The Cure ‎– Three Imaginary Boys

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Do not mix up with "The Cure - Boys Don't Cry", even though that album features many songs from this album, it is considered a different album.

The Cure's debut album, originally released in 1979. It was later released in the United States, with a slightly different song line-up, as "Boys Don't Cry".

Track B7 is unlisted, the name "The Weedy Burton" appears officially in 2004 on the Deluxe Edition remastered reissue.

Tracklist

10:15 Saturday Night
Accuracy
Grinding Halt
Another Day
Object
Subway Song
Foxy Lady
Meathook
So What?
Fire In Cairo
It's Not You
Three Imaginary Boys
The Weedy Burton

Versions (72)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
FIX 1, 2442 163 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(LP, Album) Fiction Records, Fiction Records FIX 1, 2442 163 UK 1979 Sell This Version
3170 539 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(Cass, Album) Polydor 3170 539 France 1979 Sell This Version
CURE 001C The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(Cass, Album) Fiction Records CURE 001C Australia 1979 Sell This Version
FIXC 1, FIX C1, 3184 127 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(Cass, Album) Fiction Records, Fiction Records, Fiction Records FIXC 1, FIX C1, 3184 127 UK 1979 Sell This Version
FIXC 1, 3184 127 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(Cass, Album, Pap) Fiction Records, Fiction Records FIXC 1, 3184 127 UK 1979 Sell This Version
FIXC 1, 3184 127 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(Cass, Album, Pla) Fiction Records, Fiction Records FIXC 1, 3184 127 UK 1979 Sell This Version
3170 539 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(Cass, Album, RE) Polydor 3170 539 France 1979 Sell This Version
0060.334 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(LP, Album) Fiction Records 0060.334 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
2383 560 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(LP, Album) Polydor, Fiction Records 2383 560 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
STUN-510 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(LP, Album) Stunn STUN-510 Australia 1979 Sell This Version
2383 560 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(LP, Album) Polydor, Fiction Records 2383 560 New Zealand 1979 Sell This Version
2442 163 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(LP, Album) Polydor, Fiction Records 2442 163 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
2383 539 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(LP, Album) Polydor, Fiction Records 2383 539 France 1979 Sell This Version
0060.334 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(LP, Album, dif) Fiction Records 0060.334 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
STUNN 019 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(LP, Album) Stunn STUNN 019 New Zealand 1982 Sell This Version
CURE 001 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(LP, Album, Promo) Fiction Records CURE 001 Australia 1982 Sell This Version
CURE 001 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(LP, Album, RE) Fiction Records CURE 001 Australia 1982 Sell This Version
250623-4 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(Cass, Album) Sire, Fiction Records 250623-4 Australia 1984 Sell This Version
250623-1 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(LP, Album, RE) Sire 250623-1 Australia 1984 Sell This Version
31 70 539 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(Cass, Album) Polydor 31 70 539 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
2383 539 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(LP, Album, RE) Polydor, Fiction Records 2383 539 France 1986 Sell This Version
23 83 539 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(LP, Album, RE) Polydor 23 83 539 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
827 686-4, FIXC 1 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(Cass, Album, RE) Polydor, Fiction Records 827 686-4, FIXC 1 Netherlands 1988 Sell This Version
3184127, 69107 The Cure Tres Chicos Imaginarios(Cass, Album, Dol) Polydor, Polydor 3184127, 69107 Argentina 1988 Sell This Version
2442 163, 29107 The Cure Tres Chicos Imaginarios(LP, Album) Polydor, Polygram Discos S.A. 2442 163, 29107 Argentina 1988 Sell This Version
FIX 1 , 2442 163 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(LP, Album, RE) Fiction Records, Fiction Records FIX 1 , 2442 163 UK 1989 Sell This Version
827 686-2 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(CD, Album) Fiction Records 827 686-2 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
POCP-1871 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(CD, Album) Polydor POCP-1871 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
420298, CD 420298 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(CD, Album) Fiction Records, Fiction Records, PGP RTB, PGP RTB 420298, CD 420298 Yugoslavia 1990 Sell This Version
827 686-2 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(CD, Album, RE) Fiction Records 827 686-2 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
827 686-2 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(CD, Album, RP) Fiction Records 827 686-2 UK 1990 Sell This Version
827 686-2 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(CD, Album, RP) Fiction Records 827 686-2 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
3170 539 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(Cass, Album, M/Print, RE) Polydor 3170 539 France 1990 Sell This Version
23 83 539 AG The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(LP, Album) Polydor 23 83 539 AG Spain 1990 Sell This Version
827 6861 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(LP, Album, RE) Polydor, Fiction Records 827 6861 France 1990 Sell This Version
