Thursday, May 8, 2008

Staring at the Sea #16 "Best Of" album

Yahoo Music has compiled a Top 25 Best "Best Of" list, and Staring at the Sea comes in at #16. Here's what they say:

16) Staring At The Sea--The Cure: Another band with a visionary--Robert Smith, in this case--who liked to stretch out over full-length albums, but who was also quite proficient at writing the hit single when it was his need. The fact that this was considered "alternative rock" at the time (the '80s) proves the music industry had gone insane. What's alternative about well-written pop songs? But then this was back when having a Mohawk, a body piercing, a tattoo, or being a guy wearing eye make-up would get you endlessly harassed. There were no shows on TV featuring tattoo parlors back then. If you can believe it.


  1. It was my first Cure album.

  2. This was my first Cure album as well and the reason I became a fan in the first place.

  3. JPX

    I had the LP version and the cassette version, as it brought the b-sides.
    Inbetween Days, Close to Me and Boys Don't Cry were played quite a lot on Brazilian radio at the time and I simply got hooked.

  4. i love how people are arguing that albums like 'thriller' and 'off the wall' aren't on the list. like those are best of comps.

    anyway, i remember when i first got standing on a beach- horton plaza in san diego in 1989. twas the extra long cassette with the b-sides. it was the first time i'd ever heard close to me with the horns.

  5. That's what was so great about the cassette, all those hard to find b-sides! The first time I ever heard of The Cure was when I was an exchange student in France. I was introduced to Head on the Door. Here in the US they were virtually unknown.