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 (2), 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 '96 and released "Come Clean" the following year, 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."


Curve - Doppelgänger album art Curve Doppelgänger (Album) Anxious Records US 1991 Sell This Version
Curve - Radio Sessions album art Curve Radio Sessions (Comp) Anxious Records UK 1993 Sell This Version
Curve - Cuckoo album art Curve Cuckoo (Album) Anxious Records Thailand 1993 Sell This Version
Curve - Come Clean album art Curve Come Clean (Album) Universal, Universal, Estupendo, Estupendo France 1997 Sell This Version
Curve - Open Day At The Hate Fest album art Curve Open Day At The Hate Fest (Album) Fatlip Recordings UK 2001 Sell This Version
Curve - Gift album art Curve Gift (Album) Universal, Fatlip Recordings, Artful Records US 2001 Sell This Version
Curve - The New Adventures Of Curve album art Curve The New Adventures Of Curve (Album) Fatlip Recordings UK 2002 Sell This Version
CURVE1 Curve - Curve album art Curve Curve(CD, Promo) Chrysalis Music UK CURVE1 UK 2003 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Curve - Cherry album art Curve Cherry (EP, Single) Anxious Records UK 1991 Sell This Version
Curve - Frozen EP album art Curve Frozen EP (EP, Single, Maxi) Anxious Records, Anxious Records UK 1991 Sell This Version
Curve - Blindfold EP album art Curve Blindfold EP (EP, Single) Anxious Records Germany 1991 Sell This Version
Curve - Falling Free (Remix) album art Curve Falling Free (Remix) Anxious Records UK 1992 Sell This Version
Curve - Horror Head album art Curve Horror Head (Single) Anxious Records US 1992 Sell This Version
Curve - Faît Accompli album art Curve Faît Accompli (EP, Single) Anxious Records Europe 1992 Sell This Version
Curve - Blackerthreetrackertwo album art Curve Blackerthreetrackertwo (Single) Anxious Records UK 1993 Sell This Version
Curve - Blackerthreetracker album art Curve Blackerthreetracker (EP, Single) Anxious Records UK 1993 Sell This Version
Curve - Missing Link album art Curve Missing Link (EP) Charisma US 1993 Sell This Version
Curve - Superblaster album art Curve Superblaster (Single) BMG, Anxious Records US 1993 Sell This Version
Curve - Pink Girl With The Blues album art Curve Pink Girl With The Blues (Single) Fatlip Recordings, Fatlip Recordings UK 1996 Sell This Version
Curve - Chinese Burn album art Curve Chinese Burn (Single, Maxi, EP) Universal Records, Universal Records, Universal Records, Estupendo, Estupendo, Estupendo UK 1996 Sell This Version
Curve - Coming Up Roses album art Curve Coming Up Roses (Single, Maxi) Universal Records UK 1998 Sell This Version
U5P-1329 Curve - Alligators Getting Up album art Curve Alligators Getting Up(CD, Single, Promo) Universal Records U5P-1329 US 1998 Sell This Version
Curve - Perish album art Curve Perish (Single) Artful Records UK 2002 Sell This Version
Curve - Want More Need Less album art Curve Want More Need Less (Maxi, Single) Hoop Culture Records Australia 2003 Sell This Version


Curve - Pubic Fruit album art Curve Pubic Fruit (Comp) Anxious Records, Charisma, Charisma Canada 1992 Sell This Version

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April 5, 2020
I could not agree more with how great Curve was, is, and will be for those who discover them. I don't think they were properly marketed and doomed to college radio. I discovered them in the early 1990s. Although they were lumped in with UK Shoegazer bands, they had more in common with Wax Trax! and the industrial scene or even Jesus Jones.
That said, Coast Is Clear was seriously overplayed on the local college radio/alternative rock station where I lived then. While Curve was mildly popular there, the frequency of radio airplay on a short playlist has a profoundly negative impact. Later the same station would play Garbage's latest single, Alanis Morissette, Republica, and Elastica ad nauseam as the broadcaster became more "managed" last word was they've gone to an all Latin format).
Another factor preventing Curve from achieving success in the US was the consolidation of most radio under the management of a few broadcasting corporations.
Those in the know can only thank goodness for the reissues when they come.


December 21, 2005
edited over 15 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.


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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