1. “The Dark Side Of The Moon” – Pink Floyd
2. “Anthology” – The Temptations
3. “Sandinista!” – The Clash
4. “Vitalogy” – Pearl Jam
5. “That’s The Way Of The World” – Earth, Wind and Fire
6. “The Smiths” – The Smiths
7. “Document” – R.E.M.
8. “Synchronicity” – The Police
9. “Boys Don’t Cry” – The Cure
10. “In Utero” – Nirvana
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Formed in 1976, The Cure quickly rose to prominence with their punk-pop sound. The group inspired a host of younger artists with their gothic appearance, moody instrumentals, and inventive lyrics. Here are a few artists who are making their own mark on the music world, with sounds that pay homage to The Cure.
The Cure’s “High” is right there on Paramore’s “After Laughter Influences” Spotify playlist, slotted in between Radiohead and The Strokes. “After Laughter” was a sharp sonic turn for the band, propelling them towards 80s-indebted synth-pop, without ever leaving behind the recognizably sharp and scathing lyrics. So it’s only right that the brooding lyrics and post-punk of The Cure should have a role in the new album’s shift.
Buzzy synth-pop up-and-comers Pale Waves cite The Cure as a major influence, and it shows. Perhaps the most striking similarity between the two groups is in their appearances, each revolving primarily around black makeup, though Pale Waves have eschewed Robert Smith’s characteristic mop-like hairstyle. Musically, Pale Waves’ cheery synth-pop is fantastically at odds with the group’s bleak lyrics, a contradiction that The Cure also used to great advantage.
INHEAVEN launched themselves into the scene with their debut eponymous album, and haven’t looked back since. The band’s plaintive vocals and lovelorn lyrics will be familiar to any fan of Robert Smith’s, and the group’s theatrical bent calls to mind any number of 80s heavyweights. But it is INHEAVEN’s departure from airy synth-pop that distinguishes them from similar 80s-inspired contemporaries. Their dense, swirling shoegaze is refreshing yet timeless.
Watch Paramore cover The Cure’s “In Between Days” below:
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Yes Theory started a YouTube channel with the goal of pushing themselves and others outside of their comfort zones, and trying new things on the daily. You may recognize them from Brother’s Snapchat stories, where they pulled stunts like skinny-dipping with strangers or getting kicked off the tops of mountains. All of this, and more, they did to an amazing soundtrack, carefully curated by Thomas Brag (a member of Yes Theory). Recently, Brag posted a video explaining where they get their music from. Yes Theory use a service called Epidemic Sound for the majority of their music. Epidemic Sound houses a comprehensive library of songs specifically engineered for use in YouTube videos. The service specializes in background music; if you visit the site you’re more likely to get results by searching “sad” or “happy” than “Lady Gaga.” Below, find a list of our top three favorite songs that Yes Theory have used in their videos (not from Epidemic Sound), and a link to Epidemic Sound.
“The Cure” – Rotana
“Consequenses” – Johan Svensson
“Best Friends” – grandson
Epidemic Sound will give you a free 30 day trial, but there is a monthly fee to use their content after that. If you’re looking for the soundtrack to your next adventure, click here. To watch Thomas Brag explain where Yes Theory get their music from, watch the video below.
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Hazels are a five-piece rock band based in the UK. With their first two singles “The Cure” and “Can’t Ignore”, they established their genre as rolling, bluesy indie rock, complete with plaintive guitars and earnest lyrics. Though generally falling more on the British rock side of things, Hazels can still fulfill your softer needs with more indie pop songs like “One Last Call”. With savvy palm-muting, Hazels also channels summery pop punk, mixing up their melancholy indie vibes, but keeping the same enjoyable, easy-flowing rock.
Favorites: “The Cure”, “Break Up”
Similar to: The Pale White, The Kooks