The fourth studio album by English rock band The Cure, "Pornography," was released on May 4th, 1982 by Fiction Records. Prior to its release, the band had put out a non-album single "Charlotte Sometimes." This album marked the band's first collaboration with producer Phil Thornalley and was recorded at RAK Studios from January to April. During the recording sessions, the group was struggling with drug use, internal conflicts, and Robert Smith's depression, which heavily influenced the album's music and lyrics. "Pornography" marked the end of the band's early dark musical phase, which started with "Seventeen Seconds" in 1980. After its release, bassist Simon Gallup left the band and the Cure shifted to a brighter new wave sound. Despite receiving poor reviews initially, "Pornography" was the band's most successful album at the time, reaching number 8 on the UK charts. Today, it is widely recognized as a significant milestone in the development of gothic rock and has gained critical acclaim.
Genre: Pop, New Wave
Tracks: 1.1 One Hundred Years 1.2 A Short Term Effect 1.3 The Hanging Garden 1.4 Siamese Twins 1.5 The Figurehead 1.6 A Strange Day 1.7 Cold 1.8 Pornography