Now Playing June 2016
On high rotation this week is...
The Head on the Door (1985)
The Cure are finally coming back to Australia!
In the list of bands attending this years Splendour in the Grass there were a few major bands on the list. This was bittersweet because I knew I wouldn't be making the trip to Byron, but just seeing some of the artists on the Splendour line up gave me shivers. I want to be there to see Violent Soho and The Strokes. Even more, I want to be there to experience At The Drive-In.
But when I heard The Cure mentioned on the lineup several of my vital organs did a few starjumps and I got excited. Really excited. Like Robert Smith at the end of the In Between Days clip kind of excited.
My excitement dwindled as (despite many well-intentioned arguments in favour) I won't be at Splendour. But then they announced a few sideshows and we're back on track. So I got my tickets for the Melbourne show and then I heard Kyoto Song on the radio the other day and that has basically dictated the musical theme around here for the last week.
Play audio for Kyoto Song.
That haunting riff that Lol Tolhurst plays on a Koto (actually a Yamaha DX7 keyboard) is mesmerising and gives the song amazing depth and beauty. In Between Days makes me want to dance like the 80s are still alive and well. Close to Me makes me want to play music on a comb in a cupboard. The whole album (and by extention the whole Cure discography) just makes me want to embrace my weird side and dance and be strange and happy.
So I think its quite deserving that The Cure become the first to represent our 'Now Playing' column.