Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Cure: Boys Don't Cry

I enjoyed the BBC4 series How the Brits Rocked America less as it went on. Though the first part was necessarily dominated by the Beatles (I am not convinced they were best, but they were certainly first), other bands like the Zombies got due credit too.

And who could resist a clip of Graham Nash haranguing Peter Noone for not supporting Donovan's ideas for bringing about world piece, watched by a young Graham Gouldman?

But watching part 2 I began to suspect that the argument of the series was determined by the clips they had clearance to use. There was no Traffic and no Blind Faith. And the music got smaller too, as the presence of A Flock of Seagulls in part 3 demonstrated.

Still, this Cure track sounded great and you would never guess that it came from 1979. But perhaps that is because the Cure influenced a whole generation of guitar-based bands from the 1990s?

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