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Three Imaginary Boys

The Cure - Three Imaginary Boys
Critic Score
Based on 2 reviews
1979 Ratings: #47 / 106
User Score
Based on 284 ratings
1979 Ratings: #34
Liked by 10 people
May 11, 1979 / Release Date
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Post-Punk / Genres / Website
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Yeah this has grown on me a lot

There really isn’t just an insane amount of stuff going on with this album. The music can seem a bit repetitive, the song structures simple, and the instrumentation a bit bare, but I just love this thing. I don’t know why. I’ve heard the album many times in the past, but it’s definitely been a while. I couldn’t even remember what it sounded like. But coming back to it made me realize how much I enjoy this thing.

I haven’t ... read more
"Three Imaginary Boys" is a fast, groovy, bouncy, British well-written and very impressive post-punk debut from The Cure that fuses simple but infectious instrumentation with oddball performances from Robert Smith. It lacks in the personality department, though.

Fav Tracks: Three Imaginary Boys, Fire in Cairo, Object, Subway Song, 10:15 Saturday Night; Grinding Halt, Foxy Lady, Accuracy

Least Fav Track: The Weedy Burton

This debut from The Cure is a bit of an outlier in their discog, as it isn't very goth toned at all - in fact it doesn't really possess much of the future Cure style other than Robert Smith's vocal tone and the bass sound. Instead it feels very much of its time, so more of a post-punk influence, and as such it has more in common with Bauhaus, Young Marble Giants, Wire and maybe even punk acts like the Damned.

Although not as successful a debut to my sensibilities, I find it functions ... read more
Muy buen debut. Es bastante lo que esperaba para este disco: post-punk hecho y derecho, no tan bien redondeado y hasta un poco áspero, que es más que entendible para tres pibes de 20 años en su primer disco, y encima le tengo cierto gustito. El resto es lo normal, baterías desenfrenadas, un bajo potente, guitarras aceleradas y la voz de Smith que va muy bien con todo.

Es divertido, es despreocupado, es enérgico y es un "raro peinado nuevo". Y que ... read more
The Cure's debut album almost doesn't sound like it was made by The Cure. It's oftentimes zany songwriting is so different from the dark and gloomy gothic tunes the band is known for that it's somewhat unbelievable that this album and Pornography are by the same band. Either way, they pull off kinda bouncy and more pop-leaning post-punk pretty well. This is not your Joy Division type of post-punk, it's much more colorful and more eccentric. The simple and oddly minimalistic instrumentals are a ... read more
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Track List

  1. 10:15 Saturday Night 
  2. Accuracy 
  3. Grinding Halt 
  4. Another Day 
  5. Object 
  6. Subway Song 
  7. Foxy Lady 
  8. Meat Hook 
  9. So What 
  10. Fire In Cairo 
  11. It's Not You 
  12. Three Imaginary Boys 
  13. The Weedy Burton
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Added on: October 18, 2012