Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: The Cure

[Note:  The Cure was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2019.]

As a resident of the greater Portland area, it is hard to avoid listening to The Cure. On any one of the city’s three alternative stations, one will regularly hear songs like “Friday, I’m In Love” “Just Like Heaven,” or “Pictures Of You,” or occasionally deeper cuts like “Boys Don’t Cry.” Many of these songs have been covered by diverse bands or have been the titles of movies. Beginning as a post-punk alternative band, The Cure first became popular in their native UK and then crossed the pond and became immensely popular in the United States and around the world. Yet for all of their undoubted cultural and musical influence, their success in crafting songs as well as successful albums, and their role as early standard-bearers for alternative rock, a genre that now has immense popularity and cultural relevance, they are not a part of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, for reasons that are not at all easy to understand.

Why The Cure Belong In The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

When one examines a case as obvious as that of The Cure, there are a lot of different ways that one can demonstrate why the band belongs in the Hall of Fame. If it is a matter of influencing later acts, there is the fact that the Cure, as much as they hate it, are identified with the genre of goth rock. Bands like Interpol and the Smashing Pumpkins have openly declared the formative role of The Cure in their own music [1], they have performed with Korn on MTV Unplugged [2], and the band (and its melancholy lead singer Robert Smith) have been the subject of parody and appreciation in such diverse places as The Mighty Boosh, The Mary Whitehouse Experience, This Must Be The Place, and South Park. The band has sold more than 25 million copies, making them among the best-selling bands in the world, as well as having two double-platinum albums (Standing On A Beach and Disintegration), three platinum albums (Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Wish, and Mixed Up), and three additional gold albums (The Head On The Door, Wild Mood Swings, and Galore), aside from their sales certifications in the UK, Australia, and other countries. Their individual songs are just well known, with four US Modern #1 hits (Fascination Street, Never Enough, High, and Friday I’m In Love) as well as another two Top 40 hits on the Hot 100 (Just Like Heaven and Lovesong) as well as numerous other songs that reached the top 40 in the UK (a total of 22 of them so far). Even their covers, like “Hello, I Love You,” and “Purple Haze” have been popular songs on the Modern Rock charts [3]. With that level of influence, it’s hard to see why the band has not yet been inducted with their combination of cultural influence, obvious place in musical history, and excellence in sales and critical acclaim.

Why The Cure Isn’t In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

It’s not at all clear why The Cure isn’t in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. To be sure, some people have been confused by the band, pigeonholing them as a goth band with gloomy and mopey music or being confused by Smith’s happiness and melodicism. That said, the band has been consistently popular in the UK since the early 1980’s, and had a run in the United States between 1985 and 1997 where every album of theirs that was not a live release went at least gold. When you add their sales success to the fact that later alternative acts greatly praise the influence of The Cure on their own music and approach and to the cultural importance of The Cure, their relevance and worth is obvious. Perhaps it is simply the fact that their popularity in the US began in the 80’s, a notorious period of neglect for the voters of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame [4] that has accounted for the snubbing of The Cure.

Verdict: Put them in. Even accounting for the various lineup drama among the band, here are some clear-cut guidelines as to who should be inducted: Robert Smith, Porl (Pearl) Thompson, Roger O’Donnell, Perry Barmonte, Simon Gallup, Lol Tolhurst, Boris Williams, and Jason Cooper [5].

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cure

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MTV_Unplugged_(Korn_album)

[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cure_discography

[4] See, for example:

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2011/08/24/why-arent-they-in-the-rock-roll-hall-of-fame-bryan-adams/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2012/06/05/why-arent-they-in-the-rock-roll-hall-of-fame-joy-division-new-order/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2012/07/18/why-arent-they-in-the-rock-roll-hall-of-fame-bon-jovi/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2012/09/02/why-arent-they-in-the-rock-roll-hall-of-fame-the-cars/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2012/10/12/why-arent-they-in-the-rock-roll-hall-of-fame-tears-for-fears/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/why-arent-they-in-the-rock-roll-hall-of-fame-talk-talk/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2013/05/16/why-arent-they-in-the-rock-roll-hall-of-fame-gloria-estefan-the-miami-sound-machine/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2013/08/11/why-arent-they-in-the-rock-roll-hall-of-fame-janet-jackson/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2013/09/15/why-arent-they-in-the-rock-roll-hall-of-fame-amy-grant/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/why-arent-they-in-the-rock-roll-hall-of-fame-sting/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2014/05/08/why-arent-they-in-the-rock-roll-hall-of-fame-phil-collins/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2014/08/08/why-arent-they-in-the-rock-roll-hall-of-fame-the-eurythmics/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2014/10/02/why-arent-they-in-the-rock-roll-hall-of-fame-journey/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2015/02/04/why-arent-they-in-the-rock-roll-hall-of-fame-whitney-houston/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2015/10/04/why-arent-they-in-the-rock-roll-hall-of-fame-depeche-mode/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2016/02/19/why-arent-they-in-the-rock-roll-hall-of-fame-pat-benatar/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2016/03/02/why-arent-they-in-the-rock-roll-hall-of-fame-huey-lewis-the-news/

[5] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cure_personnel

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2 Responses to Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: The Cure

  1. lifesong413 says:

    I created a petition to try to get The Cure inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next time. Will you please sign and share it? Thanks!

    https://goo.gl/z4iZQg

    Copy and paste this link to see the petition.

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