Curve

Curve

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Members: Dean Garcia and Toni Halliday

Seminal indie rock/electronic crossover group who originally met through David Stewart of Eurythmics, whom Toni has known since she was a teenager. Dean played on two Eurythmics albums, Touch and Be Yourself Tonight. The two played together in the unsuccessful 80s band, State of Play, and parted on acrimonious terms. However, they resolved their differences and formed Curve in 1991.
Their first releases were very successful in the UK indie scene, but, despite critical acclaim, they never grew beyond that level. Low sales of their second album, "Cuckoo", led to the group splitting for four years, with Toni and Dean working with others. They reformed in '97 and released "Come Clean", the singles from which made a bigger splash in the US than their earlier material. However, the momentum didn't continue and label difficulties caused them serious problems.
Further releases failed to attract much interest outside of their core fanbase and, following the release of a two-disc retrospective in 2004, Toni called it a day on 31 January 2005, saying that the group had "come to its natural end with a lot of good work achieved in the last 15 years."
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Curve Discography

Albums

92108-4P Curve Doppelgänger (Album) Anxious Records 92108-4P US 1991 Sell This Version
ANXMC 81 Curve Cuckoo (Album) Anxious Records ANXMC 81 Thailand 1993 Sell This Version
none Curve Come Clean (Album) Universal, Universal, Estupendo, Estupendo none US 1997 Sell This Version
012 159 819-2, 0121598192 Curve Gift (Album) Hip-O Records, Hip-O Records 012 159 819-2, 0121598192 US 2001 Sell This Version
E4841 CURVENEW 01 Curve The New Adventures Of Curve (Album) Fatlip Recordings E4841 CURVENEW 01 UK 2002 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

ANX T 27, ZT44334 Curve Blindfold EP (EP, Single) Anxious Records ANX T 27, ZT44334 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
ANX T 30 Curve Frozen EP (EP, Single, Maxi) Anxious Records ANX T 30 UK 1991 Sell This Version
ANX 35 Curve Cherry (EP, Single) Anxious Records ANX 35 UK 1991 Sell This Version
ZD 45282 Curve Faît Accompli (EP, Single) Anxious Records ZD 45282 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
PRCD 0100 Curve Horror Head (Single) Anxious Records PRCD 0100 US 1992 Sell This Version
SPRO-14191 Curve Blackerthreetracker (EP, Single) Anxious Records SPRO-14191 US 1993 Sell This Version
DPRO-14100 Curve Superblaster (Single) BMG, Anxious Records DPRO-14100 US 1993 Sell This Version
ANXT 41 Curve Falling Free (Remix)(12", S/Sided, Ltd, Promo) Anxious Records ANXT 41 UK 1993 Sell This Version
LIP 001 Curve Pink Girl With The Blues (Single) Fatlip Recordings, Fatlip Recordings LIP 001 UK 1996 Sell This Version
none Curve Chinese Burn (Single, Maxi, EP) Universal Records, Universal Records, Universal Records none 1997 Sell This Version
WUMD80489 Curve Coming Up Roses (Maxi, Single) Universal Records WUMD80489 UK 1998 Sell This Version
U5P-1329 Curve Alligators Getting Up(CD, Single, Promo) Universal Records U5P-1329 UK 1998 Sell This Version
CD45ARTFUL Curve Perish (Single) Artful Records CD45ARTFUL UK 2002 Sell This Version
HC030204 Curve Want More Need Less (Maxi, Single) Hoop Culture Records HC030204 Australia 2003 Sell This Version

Compilations

V2-86531 Curve Pubic Fruit (Comp) Anxious Records, Charisma V2-86531 Canada 1992 Sell This Version
ANXMC 80 Curve Radio Sessions (Comp) Anxious Records ANXMC 80 UK 1993 Sell This Version
none Curve Curve For Bookies(CD, Comp, Promo) Universal Music Publishing Group none US 1998 Sell This Version
CURVE 1050237 Curve Open Day At The Hate Fest (Comp) Fatlip Recordings CURVE 1050237 UK 2001 Sell This Version
CURVE1 Curve Curve(CD, Smplr, Promo, Comp) Chrysalis Music UK CURVE1 UK 2003 Sell This Version
none Curve The Way Of Curve 1990 / 2004 (Comp) BMG UK & Ireland, Anxious Records none UK 2004 Sell This Version

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donnacha

donnacha

December 21, 2005
edited over 10 years ago
Curve have got to be one of the UK's most unfortunate bands. Emerging out of the shoegazer scene with a new crossover sound that only a small section of the UK scene was ready for, the commercial failure of "Cuckoo" led them to split at the worst possible time. In 1993, the UK mainstream wasn't quite ready for dark electronic rock, even with a Nine Inch Nails remix, the US scene wasn't ready for foreign bands doing what had only just broken through there. By 1995, the time was perfect, but Curve weren't there, allowing Butch Vig to create a band, Garbage, to fill the gap and attain the success Toni and Dean had craved. Their return in 1998 was simply too late, they had minor success with the singles off "Come Clean", but not enough to keep the label happy and it was downhill from there.
mudslut23

mudslut23

August 3, 2003
I am completely in love with Toni Halliday and her voice. I cannot understand why Curve never became huge. Bands like Garbage totally ripped them off and took it to the bank. Nonetheless, Curve made great electronic and rock music. They always had some great remixers as well. I believe they had Aphex Twin remixing them way before anyone else. I am nominating Horrorhead as the national anthem.

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