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Cream were a seminal 1960s rock band which featured the guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Jack Bruce, and drummer Ginger Baker.
Celebrated as the first of the great power trios of rock, their sound was characterised by a melange of blues and psychedelia, combining Clapton's mastery of the genre with the airy voice of Jack Bruce and, at times, manic rhythms of Ginger Baker. The drug-addled imagery and ambience of the time abounds. Cream epitomised the high energy sound of the time, anchored in a familiar blues style; from the traditional classics such as "Crossroads" and "Born Under a Bad Sign", through more eccentric imagery found in "Strange Brew" and "Tales of Brave Ulysses", and culminating in the protracted eccentricities of "Spoonful" and "Toad". Both these live tracks feature on the Wheels of Fire - Live at the Fillmore, essentially a completely different album to the In the Studio album, but with the cover differing only in the title, the colour, and the details of the tracks.
The late Felix Pappalardi, producer (and later member of Mountain), sometimes called the 'fourth member' of Cream, is featured heavily on the Disraeli Gears album.
After breaking up in November 1968 the three members of Cream didn't play together until 1993, when Cream was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and played at the induction ceremony. The band has not played together since then although there are plans to rehearse, in early 2005, for several shows at the Royal Albert Hall.
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The late Felix Pappalardi, producer (and later member of Mountain), sometimes called the 'fourth member' of Cream, is featured heavily on the Disraeli Gears album. 1. Both these live tracks feature on the Wheels of Fire - Live at the Fillmore, essentially a completely different album to the In the Studio album, but with the cover differing only in the title, the colour, and the details of the tracks. Given that the group had just recently released a four-disc set of b-sides, the amount of non-album material the band possesses appears to be rather high. Cream epitomised the high energy sound of the time, anchored in a familiar blues style; from the traditional classics such as "Crossroads" and "Born Under a Bad Sign", through more eccentric imagery found in "Strange Brew" and "Tales of Brave Ulysses", and culminating in the protracted eccentricities of "Spoonful" and "Toad". Inspired by Elvis Costello's reissues, other albums ("Faith", "Seventeen Seconds" and "Pornography") are planned in the series. The drug-addled imagery and ambience of the time abounds. In 2004, a reissue of Three Imaginary Boys was released, with a second bonus disc of unreleased material, demos, live tracks etc.
Celebrated as the first of the great power trios of rock, their sound was characterised by a melange of blues and psychedelia, combining Clapton's mastery of the genre with the airy voice of Jack Bruce and, at times, manic rhythms of Ginger Baker. The show was hosted by Marilyn Manson. Cream were a seminal 1960s rock band which featured the guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Jack Bruce, and drummer Ginger Baker. In the event, many artists ranging from AFI to Blink 182 covered various Cure songs as a tribute to the band. This article is about the 1960s rockband, Cream is also the name of a British nightclub.. The Cure have been made 2004's MTV Icon. Live Cream Volume 2. The album also received a generally positive reaction with some critics rating it as the group's best since Disintegration.
Live Cream. The album The Cure made a top ten debut on both sides of the Atlantic in July 2004 and debuted in the top 30 in Australia. Goodbye Cream. They also appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Wheels of Fire - Live at the Fillmore (the tracks on this album were actually recorded live at "Winterland" in San Francisco). To promote this album, the band headlined the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on May 2. Wheels of Fire - In the Studio. The Cure released their first eponymous album on iam records on June 28, 2004.
Disraeli Gears. This album peaked at #106 on the Billboard 200 album charts. Fresh Cream. The set includes seventy Cure songs, some previously unreleased, and a 76-page full-colour book of photographs, history and quotes, packaged in a hard cover. In 2004 The Cure released a new four-disc boxed set on Fiction Records titled Join the Dots: B-Sides and Rarities, 1978-2001 (The Fiction Years). In the spring of 2003, The Cure signed to iam Records.
