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When we told you the Cure were planning to release a single a month until the September release of their still-untitled 13th album, a commenter asked, “Does anyone care????” (give or take a ?). Well, the rest of the thread shows quite a few of you do. So then — the first of four singles are out, though it might not sound too new if you’re a big fan: We first heard “The Only One” last year when the band was in Mexico. There’s the live take and then the one they put to tape in the studio, where you get a slightly clearer sense of Robert’s sensual, lip-sucking and hips-loving sunniness.


(Via P4K)

Yeah, it’s not one of their best love songs, but it is one of their loves songs, and we’re usually pretty happy to hear new songs from the Cure, especially when they’re so happy. Plus, the Cure wrote some of the best love songs ever … kinda hard for them to top themselves at this point. So what are we saying? We’re not amazed, but we’re also not surprised at that lack of amazement.

“The Only One” is out 5/13 on Geffen. More to come.

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Comments (26)
  1. elise  |   Posted on May 12th, 2008 0

    at this point in our lives, it IS just another cure single, but it’s a heck of a lot better than anything they’ve released in the last 15 years, give or take. there’s a passion that’s been lacking, and the production is brilliant. also, the b-side, ‘ny trip’ is another matter entirely. that song’s amazing. can’t wait for the new album.

    • Where’s the b-side at?

    • in regards to the statement that the cure haven’t released anything passionate in the last fifteen years, what about bloodflowers?

      but yes, this single sounds great. hopefully the rest of the album lives up to it.

      • Mike  |   Posted on May 12th, 2008 0

        I’m with you, Michelle. Bloodflowers is one of my favorite Cure albums ever, not just in the last 15 years. I like this one, but it didn’t blow me away.

      • Alison Ferrara  |   Posted on May 14th, 2008 0

        I’ll drink to that! Bloodflowers was the last time The Cure really grabbed a hold of me….. That album always works for me. Bouncy Cure isn’t usually my favorite – but would love to hear the rest of the album before I speak on it any more

  2. As I move through my 30s, anything my by heros makes me feel good…The Cure, Morrissey, Oasis…all are well past their peaks, but it makes me feel young and happy to hear their familar voices…

  3. elise  |   Posted on May 12th, 2008 0

    b-side isn’t actually available yet, except in illicit places that i won’t admit to visiting. but it’s a great song. should be downloadable legally tomorrow.

    bloodflowers was a bloodless, self-conscious aping of the cure sound by smith, done because that’s what he thought fans wanted. there’s no soul to it.

  4. sam the frog  |   Posted on May 12th, 2008 0

    i like it and have a lot of hope for the album. this here is another new song that, while live and really not completely readable, has great potential as a studio version:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7OOMGWiTTU

  5. Evan  |   Posted on May 12th, 2008 0

    Oh wow, it sounds like any number of other cure songs. Surprise surprise.

  6. ph  |   Posted on May 13th, 2008 0

    Robert Smith is getting more and more ridiculous with his teenage whinning. What is that ?A desperate attempt at replicating a winning formula ? “Just like heaven” guitars” with “Friday i’m in love” melody ? It sucks. Completly pointless release.

  7. Sounds like about 5 or so older Cure singles thrown in a blender. Why bother.

  8. Alex  |   Posted on May 13th, 2008 0

    Should better listen to the last And Also The Trees’ album, “(Listen for) the Rag and Bone Man”… They began at the same time, were quite close with The Cure at their beginnings but And Also The Trees are still alive… creatively, I mean. But who cares ?

  9. sofia  |   Posted on May 13th, 2008 0

    elise: agree completely about bloodflowers. it was an utter waste of time and what was with the crappy insert? ugh. the whole thing was like a parody.

    ph: actually it sounds nothing at all like ‘friday i’m in love’ and quite a lot like ‘high’. you got the wish similarity though, so good for you.

    todd: we fans listen to the cure because they do have their own distinct sound. the way you know a u2 song from the first guitar riff. if this song/album garners comparisons to wish- that’s quite a compliment. for us.

    i think porl really saved the cure’s ass this time. i haven’t been happy with a cure album since wms and even then the b-sides should’ve clearly been replacements for certain album tracks (club america, numb, etc…) were it not for some instant classics like jupiter crash- it would’ve been a throwaway album like the last two.

    i can’t wait for september.

