Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Christmas Album by The Cure?


A Christmas Album by The Cure?

There have been a lot of tongue in cheek posts at The Cure forum regarding a possible Christmas album by The Cure. The band is not the cheeriest of musicians after all. But to us fans, any album by The Cure is a welcome event. So I've done some research to see what songs by the band mention "Christmas." There are seven songs they could include in an album. This is surprising as I could only think of a couple. Here they are a few days before Christmas 2011:


HEY YOU!!! - Kiss Me! Kiss Me! Kiss Me!
Hey you!!!
Yes you
Yes you the one that looks like Christmas
Come over here and kiss me
Kiss me

Hey you!!!
Yes you
Yes you the one that looks delirious
Come over here and kiss me
Kiss me


LAST DANCE - Disintegration
I'm so glad you came
I'm so glad you remembered
To see how we're ending
Our last dance together
Expectant
Too punctual
But prettier than ever
I really believe that this time it's forever

But older than me now
More constant
More real
And the fur and the mouth and the innocence
Turned to hair and contentment
That hangs in abasement
A woman now standing where once
There was only a girl

I'm so glad you came
I'm so glad you remembered
The walking through walls in the heart of December
The blindness of happiness
Of falling down laughing
And I really believed that this time was forever

But Christmas falls late now
Flatter and colder
And never as bright as when we used to fall
All this in an instant
Before I can kiss you
A woman now standing where once
There was only a girl

I'm so glad you came
I'm so glad you remembered
To see how we're ending
Our last dance together
Reluctantly
Cautiously
But prettier than ever
I really believe that this time it's forever

But Christmas falls late now
Flatter and colder
And never as bright as when we used to fall
And even if we drink
I don't think we would kiss in the way that we did
When the woman
Was only a girl


LET'S GO TO BED - Japanese Whispers
let me take your hand
i'm shaking like milk
turning
turning blue
all over the windows and the floors
fires outside in the sky
look as perfect as cats
the two of us together again
but it's just the same
a stupid game

but i don't care if you don't
and i don't feel if you don't
and i don't want it if you don't
and i won't say it
if you don't say it first

you think you're tired now
but wait until three...
laughing at the Christmas lights
you remember
from december

all of this then back again
another girl
another name
stay alive but stay the same
it's just the same
a stupid game

but i don't care if you don't
and i don't feel if you don't
and i don't want it if you don't
and i won't play it
if you don't play it first

you can't even see now
so you ask me the way
you wonder if it's real
because it couldn't be rain...
through the right doorway
and into the white room
it used to be the dust that would lay here
when i came here alone

but i don't care if you don't
and i don't feel if you don't
and i don't want it if you don't
and i won't say it
if you don't say it first

doo doo doo doo
let's go to bed!
doo doo doo doo
let's go to bed!


OTHER VOICES - Faith
Whisper your name in an empty room
You brush past my skin
As soft as fur
Taking hold
I taste your scent
Distant noises
Other voices
Pounding in my broken head
Commit the sin
Commit yourself
And all the other voices said
Change your mind
You're always wrong
Always wrong

Come around at Christmas
I really have to see you
Smile at me slyly
Another festive compromise
But I live with desertion
And eight million people
Distant noises
Of other voices
Pulsing in my swinging arms
Caress the sound
So many dead
And all the other voices sing
Change your mind
You're always wrong

PRIMARY (Studio Out-Take) Also Called COLD COLOURS - Faith Enhanced CD

Red, a Christmas tree shines
And you lick your sticky lips
Never mind
I’ll stay
In love

Yellow is such a happy colour
But I feel so old
Girls sit in a room drawing pictures
Oh yellow yellow yellow yellow yellow yellow yellow
Feels so old

Oh please remember
Please don’t change

Blue is waiting for your brother
You won’t get this again
Sky high waves to you
With other colours
Primary sound and primary fine

Oh please remember
Please don’t change


STRANGE ATTRACTION - Wild Mood Swings
 It started with a dedication
"lost in admiration - happy birthday - I'm forever yours - blossom"
Faded red inside a tiny book of butterflies
I smiled surprised at how when flickered through
The wings flew by spelled out my name...

Six months went by the summer lost
Obsessively the letters dropped into my life
The same soft blood smooth flowing hand
"please try to understand - I have to see you - have to feel you -
Tell you all the ways I need you - yours forever in love... "

Strange attraction spreads it's wings
It varies but the smallest things
You never know how anything will change
Strange attraction spreads it's wings
And alters but the smallest things
You never know how anything will fade

The year grew old incessantly she wrote to me
She'd started smoking poetry!
I laughed in recognition of a favourite phrase
She'd pulled me in...
I answered her
A Christmas card in sepia
Arranging when and where
And how the two of us should meet...

