Feel Old Now: The Cure’s “Disintegration” Released 25 Years Ago Today

The Cure DisintegrationOn May 2nd, 1989 English alternative rock band The Cure released their eighth studio album “Disintegration”. The record marked a return to the introspective and gloomy gothic rock style the band had established in the early 1980s. Suffering a distaste for the group’s newfound popularity, vocalist and guitarist Robert Smith lapsed back into the use of hallucinogenic drugs, the effects of which had a strong influence on the production of the album. Order “Disintegration” on iTunes | Order “Disintegration” on Amazon

The Cure recorded “Disintegration” at Hookend Recording Studios in Checkendon, Oxfordshire, with co-producer David M. Allen from late 1988 to early 1989. During production, founding member Lol Tolhurst was fired from the band. “Disintegration” became the band’s commercial peak and charted at number three in the United Kingdom and at number twelve in the United States, and produced several hit singles including “Lovesong”, which peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. “Disintegration” remains The Cure’s highest selling record to date, with more than three million copies sold worldwide.

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic called it the “culmination of all the musical directions The Cure were pursuing over the course of the ’80s.” Rolling Stone readers have selected the album their number 9 pick of The 10 Best Albums of the Eighties in which Rolling Stone writes “In an early episode of South Park (sic)Kyle Brofloski expressed a rare musical opinion: ‘Disintegration is the best album ever!’ He may have been giddy over Robert Smith’s recent defeat of the evil Mecha-Streisand, but the sentiment has been shared by goths and non-goths for over 20 years.”

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All lyrics by Robert Smith, all music by The Cure

Track Listing

  1. Plainsong – Disintegration (Remastered)
  2. Pictures of You – Disintegration (Deluxe Edition – Remastered)
  3. Closedown – Disintegration (Remastered)
  4. Lovesong – Disintegration (Deluxe Edition – Remastered)
  5. Last Dance – Disintegration (Remastered)
  6. Lullaby – The Cure: Greatest Hits
  7. Fascination Street – Disintegration (Deluxe Edition – Remastered)
  8. Prayers for Rain – Disintegration (Remastered)
  9. The Same Deep Water As You – Disintegration (Remastered)
  10. Disintegration (Remastered) – The Cure
  11. Homesick – Disintegration (Remastered)
  12. Untitled (Remix) [Live at Wembley 7/89 – 7/09] – Disintegration (Deluxe Edition – Remastered)

– Original copies of Disintegration listed “Last Dance” and “Homesick” as bonus tracks, as they were not included on the original vinyl issue of the album.


Robert Smith – vocals, guitars, keyboards, 6-string bass, production, engineering
Simon Gallup – bass guitar, keyboards
Porl Thompson – guitars
Boris Williams – drums
Roger O’Donnell – keyboards
Lol Tolhurst – basis for the song Homesick.
David M. Allen – production, engineering
Richard Sullivan – engineering
Roy Spong – engineering

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