229250623-2 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(CD, Album, RE) WEA, Fiction Records 229250623-2 Australia 1991 Sell This Version
FIX 1, 2442 163 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(LP, Album, RP) Fiction Records, Polydor FIX 1, 2442 163 UK 1991 Sell This Version
CDEPR 1021, 827 686-2 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(CD, Album, RE) PolyGram, Polydor CDEPR 1021, 827 686-2 Mexico 1992 Sell This Version
827 686-4, MCE 1021 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(Cass, Album) Polydor, Polydor 827 686-4, MCE 1021 Mexico 1992 Sell This Version
Π93 00691, Π93 00692, ATR 30263, ATR 30264 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(LP, Album, Unofficial) AnTrop, AnTrop, AnTrop, AnTrop Π93 00691, Π93 00692, ATR 30263, ATR 30264 Russia 1993 Sell This Version
P-FIX1 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(LP, Album, Ltd, Pic, Unofficial) Fiction Records (2), El Disco Es Cultura P-FIX1 UK 1999 Sell This Version
none The Cure Three Imaginary Boys (Deluxe Edition)(2xCDr, Album, Promo, RE) Polydor, Fiction Records none UK 2004 Sell This Version
none The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(2xCDr, Promo) Rhino Records (2) none US 2004 Sell This Version
982 182-8 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + Dlx, RM, Dig) Polydor, Fiction Records, Universal 982 182-8 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
R2 78895 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + Dlx, RM, Dig) Rhino Records (2), Elektra, Fiction Records R2 78895 US 2004 Sell This Version
982 182-8 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + Dlx, RM, Dig) Polydor, Fiction Records, Universal 982 182-8 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
982 182-9 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(CD, Album, RE, RM) Polydor, Fiction Records, Universal 982 182-9 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
UICY-7248/9 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(CD, Album, RM, RE + CD, Comp, RM) Polydor, Fiction Records, Universal UICY-7248/9 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
FIX 1, 2442 163 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(LP, Album, Unofficial, Yel) Fiction Records (2), Polydor (2) FIX 1, 2442 163 UK 2005 Sell This Version
R2 73348, D164115 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(CD, Album, RE, Club) Fiction Records R2 73348, D164115 US 2006 Sell This Version
R2 73348 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(CD, Album, RM) Rhino Records (2) R2 73348 US 2006 Sell This Version
LR130 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(CD, Album, RE) Lilith LR130 Russia 2007 Sell This Version
LR130LPP The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(LP, Album, Pic, RE) Lilith LR130LPP Russia 2007 Sell This Version
990130 LP The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(LP, Album, RE) Vinyl Lovers 990130 LP Russia 2007 Sell This Version
LR130, LR 130 LP The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(LP, Album, RE, 180) Lilith, Lilith LR130, LR 130 LP Russia 2007 Sell This Version
UICY-93477 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(CD, Album, RE, RM) Fiction Records UICY-93477 Europe 2008 Sell This Version
UICY-93477 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(CD, Album, RE, RM, Ltd, Num, SHM) Fiction Records UICY-93477 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
0600753278871 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(CD, Album + CD, Comp + RE, RM, RP) Universal UMC, Polydor, Fiction Records 0600753278871 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
0600753381120, FIX 1 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, Pin) Fiction Records, Fiction Records 0600753381120, FIX 1 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
(none) The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(13xFile, AAC, Album, RM, 256) Fiction Records (none) US Unknown
827 686-2 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(CD, Album) Fiction Records 827 686-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
827 686-2 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(CD, Album, RE) Fiction Records 827 686-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
827 686-2 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(CD, Album, RE) Fiction Records 827 686-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
827 686-2 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(CD, Album, RE, RP) Fiction Records 827 686-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
827 686-2 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(CD, Album, RE, RP) Fiction Records 827 686-2 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
827 686-2 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(CD, Album, RP) Fiction Records 827 686-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
FIXC 1, 3184 127 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(Cass, Album, RE) Fiction Records, Fiction Records FIXC 1, 3184 127 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
MG 0758 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(Cass, Album, Unofficial) MG Records (2) MG 0758 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
FIX 1, 2442 163 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(LP, Album) Fiction Records, Fiction Records FIX 1, 2442 163 UK Unknown Sell This Version
LR130, LR 130 LP The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(LP, Album, Unofficial, 180) Lilith, Lilith LR130, LR 130 LP Russia Unknown Sell This Version
FIX 1, 2442 163 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(LP, Album, Unofficial, Blu) Fiction Records (2), Fiction Records (2) FIX 1, 2442 163 UK Unknown Sell This Version
FIX 1, FIX 1B, 2442 163 The Cure Three Imaginary Boys(LP, Album, Unofficial, Pin) Fiction Records (2), Fiction Records (2), Polydor (2) FIX 1, FIX 1B, 2442 163 UK Unknown Sell This Version

