Formed in 1976 as the Easy Cure, this UK band originally comprised Robert Smith (21 April 1959, Blackpool, Lancashire, England; guitar/vocals), Michael Dempsey (b. 29 November 1958, Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia; bass) and Laurence Lol Tolhurst (b. 3 February 1959, Horley, Surrey, England; drums, later switching to keyboards). After struggling to find a niche during the first flashes of punk (and following an abortive contract with the Hansa Ariola label), the Crawley, West Sussex-based band issued the Albert Camus-inspired Killing An Arab on the independent Small Wonder Records in mid-1978. It proved sufficient to draw them to the attention of producer and Fiction Records label manager Chris Parry, who reissued the single the following year. By May 1979, the band was attracting glowing reviews, particularly in the wake of Boys Dont Cry, whose style recalled mid-60s British beat, with the added attraction of Smiths...
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