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Easy Cure
Background information
Origin Crawley
Sussex, England
Genre(s) Punk rock
Post-punk
Years active 19771978
Label(s) Ariola-Hansa
Website TheCure.com
Former members
Gary X
(March 1977)
Peter O'Toole
(April – September 1977)
Robert Smith
Porl Thompson
Michael Dempsey
Laurence Tolhurst

Easy Cure were a British punk rock and post-punk influenced band from Crawley, Sussex formed during the late '70s by former members of Malice. Easy Cure went on to fame when, after several lineup changes, they became The Cure. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... The Cure are a successful English rock band, widely seen as one of the leading pioneers of the British alternative rock scene of the 1980s. ... Crawley is a town and local government district in West Sussex, England. ... Sussex is a traditional county in South East England corresponding roughly in area to the ancient Kingdom of Sussex. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Post punk generally refers to the particularly fertile and creative period following the initial punk rock explosion. During the first wave of punk, roughly spanning 1976-1983, bands such as The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Ramones and The Damned began to challenge the current styles and conventions of rock... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Ariola Records is a daughter of BMG. Acquires Arista Records at the end of the seventies. ... Hansa can refer to Hansa Records - Record label based in Germany. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... Robert James Smith (born April 21, 1959 in Blackpool, England), a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, has been the lead singer of British post-punk band The Cure since its founding in 1976. ... Porl Thompson (born Paul Stephen Thompson on November 8, 1957 in Wimbledon, England) is an English musician best known for his work with The Cure. ... Michael Dempsey was born on February 29th, 1958 in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia He met Robert Smith (musician), Lol Tolhurst, and Porl Thompson at school and played in some of their early bands like Malice and The Obelisk. ... Laurence Lol Tolhurst (born Laurence Andrew Tolhurst on 3 February 1959 in Horley, Surrey, England) is a founding member and former drummer/keyboardist for the UK goth rock band, The Cure. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Post punk generally refers to the particularly fertile and creative period following the initial punk rock explosion. During the first wave of punk, roughly spanning 1976-1983, bands such as The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Ramones and The Damned began to challenge the current styles and conventions of rock... In music, a band is a company of musicians, or musical ensemble, usually popular or folk, playing parts of or improvising a musical arrangement on different musical instruments. ... Crawley is a town and local government district in West Sussex, England. ... Sussex is a traditional county in South East England corresponding roughly in area to the ancient Kingdom of Sussex. ... The Cure are a successful English rock band, widely seen as one of the leading pioneers of the British alternative rock scene of the 1980s. ...


History

Robert Smith (guitar), Porl Thompson (lead guitar), Michael Dempsey (bass guitar) and Laurence Tolhurst (drums) began performing together in a late line up of Malice in 1976, after Tolhurst and Thompson replaced Malice's original drummer and lead guitarist. When Malice's vocalist Martin Creasy quit the band, they took the new name Easy Cure in January of 1977 from a song written by Tolhurst.[1] Robert James Smith (born April 21, 1959 in Blackpool, England), a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, has been the lead singer of British post-punk band The Cure since its founding in 1976. ... Left: Rosa Hurricane, a heavy metal-style solid body guitar. ... Porl Thompson (born Paul Stephen Thompson on November 8, 1957 in Wimbledon, England) is an English musician best known for his work with The Cure. ... Lead guitar refers to a role within a popular music band, especially a rock band, that provides melody or melodic material, as opposed to the rhythm of the rhythm guitar, bass, and drums. ... Michael Dempsey was born on February 29th, 1958 in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia He met Robert Smith (musician), Lol Tolhurst, and Porl Thompson at school and played in some of their early bands like Malice and The Obelisk. ... Martin EB18 Bass Guitar in flight case. ... Laurence Lol Tolhurst (born Laurence Andrew Tolhurst on 3 February 1959 in Horley, Surrey, England) is a founding member and former drummer/keyboardist for the UK goth rock band, The Cure. ... A drum kit (or drum set or trap set) is mostly a collection of drums, cymbals and sometimes other percussion instruments arranged for convenient playing by a single drummer. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ...


