It's hard to believe that the Cure has been around since 1976 ... that's nearly 35 years. This band was ath the forefront of the "post-punk" and "new wave" revolution, delivering many memorable new wave hits such as "Boys Don't Cry" and "Just Like Heaven." Robert Smith and his band is no longer really ... um ... popular or at the top of their game, but they certainly are very inspirational to a lot of the current "Brit-Pop" bands and others.
For example, my favorite Cure song is "in Between Days" came out in 1985, has been redone by Ben Folds in recent years (and, the remake is really good, actually). The sound of the song is very poppy and upbeat with acoustic guitar strumming mixed with Cure trademarked synth-riffs. However, the lyrics don't really match the uppity sound - painting a darker picture of aging and losing relationships (another Cure trademark). Maybe it's that uncommon mixture that strikes me ... I'm not really sure, but for some reason, I connect to this song.