Easy Cure

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Easy Cure
Origin Crawley
Sussex, England
Genres Punk rock
Post-punk
Years active 1976 – 1978
Labels Ariola-Hansa
Website TheCure.com
Past members Robert Smith
Michael Dempsey
Porl Thompson
Lol Tolhurst
Gary X
Peter O' Toole

Easy Cure was a short-lived British punk rock and post-punk band from Crawley, Sussex formed during the late 1970s by former members of Malice. Easy Cure went on to fame when, after several lineup changes, they became The Cure.

History[edit]

Robert Smith (guitar), Porl Thompson (lead guitar), Michael Dempsey (bass guitar) and Lol Tolhurst (drums) began performing together in a late line up of Malice in 1976, after Tolhurst and Thompson replaced Malice's original drummer and lead guitarist. When Malice's vocalist Martin Creasy quit the band, they took the new name Easy Cure in January 1977 from a song written by Tolhurst.[1]

During March 1977 Easy Cure hired and fired a vocalist known only as Gary X, who by April had been replaced by Peter O'Toole (not the actor). This lineup gave their first live performance on 24 April at Saint Edward's Hall, Crawley, Sussex, England. On 5 May Easy Cure made the first of many regular live appearances at the Crawley pub then known as The Rocket. Within the same month, the band recorded a demo in Robert's parents' house, entered and won a talent contest and signed a recording contract with German record label Ariola-Hansa on 18 May.[2]

In September Peter O’Toole left the group to live on a Kibbutz in Israel, and Robert Smith assumed vocal duties in his place. He has remained the group's frontman (both as Easy Cure and The Cure) up to the present day (35 years in September 2012). The new fourpiece of Robert, Porl, Michael and Laurence recorded their first studio demo sessions as Easy Cure for Hansa at SAV Studios in London between October and November 1977.[3]

They continued to perform regularly around Crawley (including The Rocket, St. Edward's, and Queen's Square in particular) throughout 1977 and 1978. On 19 February 1978 they were joined at The Rocket for the first time by a support band from Horley called Lockjaw, featuring bassist Simon Gallup.[4] Hansa was dissatisfied with the group's demos and did not wish to release "Killing an Arab". The label suggested that the band attempt cover versions instead. They refused, and by March 1978 Easy Cure's contract with the label had been dissolved.[5]

Although the band never officially released anything as Easy Cure, bootlegs of their early demos have been in circulation for a number of years,[6] and in 2004 the Deluxe Edition of The Cure's 1979 album Three Imaginary Boys was released with a rarities bonus disc featuring a number of Easy Cure demo and live recordings from 1977 and 1978.

On 22 April 1978, Easy Cure played their last gig at the Montefiore Institute Hall (in the Three Bridges neighbourhood of Crawley)[7] before guitarist Porl Thompson was dropped from the lineup because his lead guitar style was at odds with Smith's growing preference for minimalist songwriting.[8] The new trio shortened their name to The Cure.

Members[edit]

Easy Cure members in The Cure[edit]

Further information: The Cure personnel
  • Robert Smith has remained frontman for The Cure ever since.
  • Porl Thompson has since rejoined The Cure twice; once in 1983 (until 1993) and more recently in 2005. He has remained closely involved with the band in various other capacities;. He and his design company Parched Art have produced much of The Cure's artwork over the years. He has played in several other bands with former members of The Cure (Cult Hero, The Glove, Shelleyan Orphan and Babacar), and he married Robert Smith's sister Janet.
  • Michael Dempsey left The Cure in 1979, while Laurence Tolhurst left in 1989.

References[edit]

  1. ^ See references for Malice
  2. ^ Ten Imaginary Years, by L. Barbarian, Steve Sutherland and Robert Smith (1988) Zomba Books ISBN 0-946391-87-4
  3. ^ A History of The Cure in Melody Maker Magazine by Steve Sutherland (1990)
  4. ^ Anomolie Magazine between 1990 and 1992 featured an extensively researched and compiled list of known concert dates by Malice, Easy Cure and The Cure, compiled by Dominique Sureaud, Thierry Michaux, Dimitri Ramage. The same dates (and others) have since been archived online [1]. See also Barbarian, Sutherland, Smith (1988) and The Cure: A Visual Documentary, by Dave Thompson and Jo-Ann Greene (1988) Omnibus Press ISBN 0-7119-1387-0
  5. ^ Sutherland (1990) and Barbarian, Sutherland, Smith (1988)
  6. ^ For example: "Everyone familiar with bootlegs of a skinny 18-year-old Robert Smith and a band called the Easy Cure will recognize the sound" - Nitushe Abebe in The Cure: Three Imaginary Boys (Deluxe Edition) review, Pitchfork Media (14 December 2004); "almost from the start the band was sought out by hardcore fans and tapers, making them one of the most well-documented groups inside or outside the studio around (...) No less than five songs from the band's earliest punk days appear here, back when it was still the Easy Cure; though a couple are amusingly juvenile ("See the Children" is especially goofy), it's still a neat peek into where the band was coming from in the first place." - Ned Raggett reviews a bootleg compilation in Allmusic
  7. ^ Anomolie, Sureaud, Michaux, Ramage (1990-'92)
  8. ^ Sutherland (1990)