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A 417-track playlist chronicling the career of The Cure

The Cure are, undoubtedly, one of the most unique bands to have emerged from the creativity pool that flooded the decade of the eighties. Having formed in the late seventies as part of the post-punk explosion, amid a flurry of demonic basslines and eyeliner, the band’s sound has evolved from their more vicious roots into something moodier, gloomier and altogether brighter for it. It has left the band as one of the most pivotal groups of Britain’s illustrious rock ‘n’ roll past. Hell, they can even stake a claim to have invented an entire genre.

That said, The Cure are a lot more than just goth poster boys. The group have developed a trademark sound that continues to play tricks on itself, forever masking the morose within candy-pop flavours. Simultaneously, every grain of sugar is drenched in the sweat and tears of gloomy goth rock. It’s a juxtaposing combination that has made The Cure quite possibly the ultimate cult band. Within the ultimate playlist below, compiling 417 tracks and over 31 hours of music, we get to witness the birth, growth and confirmation of one of the greatest bands in history.

The Cure arrived out of Crawley in Sussex with their debut 1979 album Three Imaginary Boys; little did that four decades later, the clamour for their newest album would be an insanely loud roar. While much of that roar comes from Robert Smith and the band’s resistance to releasing the damn thing, it also speaks highly of the group’s evolution. Post-punk, it appears, was just the start and one that gave them the push they needed.

The band’s sound grew from the riff-heavy sonics of the explosion of punk and quickly began to define a genre in the eighties as they became the all-star goth band. It’s a change that would inspire countless bands to turn their outlook a little greyer. By the time the eighties came to an end, and they had delivered albums like Pornography, The Head on the Door, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me and their seminal album Disintegration, the band’s sound had once again evolved as it began to sugar-coat their dark lyrics with saccharine pop. It was the perfect blend of savoury and sweet.

Their evolution continued throughout their psychedelic jangly phase and back into their more gloomy sound. It’s been a career arc that shows no sign of ending anytime soon. Not only is their album certainly one of the most anticipated, but their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame asserted their place in the annals of history. Throughout this playlist, we get a taste of everything that makes The Cure great.

As well as the studio albums that have cemented their position, there are also a couple of fantastic live albums including Concert and Bestival Live 2011 which both show off how commanding on stage the group are. All in all, it makes for one of the most interesting playlists we’ve ever created.

Few bands are able to transcend genre like The Cure, and even fewer can keep your attention for 31 hours, but Robert Smith and the band aren’t your average group.

Listen below to the ultimate The Cure playlist.