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 1979 debut on U.K.-based Fiction Records launched an extraordinary career and enduring worldwide popularity.
1982's Pornography, their fourth full-length effort overall, is still considered by many to be the finest and darkest effort of the trailblazing group's career. The final release in a "Dark Trilogy" that began with Seventeen Seconds (1980) and Faith (1981), Pornography cemented The Cure's role as beacons of the emergent gothic rock genre, and the band sported their signature red lipstick and big hair look for the first time during this tour.