During March of 1977 Easy Cure hired and fired a vocalist known only as Gary X, who by April had been replaced by Peter O'Toole. This lineup gave their first live performance on April 24th at Saint Edward's Hall, Crawley, Sussex, England. On May 5th Easy Cure made the first of many regular live appearances at the Crawley pub then known as The Rocket, and in the same month the band recorded a demo in Robert's parent's house, entered and won a talent contest and signed a recording contract with German record label Ariola-Hansa on May 18th.[2] April 24 is the 114th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (115th in leap years). ... St Edward could be either of two kings of England: St Edward the Martyr (c. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... May 5 is the 125th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (126th in leap years). ... An amusingly named pub (the Old New Inn) at Bourton-on-the-Water, in the Cotswold Hills of South West England A pub in the Haymarket area of Edinburgh, Scotland A public house, usually known as a pub, is a drinking establishment found mainly in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada... A demo version or demo of a song is one recorded for reference rather than for release. ... A recording contract (also commonly called a record deal) is a legal agreement between a record label and a recording artist (or group), where the artist makes a record (or series of records) for the label to sell and promote. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Ariola Records is a daughter of BMG. Acquires Arista Records at the end of the seventies. ... Hansa can refer to Hansa Records - Record label based in Germany. ... May 18 is the 138th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (139th in leap years). ...


In September Peter O’Toole left the group to live on a Kibbutz in Israel, and Robert Smith assumed vocal duties in his place. He was to remain the group's frontman (both as Easy Cure and The Cure) up to the present day (30 years in September 2007). The new fourpiece of Robert, Porl, Michael and Laurence recorded their first studio demo sessions as Easy Cure for Hansa at SAV Studios in London between October and November of 1977.[3] Kibbutz Dan, near Qiryat Shemona, in the Upper Galilee, 1990s A kibbutz (Hebrew: קיבוץ; plural: kibbutzim: קיבוצים, gathering or together) is an Israeli collective intentional community. ... Frontman (also front man) is a term referring to the lead singer or band leader of a music group. ... 2007 (MMVII) will be a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A quartet is a group of four identical or similar objects, or a grouping of four persons for a common purpose. ... London (pronounced ) is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. ...


They continued to perform regularly around Crawley (including The Rocket, St. Edward's, and Queen's Square in particular) throughout 1977 and 1978. On February 19th of 1978 they were joined at The Rocket for the first time by a support band from Horley called Lockjaw, featuring bassist Simon Gallup.[4] 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... February 19 is the 50th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... See also: Horley, Oxfordshire Horley is a town in Surrey, UK, situated between Reigate, Redhill and Gatwick. ... Lockjaw were a UK punk band from the 70s It originally consisted of: Bo Zo - vocals Micky Morbid - guitar Andy Septic - bass Oddy Ordish - drums The band featured Simon Gallup, later to go on and join The Cure. ... Simon Johnathon Gallup is an English musician born on June 1, 1960 in Duxhurst, England, who has been a member of the British post-punk band The Cure. ...


Hansa was dissatisfied with the group's demos and did not wish to release Killing An Arab. The label suggested that the band attempt cover versions instead. They refused, and by March of 1978 Easy Cure's contract with the label had been dissolved.[5] Killing an Arab was the first single by The Cure. ... In pop music a cover version is a new rendition of a previously recorded song. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ...


Although the band never officially released anything as Easy Cure, bootlegs of their early demos have been in circulation for a number of years,[6] and in 2004 the Deluxe Edition of The Cure's 1979 album Three Imaginary Boys was released with a rarities bonus disc featuring a number of Easy Cure demo and live recordings from 1977 and 1978. A bootleg recording is a audio or video recording of a performance that was not officially released by the artist or under other legal authority. ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... Three Imaginary Boys is English rock band The Cures debut album. ...


