Kr­ish­nan Guru-Murthy

Broad­caster

Q (UK) - - Cure -

Fas­ci­na­tion Street (from Dis­in­te­gra­tion, 1989)

“What a choice to make! On the ba­sis that the pop songs will go first, I’d choose Fas­ci­na­tion Street. It has the best open­ing gui­tar lines ever put to song by The Cure. It re­peats and builds, with a heavy bassline and del­i­cate top notes. Depend­ing on your mood, it’s in­tense or ag­gres­sive or brood­ing or all of the above. In fact, it is so good they just let it go on, and on. It was a shame the sin­gle ver­sion started the vo­cal so soon. It’s best on the al­bum and the ex­tended ver­sion is fun for when you’ve truly tuned in and dropped out. It’s at the darker end of The Cure port­fo­lio – a lit­tle full of angst. It’s sup­posed to be about walking on to Bour­bon Street in New Or­leans for a night out. I used to play it loud in my stu­dent bed­room look­ing out onto Catte Street, Ox­ford: a lit­tle dif­fer­ent as the views and op­por­tu­ni­ties go. When­ever I was go­ing a lit­tle out of my mind I would turn it up loud and shout the lyrics. I still do, in truth, but driv­ing down the A40 in­stead.”

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