The Cure is an English rock band that formed in Crawley in 1976. While the lineup has changed several times, lead singer and songwriter Robert Smith remains the only constant member.
Bursting forth from the post-punk and new-wave movements of the '80s, Smith's increasingly dark appearance and music has led to The Cure being cited as a founder of gothic rock. Robert Smith briefly pulled a double shift each night by played guitar with Siouxsie and the Banshees when the Cure supported them on their Join Hands tour of England, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.
The outfit has released 13 studio albums including Disintegration via Fiction Records, which saw the band achieve worldwide stardom.
Born into a musical family, Smith was turned onto The Beatles and The Stones from an early age. When his career began with The Cure, however, the sound was much more in keeping with the post-punk trends of the late '70s and early '80s.
By the mid-'80s, The Cure embraced a sound that was more recognisably 'pop'. With tracks like The Love Cats, Just Like Heaven and Close To Me, the band was able to maintain its mystique, while simultaneously bursting into the mainstream, and looming large in the popular conscience ever since.