The Cure are an English rock band that formed in Crawley, Sussex in 1976. The band has experienced several lineup changes, with frontman, guitarist and main songwriter Robert Smith — known for his iconic wild hair, pale complexion, smudged lipstick and frequently gloomy and introspective lyrics — the only constant member.
The members of The Cure were barely out of their teens when they first started releasing music in the late 1970s. during the 80´s, the band´s increasingly dark and tormented music helped form the gothic rock genre. The Cure´s popularity increased as the decade wore on, especially in the United States, where the songs "Just Like Heaven", "Lovesong" and "Friday I´m in Love" entered the Billboard Top 40 charts. By the start of the 1990s, The Cure were one of the most popular alternative rock bands in the world and have sold an estimated 27 million albums as of 2004. As of 2007, The Cure have released twelve studio albums and over thirty singles, with a thirteenth album in the works.