The Cure ‎– The Cure 1979-1989 - An Independent Critical Review

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CRP1906 The Cure The Cure 1979-1989 - An Independent Critical Review(Box, Boo + 2xDVD-V, Unofficial, Multichannel, NTSC) Classic Rock Productions CRP1906 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
CRP1906 The Cure The Cure 1979 - 1989(2xDVD-V, Unofficial, PAL) Classic Rock Production CRP1906 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
CRP1906 The Cure The Cure 1979-1989(2xDVD-V, Unofficial) Classic Rock Productions CRP1906 France 2005 Sell This Version
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AcousticWarrior

AcousticWarrior

June 3, 2017
referencing The Cure 1979-1989 - An Independent Critical Review, Box, Boo + 2xDVD-V, Unofficial, Multichannel, NTSC, CRP1906
I’ve seen this documentary repackaged under a few different names (such as The Cure Under Review or The Cure: A Definitive Musical Review), and I consider it to be a massive disappointment. I’m very sorry to have to disrespect the people who made it, as they clearly have a lot of love for The Cure to make a documentary like this. However, let’s break down the problems. First, there’s a paucity of actual recordings of The Cure. You get some clips from The Tube (UK TV show) during The Top period, one short excerpt from an interview with Robert Smith, and that’s about it. This was presumably all the filmmakers could get the rights to use. Most of the music is not The Cure, but an (albeit above average) tribute band called Insecure.

The filmmakers could have compensated for this if they had a lot of interesting info on the band, but the commentary is really, really droll. Things like “Smith was taking a lot of drugs during The Top album.” Oh, really? I thought he was clean and sober! The documentary spends an inordinate amount of time focusing on The Top (again, probably because those clips from The Tube were about the only thing they could get the rights for). Don’t get me wrong. I like that album, but albums like Pornography, Head On The Door, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, and Disintegration are far more important, and should have been given precedence. Oh, the documentary doesn’t have anything to say about the band after Disintegration either, other than platitudes about "The Cure Legacy."

I recommend the “Strange Museum” documentary of The Cure instead, even though it suffers from similar problems, namely the lack of actual music from The Cure. That documentary at least has Steven Severin of Siouxsie And The Banshees in it.