The Cure Are Not Now, And Never Were, ‘Emo’.

If you let some nonsense stick around for long enough, it becomes accepted as fact. So let me, from the vantage point of my limited experience, refute the following:

“When Madonna first appeared with Holiday, people thought she sounded black.”

No we didn’t. We thought she sounded like a white, sped-up, tight-larynxed chorus dancer enjoying her one hit wonderish moment in a nightclub. Yes, we were wrong, but not about her voice.

Planet Rock was the first time white people heard rap.”

No, the first time we heard rap was probably Cassius Clay in a press conference, followed later by The Devil Went Down To Georgia, Convoy, Blondie’s Rapture, Grandmaster Flash’s The Message and eventually RUN DMC and Aerosmith doing Walk This Way.  Then we found out about Afrika Bambaataa and Planet Rock in music documentaries about the birth of rap.

“After all, The Beatles were a boy band.”

No, they weren’t, because they didn’t have any snappy choreography.  And they changed history.

“Jimi Hendrix was the first heavy metal guitarist.”

No, many of Hendrix’s chords contain more than three different notes.  And he had a sense of humour.

“The Cure were the first emo band.”

See the title of this post.


2 thoughts on “The Cure Are Not Now, And Never Were, ‘Emo’.

  1. Can I use your paragraph about Madonna the next time I see something stupid written about her influence on modern music and want to vent?

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