This is my fa­vorite Cure song, and the ver­sion I’m rec­om­mend­ing is one of the best-sounding electric-music record­ings ev­er. I like the mu­sic even though I nev­er re­al­ly un­der­stood the whole emo/­goth thing; that’s OK, I can like Dub with­out get­ting Rasta­far­i­an­is­m, and Bach while puz­zled by Lutheranis­m.

Robert Smith of the Cure

The on­ly Cure mu­sic I own is a 1990 set of remix­es called Mixed Up which I have lis­tened to many many times; the songs are all good the pro­duc­tion job is fan­tas­tic. I blogged about it back in 2007, dive in if you want more de­tail­s.

Here’s what I wrote about Fas­ci­na­tion Street back then: Oh my good­ness, the open­ing is hero­ic and sym­phon­ic and dance­able all at on­ce; spires of sound top­ple in­to shift­ing tex­tures of tone and re­solve in­to main­stream guitar-and-drums rock flour­ish­es. Amaz­ing. Then the vo­cal­s, well yeah, they’re whiny all right (and i'm beg­ging to drag you down with me to kick the last nail in­), but he’s not hold­ing any­thing back, and he’s in the groove and on the beat; there’s gen­uine rock-&-roll des­per­a­tion in the lyrics and it ends up soul­ful. Then the big in­stru­men­tal freight train comes back, with the drums and gui­tars and synth bounc­ing off each oth­er, fast and loud and still with lots of room be­tween the notes. Oh, those drums-and-voice in­ter­ludes.

This is the 114th in the Song of the Day se­ries (back­ground).

Links · Spo­ti­fy playlist. This tune on Ama­zon, iTunes, Spo­ti­fy. There’s loads of live video; here’s a good one from 2002 and with bet­ter bass from 1996. But you re­al­ly want to lis­ten to the Mixed Up ver­sion.

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