180-gram double LP
Half-speed remastered, gatefold jacket
The Cure are treating their 1990 remix album Mixed Up to new vinyl editions. Torn Down: Mixed Up Extras 2018, presents a pile of remixes not included on the original album.
"I wanted a package, but (I feared) we didn't have enough 'historic' remixes," said frontman Robert Smith. "(It) got me thinking maybe I should have a go at one… so in early August 2017, I decided to experiment with 'Three Imaginary Boys'. It is a pretty sparse multi-track; I pulled it apart at home and finished the initial remix in one session — and I really enjoyed the whole process."
Out of all the bands that emerged in the immediate aftermath of punk rock in the late '70s, few were as enduring and popular as The Cure. Led through numerous incarnations by guitarist/vocalist Robert Smith (born April 21, 1959), the band became notorious for its slow, gloomy dirges and Smith's ghoulish appearance, a public image that often hid the diversity of The Cure's music.
At the outset, The Cure played jagged, edgy pop songs before slowly evolving into a more textured outfit. As one of the bands that laid the seeds for goth rock, the group created towering layers of guitars and synthesizers, but by the time goth caught on in the mid-'80s, The Cure had moved away from the genre. By the end of the '80s, the band had crossed over into the mainstream not only in its native England, but also in the United States and in various parts of Europe. The Cure remained a popular concert draw and reliable record-seller throughout the '90s, and their influence could be heard clearly on scores of new bands during the new millennium, including many that had little to do with Goth.