On April 22nd of 1978, Easy Cure played their last gig at the Montefiore Institute Hall (in the Three Bridges neighbourhood of Crawley) [7] before guitarist Porl Thompson was dropped from the lineup because his lead guitar style was at odds with Smith's growing preference for minimalist songwriting.[8] The new trio shortened their name to The Cure. April 22 is the 112th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (113th in leap years). ... See also Three Bridges (disambiguation). ... This article is about minimalism in art and design. ... Trio is generally used in any of the following ways: Three musicians playing the same or different musical instrument. ... The Cure are a successful English rock band, widely seen as one of the leading pioneers of the British alternative rock scene of the 1980s. ...


Trivia

  • Porl Thompson has since rejoined The Cure twice; once in 1984 and again in 2004. He has remained closely involved with the band in various other capacities; he and his design company Parched Art have produced much of The Cure's artwork over the years, he has played in several other bands with former members of The Cure, and he married Robert Smith's sister Janet.
  • Michael Dempsey left the band in 1979, Laurence Tolhurst left in the late 1980s.

1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

References

  1. ^ See references for Malice
  2. ^ Ten Imaginary Years, by L. Barbarian, Steve Sutherland and Robert Smith (1988) Zomba Books ISBN 0-946391-87-4
  3. ^ A History of The Cure in Melody Maker Magazine by Steve Sutherland (1990)
  4. ^ Anomolie Magazine between 1990 and 1992 featured an extensively researched and compiled list of known concert dates by Malice, Easy Cure and The Cure, compiled by Dominique Sureaud, Thierry Michaux, Dimitri Ramage. The same dates (and others) have since been archived online [1]. See also Barbarian, Sutherland, Smith (1988) and The Cure: A Visual Documentary, by Dave Thompson and Jo-Ann Greene (1988) Omnibus Press ISBN 0-7119-1387-0
  5. ^ Sutherland (1990) and Barbarian, Sutherland, Smith (1988)
  6. ^ For example: "Everyone familiar with bootlegs of a skinny 18-year-old Robert Smith and a band called the Easy Cure will recognize the sound" - Nitushe Abebe in The Cure: Three Imaginary Boys (Deluxe Edition) review, Pitchfork Media (December 14th, 2004); "almost from the start the band was sought out by hardcore fans and tapers, making them one of the most well-documented groups inside or outside the studio around (...) No less than five songs from the band's earliest punk days appear here, back when it was still the Easy Cure; though a couple are amusingly juvenile ("See the Children" is especially goofy), it's still a neat peek into where the band was coming from in the first place." - Ned Ragget reviews a bootleg compilation in All Music Guide
  7. ^ Anomolie, Sureaud, Michaux, Ramage (1990-'92)
  8. ^ Sutherland (1990)
The Cure
Robert Smith | Porl Thompson | Simon Gallup | Jason Cooper
The Cure personnel
Discography
Studio albums: Three Imaginary Boys | Seventeen Seconds | Faith | Pornography | The Top | The Head on the Door | Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me | Disintegration | Wish | Wild Mood Swings | Bloodflowers | The Cure
Live albums: Concert | Entreat | Paris | Show | Trilogy
Compilations: Boys Don't Cry | Japanese Whispers | Standing on a Beach / Staring at the Sea | Mixed Up | Galore | Greatest Hits | Join the Dots
EPs: Half an Octopuss & Quadpus | Lost Wishes | Five Swing Live
Singles: "Killing an Arab" | "Boys Don't Cry" | "Jumping Someone Else's Train" | "A Forest" | "Primary" | "Charlotte Sometimes" | "A Single" | "Let's Go to Bed" | "The Walk" | "The Lovecats" | "The Caterpillar" | "In Between Days" | "Close to Me" | "Why Can't I Be You?" | "Catch" | "Just Like Heaven" | "Hot Hot Hot!!!" | "Fascination Street" | "Lullaby" | "Lovesong" | "Pictures of You" | "Never Enough" | "Close to Me (remix)" | "High" | "Friday I'm in Love" | "A Letter to Elise" | "The 13th" | "Mint Car" | "Gone!" | "Strange Attraction" | "Wrong Number" | "Cut Here" | "End of the World" | "Taking Off" & "alt.end"
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