The Cure – Fuck Rock ‘N’ Roll! (Godfather Records GR 827)


Fuck Rock ‘N’ Roll!
(Godfather Records GR 827)

Festival Park, Werchter, Belgium – July 5th, 1981

(60:57):  Intro., The Holy Hour, In Your House, The Drowning Man, 10.15 Saturday Night, Accuracy, The Funeral Party, M, Primary, Other Voices, All Cats Are Grey, Fire In Cairo, Play For Today, A Forest

By the time The Cure played Werchter in July 1981 they had already begun their turn from pop into precursor goth.  This was their first of many appearances at the Werchter Festival in Belgium.  Filmed and broadcast, all titles of with this material originate from the radio broadcast.  

One of the first CDs with this show is Unplugged And More (CDLC001).  Much of the disc is occupied with the 1991 Unplugged set.  The 1981 part is missing “A Forest.”  A complete version was released afterwards called Kiss Me For Cure (ROLA 015) also with excellent sound.  Fuck Rock ‘N’ Roll! on Godfather also contains the complete show and is sourced from an excellent recording of the radio broadcast.  A DJ can be heard speaking, but doesn’t interfere with the music.

Their hour long set is deliberate and brilliant for the time.  The title comes from bassist Simon Gallup’s statement at the end.  According to Robert Smith, Robert Palmer’s road crew were trying to get The Cure off the stage so they could get everything ready for his set.  The oblige by playing their song “A Forest” very slow, stretching the three minute song to three times its length.  

Godfather package the show in a trifold gatefold sleeve with photos of the event including the front cover of Smith.  It’s a good title for The Cure collector to have.  

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