Getting bigger and sleeker And wider and brighter We bite and scratch and scream all night Let's go and throw All the songs we know... Into the sea You and me All these years and no one heard I'll show you in spring It's a treacherous thing We missed you hissed the lovecats We're so wonderfully wonderfully wonderfully Wonderfully pretty! Oh you know that I'd do anything for you... We should have each other to tea huh? We should have each other with cream Then curl up by the fire And sleep for awhile It's the grooviest thing It's the perfect dream Into the sea You and me All these years and no one heard I'll show you in spring It's a treacherous thing We missed you hissed the lovecats We're so wonderfully wonderfully wonderfully Wonderfully pretty! Oh you know that I'd do anything for you... We should have each other to dinner huh? We should have each other with cream Then curl up in the fire Get up for awhile It's the grooviest thing It's the perfect dream Hand in hand Is the only way to land And always the right way round Not broken in pieces Like hated little meeces... How could we miss Someone as dumb as this? I love you... let's go... Oh... solid gone... How could we miss Someone as dumb as this?


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Brian Childers said:
posted on Jan 17, 2008
are they still alive?

j/k ;)


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Kristen Kuhns said:
posted on Jan 17, 2008
why are you so far away

she said...


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Jan 2008
Betsy Rooney said:
posted on Jan 24, 2008
Oh, me TOO...

My college roommate turned me on to The Cure in 1986 and I've been in love ever since. Hot Hot Hot, Mint Car, Pictures of You - they're all magic...


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Antje Wilsch said:
posted on Jan 27, 2008
he's all fat now

but still rocking!


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Aug 2007
Melanie Archer said:
posted on Jan 30, 2008
In Between Days

Whenever I hear this, I'm back to the summer I spent in London, 1985.


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Argento Saliente said:
posted on Apr 07, 2008
I loved the cure too

They were the bomb


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Bridget Kuhns said:
posted on Aug 17, 2008
Bucket of Horse

Your mother knew quite well that "bucket of horse" was funny and the original phrase was not fit for the ears of girls as young as you.