Song of the Day #3,940: ‘Pictures of You’ – The Cure

This year’s batch of new inductees into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is varied and interesting enough to warrant a series of blog posts. In fact, looking back at the lineups from the past several years, I’m kicking myself for not doing this before now. Maybe I’ll start a new series and work backward.

Alphabetically, the first new inductee is The Cure. The English New Wave band has been eligible since 2004 and was nominated once before (in 2012) before making the cut this year. They released 13 studio albums in the 30 years from 1979 to 2008 and gave voice to a generation of disaffected mopers.

Over the years, The Cure’s sound shifted from melodic punk rock to dirge-like goth and radio-friendly pop. They amassed a nice list of hits along the way, including ‘Boys Don’t Cry,’ ‘In Between Days,’ ‘Just Like Heaven,’ ‘Lovesong,’ ‘Friday I’m in Love’ and ‘Pictures of You.’

Their breakthrough album was 1989’s Disintegration, which went double platinum in the U.S., but they’ve charted consistently in the U.K. for three decades and in the States for the past two.

The band is currently embarking on a worldwide tour and have recorded material for a planned album release this year, 40 years after their debut.

I’ve been looking so long at these pictures of you
That I almost believe that they’re real
I’ve been living so long with my pictures of you
That I almost believe that the pictures are
All I can feel

Remembering you
Standing quiet in the rain
As I ran to your heart to be near
And we kissed as the sky fell in
Holding you close
How I always held close in your fear
Remembering you
Running soft through the night
You were bigger and brighter and wider than snow
And screamed at the make-believe
Screamed at the sky
And you finally found all your courage
To let it all go

Remembering you
Fallen into my arms
Crying for the death of your heart
You were stone white
So delicate
Lost in the cold
You were always so lost in the dark
Remembering you
How you used to be
Slow drowned
You were angels
So much more than everything
Hold for the last time then slip away quietly
Open my eyes
But I never see anything

If only I’d thought of the right words
I could have held on to your heart
If only I’d thought of the right words
I wouldn’t be breaking apart
All my pictures of you

Looking so long at these pictures of you
But I never hold on to your heart
Looking so long for the words to be true
But always just breaking apart
My pictures of you

There was nothing in the world
That I ever wanted more
Than to feel you deep in my heart
There was nothing in the world
That I ever wanted more
Than to never feel the breaking apart
All my pictures of you

5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,940: ‘Pictures of You’ – The Cure

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I like this theme!

    But I’ve never liked The Cure. They represent the exact type of Euto-pop that I generally dislike. And, admittedly, my negativity may be coloring my opinion, but I don’t believe they belong anywhere near the rock ‘n’ roll Hall of Fame. They simply are not important or influential enough. Does anyone really think The Cure belongs in the Hall of Fame alongside of legends like the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, etc.?

    It’s also baffling why The Cure would be nominated while there are so many other legendary artists who are eligible and have been snubbed your after year. There is something wrong when The Cure are nominated before the likes of Carole King! You want to nominate a more deserving Euro Band I dislike? How about Depeche Mode?

    Here is an article listing most of the notable snubs:

    https://consequenceofsound.net/2018/10/a-running-list-of-rock-n-roll-hall-of-fame-omissions/

    • Clay says:

      I don’t begrudge The Cure their spot in the Hall. They have a nice combination of success and influence within their genre. That said, there are plenty of names on that list that should have made it in before these guys. Carole King’s absence is a travesty… there must be a backstory to that omission.

    • Clay says:

      OK, I got a little more context on the Carole King omission. She was inducted along with Gerry Goffin in 1990 as a non-performer, acknowledging the huge number of hits she’s written for other people.

      She was nominated once as a solo performer 20 years ago but didn’t make the cut and hasn’t been nominated again since. You’d think Tapestry would be enough to get her in.

  2. Peg says:

    Great idea for a blog theme! Hope Carole King makes it in soon

  3. Dana Gallup says:

    In addition to Carol King there are so many others who deserve induction before The Cure, including:

    Bad Company, Barry White, The Commodores, The Doobie Brothers, Duran Duran, Emerson, Lake and Palmer , George Michael, The Guess Who, Harry Nilsson, Jeff Buckley, Jethro Tull, Jim Croce, Mariah Carey, Ozzy Osborne and Whitney Houston.

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