Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and alternative legends, The Cure are looking back at one of their most successful albums, Grammy-nominated “Wish.”
The 30th anniversary deluxe edition of “Wish” is newly remastered by front-man Robert Smith and Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios. The 45-track reissue includes: the original album which featured hit singles “Friday, I’m in Love,” “High,” and “A Letter to Elise”; 21 previously unreleased demos; four songs from their 1993 mail-order only cassette “Lost Wishes”; previously unreleased song “A Wendy Band”; alternate mix of “From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea”; and a previously unheard live version of “End.” Of course, it is available on streaming services, plus three CDs, two LPs, and a limited edition picture disc.
Founding member Robert Smith said he has wanted to redo “Wish” for a long time: “In the studio control room it all sounded excellent, but I got too busy sorting out our upcoming concerts to properly oversee the mastering. It was too late to do anything about it; the album was out, and we were off around the world again. It has really bugged for me for a very long time. It has taken 30 years, but finally, finally my Wish has come true.”
This isn’t the only time they have looked back on their past. In 2020, The Cure celebrated the 30th anniversary of “Disintegration” and released “The Cure 40 Live,” a double concert film box set honoring their 40th anniversary as a band.
The Cure has spent the past two months touring Europe and will wrap things up next month with THREE nights at the monstrous Wembley Arena in London. Fans have been treated to nearly 30 songs in the sets – including “Pictures of You,” “Lovesong,” “Lullaby,” “Close to Me,” “In Between Days,” “Just Like Heaven,” “Boys Don’t Cry,” and “Friday I’m in Love” – and some new material has been debuted. The loooooong-awaited album, “Songs of a Lost World,” is still due to be released soon-ish. Per Smith, it is “relentlessly doom and gloom.”
And in what may be the highest honor, The Cure has received the Funko POP! treatment and can be preordered now. For $60, you can add Smith, Simon Gallup, Jason Cooper, Roger O’ Donnell and Reeves Gabrels to your Funko collection.
Now, with all this going on, perhaps we will see the trademark disheveled hair and black eye makeup of Smith on our shores in 2023.