The Cure – The Last Day of Summer

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Attack of the Killer Track! is a series that explores tracks from artists from a variety of genres. Some of the tracks were singles, some of them were obscure b-sides or long forgotten album tracks. One thing is certain – all of them are killer tracks.

As August segues into September, I’m left with a feeling of disbelief; the summer – as in years past – has passed us by again. Officially, Autumn doesn’t begin for another few weeks, but each September 1st I can feel myself mourning the passage of time and resigning myself to all things related to the Fall (totally wired!). Back in 2000 The Cure released what many consider to be one of their best records, Bloodflowers. Band founder / leader Robert Smith called it the “third part of the trilogy”, which was confusing to me as 1980’s 17 Seconds, 1981’s Faith, and 1982’s Pornography had already been called a “trilogy” by Robert Smith in the 80’s (and thematically, that made more sense). No matter – the new “trilogy” was now Pornography, 1989’s Disintegration, and Bloodflowers. I’ll be honest with you – I’m not a huge fan of “back to basics” records by legacy artists. I like watching artists grow, develop, and push themselves to new sounds. Bloodflowers was heralded as a return to form – and I can see why people thought that. For me, it has taken a long, long time to warm up to the record (though the tour was brilliant). It’ll never be in my top 5 records by The Cure, but there are a few gems to be found. The Last Day of Summer succeeds wildly on every count. Originally released as a promo single in Poland, it slots in as the 6th track on most editions of Bloodflowers. Peter Hook of Joy Division and New Order gets well deserved credit for coming up with melodic bass lines, but Simon Gallup of The Cure deserves credit as well – he lays down another memorable bass line in this tune. Resignation bursts forth from Robert Smith’s vocals, complimented by melodic guitar strumming and well placed keyboard flourishes (something lacking with follow-up records – Roger O’Donnell was dismissed from the band following this album’s release). Summer slipping away, a broader statement on the passage of time – this is a song that rings true. “But the last day of summer / Never felt so cold / The last day of summer / Never felt so old”

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The Razor Skyline – Dark Water Oasis

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How does one respond to adversity? People like to repeat cliché statements on social media or plaster those statements onto a photograph of a famous person. “Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful.” “Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.” The funny thing about cliché statements though – most of them are true. The RaZor Skyline is a band who has persevered through lineup changes to deliver their strongest album, Dark Water Oasis.

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The Cure – Pornography

Part 9 of a series that will run every Friday throughout 2012 as I discuss records that have affected me throughout the years – Flashback Fridays

Throughout my high school years I was a very hard worker (still am, in fact). Before school I would wake up at 4:30 in the morning to deliver newspapers to 200 or so houses. Slog through the school day and then would go to work at the little store across the street from my parents modest house. Strangely the store always seemed to have a different name over the years, but it was always called “The Quick Shop”. I worked with a really cool guy there who was about 10 years older than me and was always telling me stories about his dating exploits as well as crazy concerts he would go to. I was absolutely smitten with his stories of wild antics and would always borrow cd’s from him. It was through him that I learned of Fugazi, for which I am forever in debt (one of my absolute favorite bands of all time). Curiously I had not yet discovered (or gotten into, I should say) The Cure. I had seen the videos for “Lovesong” and “Fascination Street” but hadn’t yet heard the album Disintegration.

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