The Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex, in 1976. The band has experienced several line-up changes, with vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Robert Smith being the only constant member. The Cure first began releasing music in the late 1970s with their debut album Three Imaginary Boys. Their second single, "Boys Don't Cry", became a hit; this, along with several early singles, placed the band as part of the post-punk and new wave movements that had sprung up in the wake of the punk rock revolution in the United Kingdom. During the early 1980s, the band's increasingly dark and tormented music helped form the gothic rock genre.
After the release of 1982's Pornography, the band's future was uncertain and Smith was keen to move past the gloomy reputation his band had acquired. With the single "Let's Go to Bed" released the same year, Smith began to place a pop sensibility into the band's music and their popularity increased as the decade wore on, with songs like "Just Like Heaven", "Lovesong" and "Friday I'm in Love". The band is estimated to have sold 27 million albums as of 2004 and have released thirteen studio albums, ten EPs and over thirty singles during their career.
The Cure are one of the most well-known rock groups of all-time largely due to their unparalleled style, eerie appearance and influentially intriguing lyrics.
The seeds for this British band were planted in 1972, but their first LP was not released until 1979. They have since released 12 LP’s and have become one of the most recognizable groups in rock history. The group has spent time in the spotlight at points in their journey, but still remain a group that flutters back and forth between mainstream financial success and obscurity. At their financial peak they have been responsible for creating such classic hits as “Lovesong” and “Just Like Heaven”. As of 2007, the members are; Robert Smith (lead vocals, guitar) , Paul Thompson (guitar), Simon Gallup (bass) and Jason Cooper (drums, percussion).