The Cure or “Easy Cure” as they were first known by is an English New-Wave, rock band from West Sussex. The band was formed by school friends Michael Dempsey (bass), Lol Tolhurst (drums) and local guitar hero Porl Thompson in 1976.
The current band compromises Robert Smith (lead vocals, guitars, keyboards), Simon Gallup (bass guitar, keyboards), Roger O'Donnell (keyboards) and Jason Cooper (drums, percussion).
The band started playing around the south of England and dropped the “Easy” from their name in 1978 when they signed to Fiction (Records).
In 1979, The Cure released the album Three Imaginary Boys which contained the hit singles “Boys Don't Cry” and “Jumping Someone Else's Train”. Simon Gallup (bass) and Matthieu Hartley (keyboards) joined the band but by 1981, Harley had left the band.
In 1981, the group recorded the single “Primary” which was on the album Faith. This was followed up with the Picture Tour and another single “Charlotte Sometimes” (not on the album).
Their third album Pornography, was much more along the Gothic punk rock sound and the tour was highly charged, and resulted in Simon leaving. The single “The Hanging Garden” came out of the album and reached the top 10 in the UK Album Chart.
After the build up to Pornography, The Cure took a new direction about brought out new albums with a dance feel. Top albums include Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me (1987) and also involved Roger O'Donnell on keyboards and created a totally different sound for the band.