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14. The Cure

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After we came up with our rankings, it just seemed right for the Cure to be associated with number thirteen. The mystical number might fit the gothic image of a band (who ironically despised that label) better than any other group on this list.


It is easy to take a look at Robert Smith’s crazy hair, black outfits and lipstick and simply say that The Cure was just a Goth band, but of course they are so much more than that. True, many a Cure song is perfect for the depressed teenager hollowed up in their parent’s basement but despite the brooding image of Smith, not all of their songs are dark and gloomy. In fact, some of their songs feel so saccharin sweet (The Lovecats, come to mind) that its cheeriness is contagious. Regardless, of the mood invoked, their technical skills can’t be denied and historically speaking, The Cure was one of the first true Alternative acts to become commercially viable.  Considering their success in the States, this bodes well for future induction.


The Cure

The Bullet Points:


Previous Rank:

2010: #13


Eligible Since:


Country of Origin:

United Kingdom (Crawley, England)

Why They Will Get In:

Cited as influential by many current successful artists


Why They Won’t Get In:

Their gothic image hasn’t changed much, and may not win over Hall voters


Nominated In:


Essential Albums:

Seventeen Seconds (1980)

Pornography (1982)

Disintegration (1989)

Wish (1992) 

Our Five Favorite Songs as
Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:

Charlotte Sometimes (Single, 1981)

The Hanging Garden (From Pornography, 1982)

Hot Hot Hot!!! (From Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, 1987)

Lovesong (From Disintegration, 1989)

Friday, I’m In Love (From Wish, 1992)



Should The Cure be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put them in! - 42.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 32.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 7.1%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 17.9%
Last modified on Friday, 16 January 2015 10:06


0 #11 BobN 2015-03-18 09:27
I am sorry but Siouxsie and the Banshees are a much more significant and influential band than the Cure. The Cure deserves to be in, but not before Siouxsie Sioux! From whom do think Robert Smith learned to do his make up?

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