Salon talks to former Cure drummer-keyboardist Lol Tolhurst about the music – the band and the memoir ‘Cured’.
Tolhurst’s truths are wildly entertaining – to be sure – especially where music is concerned — from his recollection of inadvertently ticking off Generation X’s Billy Idol to the hardscrabble vibe of early Cure shows when the band consistently won over disinterested audiences.
The musician is also however an unsparing narrator who has been honest about his sometimes-difficult upbringing — which involved growing up in gray desolate Crawley West Sussex with a gruff alcoholic father — and his own flaws.
As the book progresses Tolhurst outlines how his alcoholism exacerbated band and interpersonal tensions and ultimately led to his ouster from The Cure before the release of 1989’s ‘Disintegration’.
At times the line between lighthearted tour high jinks and dangerous situations blurs due to his addictions – this tension and his increased personal incapacitation provides a harrowing counterpart to the Cure’s parallel explosion in popularity.