We welcome in the new year with a return the music adventure. This fortnight’s album is the Cure’s Disintegration, which represents Gothic. Growing out of post punk, gothic rock is dark, often keyboard-heavy music with deep, introspective lyrics. You are perhaps familiar with the broader subculture it gave rise to, famous for dark clothing, white faces and black hair. Black eyeliner and fingernails are also common amongst both male and female goths.
Legendary band The Cure have released several albums considered classics of the genre, particularly their early works such as Seventeen Seconds (1980), after which Mathieu Hartley left the band due to the band’s direction towards “suicidal, sombre music”, Faith (1981) and Pornography (1982), which opens with the line “It doesn’t matter if we all die”.
1989’s Disintegration represents a return to the band’s gothic style of their earlier work following their lighter albums of the mid-80’s and a bout of depression suffered by the lead singer and songwriter Robert Smith.
Kyle from South Park is known to be a fan…