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The Cure - A Forest

A Forest

The Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex in 1976. The band has experienced several line-up changes, with frontman, vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Robert Smith being the only constant member ... (read more at Wikipedia)

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The Cure played at the Reading Festival in August 1979, as one of a few token New Wave acts booked for the traditionally heavy rock lineup. Peel acted as the compere for the festival and mused on it a few months later. "I actually met the band because I saw them at Reading - which I was compering - the festival. Best thing about it, I thought actually. I went back afterwards to speak to them. Did my usual, trying to be terribly funny and terribly witty and well-informed at the same time, which was rather embarrassing - horrific, in fact. And I apologise to them for that."(01 November 1979)

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The Cure - Grinding Halt (John Peel Session 1979)02:41

The Cure - Grinding Halt (John Peel Session 1979)

Desperate Journalist In Ongoing Meaningful Review Situation: Robert Smith reacted to this NME review with an alternative version of 'Grinding Halt' in the Cure's second session

Six sessions. Debut released on (Multi The Peel Session) Strange Fruit SFPS050

1. First broadcast 11 December 1978. Repeated 10 January 1979, 07 March 1979, 30 July 1980.

  • Killing An Arab / 10.15 Saturday Night / Fire In Cairo / Boys Don't Cry

2. First broadcast 16 May 1979. Repeated 06 June 1979, 24 December 1979.

  • Desperate Journalist In Ongoing Meaningful Review Situation / Grinding Halt / Subway Song / Plastic Passion / Accuracy

3. First broadcast 10 March 1980. Repeated 27 March 1980, 30 April 1980, 29 May 1980, 30 December 1980.

  • A Forest / 17 Seconds / Play For Today / M

4. First broadcast 15 January 1981. Repeated 02 February 1981, 29 July 1981, 17 November 1981.

  • Holy Hour / Forever / Primary / All Cats Are Grey

5. First broadcast 04 January 1982. Repeated 20 January 1982, 22 February 1982.

  • Figurehead / A Hundred Years / Siamese Twins / A Hanging Garden (not tx)

6. First broadcast 07 August 1985. Repeated 20 August 1985, 10 September 1985, 01 October 1985.

  • The Exploding Boy / Six Different Ways / Screw / Sinking

Show appearances (Excluding Sessions)

(The list below was compiled only from the database of this site. Please add more information if known.)




  • 07 July 1991: Hello I Love You (LP - Rubaiyat: Elektra's 40th Anniversary) Elektra
  • 07 May 2002: A Forest (Played as part of Dave Clarke DJ set. JP tells DC he is thinking of reintroducing The Forest into his own DJ sets, after something of a gap. Apparently the track was so popular back in the day that Peel would deem a gig a success if he made it to the end of the night without playing the song.)

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