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The Cureheads

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The Cureheads
The Cureheads live at Glastonbudget 2018
The Cureheads live at Glastonbudget 2018
Background information
OriginLondon, England
GenresNew wave, post-punk
Years active1990–present
MembersGary Clarke
Jordan Cooper
Sean Flude
Philip Mayor
Vlad Ivanov

The Cureheads are the longest surviving and arguably the most prevalent tribute band dedicated to The Cure. The band plays the live music of and dresses as The Cure.



The Cureheads were formed in 1990 by Gary Clarke, vocalist of The Hiram Key and then-lead singer of Nosferatu. The band played its first show in Stockholm in July 1990 at Frietzfronten in St. Eriksgatan 89, an underground bar owned by a Swedish political party. In the same year they appeared on ZTV (Swedish Music TV Channel) playing live from Stockholm Water Festival. They played their first large headline show at the WGT in 1995. Then known as Fat Bob & The Cureheads.

The Cureheads name is taken from the Irish slang term for anyone with that "1980's mop haired 'Gothic' look".[1] They were originally known as "Fat Bob & The Cureheads" until 2000.[2] When Ita Martin of Fiction Records suggested they should change the name as not to offend The Cure

Since 1990, The Cureheads has played venues including The Vic Theater in Chicago,[3] Camden Palace in London, The Temple Bar Music Centre in Dublin, CBGB in New York, and Razzmatazz in Barcelona.[4] In 2010 The Cureheads played to 10,000 people ın Chile at the Teatro Caupolicán in Santiago (the old national basketball stadium of Chile). The show was recorded for national television and covered by national TV news, as The Cure had never played in Chile up until after that point despite having a huge fanbase there.[5] The band has toured in the UK, the US, continental Europe, and South America, playing festivals, including opening for Echo and The Bunnymen and The Pretenders at Guilfest, BKK Live in Bilbao (opening for Depeche Mode), The Isle of Wight Festival (2016,2017 & 2021), Glastonbudget (2017 & 2019), Glastonbarry 2022 and Roskilde Festival in Denmark,[6] The band state that they strive to re-create the experience of seeing a mid to late 1980s concert by The Cure, capturing not only the sound, but also the wardrobe, attitude and staging using lighting and various background video and computer images.[2]

In 2007, The Cureheads were given as a wedding gift by Charlie Simpson of Busted to the bass player of his new band Fightstar. The band played a 1-hour set and were joined onstage by Charlie Simpson for a performance of The Cure’s "Inbetween Days". The band claim that Charlie fell off the stage and passed out during the last verse.

In 2012, The Cureheads played in Paraguay and Argentina ahead of The Cure playing there in 2013.[7]

Current and past line-ups are pulled together from various Gothic rock bands such as Nosferatu, Killing Miranda and The Essence, and Andy Anderson (an original drummer from The Cure) joined The Cureheads from August 2012. Ron Howe, original Sax player on the Head on The Door album by the cure often guests with The Cureheads[8] Andy Anderson left The Cureheads after he failed to appear at the airport on the morning of their South American tour in November 2012. The Cureheads claim that they haven't heard from Anderson since.[2] Their set-list consists of songs from the full recorded history of The Cure. The Cureheads regularly appear onstage with Ron Howe (the saxophonist from The Cure's Head on The Door Album).

Since 2018, The Cureheads have been opening their shows with an extensive set of songs, tributing Siouxsie and the Banshees fronted by Ceri Gregory (vocalist with Elesium & actress featured in Torchwood & London’s West End) This "double headline tribute show has been touring as "The Story of Goth"[9]

2022 Record Collector Magazine publish an interview with Gary Clarke in a special edition focussing entirely on The Cure. The interview focuses on the history of The Cureheads & their experiences of the last 32 years.



Previous members



  1. ^ McClelland, Niamh. "This 80s footage of Irish teens explaining the difference Goths and Cureheads is amazing". Dailyedge.ie. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Biog". Thecureheads.com. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Apple - GarageBand - Learn about Flex Time and other new features". Archived from the original on 23 January 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2009.
  4. ^ "Razzmatazz sala 1 - Bares Barcelona - Atiza". Atiza.com. 2 July 2004. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Chilevisión - te Ve de Verdad - the Cureheads Show". www.chilevision.cl. Archived from the original on 21 July 2009. Retrieved 17 January 2022.
  6. ^ "Guildford Festival Line up 2002". www.ticketbankonline.com. Archived from the original on 8 June 2002. Retrieved 17 January 2022.
  7. ^ "Chain Of Flowers: Andy Anderson joins The Cureheads". Craigparker.blogspot.com. 22 September 2012.
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  9. ^ "%blogTitle(events)% | St Mary in the Castle". Stmaryinthecastle.co.uk. Retrieved 12 June 2020.