It’s been a minute since I presented you all with an intriguing cover song. There are certain things I look for in covers, for example, how the band approaches the song, do they make it their own, does it stand out in a good way or a bad way, and is the cover relevant to the band in terms of influence and inspiration.
The Cure are one of my all time favorite bands. So when any band I like covers The Cure, I am compelled to listen. A few years back the mighty Converge did a cover of Disintegration by The Cure. I recently rediscovered this gem of a cover while going on a Converge listening spree. They really take this song to another level. I won’t say anymore about it because, I want you to listen and take it all in.
The Cure- Disintegration:
For some reason I’ve been in the mood to listen to The Cure a lot as of late. Which got me thinking about all the covers of Cure songs out there. So why not see what version of “Plainsong” you all think is best.
Cave In: Plainsong
Year Of The Rabbit: Plainsong
The Cure: Plainsong
This year marks the 25th anniversary of The Cure’s landmark album Disintegration. Released on May 2, 1989, Disintegration was a return to the more gothic nature of the bands roots. These 12 songs make up a cohesive album that tells the tale of a tortured soul (Robert Smith) and all his trials and tribulations. Originally Robert wrote all the songs alone and thought that if the rest of the band didn’t like the songs, he would go on and record them as a solo album. Luckily the other guys did enjoy them. This album has a personal connection with me as it had helped me through some interesting times. There are so many gems on this album, it’s hard to not listen to the entire album (Even if “Pictures of You and “Lovesong” are beyond overplayed). My personal favorite has always been “Fascination Street.” There is just something so gripping about that song that resonates with me.
The Cure have gone on to be one of the most influential bands. The honesty that Robert Smith conveys is copied at astronomical amounts in the alternative music world. The band themselves helped to create such an unique sound infected with melody and anguish.
By: Brian Lacy