  10. stiffy  |   Posted on May 13th, 2008 0

    you gotta admit, smith’s adolescent pining love songs are better than 98% of the toss on the radio these days. it may not be 1989 anymore, but i still really like this song.

    check around youtube like the frog said, there’s some great new songs in live form, and chain of flowers readers have posted some good ones too on their blogs.

  11. Mehdi  |   Posted on May 13th, 2008 0

    This new single blows. I haven’t liked a single from them since I don’t know, A Letter To Elise I’d say. The B Side NY Trip is much better, but isn’t that the case with a lot of their singles. I remember listening to the B Side side of my Standing On A Beach tape far more than I ever did the singles side.

  12. Daz  |   Posted on May 14th, 2008 0

    I think its good, He dosent have to write songs, they do it cos they love it! If the cure came out with half the shit that is on the radio these days they would get ripped apart. Lucky enough the cure are very highly regarded by some other highly regarded people!

    How many bands have the cure influnced! Great stuff! me happy

  13. This is such a great spring/summer tune. It’s no artistic masterpiece…it’s just a good, bouncy, catchy Cure song. Those are always the Smith’s best.

  14. james christian  |   Posted on May 14th, 2008 0

    I must agree with a lot that has been said. It is weak Cure at best, but I still would rather hear his than most of the new emperor’s new clothes bands (insert band name here) that suck from day one, and never have an original idea.

  15. I love the Cure. They are one of the best bands that ever graced the planet!!!! They have consistently put out amazing albums, Bloodflowers being the last. The 2004 self titled was really good, but started showing some of where the cure was headed, which is modern sounding rock. All that to say…

    This new song kinda sucks!!! Production is TERRIBLE. Robert is annoying.

    They are sounding here, like a spoof of themselves!!!!

    Cure fans are so much like Radiohead fans, they can never give a great band constructive criticism. and be honest when a great band is putting out half hearted music!!!!

  16. Anton  |   Posted on May 15th, 2008 0

    Guys, the cure is crucial driving music for faux hipsters like me-so I am happy. Honestly they don’t get remixed enough, as well. And where is the ska tribute cd to the cure?!

  17. daffy  |   Posted on May 18th, 2008 0

    lol wut

  18. holland4punk  |   Posted on May 21st, 2008 0

    There are complaints that it sounds like the last 50 Cure songs, and yet tjhere are still complaints that the last couple of albums lacked passion and commitment. Now, how can both of those be true? It seems to me that Cure fans are full of people who want the Cure to reproduce the same album over and over again and not to grow. But the last couple of albums have indicated to me a growth in the Cure’s sound and there’s nothing wrong w/ that. You can’t please everyone, I guess.

    I like this song all right, but it sure does sound like “The End of the World” from the last album.

  19. older&wiser  |   Posted on May 24th, 2008 0

    Robert Smith and Northside made a single together?

  20. RachKat  |   Posted on Jun 6th, 2008 0

    OK, I will say it, I’m about to turn 40 and I have not bought anything new by the Cure since Disintegration. Goodness, I worshipped that man back then – although, I couldn’t figure out why he felt so old when he looked fine to me. He was 30 – at 30, I got it. LOL!

    During my final year college, facing the dismal job market, mired in Bush Depression er… Recession v 1.0 out here in the States I couldn’t bear to hear a ebullient Robert Smith announcing that it was Friday and he was in love. Who cares! I was SUFFERING! I preferred to wallow in self pity along with my contemporaries: Cobain, Corgan, Cornell, Staley and Vedder.

    To paraphrase Dickens – the early 90s were the best of my times (P A R T Y) and they were the worst of my times (adjusting to adulthood at a time where job prospects were nil). They were not a time for “Friday! I’m in L O V E”

    I’m over that now – they may have not created any masterpieces in the last 18 years but hearing it now “Friday, I’m in Love” isn’t terrible. It just wasn’t where most of the Cure’s no longer teen fans were in 1992.

    If you see them live they are better than ever. The show at Mountain View last year was phenomenal, the one last weekend in Hollywood was even better. “Only One” may not be “Pictures of You” but its better than anything his wanna be heir apparent: Pete Wentz will ever churn out and let’s be honest – at 50, it’s kind of cute that OLD Bob is still thinking about sex.

  21. I love thier new stuff – its just wonderful.

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