Originally a postpunk outfit with gothic leanings, The Cure evolved into one of the most visionary, creatively satisfying and influential groups to come of age in the 1980's. From dreamy pop to moody expressionism, their signature sound is adventurous, hypnotic, and rich with texture. Formed in 1976 by Robert Smith and schoolmates Michael Dempsey (bass) and Laurence Tolhurst (drums), The Cure's stunning debut on U.K.-based Fiction Records launched an extraordinary career and enduring worldwide popularity. The band's classic third album, 1981's Faith, took The Cure further down the road of despair they'd initiated withSeventeen Seconds in 1980. It's an album full of mournful atmospheric tracks, including their hit single, "Primary" and is often seen as the mid-point in a "Dark Trilogy" that began withSeventeen Seconds and concluded with Pornography.