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    The Cure: Bloodflowers

    The Cure: Bloodflowers

    On the unexpectedly estimable Bloodflowers, Robert Smith’s legacy-saving last gasp as a songwriter; its tragically dated brick wall + Pro Tools production; and Smith’s egotistical severing of ties with everyone who’d helped fashion the Cure in its glory days.

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    • 40 min
    The Cure: Wild Mood Swings

    The Cure: Wild Mood Swings

    On the tragic collapse of the Cure following the career-topping Wish, the various distractions that beset Wild Mood Swings, and how the persistent obstinance Robert Smith had relied on for so long finally failed him.
    Here’s the Vox article I reference in the last third of the show.

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    • 40 min
    The Cure: Wish

    The Cure: Wish

    On the Cure’s surfeit of activity between Disintegration and Wish; the 1992 smash album’s highs and lows; and how for many fans, Wish remains a disappointment when set against the material that preceded it. Further to the podcast, please enjoy an essay I wrote on the subject, and an attendant remix of Wish, from 2011.

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    • 37 min
    The Smiths is Dead

    The Smiths is Dead

    Over a few drinks, and Stephen Kijak’s calamitous Shoplifters of the World, Elliot Busch-Wheaton returns after a five-year hiatus to discuss the legacy of the Smiths and Morrissey in America.

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    • 41 min
    The Cure: Blue Sunshine, the Banshees & The Top

    The Cure: Blue Sunshine, the Banshees & The Top

    On Robert Smith and Siouxsie and the Banshees’ brief, turbulent marriage; the side projects that outshone their combined efforts; and how from fall 1982 to fall 1984, Robert Smith lost the plot in order to find it again.

    Pursuant to this era are a few essays I contributed to a tumblr called One Week One Band eight years ago:

    MINUTIAE & MADNESS: THE CURE IN 1982
    LIKE AN ANIMAL: ROBERT SMITH IN WONDERLAND
    THE LOOKING GLASS GIRL

    A Spotify playlist is available here.

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    • 37 min
    The Cure: Pornography

    The Cure: Pornography

    On the rabid, raging fin de siècle of the Cure’s vaunted goth trilogy, Pornography; whether it is the singular statement the band and critics have increasingly claimed; and the murkier reality of Robert Smith’s many extracurricular entanglements in 1982.

    Spotify playlist available here.

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    • 28 min

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