Formed in Crawley in 1976, The Cure is an English rock band centering around guitarist and songwriter Robert Smith. The band’s early albums placed them in the post-punk and new wave movements that had sprung up in the wake of the punk rock revolution in the United Kingdom. During the 1980s the band’s increasingly dark and tormented music was a staple of the emerging style of music known as gothic rock. The band has released 13 studio albums, two EPs, and over 30 singles to date, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019.
“Disintegration” was created through a combination of Smith’s use of hallucinogenic drugs and the existential dilemma he subsequently found himself in. He wanted the world know he could still create a work of substance and merit. The album artwork was designed by Paul Thompson and Andy Vella. The Cure album covers had always been very abstract and never had images of Robert or the band on them. Suddenly, Paul and Andy delivered a cover with Robert’s face on it. It was different and it became history.
Text:“The Cure: Disintegration”
Black t-shirt featuring“Disintegration” album cover art. Abstract art featuring portrait of Robert Smith.