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dlgale1974

dlgale1974

October 8, 2015
referencing Three Imaginary Boys, CD, Album, RE, 827 686-2

Their début starts off OK with "10:15 Saturday Night", but after that it's not that it really goes down hill as much as it doesn't go anywhere. It's not bad, but not good.
chineseleftovers

chineseleftovers

August 28, 2011
referencing Three Imaginary Boys, CD, Album, RE, RM, Ltd, Num, SHM, UICY-93477
The sound quality on this SHM-CD Japanese release of Three Imaginary Boys, is superb. Remastering of this album is a noticeable improvement over other standard releases.
womskel

womskel

July 5, 2011
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Three Imaginary Boys, LP, Album, FIX 1, 2442 163
I own a repress (1991?) which I can't find in discogs. Everything is exactly as this version except the matrix numbers:
FIX 1 A-2U -1-1
FIX 1 B-2U-1-1
plaidzebra

plaidzebra

April 2, 2009
referencing Three Imaginary Boys, LP, Album, FIX 1, 2442 163

I got this record when I was a teenager, and being a devoted fan of the Cure at the time, I thought it was pretty great. In retrospect, it's a weak debut, and probably should have been shelved in favor of the later version "Boys Don't Cry," which replaces some of the less successful tracks with a few singles and marginally better tracks from the same period (although "Killing an Arab," with its silly "middle eastern" scale guitar lines, might be one of the lamest tracks they ever recorded, despite it's ongoing popularity with fans: "I am the stranger!/killing an Arab!" That strange sound you hear is Camus spinning in his grave).

"Three Imaginary Boys" is weighed down by some poor lyrics, hacky production touches, rough and simple arrangements, and adolescent, sophomoric gestures. The lamest moments include the cover of "Foxy Lady," which seems to take cues from Devo's stunning evisceration and reanimation of the Rolling Stones' idiotic chestnut "Satisfaction." The Hendrix tune must have seemed an adequate target, being an exaggerated, hypermasculine declaration of sexual intent, and probably got a few laughs from the band's teenage peers. The result, however, is an embarrassment and should have been cut from the record. Listeners may also cringe when "Grinding Halt" slowly winds down as the tape is slowed, bringing the track to a, um, grinding halt. "So What" features lyrics mostly cribbed from a sugar packet, and silly, deliberately tuneless vocals. "Fire in Cairo" features a chorus that simply spells out the title with a dramatic flourish, and one can't help but think of the Rutles' seminal "Cheese and Onions." Or how about these lyrics from "It's Not You": "I would murder you if I had the alibi here in my hand/ But you just laugh 'cause you don't understand." You might laugh, too.

All of that said, some songs, for example "10:15 Saturday Night," do generate real tension, and others are at least frequently catchy and memorable despite their faults. The band proved with subsequent releases that their talents were at the time of "Three Imaginary Boys" nascent and immature, but nevertheless present.

My copy of this album is actually a vinyl release on Sire, with no other information regarding the country of origin. In addition, the label indicates that Side 1 begins with "Foxy Lady," while side 2 begins with "10:15 Saturday Night." The entire album, including the "Weedy Burton" track, is included. I've owned it for many years, so it's not a contemporary reissue.