Siamese Twins - The Cure - Pornography
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Pornography is the fourth studio album by English rock band the Curereleased on 4 May by Fiction Records. The sessions saw the band on the brink of collapse, with heavy drug use, band in-fighting, and frontman Robert Smith 's depression fueling the album's musical and lyrical content.
Pornography represents the conclusion of the Cure's early dark, gloomy musical phase, which began with their second album Seventeen Seconds Following its release, bassist Simon Gallup left the band, and the Cure switched to a much brighter and more radio-friendly new wave sound.
It has Siamese Twins - The Cure - Pornography gone on to gain acclaim from critics, and is now considered an important milestone in the development of the style of music known as gothic rock. The band has performed the album live in its entirety as part of the Trilogy concerts.
Following the band's previous album, 's Faiththe non-album single " Charlotte Sometimes " was Siamese Twins - The Cure - Pornography . The single, in particular its nightmarish and hallucinatory B-side "Splintered in Her Head", would hint at what was to Valsa De Uma Cidade - Various - 1565-1965 Rio Carnaval in Pornography.
In the words of Robert Smithregarding the album's conception, "I had two choices at the time, which were either completely giving in [committing suicide] or making a record of it and getting it out of me". He also claims he "really thought that was it for the group. I had every intention of signing off. I wanted to make the ultimate 'fuck off' record, and then sign off [the band]". The band, Smith in particular, wanted to make the album with a different producer than Mike Hedgeswho had produced Seventeen Seconds and Faith.
According to Lol TolhurstSmith and Tolhurst briefly met with the producer Conny Plank at Fiction's offices in the hopes of having him produce the album since they were both fans of his work with Kraftwerk however, the group soon settled on Phil Thornalley. On the album's recording sessions, Smith noted "there was a lot of drugs involved". Try To Think About Me (Dont You Worry A Bit) - Herman Düne - Next Year In Zion related: "We had an arrangement with the off-licence up the road, If I Dont Wake - Pro - The Black Out night they would bring in supplies.
We decided we weren't going to throw anything out. We built this mountain of empties in the corner, a gigantic pile of debris in the corner. It just grew and grew". I can't remember exactly why, but we did". Smith noted, "At the time, I lost every friend I had, everyone, without exception, because I was incredibly obnoxious, appalling, self-centered".
He also noted that Siamese Twins - The Cure - Pornography the album, he "channelled all the self-destructive elements of my personality into doing something".
The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys - Traffic - The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys Recordsthe company in charge of Fiction Recordsthe label on which the album was released, was initially displeased with the album's title, which it saw as being potentially offensive.
Regarding the album's musical style, NME reviewer Dave Hill wrote, "The drums, guitars, voice and production style are pressed scrupulously together in a murderous unity of surging, textured mood".
Hill Siamese Twins - The Cure - Pornography described it as " Phil Spector in Hell". Smith said that "the reference point for the record was not Joy Division at all but the first Psychedelic Furs album which had, like, a density of sound, really powerful". They drew something out of me". Pornography was released on 3 May Despite the commercial performance of the album, Pornography was not well received by most music critics upon its release.
NME reviewer Dave Hill was ambivalent towards the album, writing that while he found the lyrics "tiresomely self-analytical," the album "portrays and parades its currency of exposed futility and utterly naked Breaks Mia - Yo Fujimoto - Be Swingin As A Joke E.P. with so few distractions or adornments, and so little sense of shame. It really piles it on. The Cure have applied themselves to catching a related collection of the very purest feelings endemic to their age, and holding them right on the spot in their intangible, unspecified, unmanageable and most unpleasantly real form.
You got your contract, right? And your synthesizers, bet you'll have fun with them. Believe me, kid, it will pass. Considine commented that the lyrics seem "stuck in the terminal malaise of adolescent existentialism", concluding, " Pornography comes off as the aural equivalent of a bad toothache.
It isn't the pain that irks, it's the persistent dullness". Retrospective views of Pornography have been more favourable. According to Apter, Pornography would prove to be "enormously influential", and has been cited as an influence by bands such as Deftones and System of a Down. In the period preceding and following the release of Pornographythe band Siamese Twins - The Cure - Pornography to develop their trademark image of big hair, smudged makeup and black clothes.
It was supposed to symbolise the violence of the new material but backstage, another kind of violence had begun to surface from the first dates of the tour. The band performed in the UK in April NME considered that the show "was all very skillfully deployed: a bruisingly clear sound of scathing force, a clockwork, Pavlovian lightshow, a variegation of light and shade in the song order that builds to the unmitigating force of 'Pornography' itself as the climax". However, the mood on stage was not good: The journalist noted that Smith looked "dejected and tired" for his birthday.
When the tour reached Europe, tension was so high between the two musicians that they had a fight after a concert in Strasbourg. People have bought tickets! Tolhurst later related: "I remember sitting in the dressing room thinking, 'oh well, that's the end of the band, then' [ I guess I ran away.
Escaping from the reality of The Cure". Back in England, Smith took a rest with a month's camping holiday to the Lake District to "clean up". In20 years after the release of PornographyThe Cure performed the album live in its entirety, along with Disintegration and Bloodflowersas part of the Trilogy concerts.
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