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Encyclopedia > Seventeen Seconds
Seventeen Seconds
Seventeen Seconds cover
Studio album by The Cure
Released April, 1980
Recorded Morgan Studio One
Genre Gothic Rock
Post-Punk
Length 35:40
Label Fiction Records
Producer(s) Mike Hedges and Robert Smith
Professional reviews
The Cure chronology
Three Imaginary Boys
(1978)
Seventeen Seconds
(1980)
Boys Don't Cry
(1980)

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Contents

Overview

The album's songs bear vague, often unsettling lyrics and "dark", spare melodies. Some reviewers felt that Seventeen Seconds represented a far more mature Cure, who had come very far musically in less than one year [1]. The record features many minimalistic qualities, echoing far-off vocals with stripped-down instruments. [2] Smith said the record was produced, with Michael Hedges, quickly and with inspiration — he wrote the lyrics and music for most of the record on just two occasions. Most of the music was composed by Smith in his parents' home, on a Hammond organ. It was relatively successful at its release.


Seventeen Seconds was lauded by some critics, and panned as a "collection of soundtracks" by others. One reviewer described the album as a "sad Cure, sitting in cold rooms, watching clocks". Despite the mixed reception, the band was featured in several lengthy articles with numerous photos of a slender Smith, without makeup, who one critic called "alarmingly handsome". There was controversy concerning the band's "anti-image", established by the cover of Three Imaginary Boys, which this album contributed to by blurring the photos of the band's members and the cover art. This is the first Cure album Smith was able to choose the art for.


Bassist Simon Gallup and keyboardist Matthieu Hartley were added to the band's lineup. Gallup replaced Michael Dempsey, which relieved Smith as he felt Dempsey's basslines were too ornate and that they weren't gelling socially. Hartley's synth work added a new dimension to the band's newly ethereal sound, although Smith and he clashed over complexity (Hartley enjoyed complex chords; Smith wanted single notes). Like Dempsey, Hartley made a departure from the group, the latter after Seventeen Seconds.


This record was repackaged in the UK (on the A&M label) with Faith as Happily Ever After — available as a double album or a single CD.


In 2000 Q magazine placed Seventeen Seconds at number 65 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever.


2005 re-release

Seventeen Seconds was reissued in the UK 25 April 2005 (April 26 in the U.S.) as part of Universal's Deluxe Edition series. The new edition featured a remastered version of the album on the first disc, while the second contained demo and live tracks. Four of these rarities are recorded by the one-off Cult Hero, a group that featured Smith's postman Frank Bell as lead singer and which performed 70's style rock along the lines of Easy Cure. Disc 2 contains versions, either in demo or live form, of all 10 songs on the first disc. There are no never-before-heard tracks on the disc. is the 115th day of the year (116th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 116th day of the year (117th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... A cult hero is an unlikely icon in popular culture. ...


There also exists a one-CD reissue. It was released on September 5, 2005 in the UK and April 4, 2006 in the US. The CD features the original album, but does not contain the bonus disc. It is also released in the standard jewel case, and not a digipak. In some countries, the "Deluxe Edition" has become a collector's item and the production has phased out, being replaced by the more economic one-CD version. September 5 is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 94th day of the year (95th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


Track listing

All songs written by Smith / Gallup / Hartley / Tolhurst.


Original 1980 release

  1. "A Reflection" (Instrumental) – 2:09
  2. "Play for Today" – 3:39
  3. "Secrets" – 3:20
  4. "In Your House" – 4:07
  5. "Three" – 2:36
  6. "The Final Sound" (Instrumental) – 0:53
  7. "A Forest" – 5:55
  8. "M" – 3:03
  9. "At Night" – 5:54
  10. "Seventeen Seconds" – 4:02

Three is an instrumental from British band, The Cures second album, Seventeen Seconds. ... A Forest is a song by British rock band The Cure. ...

2005 Deluxe Edition

Disc one

Original album, as above

Disc two

  1. "I'm a Cult Hero" (vinyl single by Cult Hero)
  2. "I Dig You" (vinyl single by Cult Hero)
  3. "Another Journey by Train" (instrumental home demo)
  4. "Secrets" (instrumental home demo)
  5. "Seventeen Seconds" (live)
  6. "In Your House" (live)
  7. "Three" (alt studio mix)
  8. "I Dig You" (Cult Hero live)
  9. "I'm a Cult Hero" (Cult Hero live)
  10. "M" (live)
  11. "The Final Sound" (live)
  12. "A Reflection" (live)
  13. "Play for Today" (live)
  14. "At Night" (live)
  15. "A Forest" (live)

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Band

For other persons named Robert Smith, see Robert Smith (disambiguation). ... Matthieu Hartley was born in Smallfield, England on February 4th, 1960. ... Laurence Lol Tolhurst (born Laurence Andrew Tolhurst, 3 February 1959, in Horley, Surrey, England) is a founding member and former drummer/keyboardist for the UK goth rock band, The Cure. ... Simon Johnathon Gallup is an English musician born on June 1, 1960 in Duxhurst, England, and a member of the British post-punk band The Cure. ... A cult hero is an unlikely icon in popular culture. ...

Production

  • Producers: Robert Smith, Mike Hedges
  • Co-producers: Chris Parry, Simon Gallup, Laurence Tolhurst and Matthieu Hartley
  • Engineers: Mike Hedges, David Kemp
  • Assistant engineer: Martyn Webster

Trivia

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References

  1. ^ Kent, Nick. Seventeen Seconds review. NME. 26 April 1980
  2. ^ Nitsuh Abebe. Pitchfork Media review of Seventeen Seconds, Faith, Pornography
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 | Festival 2005
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
Related bands: Malice | Easy Cure | Cult Hero | The Glove | Fools Dance | Presence | Babacar | Levinhurst

 
 

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