Why Can’t I Be You? – A Cure playlist
I don’t go out to clubs as much as I used to, especially dance clubs. I find the music of today filled with so much auto-tuned and musical garbage.
Even the Goth clubs are filled with this new trend of “dubstep”, which sounds like Transformers having sex. What’s worse is the younger generation Goth kids who chew on glow sticks and twirl LED balls and poi to the music.
Yeah, ok, so I’ve become a cranky old Goth chick.
In my defense, I’m an old-school Goth or OG – Original Goth. I pay homage to my roots by reveling in and dancing to the pioneers of Darkwave and Goth, bands like Bauhaus, Joy Division, Depeche Mode, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and The Cure.
The Cure, along with Depeche Mode, was my all-time favorite band in the ’80s.
Robert Smiths’ lyrics resonated with my dark and angsty young heart. I prided myself on having every single album they released on cassette tape. The Cure made up the majority of my music collection, with Depeche Mode a very close second.
I had my walls covered with Cure posters, with my favorite poster being the black and white one of Robert, “Boys Don’t Cry” poster my brother bought me for Christmas one year. My hair during the second half of my junior year of high school, going well into my senior year was fashioned after Robert’s messy and wild mane. I even adopted his clothing style of over-sized white shirts, black jackets, and big baggy black sweaters.
I cried and got depressed when Robert Smith got married to his longtime girlfriend, Mary Poole, back in 1988. My world revolved around my musical obsession with The Cure. I was a total Cure fanatic, and all my friends knew it.
Tonight I venture out to The Phantasy in Lakewood, Ohio to attend an awesome night of music: The Cure vs. Depeche Mode night with DJ’s Tim Smith and Evan Nave DJ’ing. These two guys were (and still are) my favorite DJ’s from the 90’s era of Gothic Industrial dance clubs in Cleveland. I might even “Smith” my hair, for old-times sake.
In honor of this night, which I’m positive will be awesome and amazing, I’ve compiled a playlist of some of the best Cure songs out there. This list could go on for days, but I limited myself to 50 tracks.
In a battle of bands, who would win? The Cure or Depeche Mode?
My 80’s and 90’s self would choose The Cure hands-down, but today I’d have to say Depeche Mode. So instead of choosing a fave, I’ll just let them both share the spotlight in my musical life.
I hope you enjoy this wonderful trip down memory lane with The Cure. Tomorrow I will feature a playlist of Depeche Mode songs to compliment this one. Oh, and one more thing – these songs are in no particular order – so crank it up and hit shuffle!
- A Night Like This
- Siamese Twins
- Why Can’t I Be You?
- The Blood (acoustic)
- Play For Today
- The Walk
- I Dig You
- The Same Deep Water as You
- From The Edge of The Deep Green Sea
- How Beautiful You Are
- Prayers For Rain
- One Hundred Years
- All Cats Are Grey
- More Than This
- Maybe Someday
- Pictures of You
- Letter To Elise
- Boys Don’t Cry
- Fascination Street
- Jumping Someone Else’s Train
- 10:15 Saturday Night
- Mr. Pink Eyes
- The Exploding Boy
- Another Journey By Train
- Let’s Go To Bed
- In Between Days
- A Few Hours After This
- Happy The Man
- Strange Attraction
- Going Nowhere
- There is No If
- The Last Day of Summer
- Underneath The Stars
- One More Time
- Kyoto Song
- A Chain of Flowers
- This Morning
- Harold and Joe
- A Forest
26 Thoughts to “Why Can’t I Be You? – A Cure playlist”
I can relate. I love the Cure, Depeche Mode, the Smiths, etc. i am a 44 yr old former punk chick from Texas.
Nice to meet you! Thanks for reading! 🙂
Good choice, I really appreciate this and enjoyed listening to this Songs again ! Actually i´m missing “13th”… :-)…
I think you and I are cut from the same cloth. OLD CURE PEOPLE UNITE!
My tales are so similar!
YES! I had to secretly admire these bands as I was the daughter of a Pentecostal minister. As soon as I moved out, my obsession began in full. Sunday nights at Elysium in Austin, TX, are Goth nights and it’s wonderful to go dance with fellow 40-year olds to music never played at our high-school dances. (also, thanks for the shout out to Phantasy – I recently relocated from Texas to NE Ohio and was hoping to find a place to keep on dancing!)
There is an old school dance night coming up on December 4 at The Phantasy! Hope to see you there!
Oh how cool!!! ?
I, too, imitated Robert Smith in high school. 🙂
I LOVE that you ended this playlist with Harold & Joe. My favorite Cure song. D Mode is my favorite all-time band, but The Cure is right up there in my heart 🙂
Depeche Mode is right up there for me as well! 🙂
Favorite Mode album?
Songs of Faith and Devotion – holds a lot of meaning for me.
Music for the Masses for this guy.. Favorite Cure album?
Disintegration hands down, but Head on the Door is a close second.
Haha.. I’m always surprised when someone DOESN’T say Disintegration.. Head on the Door is my #2, also
Love this post. A Night like this is my favorite Cure song too. I never realized it at the time, but we really did grow up in a golden age of music.
No “Cut Here” ???
Love the list. I like both, but I’m going with the Cure up until 1992 and DM after that. I really love the Delta Machine disc that came out recently. Favorite Cure album – Head on the Door by a long mile. My #2 would be Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me.
Nice list! I like that you included some b-sides and non-album tracks. Did you post a Depeche Mode playlist like you said you would? I couldn’t find one.
Have you left apart “A forest” for some reason? That’s like Satisfaction for the RS or the 5tf for Beethoven! 😉
I’ve put A Forest into other playlists before, as it is my most favorite Cure song. I should add it in as a bonus track 😉
I will post the Depeche Mode playlist soon – life intervened with my schedule. Stay tuned! 🙂
Can so relate. It was an era of firsts, in genre, style, music, mood, you name it. There was nothing like it before, and to some extent after. Even now when I listen to this gorgeous music it is solid, pure, quality, daring, and so on. The Cure or Depeche Mode? It’s a tie for me, but as I’ve gotten older I probably would lean Cure.
I agree on your with The Cure til 92 and ‘Mode after that. Delta Machine was a great album, very powerful.
Who doesn’t love the Hair the Music and the Time!! Cheers💝
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