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MTV Icon: The Cure

February 24th, 2005

There was a special on this weekend on MTV 2 called MTV Icon: The Cure. I think it would have been better if it hadn’t been hosted by Marilyn Manson. It’s funny because I actually like some of his songs, but I don’t like him as a person. It just seems like he wears all that makeup and acts like he does just for the sake of being different and getting attention. Whereas I feel that Robert Smith wears makeup to help combat his shyness. There’s something about him that gives me the impression that even after all these years of performing onstage that he is actually rather shy and can be more himself to perform when covered in makeup.

Anyway, I liked the parts where they went through a bit of the band history, and they showed the cute cartoons of Robert, but I wasn’t all that impressed with the covers these bands did of Cure songs as The Cure sat on the sidelines and watched. I couldn’t help but feel that Robert wasn’t impressed either. To be fair, the cover of If Only Tonight We Could Sleep by The Deftones was rather good, but it’s not high on my list of favorite Cure songs. Blink182 did a cover of a song I really like, called A Letter To Elise, but the tempo and singing was too fast and annoyed me. I’ll admit, I don’t think anyone can do a Cure song very well. Let’s not even talk about that horrible cover of Friday I’m In Love that was in the movie 50 First Dates. There is one exception when it comes to covers, however: Sinking, by The Shroud, is better than The Cure’s version. I never cared for that song all that much until hearing the cover.

After the cover songs and some more random band info, The Cure actually got on stage and did a song from the new album (forget the name) and 10.15 Saturday Night. I got lost in how amazing The Cure sounds live, and I have yet to hear them do poorly. They are truly a great band – they write their own music and lyrics and play their own instruments. That’s music to me. Not Britney White-Trash Spears.

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