|Three Imaginary Boys|
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|Released||8 May 1979|
|Studio||Morgan Studios, London|
|The Cure chronology|
Three Imaginary Boys is the debut studio album by English rock band the Cure, released on 8 May 1979 by Fiction Records. It was later released in the United States, Canada, and Australia with a different track listing as a compilation album titled Boys Don't Cry .
Three Imaginary Boys was released on 8 May 1979 by record label Fiction. The record company decided which songs were put on the album, as well as the cover artwork, without Robert Smith's consent. For all Cure albums since, Smith has ensured that he is given complete creative control over the final product before it goes on sale.The "Foxy Lady" soundcheck, with vocals sung by Michael Dempsey, was not supposed to be on the album, and was removed for the American release. Smith has stated that "songs like 'Object' and 'World War' and our cover of 'Foxy Lady' were [ Chris Parry's] choice".
The album was reissued on 29 November 2004 and featured a second disc of unreleased material, including songs recorded under the band name Easy Cure with Porl Thompson. It was originally supposed to be released in early 2004 along with the band's next three studio albums ( Seventeen Seconds , Faith and Pornography ), but was delayed multiple times before being released by itself at the end of 2004. As it featured a variety of old songs, it was the only Deluxe Edition by the band that did not include an alternate version of each song on the first disc. Some of the early booklets in the reissue had missing lyrics, which were made available on the Cure's website in PDF form.[ citation needed ] All copies since contain the lyrics. A one-disc reissue was released on 5 September 2005, containing only the original album. It was also released in the standard jewel case rather than in a box. In some countries, the Deluxe Edition has become a collector's item as production was phased out, being replaced by the more economic single-disc version.
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Despite Smith's displeasure with the record, Three Imaginary Boys was well received critically at the time of its release. ' Dave McCullough praised it in a 5-star review and noted: "The Cure are going somewhere different on each track, the ideas are startling and disarming." McCullough noted the variety of the material and qualified "Grinding Halt" as a "pop song that reminds you of the Isley Brothers or the Buzzcocks." Red Starr, writing in Smash Hits , described the album as a "brilliant, compelling debut." However, NME 's Paul Morley did not share the same point of view and wrote: "Most of the time, it's a voice catching its breath, a cautiously primitive riff guitar, toy drumming and a sprightly bass."Sounds
Chris True of AllMusic retrospectively called the album "a very strong debut" and a "semi-detached bit of late-'70s English pop-punk".Nitsuh Abebe of Pitchfork likened the album to a "new wave Wire... [or] Joy Division" and called it "as original a record as anything else to spin off from the tail end of punk." He also called the album "spiky post-punk." The BBC said "Smith was forging his own take on the post-punk zeitgeist," while critic Martin C. Strong said it "remains among the Cure's finest work," adding that "their strangely accessible post-punk snippets lent an air of suppressed melancholy." The album was also described as "a collection of melodic but slightly kooky power-pop" by Chris Gerard of PopMatters .
All tracks are written by the Cure (Robert Smith, Michael Dempsey and Lol Tolhurst), except as noted.
|1.||"10:15 Saturday Night"||3:42|
|1.||"Foxy Lady" (The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover)||Jimi Hendrix||2:29|
|4.||"Fire in Cairo"||3:23|
|5.||"It's Not You"||2:49|
|6.||"Three Imaginary Boys"||3:17|
|7.||"The Weedy Burton"||1:04|
|1.||"I Want to Be Old" (SAV studio demo, October 1977; previously unreleased)||2:36|
|2.||"I'm Cold" (SAV studio demo, November 1977)||3:21|
|3.||"Heroin Face" (live in The Rocket, Crawley, December 1977; previously available on Curiosity)||2:40|
|4.||"I Just Need Myself" (PSL studio demo, January 1978; previously unreleased)||2:14|
|5.||"10:15 Saturday Night" (Robert Smith home demo, February 1978)||4:36|
|6.||"The Cocktail Party" (group home demo, March 1978; previously unreleased)||4:17|
|7.||"Grinding Halt" (group home demo, April 1978)||3:31|
|8.||"Boys Don't Cry" (Chestnut studio demo, May 1978; previously available on Curiosity)||2:45|
|9.||"It's Not You" (Chestnut studio demo, May 1978)||3:16|
|10.||"10:15 Saturday Night" (Chestnut studio demo, May 1978)||3:41|
|11.||"Fire in Cairo" (Chestnut studio demo, May 1978)||3:42|
|12.||"Winter" (Three Imaginary Boys studio outtake, October 1978; previously unreleased)||3:46|
|13.||"Faded Smiles" (also known as "I Don't Know"; Three Imaginary Boys studio outtake, October 1978; previously unreleased)||2:16|
|14.||"Play with Me" (Three Imaginary Boys studio outtake, October 1978; previously unreleased)||3:30|
|15.||"World War" (on early copies of Boys Don't Cry )||2:38|
|16.||"Boys Don't Cry" (also on Boys Don't Cry)||2:37|
|17.||"Jumping Someone Else's Train" (also on Boys Don't Cry)||2:59|
|18.||"Subway Song" (live in Nottingham, October 1979; previously available on Curiosity)||2:27|
|19.||"Accuracy" (live in Nottingham, October 1979)||2:36|
|20.||"10:15 Saturday Night" (live in Nottingham, October 1979)||4:38|
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