These performances were relased as the Trilogy DVD in 2003. In 2002 they continued recording, and also headlined twelve major music festivals, in addition to playing several three-hour concerts during which they performed the albums Pornography, Disintegration and Bloodflowers in their entirety in Berlin. In 2001 The Cure left Fiction and released their Greatest Hits album. The band also embarked on the nine-month Dream Tour, attended by over one million people worldwide.
This album was widely seen as the third in a trilogy including Pornography and Disintegration. The Grammy-nominated album Bloodflowers was released in 2000. The Cure also contributed to the soundtrack album for The X-Files: Fight the Future as well as For the Masses, a Depeche Mode tribute album. In 1996 The Cure released the album Wild Mood Swings, and in 1998 Smith appeared as himself on the animated TV show South Park.
Boris Williams (drums) left the band, and was replaced by Jason Cooper (formerly with My Life Story), and Roger O'Donnell rejoined. During 1994, Lol Tolhurst sued Robert Smith and Fiction Records over royalties payments, also claiming joint ownership of the name "The Cure" with Smith; after a long legal battle Tolhurst eventually lost. Porl Thompson (guitar) left the band once more during 1993 to play with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin. The EP has since become an extremely sought after item, copies exchanging hands for approaching £100.
Entitled Lost Wishes, the proceeds from the four track cassette tape went to charity. As a promotional exercise with the Our Price music chain in the UK, a limited edition EP was released consisting of instrumental outtakes from the Wish sessions. The Cure also embarked on the "Wish Tour" and released the live albums Show and Paris. "Mixed Up" was followed in 1992 by the album Wish, which went straight to #1 in the UK and to #2 in the US.
In 1990 The Cure released a collection of remixes called Mixed Up, a collection which was roundly panned by both critics and fans (Smith says that he expected this, but decided to release the collection anyway). This tour featured some of the band's longest ever shows; their final gig at Wembley Arena (announced By Robert as "probably our last show") lasted over three and a half hours. The Cure embarked on the "Prayer" tour. In 1989 they released the album Disintegration, which became their highest-charting album to date at #3 and featured four Top 20 singles ("Lullaby", "Fascination Street", "Pictures of You", and "Lovesong"). Shortly before the release, Tolhurst left permanently, leaving Smith as the only remaining founding member of The Cure.
In 1988 the band history Ten Imaginary Years was released, and Lol Tolhurst, though he had not yet left the band, was replaced by Roger O'Donnell. In 1987 The Cure released the double album Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, and embarked on the "Kissing Tour.". Throughout 1986 Lol Tolhurst's alcohol consumption was interfering with his ability to perform, and Roger O'Donnell was frequently called upon to stand in for him. The album's title was taken from a line in the song "Killing an Arab." This release was accompanied by a video version called Staring at the Sea and by another tour, as well as a live concert film called The Cure In Orange.
Following this release and another world tour, the band released Standing on a Beach, a collection featuring all The Cure's singles and B-sides. In 1985 the new lineup released The Head on the Door which reached #7 in the UK and #59 on the American charts. Robert Smith later expressed his satisfaction with the reunited Cure, saying "we're a band again.". At the end of the tour, however, Anderson was fired and replaced by Boris Williams, and Thornalley was replaced by returnee Simon Gallup.
The Cure then embarked on their "Top Tour" with Thompson, Anderson, and bassist Phil Thornalley on board. In 1984 The Cure released The Top, an album on which Smith played all the instruments except the drums (played by Andy Anderson) and the saxophone (played by returnee Porl Thompson). Reduced to the duo of Smith and Tolhurst, the Cure released four studio singles and their B-sides as the album Japanese Whispers. The singles from this period were uncharacteristically upbeat and accessible, though Smith would soon return to writing more melancholy (if not as somber) material. The same year, Smith also recorded and toured with Siouxsie and the Banshees, contributing his writing and playing skills on their Hyaena and Nocturne albums, as well as recording the Blue Sunshine album as The Glove (see above).
