Wednesday, June 29, 2016

What Is The Cure's Best Song?

From Rolling Stone:

"The Cure's ongoing world tour brought them to New York City's Madison Square Garden this week for an incredible three-night stand. Without a new album to support, Robert Smith and his band group dug deep into their catalog and broke out classics like "Fascination Street" and "Disintegration" along with newer tracks like "The Hungry Ghost" and "It Can Never Be the Same." Most nights they play for nearly three hours, going through four encores and always wrapping up with "Boys Don't Cry."

Now we have a question for you: What is the Cure's best song? Feel free to vote for an early favorite like "Killing an Arab" and "A Forest," a huge radio hit like "Just Like Heaven" and "Friday I'm in Love" or something more recent, such as "The Perfect Boy" or "Freakshow." Any song recorded by the Cure at any point in their career counts. Just please only vote for one song and only one time.

You can vote here in the comments, on Facebook.com/RollingStone or on Twitter using the hashtag #WeekendRock."

My vote went to the greatest song ever written, 'The Same Deep Water As You'. I mean, how is there even a debate about this? :)

Update: And here are the results...

10. Boys Don't Cry
09. Fascination Street
08. From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea
07. The Same Deep Water As You
06. Faith
05. In Between Days
04. Disintegration
03. Just Like Heaven
02. A Forest
01. Pictures of You

76 comments:

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    1. You're so funny I swear every time I see a new thread and lo and behold it's you saying Thank You...so funny...I don't even know if you're doing it tongue in cheek😅

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    2. Kate actually had a few more words to say when she started to attend the shows.
      I think I also saw a photo of her on Twitter. She is the one with the red flower wreath type decoration on her head.

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    3. @Marc, the gratitude is sincere. :)

      @piggywigee Yes, that is me!

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  2. That was hard. It Used to be Me got top vote, followed by Prayers for Rain, close second. For me, it was based on my stage of life.

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    1. Interesting choice ( It used to be me ) I remember buying the 13th single and listening to 13th a total of twice.... ( It used to me got played so much the CD broke....

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    2. I love them both, but to me the 13th is the most underrated single in the band's catalogue and I keep wondering why it's getting hardly any praise. I'd love the band to play it live one day. And if Robert's in the mood why not playing that three fantastic B-Sides of Mint car right afterwards.

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  3. toss up between the kiss & siamese twins

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    1. I vote for this because it's everything Cure in a concise nutshell: happy, sad, wistful, and perfect.

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  5. I hate rolling stone, Twitter and Facebook and all that ilk. My vote HERE where it counts goes to the figurehead.

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    1. Yes it's hard to pick a favorite but right now it's figurehead

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    2. Yes it's hard to pick a favorite but right now it's figurehead

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    3. Great choice....some of the best lyrics ever, all I have to do is kill her....did you? Did you kill her? Listening to Pornography....lol!!!

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  7. I would also like to say if I could pick two the other would be Siamese twins. Just because it's nothing but sinister.

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  8. From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea !!

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  9. The Same Deep Water As You...epic!!! Epic size...doesn't change tempo at all...it's doesn't need to. It reigns supreme!

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  10. The Same Deep Water As You...epic!!! Epic size...doesn't change tempo at all...it's doesn't need to. It reigns supreme!

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  11. From the day I first heard it on my CD player after I pretended to be sick so I could stay home from school and buy Disintigration the day it was released until today and ALWAYS and Forever: Pictures of You.

    Before that it was probably Charlotte Sometimes.

    But as many have stated on the RS site: it's almost impossible to pick one as they are all SO DIFFERENT. That a band can have a song like Give Me It and The Kiss and then a song like Jupiter Crash or Bare just floors me and makes me love them all the more.

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    1. Sorry I'll take Cold before Faith...it's just more sinister

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    1. Just One Kiss or Lament is definitely my favorite. Hell... every song on Japanese Whispers is at the top of my list.

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    2. Absolutely! Great band period, I also love those strange 83 Tour Bootlegs

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  14. 'M'is my favorite by far...yet there is 'Mint Car'...and 'All Cats Are Grey'...'One Hundred Years'is powerful...it's hard to pick one since my brother brought home 3IB in 1980. I've been listening to The Cure since the beginning and their catalog is so diverse! I like the album tracks,the b sides, and the singles. Favorite b side has to be 'It Used To Be Me'.

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  16. the right questions would be " What is your favorite song of cure ? " . Anyway if someone dont knows the cure and had to pick some songs to listen I would choose the following: 1. Pictures of you 2. To wish impossible things 3. Faith 4. Just like heaven 5. 2late( wip mix)

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  18. I look forward to hearing "it can never be the same " studio version. It will be in top5 Cure songs

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    1. Simon blew out one of my stereo speakers with his playing on 'It Can Never Be The Same' from Shoreline on May 26th. Can't help but crank it up, great song no doubt about it.

