Stephen A. Fuqua (SAF) is a Bahá'í, programmer, and conservation and interfaith advocate in the DFW area of Texas.

July 20, 2004

The Cure Update

I'm happy to say that there are still plenty of other Cure fans out there. They debuted at #7 in the US and are still #23 on Billboard Hot 100 Albums. I heard them on 101x yesterday (Austin alternative) and they're in the top 20 rotation there. They were debuted at #1 in Mexico, oddly enough, and had good debuts across Europe and in Argentina. But sadly they have not announced any new dates for the Curiosa Festival with Interpol, Mogwai, and others, so I will have to remain detached&hellip .

I must say that the first few times I heard The End of the World (new single) I absolutely hated it. But it has grown on me, especially in context with the rest of the album. It also helps that I've now heard it properly--the first time was live recorded from Letterman and the second was with not-so-hot reception on a not-so-hot rental radio in Minnesota last month. It will be interesting to see if they have a second single out, and if so what it will be. To stay with the pop stuff, it would be Before Three. To be more adventurous, Lost would be a cool single. I think it would play well on alt radio, which is usually the point of a single, right? Not that I care that much about radio, you know.

Maybe if I give Cut Here (off of the Greatest Hits) another chance it will grow on me too. Really not into that song. I was rather disturbed with this in my mind when I first heard End of the World. Was quite worried that it would be an entire album of shlock. Thankfully not so!

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Did I lend you that "the world according to morrissey" special that was on Channel 4 in the UK last year, made back when he didn't have a record contract? He has, apparently, a huge, loyal Chicano fan base (which probably helps explain why he tolerates L.A....)