The Cure ‎– Pornography

Rhino Records (2) ‎– R2 74684, Elektra ‎– R2 74684, Fiction Records ‎– R2 74684
CD, Album, Reissue
CD, Compilation
All Media, Deluxe Edition, Remastered, Digipak, Cardboard Slipcase

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The Original Album
1-1 One Hundred Years 6:41
1-2 A Short Term Effect 4:22
1-3 The Hanging Garden 4:34
1-4 Siamese Twins 5:28
1-5 The Figurehead 6:15
1-6 A Strange Day 5:03
1-7 Cold 4:26
1-8 Pornography 6:27
Rarities 1981 - 1982
2-1 Break (Group Home Demo) 2:11
2-2 Demise (Studio Demo) 2:09
2-3 Temptation (Studio Demo) 4:00
2-4 The Figurehead (Studio Demo) 6:12
2-5 The Hanging Garden (Studio Demo) 5:29
2-6 One Hundred Years (Studio Demo) 7:00
2-7 Airlock: The Soundtrack
Voice [Voices], Noises [Noise], Bass – Simon GallupVoice [Voices], Noises [Noise], Percussion – Laurence TolhurstVoice [Voices], Piano, Synthesizer [Synth], Flute, Bass – Robert Smith
2-8 Cold (Live) 3:54
2-9 A Strange Day (Live) 4:05
2-10 Pornography (Live) 5:55
2-11 All Mine (Live) 2:54
2-12 A Short Term Effect (Live) 4:05
2-13 Siamese Twins (Live) 6:03
2-14 Temptation Two (AKA LGTB) (RS Studio Demo) 3:57

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Deluxe reissue of the 1982 album Pornography:

Disc 2 notes:
Track 2-1 - Group Home Instrumental Demo circa 11/81; previously unreleased song.
Tracks 2-2 to 2-6 - Studio Instrumental Demos (2-2 & 2-3) and Studio Demos (2-4 to 2-6) circa 12/81; previously unreleased songs/versions.
Track 2-7 - Studio track circa 3/82; previously unreleased.
Tracks 2-8 to 2-11 - Live in the Hammersmith Odeon circa 5/82; previously unreleased versions except Track 11 (previously available on 'Curiosity' cassette, 1984).
Tracks 2-12 & 2-13 - Live in Brussels circa 6/82; previously unreleased versions.
Track 2-14 - Studio Demo circa 7/82; previously unreleased song.

©2005 Atlantic Record Corp.
℗2005 Fiction Records Ltd. Manufactured & marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing, a Warner Music Group Company. Printed in U.S.A.

Some copies contain a sticker with:
2-CD compiled by Robert Smith
Digitally remastered from the original master tapes
Features 5 previously unreleased songs and 14 tracks on CD for the very first time
Deluxe Package contains a 20-page booklet including sleevenotes and lyrics with rare and previously unseen photographs
R2 74684

Recorded and mixed at RAK Studio One, London

Original Sound recording made by Fiction Records Ltd.
Deluxe Edition Designed at Bold Design, London
Digitally remastered at Abbey Road Studios, London

Released in a 4-panel fold-out digipak housed in a cardboard slipcase with a 20-page booklet.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed): 0 8122 74684 2 2
  • Barcode (Scanned): 081227468422
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1, Variant 1): Z39736 3 R2 74684-2.1 01 M1S4
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1, Variants 2 & 3): Z39736 3 R2 74684-2.1 01 M1S2
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2, Variant 1): Z39736 3 R2 74684-2.2 01 M1S4
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2, Variant 2): Z39737 3 R2 74684-2.2 01 M1S2
  • Matrix / Runout (CD3, Variant 3): Z39737 3 R2 74684-2.2 01 M1S3
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L909
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 2U3X
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 2U3Y
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 2U7N

Other Versions (5 of 123) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
FIXD 7, 2383 639 The Cure Pornography(LP, Album) Fiction Records, Fiction Records FIXD 7, 2383 639 UK 1982 Sell This Version
2383 639 The Cure Pornography(LP, Album, RP) Polydor, Fiction Records 2383 639 France 1982 Sell This Version
FIXD 7 The Cure Pornography(LP, TP) Fiction Records Ltd. FIXD 7 UK 2012 Sell This Version
982 183-8 The Cure Pornography(CD, Album, RE, RM) Fiction Records, Polydor, Universal 982 183-8 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
FI 07 XD P The Cure Pornography(LP, Album, Ltd, Unofficial, Gre) Fiction Records (2), EMI (2) FI 07 XD P UK Unknown Sell This Version



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November 19, 2005
edited over 12 years ago

For many years, listeners of this album noted its relevancy in the long career of the Cure. And yet the first generation of CD mastering did not do the album any justice. But thanks to a proper mastering job, this album can finally speak for itself boldly and beautifully (relative of course).

The album itself is what Robert Smith described as the "ultimate fuck-off record." He wanted something awful and terrible sounding: guitars that sound like they are melting and scratching fingerboards, drums with an intense yet controlled hatred, lyrics that feel like a cobra's bite. This is the album that would secure the Cure's reputation of being a mopey-dopey group and all about depression and gloom (although that stereotype is quite unfair given Smith's own personality and inclination for amusement). It also marked the end of the first phase of the Cure when they were moving from starting out with punk-like sensibilities ("Killing an Arab" and everything on Three Imaginary Boys or Boys Don't Cry) into the realm of making something personal, romantic, grand yet brittle and sparse. The emotional drama would not be experienced again until 1989's Disintegration and the overall approach is something that will not come again for the Cure. Yet it's memorable all the same.

The deluxe edition is made for the Cure fans. And yet it's wonderful for those who have recently got bit by the bug and wanting to know more about the Cure. Like with all the deluxe edition releases, the rarities are either 1) early demos/alternate takes of songs, which give an interesting insight into the evolution of a song into a final album (the best demonstration of this idea is "The Hanging Garden"), 2) live recordings, which also give an idea of the band at the time and how a song can translate live (I enjoy the live version of "Siamese Twins" more than the original studio album) and 3) other.