Big things are afoot this time around on Mixed-Up Memories! One of the giant records in alternative rock just celebrated its 30th anniversary a few days ago. I’m talking about The Cure’s 8th studio album, “Disintegration.”
By 1988 The Cure had drifted-away from the gothic-rock sound that marked their first three albums to more pop-oriented songs. That won them legions of fans, but band leader Robert Smith was 29 and staring mid-life in the face. He was overwhelmed by the thought of turning-30 and fearful that he was running out of time to create an artistically enduring work.
Walking-away from the pop-formula of hits like “Hot Hot Hot” and “Just Like Heaven,” Smith returned to the dark gloomy sound of their early 80’s period, writing songs that addressed fear, loss of relevance, substance abuse, and regret.
The 1989 release would go double-platinum here in the U.S. and spawned a #2 hit with “Lovesong.” I took a poll on Twitter as to which song I should add to the Mixed-Up Memories playlist and came-up with a 3-way tie. So I’m breaking the tie with “Fascination Street.” Happy Listening! -Kristen
Note for vinyl-enthusiasts: The original vinyl editions of "Disintegration" from 1989 were missing the songs "Homesick" and "Last Dance," which were only available on compact disc and cassette copies. The remastered vinyl reissue comes as a two-record set with all 12 of the album's intended tracks!