In 1983 The Cure released two more singles, "The Walk" (UK #12) and "The Lovecats," which became the band's first UK top 10 single at #7. Smith says that he "doesn't even remember making a lot of Pornography" (2). After an altercation in a club between Smith and Simon Gallup, Gallup left the group and started another one called Fools Dance. The release was followed by the "Fourteen Explicit Moments" tour, and by increasing problems among the members.
Perhaps because of the rumours, Pornography became the band's first UK Top 10 album, hitting the charts at #9. In 1982 The Cure recorded Pornography, a bleak, nihilist offering that led to more rumours that Smith was suicidal. The band members' lives began to be marked by increasing drug use. Smith's increasing depression was embodied in the album, Faith, released in 1981.
In the next two years, I genuinely felt that I wasn't going to be alive for much longer, and I tried pretty hard to make this feeling come true" (1). Now 21, Smith "didn't see that there was much point in continuing with life. Carnage Visors was used as a "tour support" film for their "Picture Tour". In 1981 came the album Faith, which hit #14 on the UK charts, as well as an instrumental soundtrack for the film Carnage Visors (these were packaged together as a long-play cassette called Faith/Carnage Visors).
The Cure set out on their first world tour, at the end of which Matthieu Hartley left the band. "A Forest" became the band's first UK hit single. In 1980 the 4-piece Cure released "Seventeen Seconds" which reached #20 on the UK charts. Member Michael Dempsey left the band, and Simon Gallup (bass) and Matthieu Hartley (keyboards) joined.
The next single "Boys Don't Cry" was a minor hit in the US, and Three Imaginary Boys was repackaged for sale there as Boys Don't Cry. In 1979, The Cure released the album Three Imaginary Boys and embarked on an extensive period of touring, during which they performed with various other iconic bands such as Joy Division and Siouxsie & the Banshees, leading eventually to a collaboration between Smith and Banshees member Steven Severin, released under the name The Glove. The Cure released their first single "Killing an Arab" to both acclaim and controversy; while the single's provocative title led to accusations of racism, the song is actually based on French existentialist Albert Camus' story The Stranger. The single was packaged with a sticker label that denied the racist connotations. The B-Side to the single "Boys Don't Cry", "Do the Hansa" was The Cure's way of getting back at Hansa Records for not signing them.
A year later, following disagreements about the direction the group should take, the newly named The Cure were signed as a trio (minus Porl Thompson) by former Polydor records scout Chris Parry's new Fiction label (distributed by Polydor). In 1977, The Easy Cure auditioned for Hansa Records and received a recording contract worth £1000. They began writing their own songs almost immediately, and quickly amassed both an impressive repertoire of original material and a growing following. Wilfrid's Catholic Comprehensive School in Crawley, Sussex.
In 1976 Robert Smith, a 17-year-old student, formed The Easy Cure with classmates Michael Dempsey (bass), Lol Tolhurst (drums) and Porl Thompson (guitar) from St. The band is often considered as being part of the Gothic genre, possibly because of lead singer Robert Smith's image, but Smith rejects this, saying that he considers the band to be mainstream. The Cure is a British rock band widely seen as one of the leading pioneers of the British alternative rock and post-punk scenes of the 1980s. Jason Cooper (percussion; member 1995-present).
Perry Bamonte (keyboards, guitars; member 1990-present). Roger O'Donnell (keyboards; member 1987-1990 & 1995-present). Boris Williams (percussion; member 1984-1994). Andy Anderson (percussion; member 1983-1984).
Phil Thornalley (bass guitar; member 1983-1984). Matthieu Hartley (keyboards; member 1979-1980). Simon Gallup (bass guitar; member 1979-1982 & 1985-present). Michael Dempsey (bass guitar; member 1976-1979).
Lol Tolhurst (percussion, keyboards; member 1976-1989). Porl Thompson (guitars; member 1977-1978 & 1984-1992). Robert Smith (vocals, guitar, keyboards; member 1976-present). Trilogy.
Greatest Hits. Galore. The Cure Play Out. Picture Show.
