The creative force behind the band is the singer Robert Smith, who has written all the lyrics (with the exception of songs the band has covered, and the song "Grinding Halt," the words to which were written by Laurence Tolhurst and almost all the music (he wrote the entire album The Head on the Door). They have existed since 1976, and originally went by the names "Malice" and "Easy Cure" before deciding on their current name. They have to date released 13 full length studio albums or double albums (as well as a number of concert albums and compilations and the 1978 demos) each one in a different style. The albums nevertheless share common features, notably Smith's distinctive vocal style.
One of their early songs, "Killing An Arab," while criticized by some because of its not very politically correct title, is actually a retelling of the story of French existentialist Albert Camus's book "The Stranger."
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2 Album and compilation discography
4 Members past and present
5 External links
Album and compilation discography
Their next album is rumoured to be due in 2003.
Members past and present