The Cure’s ‘Seventeen Seconds’

On April 22nd, the day after Robert Smith’s birthday, The Cure released their second studio album  Seventeen Seconds. To celebrate the album that introduced long time Bassist Simon Gallup to the band, we have included above The Cure’s gig at Hurrah in New York,  on April 17th, 1980.

Another good example of Simon’s outspoken demeanor is highlighted during the July 5th, 1981, gig at the Werchter Festival in Belgium

The concert had been running late and the organizers were trying to rush The Cure off the stage to make way Robert Palmer—who was on next. However, as demonstrated at the BottleRock Festival, some things never change, and Robert Smith was not having it.  He instead opted to do a nearly 9 minute long version of “A Forest” with Simon Gallup shouting “Fuck Robert Palmer! Fuck Rock & Roll” as the band left the stage.

Here is the official promotional video for “A Forest”

Besides “A Forest”, two of my favorite tracks from Seventeen Seconds are “Play For Today” which seems to have got it’s title from the BBC Anthology series (quite literally A Play for Today).

And “M”, which contains some of my favorite lyrics on the album:

Hello image
Sing me a line from your favorite song
Twist and turn
But you’re trapped in the light
All the directions were wrong

You’ll fall in love with somebody else

Help yourself
But tell me the words
Before you fade away
You reveal all the secrets
To remember the end
And escape someday

You’ll fall in love with somebody else
Again tonight

Take a step
You move in time
But it’s always back…
The reasons are clear
Your face is drawn
And ready for the next attack