Three Imaginary Boys

Three Imaginary Boys

by The CureThe Cure

CD(Dutch Import)

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Maybe it was youthful exuberance or perhaps it was the fact that the band itself was not pulling all the strings, Three Imaginary Boys is not only a very strong debut, but a near oddity (it's an admittedly "catchy" record) in the Cure catalog. More poppy and representative of the times than any other album during their long career, Three Imaginary Boys is a semi-detached bit of late-'70s English pop-punk. Angular and lyrically abstract, it's strong points are in its utter simplicity. There are no dirges here, no long suites, just short bursts of energy and a rather strange cover of Hendrix's "Foxy Lady." For some, this is the last good Cure record, many fans of this album being in no way prepared for the sparse emptiness and gloom that would be the cornerstone of future releases. For the most die-hard Cure-head, however, it's an interesting sidenote, hard to place in the general flow of the band's discography. Cure leader Robert Smith has voiced many times over his mixed feelings about the record, most notably the cover art (the three "representative" appliances on the cover, the lack of a real track listing -- all the songs are represented with arty type pictures -- and in no real order) and the production, which at times is admittedly a little muddy, but even that lends it a certain youthful charm. What the Cure would do next wasn't entirely obvious to the listener of this album, but there are some definite hints.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/06/2005
Label: Imports
UPC: 0602498218297
catalogNumber: 760059
Rank: 17226

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cure   Primary Artist
Michael Dempsey   Bass,Vocals
Robert Smith   Guitar,Vocals
Laurence Tolhurst   Drums
Lol Tolhurst   Drums
Robert J. Smith   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Michael Dempsey   Composer
Chris Parry   Producer
Robert Smith   Composer
Porl Thompson   Reissue Photography
Mike Hedges   Engineer
Lol Tolhurst   Composer
Tony Mottram   Reissue Photography
Reggie Collins   Reissue Project Coordination Assistant
Kenny Nemes   Reissue Project Coordination Assistant
Daryl Bamonte   Reissue Production Coordination
Joe Black   Reissue Production Coordination
David Dragon   Illustrations
Connie Jude   Illustrations
Julien Potter   Reissue Art
Bill Airey Smith   Illustrations
Robin Hurley   Reissue Project Coordination Assistant
Bunny Lake   Reissue Photography
John Taw   Reissue Photography
Robert J. Smith   Producer

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Three Imaginary Boys 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most unique rock records ever made. Not Punk, not Goth, not Post Modern, truly "Alternative". The ORIGINAL Alternative. This music started the "no image" revolution that became popular everywhere and still continues to this day. Praise the band for doing exactly what they wanted to do, the way they wanted to do it, and still make it to boot! I never get tired of this stuff. How can someone get tired of something so beatiful and stupid at the same time?