Everyone born between 1970 and 1980 has undergone a THE CURE brainwashing, voluntary or not, filled with genius songwriting pearls by Robert Smith & co. Whereas other bands that grew up alongside with them ended up with albums that no longer stand the test of fandom, THE CURE has been able to maintain an overall quality throughout the years, constantly offering unforgettable extended live shows made of nostalgic classic mixed with newer songs, and always reminding us that the unique “THE CURE magic” has remained intact!
Today the Alfa Matrix label roster is paying homage to this great and unique band: THE CURE, choosing classic radio hits but also songs that are less known to the public-at-large but which deserve even more to be heard again, showing that the songs written by Robert Smith and current/ex-members also lend themselves to different music style treatments… All electronic music genres have their very own ambassadors on this 31-track double CD compilation from electro dance to pop rock through dark elektro and modern EBM. Compiled by and for THE CURE fans, “A Strange Play – a tribute to The Cure” will offer you astounding interpretations of classic hits like “A Forest” (MARI CHROME), “Just Like Heaven” (LOVELORN DOLLS), “Charlotte Sometimes” (KANT KINO), “Lullaby” (CYNICAL EXISTENCE), “The Walk” (STAR INDUSTRY), “The Lovecats” (JUNKSISTA), “Fascination Street” (ZOMBIE GIRL), “Lovesong” (SEBASTIAN KOMOR), “Close To Me” (METROLAND), “Pictures Of You” (DIFFUZION), “Why Can’t I Be You” (PLASTIC NOISE EXPERIENCE), etc. But some Alfa Matrix bands also dug deeper within THE CURE’s huge discography and vast repertoire of songs, covering tracks like “In Your House” (ALIEN VAMPIRES), “Jumping Someone Else’s Train” (KANT KINO), “Cold” (TOTEM OBSCURA), “The Drowning Man” (TECHNOIR), “A Strange Day” (AIBOFORCEN), Lament (MONDTRÄUME), “The Figurehead” (SCHWARTZBLUT), “A Night Like This” (XMH), “The Baby Screams” (ARMAGEDDON DILDOS), “Fight” (I:SCINTILLA), “Anniversary” (AESTHETISCHE), “Burn” (HELALYN FLOWERS & ESSENCE OF MIND), “Friday I’m In Love” (COSMIC ARMCHAIR), “Prayers For Rain” (HALO IN REVERSE & REGENERATOR), “Disintegration” (AVARICE IN AUDIO), “Trust” (ACYLUM), “All Cats Are Grey” (AIBOFORCEN), or yet “Sleep When I’m Dead” (NEIKKA RPM).
THE CURE was, is, and will continue to be a major influence and reference, conscious or not, for many underground artists and music lovers. We hope that together with us you will rediscover THE CURE in a way you didn’t expect, cruising through their vast catalogue in different soundscapes but always remaining faithful to the band’s darker sound.
Artwork by Nøemi Aurora at Toxic-Visions.com.