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Boys Don't Cry Original recording reissued

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Boys Don't Cry The Cure Label: Elektra / WEA Release Date: 10/25/1990 1 Boys Don't Cry - 2:35 2 Plastic Passion - 2:14 3 10:15 Saturday Night - 3:38 4 Accuracy - 2:16 5 So What - 3:01 6 Jumping Someone Else's Train - 2:56 7 Subway Song - 1:59 8 Killing an Arab - 2:22 9 Fire in Cairo - 3:21 10 Another Day - 3:43 11 Grinding Halt - 2:49 12 Three Imaginary Boys - 3:14

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When Robert Smith's long-running group made this debut (actually the resequenced American version of the British Three Imaginary Boys), they weren't the Goth-and-reverb, new wave heroes they later became; they were just a trio of disaffected kids who didn't like what was on the radio, because it wasn't smart enough or dark enough. Smith's lyrics are bleakly sarcastic (as when he spells out the title of "Fire in Cairo") and literate (the single "Killing an Arab," a nihilistic sketch based on a scene from Albert Camus's The Stranger). The band matches them with swift, tingling arrangements that dodge skillfully around rock's machismo and self-indulgence, even when Smith launches into the occasional gnarled little solo. --Douglas Wolk

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Disc: 1

  1. Boys Don't Cry
  2. Plastic Passion
  3. 10:15 Saturday Night
  4. Accuracy
  5. So What
  6. Jumping Someone Else's Train
  7. Subway Song
  8. Killing An Arab
  9. Fire In Cairo
  10. Another Day
  11. Grinding Halt
  12. Three Imaginary Boys


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 1980
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002H5V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,579 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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OK, so technically this isn't The Cure's first album. Well, it is, and it isn't. It culls the best tracks from their actual debut album, "Three Imaginary Boys", removing some of the filler ("Meathook", "It's Not You"), and replacing it with their early singles (most notably, "Killing an Arab" and the title track). Here's a rundown:
1. Boys Don't Cry (2:35)
Right from the opening chord sequence, you can tell this one is a winner. It's a perfect pop song - even though the lyrics are written from the point of view of a broken hearted man, the bouncy melody of the song overshadows them. You'll be too busy tapping your foot or bobbing your head to even notice Robert's sadness.
2. Plastic Passion (2:14)
This was originally a B-Side of the previous song. It may seem pretty flat the first time you hear it, but after a couple listens, the jerky bass lines it builds its foundation on will grow on you.
3. 10:15 Saturday Night (3:38)
An early masterpiece that seems to foreshadow where The Cure was headed musically. The lyrics paint a wonderful picture of sitting in isolation late at night, waiting for a phone call that you know won't come. The minimalistic musical backdrop further adds to the lonely and desolate feeling of the song. One of the best on the album.
4. Accuracy (2:16)
Another song that will most likely seem flat upon the first listen, but slowly seeps into your subconscious as you listen to it more. Lyrically, it seems to be about seduction of a lover.
5. So What (3:01)
This one is a little silly, but I still enjoy it for that reason alone. The lyrics seem to be taken from various advertisements ("Cake Icing and Decorating Set, Special Offer! Only 3.30!"), and are sung/shouted in a sarcastic manner.
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Back in 1979, three muscians who detested what was on the radio got together and formed a band that called themselves Easy Cure. Soon, the "Easy" was dropped and the rest is history. " Boys Don't Cry " was the first release from the legendary Cure. It's a good solid debut from Britain's greatest import. While I personally liked the three albums that followed better ( "17 Seconds" , " Faith ", and " Pornography ", respectively), this was a great album. Songwritting master- -mind Robert Smith cafted the beginning of a legacy with cuts like " Killing an Arab ", " 10:15 on a Saturday Night ", and " Jumping on Someone Else's Train " . The album has a dry, errie feeling on it rarely captured by a three piece band. Completlely disregarding all of the trends, Smith, Micheal Dempsey, and Lawerence " Lol " Tolhurst set the stage for gloom driven music to gain a degree of success. Smith sticks to simple, chorus laden rhythm guitar and tuneful basic leads, creating a melodic, and really original sound; and Dempsey has an inventive and busy bass groove going on underneath ( he was, however, replaced by the incomperable Simon Gallup an album later, and his style fits the Cure more comfortablely ). A masterstroke for sure, laying ground for even more compelling work in the years to follow.
-- James Kaenan-Barbour
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Album number one (or at least the US edition of it) by The Cure is a far cry from all later albums, even their second, Seventeen Seconds, let alone something like Disintegration. However, its important to remember that Robert Smith is the only member of this original trio that has survived the distance to where they are now. However, although Boys Don't Cry is far from the Cure's best as some would tell you - Robert Smith's songwriting is still in its infancy and the production is weedy - it is nevertheless an essential component in the fascinating metamorphosising collective that is The Cure.
The obvious highlights are the better known singles - the vicious, punky 'Killing An Arab' which mixes flat punk nihilism with a Middle-Eastern guitar motif, the more dense and warm 'Fire In Cairo' and the poppier classic title track. Throughout the album, there is a punky influence, occasionally, as on 'So What' (not on the original LP, but on the original UK version 3 Imaginary Boys) it is actually the singular and abiding genre. However guitars are not usually of constant prescence, the album often being driven only by bass and drums with guitars as very much a lead instrument which interplays with vocals and drops in and out. There's none of the dense layers of sounds that trademark their later albums - its always the basic rock instruments and often the sound is basic or even slightly empty sounding.
However, this suits the tone of the songs, which occasionally becomes a 'dont-[care]' attitude, a strange idea to think of with Smith who wrote such emotionally revealing songs later in his career (largely absent here, though closer '3 Imaginary Boys' is a hint at a more personal, emotional direction).
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First of all, the music is awesome. This is one of the more unique entries in The Cure's catalog. Never again would they sound so loose and raw as with this debut. It leans heavier on the punk side, but just below the surface of the music's rough veneer is Robert Smith's genius as a pop-song writer. Boys Don't Cry is the superior US version to Three Imaginary Boys, the original UK debut, for its stronger song list.

My main reason for writing this review is to let potential buyers know that this CD is NOT part of the Rhino reissue series of the mid-00's, although the timing of its release might suggest as much. The fine print and copyright info on the back says this import is of Australian origin, and the release is credited solely to Fiction Records. It appears to be a repressing of the original CD from back when, judging by design cues like the spine. Unlike the Rhino reissues there are no lyrics, no liner notes, and no rare or unseen photos of the band. The booklet only folds out to a very bland 2 page spread of track titles (and running times) and the personnel of musicians. The cover looks a bit washed out or scanned perhaps, like the colors could've used more contrast.

I have never owned this album before, so I couldn't tell you for sure if it is a sonic improvement over previous pressings. To my ears everything sounds clear without being overtly loud or compressed (as is the unfortunate fate of many remasters nowadays).

Some many not care about the lackluster packaging, the music is worthwhile in itself.

4 stars for the music (the audio quality and the songs themselves).
1 star for the packaging.
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