Her opening so well prepared
A nervous smile
I couldn't take my eyes from her
She whispered
"can I use some of your lipstick?"
It was perfect so believable
I couldn't help but feel that it was real
And kissing crimson fell into her waiting arms...

Strange attraction spreads it's wings
It varies but the smallest things
You never know how anything will change
Strange attraction spreads it's wings
And alters but the smallest things
You never know how anything will fade

So alone into the cold new year without another word from her
I wrote to ask if we could maybe meet again before the spring
But weeks went by with no reply until once more my birthday came
And with it my surprise but this time nothing was the same...

"I'm sorry - blame infatuation - blame imagination -
I was sure you'd be the one but I was wrong -
It seems reality destroys our dreams - I won't forget you - blossom"
Faded red inside a tiny book of old goodbyes...

Strange attraction spreads it's wings
It varies but the smallest things
You never know how anything will change
Strange attraction spreads it's wings
And alters but the smallest things
And you never know...


MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY
Are you hanging up a stocking on your wall?
It's the time that every Santa has a ball
Does he ride a red nosed reindeer?
Does a 'ton up' on his sleigh
Do the fairies keep him sober for a day?

Chorus:
So here it is merry Christmas
Everybody's having fun
Look to the future now
It's only just begun

Are you waiting for the family to arrive?
Are you sure you got the room to spare inside?
Does your granny always tell ya that the old songs are the best?
Then she's up and rock 'n' rollin' with the rest

Chorus:
So here it is merry Christmas
Everybody's having fun
Look to the future now
It's only just begun

What will your daddy do
When he sees your Mama kissin' Santa Claus?
Ah ah
Are you hanging up a stocking on your wall?
Are you hoping that the snow will start to fall?
Do you ride on down the hillside in a buggy you have made?
When you land upon your head then you've been slayed

Chorus (3x)
So here it is merry Christmas
Everybody's having fun
Look to the future now
It's only just begun

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Top 10 Things I Observed at The Cure’s November 23, 2011 “Reflections” Concert at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood



Top 10 Things I Observed at The Cure’s November 23, 2011 “Reflections” Concert at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood

10. Cameras were allowed (even high-end digitals) and you could take as many photos as you wanted, just “no video recording” as the perky usher told me.

9. The “Reflections” tour saw The Cure playing their first three albums back-to-back-to-back in their entirety. Three Imaginary Boys was launched in 1979. Then Seventeen Seconds dropped in 1980 and finally Faith was issued in 1981. At the end of each album Robert Smith would say “I’ll see you in a year,” as he walked off stage.

8. One of the beauties of seeing The Cure in concert is that they are all about the music. There are no cheesy props on stage. There are no flashing lights or political statements dancing across an LED screen.

7. Lol Tulhurst, who joined the group for the Faith album looked stiff and out of place. At one point he flubbed the end of a song, which prompted Robert to point at his eyes and then at Lol with a look that said, “Watch me.”

6. The crowd at the Pantages was rather staid and not what I expected for The Cure concert. Overall it was an older crowd that may have jettisoned the eyeliner and crimson lipstick long ago.

5. The version of “Killing an Arab” was the best ever and there wasn’t a person left in their seat.

4. Three albums in their entirety and three encores; a slimmed down Robert Smith never looked winded.

3. Robert Smith’s little quips during the concert: “I finally figured out what that song means” and “I’m off to drop acid” were always funny and well-received by the crowd.

2.  Speaking of Robert Smith, his scarecrow theatrics during “The Hanging Garden” were somehow haunting and Gothic.

1. Robert Smith lamented a couple of times about the Internet and how “everybody knows your business now” in reference to the publication of The Cure’s entire set list by L.A.’s online papers. To fix their wagon at the third Pantages show, The Cure gave the first live performance of its new single “Scent” during one of the three encores. This was a thunderous, dreamscape tune with no lyrics. Right after “Scent” The Cure played the B-side that sounded like it could have been a B-side to any song on Disintegration with dual keyboards at work. Toward the end of the song Robert surprised everyone by playing the harmonica, which seemed out of place, yet worked in the context of the song. Immediately afterward Robert Smith announced, “See, I can play two instruments.” Oddly, no L.A. online article mentioned this changeup by Smith and crew.

**Special thanks to FasoPhotography.com for the great photo of The Cure marquee.