The Cure in Orange. Standing on a Beach. "I want to be old" - demo from '77/'78. "Need Myself" - demo from '77/'78.
"Listen" - demo from '77/'78. "Meathook" - demo from '77/'78. "See the children" - demo from '77/'78. Join the Dots: B-Sides and Rarities, 1978-2001 (The Fiction Years) (2004) #106 US.
Greatest Hits (2001, compilation of singles 1978-2001/two new tracks) #33 UK, #58 US. Galore (1997, compilation of singles 1987-1997) #37 UK, #32 US. Show (1993, live) #29 UK, #42 US. Paris (1993, live) #118 US.
Mixed Up (1990, remixes) #8 UK, #14 US. Integration (boxed set). Entreat (1991) (songs from Distintegration live) #10 UK. Standing on a Beach (1986, singles compilation) #4 UK, #48 US.
Available only on cassette. Concert and Curiosity (1984), The Concert album with unreleased tracks on the b-side. Concert (1984, live) #26 UK. Happily Ever After (Seventeen Seconds and Faith together U.S.-only release).
Faith/Carnage Visors (1981), a special long-play cassette. Three Imaginary Boys (2CD Deluxe edition)(2004). The Cure (2004) #8 UK, #7 US
Wild Mood Swings (1996) #9 UK, #12 US. Wish (1992) #1 UK, #2 US. Disintegration (1989) #3 UK, #12 US. Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me (1987) #6 UK, #35 US.
The Head on the Door (1985) #7 UK, #60 US. The Top (1984) #10 UK, #180 US. Japanese Whispers (singles/b-sides) (1983) #26 UK, #181 US. Pornography (1982) #8 UK
Faith (1981) #14 UK. Seventeen Seconds (1980) #20 UK. Boys Don't Cry (a renamed version of Three Imaginary Boys with a slightly different song lineup) (1980). Three Imaginary Boys (1979)
"Taking Off" (2004) #39 UK. "The End of the World" (2004) #25 UK. "Cut Here" (2002). "Wrong Number" (1997).
"Mint Car" (1996) #31 UK. "The 13th" (1996) #15 UK. "A Letter to Elise" (1992) #28 UK. "Friday I'm in Love" (1992) #6 UK, #18 US.
"High" (1992) #8 UK. "Close to Me" (remix) (1990) #13 UK. "Never Enough" (b-side: "Harold and Joe") (1990) #13 UK. "Pictures of You" (1990) #24 UK.
"Lovesong" (1989) #18 UK, #2 US. "Fascination Street" (1989) #46 US. "Lullaby" (b-side "Babble"/"Out Of Mind") (1989) #5 UK, #74 US. "Hot Hot Hot" (1988) #65 US.
"Just Like Heaven" (b-side "Snow In Summer"/"Sugar Girl") (1988) #29 UK, #40 US. "Catch" (b-side: "Breathe") (1987) #27 UK. "Why Can't I Be You?" (b-side: "A Japanese Dream") (1987) #21 UK, #54 US. "Boys Don't Cry" (re-issue) (1986) #22 UK.
"Close To Me" (1985) #24 UK. "Inbetween Days" (1985) #15 UK, #99 US. "The Caterpillar" (1984) #14 UK. "The Lovecats" (b-side "Speak My Language")(1983) #7 UK.
"The Walk" (b-side: "The Dream") (1983) #12 UK. "Let's Go To Bed" (b-side: "Just One Kiss") (1982). "The Hanging Garden" (1982) #34 UK. "Charlotte Sometimes" (b-side: "Splintered in Her Head") (1981).
"Primary" (b-side: "Descent") (1981). "A Forest" (b-side "Another Journey By Train") (1980) #31 UK. "Jumping Someone Else's Train (b-side "I'm Cold") (1979). "Boys Don't Cry" (b-side "Plastic Passion") (1979).
"Killing an Arab" (b-side: "10:15 Saturday Night") (1979).