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  19. There is no debate 4me. ..Best song ever =the same deep water as u

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    1. Without a doubt I'm with you on this one....THE SAME DEEP WATER AS YOU

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  20. Tough choice, difficult to choose 'A Strange Day' over 'Cold', especially the way they are playing 'Cold' on this tour, but 'A Strange Day' it is.

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  21. SINKING... Because that's how I've felt for the past 15 years

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  22. a trip to the easide town of beachyhead ? ha! .. fucking idiot journalists

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    1. Oh there are many gems like that if you look closely. :)

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  23. Short term effect and Untitled and Primary and...

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  24. I didn't vote, but my faves right now are It's Over and Short Term Effect.

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  25. EXPECTED results . We have no surprises. 4 songs from Disintegration and only 3 songs under 5 minutes.

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    1. Oh no! The subjective opinions of random people have such an adverse effect on our lives!

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  26. Didnt Robert at some point state that he felt that Pictures was the Cures best song?? Or did I 4:14 Dream it???

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    1. Yes he did! Or at least he mentioned it as the most quintessential song from the Cure. The best representative of the sad and downbeat blended in with the optimistic and upbeat side.

      Two facades of the Cure....those were his thoughts.

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    2. Marc - very well stated. I did not know that RS had mentioned POY as the quintessential song. I did not vote (not fond of RS - Rolling Stone that is, not the "other" RS...LOL!), but when I first saw this posted, I too immediately thought of POY. It has the distinction of being the one song that first got me hooked on the band way back when I heard it on the radio years ago. At the time I was aware of their 2 other major hits, FIIL and Lovesong but POY is the one that caused me to immediately sit up straight and think, wow, what band is this?

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  27. Four songs to take a beer break (Pictures, Disintegration, Same deep water, From the edge...), but at least no Friday I'm in love snd no Lovesong. My choice: A chain of flowers ;-)

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  28. A Strange Day prob edges All Cats Are Grey for me. Was so thrilled to witness it at MSG night 3. So, so many class songs tho'.

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  29. I think my favorite is Homesick, never have skipped that song when i listen to music.

    It's such a beautiful song. Makes me happy and sad at the same time. Happy because the music is really beautiful and sad because of the lyrics.

    They really should play it in Amsterdam or Leipzig :-) So Roger if you read this: please ??? I think Roger is the one that have written it with Simon (correct me if i'am wrong)

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  31. "A Few Hours After This..."

    http://randomthoughtsescaping.blogspot.com/2010/01/end-of-eighties-track-04.html

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  32. Late to the party on this one, but my top ten:

    1. One Hundred Years
    2. Disintegration
    3. From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea
    4. Shake Dog Shake
    5. The Baby Screams
    6. How Beautiful You Are
    7. The Wailing Wall
    8. A Forest (live versions)
    9. Faith
    10. It's Not You (I LOVE this one, so raw and pure...)

    I've seen all of them live except for Wailing Wall (only played 3x in London since 1984, only shot at this one now is a 'Top' performance as part of a Trilogy).

    I'm taking it a step further, top 10 bsides or non-album tracks:

    1. This Twilight Garden
    2. Burn
    3. The Exploding Boy
    4. A Japanese Dream
    5. Babble
    6. It Used to Be Me
    7. Fake
    8. A Few Hours After This
    9. New Day
    10. I'm Cold

    :)

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  33. agree with Pictures - it has a piece of every part of The Cure in - and it's always the right song to listen to

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  34. the 13th or Ching Chang Chong... I mean, how did they miss two of the obvious best?

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  35. it's interesting that some cure songs such as 'a forest' and 'charlotte sometimes' (just to name two) sound way better live than the studio version. just saying.

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    1. The versions on Concert 1984 are indeed way better than the studio versions. Shake dog Shake Glastonbury 1990 sounds also way better than the studio version.

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    1. Hoping they have lot's of songs like: It can never be the same..

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    2. do you think they still have a few more new ones for the European leg?

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    3. After these american setlist nothing surprises me anymore. So i hope they have some more new songs.

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  37. my personal pick is the same deep water as you, but i agree with randy about 2 late being an all-encompassing cross section of what makes the cure the cure.

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  38. My Top 5:

    1 The Same Deep Water As You
    2 Faith (live 89!!)
    3 Lament
    4 The Drowning Man
    5 Burn

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  39. Top 10

    1 homesick
    2 three imaginary boys
    3 the figurehead
    4. Last dance
    5 all i want
    6 Siamese twins
    7 drowning man
    8 m
    9 holy hour
    10 one hundred years

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