ARTIST: The Cure
TITLE: Three Imaginary Boys ( Boys Don’t Cry in the US)
YEAR RELEASED: 1979 (1980 US)
CHART ACTION: #44 UK (Boys Don’t Cry #71 UK when released there)
SINGLES: Killing an Arab, Boys Don’t Cry, Jumping Someone Else’s Train (All on US Version)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: 10:15 Saturday Night, Grinding Halt, Meathook, Fire in Cairo (well, plenty of Cure fans know them).
LINEUP: Robert Smith, Michael Dempsey, Lol Tolhurst
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: After a false start or two, the Cure’s journey begins in earnest, and they’re as mopey as they ever will be already.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The Cure’s debut album shows the trio already mining their path of sadness and doom. Ok, that may be an overstatement, but Smith’s voice has that angst that he’s carried throughout his career.
The music is minimalist – just Smith’s guitar and Dempsey’s bass carry the songs for the most part. Thus, the songs are short and to the point. For the most part, they’re strong as well. They had a few odd experiments (that they may or may not have wanted on the album).
The UK version had none of their singles on it, so for the US market they added the three singles and removed four songs. They then released THAT to the UK market as well, and both were on CD. But when this became available for streaming, the original album was the only one available and it added the singles as bonus tracks (plus a song that was on the original release that they removed – see below) except for Killing an Arab, which they have decided is just too much trouble to deal with.
Personally, the US version is a better representation, but I’ll grade the original version since that’s out there now. It’s pretty darn good with a few cuts that are questionable.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Oh, boy. This album was released without Smith’s input, as he really didn’t want some tracks on it. The US version dropped all of those songs but one, then it was swapped with a Smith approved song when it went to CD, and another song removed as well. Confused? Just get the deluxe version and find Killing an Arab somewhere.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes.
GRADE: B+: A couple three head scratching tracks that were removed for Boys Don’t Cry, which would get a strong A-.