Ah, what to say about the Cure?
Robert Smith's long-running outfit garnered an initial reputation as miserable goths - and with their early albums like Pornography and Seventeen Seconds it's easy to see why. But even as their cartoonish presentation persisted Smith was never one to be boxed in musically, and when you look at the breadth of work his band have produced since those early days the 'misery-monger' tag just doesn't fit.
Starting out as spindly, atmospheric post-punkers, The Cure only hit paydirt, ironically enough, after Smith almost gave it all up to join Siouxsie & The Banshees. Playing with another band allowed him the freedom to write what he called 'daft pop songs'. Daft pop songs which, subsequently, turned into absolutely enormous hits such as 'Let's Go to Bed' and 'Lovecats'.
In order to temper such follies, The Cure turned dark again towards the end of the 1980s producing bleak masterpieces like 1989's apocalyptically gloomy Disintegration. From here, though, the output slowed and they only released five studio albums between 1992 and 2008's swan song (for the moment) 4:13 Dream.
Though no new material has been forthcoming since, The Cure still have huge popularity. Playing four hour plus shows to large audiences on sold out tours, they are estimated to have sold over 27 million albums worldwide. Think about that. An incredible figure considering their origins and style, and one that ensures a lasting legacy for one of the UK's most singular artists - an act who have influenced scores of bands such as Mogwai, Interpol and Placebo to name but three.