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20 Unsung Music Videos of the 1980s

From major artists like the Clash, David Bowie, and U2 to less famous brethren such as Haysi Fantayzee and Grandmaster Caz, these are the unsung videos from that decade that might have missed your attention the first time around.

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12 Essential 1980s Alternative Rock Albums

PopMatters' '80s alt-rock primer spotlights the essential alternative rock albums from the broad genre's rich and diverse early years.

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Darkness Illuminates: Goth Punk's Great Escapism

While goth punk's theatricality dramatizes concerns about depression and suicide amongst young people today, its safe spaces are inviting to the otherwise alienated and ostracized.

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'Cured' Memoir of The Cure Goes Sky High, Hits Rock Bottom, Finds Perfect Equilibrium

By making himself the hero and the villain of his own story, Lol Tolhurst maintains a satisfying evenness throughout Cured.

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The Cure's Pornographic Cure: Bittersweet Relief

The Cure's Pornography is so much more than just the ponderously murky, suicide-inducing effort it's often made out to be.

Alison Ross
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Former Cure Man Finds Peace On the Road to Recovery

This volume is more than a day-to-day account of life inside the band: It's the story of how Lol Tolhurst came back from the brink and emerged a fuller man.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '90s - Part 3 (60 - 41)

The third part of our examination of the 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '90s, including Sonic Youth, Primal Scream, Garbage, Pixies and more.

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The 100 Greatest Alternative Singles of the '80s: Part 5: 20 - 1

Songs of anxiety, paranoia, freak-outs, chilling verses, feverish desire, harrowing lyrics -- they all make for damn good music.

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Voodoo Music + Arts Experience: 3 November 2013 - New Orleans

Photographer Sean Issofresh was on hand for us at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans to capture some of the fest's greatest moments.

Sean Issofresh
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In Defense of Music Festival Fatigue

It's time to question how relevant these large gatherings are as the multi-band concert industry continues to expand to obnoxious heights.

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The Top 10 Love Songs of the Cure

From mournful laments to giddy, knees-up swoons and everything in between, in observance of Valentine's Day Sound Affects runs down the choice love songs from post-punk's most capable romantics.

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What James Bond Can’t Teach You About British Music History

If you want lessons in womanizing, dressing to the nines, or ordering martinis, James Bond is your man. If, however, you’re looking for a review of British music history over the last 50 years, the world’s favorite secret agent has no idea what he’s doing.

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Juanita Y Los Feos: Pesadilla Adulta

Lively third album form Spanish punk-popsters.

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All Cannibals: Black Shark Shake-A-Lake

French rock trio offers carefree rock.

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The Cure: Bestival Live 2011

Despite the travesty of relabeling their 1978 song "Killing an Arab" as "Killing Another", this is a taut, tight and energetic double live set for fans who want to hear all the Cure’s major hits in one place.

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Why the Cure Deserves to Be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just last week--but not fellow ballot finalist the Cure. Here's why goth's flagship group deserved to join them.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or Shame?

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recently announced its 15 nominees for its 2012 induction class. Once again, that means the blogosphere is abuzz with complaints about the Hall's irrelevancy. Are they legitimate?

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White Lies: iTunes Festival London 2011

Yes, this question's got a hold on me: Why does a band that relies on studio clean-up bother releasing live content that is so dull and subpar?

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The Raveonettes: Raven in the Grave

If the Raveonettes of yore were Tarantino flick knives, bubble gum, and Ray Bans, they're now the decaying beauty and warped nightmares of David Lynch.

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Masters of the Form: The Cure, 1989 - Disintegration

By 1989, Robert Smith had grown a bit weary of his new found pop stardom and was determined to swim out of the mainstream back into what he thought were the deeper waters of the band's earlier work.

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Walked in Line: The Musical Disciples of Joy Division

If any band is heir to the musical path Joy Division laid out, it would be the Cure, quite possibly the second-most influential band of the post-punk era.

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Masters of the Form: The Cure, 1987 - Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me

Some artists are more than merely great. There are some artists that for a period of years, a period that is finite, consistently produced music that, it can be argued, far exceeded the work of their peers. For that brief period of time they were definitely Masters of the Form.

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Masters of the Form: The Cure, 1985 - The Head on the Door

Some artists are more than merely great. There are some artists that for a period of years, a period that is finite, consistently produced music that, it can be argued, far exceeded the work of their peers. For that brief period of time they were definitely Masters of the Form.

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Verse-Chorus-Verse: "Lovesong" - The Cure

Artist/producer PC Muñoz mines for gems and grills the greats.

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The Cure - "Sleep When I'm Dead" live (video)

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The Cure: 4:13 Dream

The danger of so openly courting nostalgia like this is that a new entry into old canon is simply never going to live up to the standard that those who've come to live with said canon have built for it.

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The Cure [2007 Rewind]

PopMatters' Nick Gunn joins a mere 150 others for a semi-secret set that sees the Cure stretch their soundcheck into an intimate, hour-long experience.

Nick Gunn
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The Cure

PopMatters' Nick Gunn joins a mere 150 others for a semi-secret set that sees the Cure stretch their soundcheck into an intimate, hour-long experience.

Nick Gunn
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Digitalism: Idealism

Digitalism truly clicks when its signature sound is all that is required to make a certain track function.

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The Cure: Festival 2005 [DVD]

There are plenty of reasons to like this new live DVD from the goth stalwarts, but none of them have anything to do with the visual presentation.

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Best Reissues of 2006

At long last, the annual rite of passage, the "best of" list... Here's PopMatters picks for the best 20 reissues of 2006. Stay tuned tomorrow and Thursday for ongoing genre top 10s with our coverage culminating in the year's best musical events on Friday.

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The Cure: Three Imaginary Boys [Deluxe Edition]

Though Rhino Record's Deluxe Edition of Three Imaginary Boys has a few of the goods, the definitive document of early Cure is still the US cassette edition of Boys Don't Cry.

Jason Thompson
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The Cure: self-titled

Richard T. Williams
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The Cure

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