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    Curve



    Much underappreciated, in my opinion. Reissues of their first two albums - on CD and Vinyl, with extras - have just been announced, so now is a good chance to discover them.

    https://3loopmusic.tmstor.es/index.p...&section=CURVE

    Of course NIN fans will probably be aware of them through the Trent Reznor remix of Missing Link, but they're worthy of note through regularly working with Alan Moulder and Flood, and their remixes of Gary Numan and The Cure. They'll also come up in discussion with regards to Garbage, who were - back in the day - sometimes accused of ripping off Curve's sound.

    If you're not familiar with their work I strongly recommend checking them out; you can get pretty much everything they've done, digitally, through Bandcamp, and official music videos are up on YouTube:

    https://curve.bandcamp.com/music

    https://www.youtube.com/user/CurveVEVO/videos

    Sadly a planned reunion fell through, but hopefully there will be more new things to post about here. Old fans like me will certainly be excited about a range of t-shirts that I believe are being made available in the near future.

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    Huge fan. Toni is a goddess. And she's still friends with Trent, as she was included in the Special Thanks section of the Hesitation Marks liner notes.

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    Love the band, but it's a bitch to get their physical albums; i gotta listen to "Public Fruit" this week

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    Quote Originally Posted by wizfan View Post
    Huge fan. Toni is a goddess. And she's still friends with Trent, as she was included in the Special Thanks section of the Hesitation Marks liner notes.
    she's married to alan moulder! had no idea. her voice really is incredible.

    showed my wife some of their stuff the other day because a) i hadn't listened to it in forever and b) she had never heard them, and high-school sarah would have been SUPER into them. only their later two albums were on spotify, which aren't quite as good as the first two. i find them a bit unbalanced. the "darker" tracks are amazing, but the more upbeat ones just don't hold my interest. looking forward to the reissues of the first two albums so i can hear them again for the first time since i was probably 13.

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    I love that band. Toni is so beautiful.

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    Absolutely love early nineties Curve & still listen to it regularly (today, in fact). I remember hearing Doppelgänger back in 1992 & immediately buying the cd, plus Pubic Fruit & Cuckoo. I'm not a big fan of shoegaze/dreampop but damn, Doppelgänger is just fucking immaculate in its sound, & you want to bathe in that lush, sensual voice of Toni's.

    The later stuff is not bad, but it just doesn't touch the early material. I'd still love to see a reunion, though.

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    I heart Cuckoo and Come Clean... and yes, Toni is sexy (especially in the video for "Missing Link".) This thread has reminded me that I need to give more of the early stuff some attention.

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    Fuggin' love this band. Pre-ordered the Doppelgänger and Cuckoo CDs/LPs off the 3Loop site. Absolutely great, especially from 1990-1993. I was bummed when I heard the reunion wasn't going to be happening, but I'm glad their first two records are getting re-released. I paid about $50 for a pretty much new UK LP copy of Doppelgänger way back when, and I've seen it go for a lot more since. That album is close to, if not entirely perfect to me.

    As much as I love Garbage, they'll always be indebted to what Curve introduced with their mix of electronica and shoegaze.

    Just wish they'd press the Pubic Fruit compilation to vinyl some day. Horror Head, Coast Is Clear, and Lillies Dying are simply timeless songs..

    Also, Toni's post-Curve project Scylla is worth tracking down if you're into the early Curve material. They only ever officially released one song (the excellent 'Helen's Face' off the Showgirls soundtrack), but I remember getting ahold of the unmastered 1995 album they had planned to release and never did about 10 years back when their tour manager uploaded it to the internet. Sounds like Curve, but with more of a mid-90s rock feel..


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    mindblowingly good band, true originals- dark, sexy, brutal. laid the groundwork for garbage, changed the landscape, and successfully melded shoegaze and club-centric electronics.

    i found their earlier EPs (cherry, frozen, etc.) and doppleganger to be cheap over the years, but perhaps they've gone up over time... looking forward to ordering the cuckoo LP reissue, though!

    tossing the ten little girls/blindfold 7'' into my DJ bag after reading this thread <3.

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    always loved toni's cheeseball late 80s synthpop record, too.



    and even though garbage were considered the successors to curve, there was always lulabox (whose vocalist also sang on curve's cover of 'i feel love'):


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    She sang back-up on one of Robert Plant's solo albums, something I found interesting.

    I got into them a little during my shoe-gaze/NIN period. I thought they were cool for being kind of a middle-road between those two sounds.

    This video was put in another thread here awhile back, and remember really digging it.


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    Bought new 2CD Cuckoo and Doppelgänger (label "3 loop music"), and the latter one is bad, as someone already found out:
    https://www.discogs.com/Curve-Doppel...#comment818840
    So, just beware.

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    My LPs / CDs arrived this past week and all are perfectly fine. Both Doppelganger and Cuckoo CDs have all their tracks in the proper running order across all four discs. I bought mine straight from the 3 Loop Music site listed at the top

    But yea, they did an AMAZING job with these remasters. The soundstage is rich and dense af, especially on the mighty Doppelganger stuff. Horror Head, Sigh, Lillies Dying, Mission From God and Coast Is Clear sound as dizzying and as spellbinding as ever. Taken as a double album, this would easily land in my top 25 albums of all time. As important as Souvlaki, Nowhere and Isn't Anything were to the genre, and perhaps even more ahead of its time.

    I can only imagine what this band must have sounded like in a live setting during those early-90s peak years..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Substance242 View Post
    So, just beware.
    Shit. That's bad luck there. My copy is fine. I think some of the tracklists on the cover art were incorrect or incomplete to a minor degree, but I wouldn't worry too much about that.
    Otherwise I'm very impressed with how these reissues have been put together. The artwork is nice and I enjoyed the sleeve notes too. It goes without saying that the music is top notch. I've not been able to give it all a listen on a proper stereo yet so I can't comment on the remastering. I always thought the original Cuckoo should have sounded a little weightier, so I look forward to checking that out particularly.
    Also holding out for t-shirts that were promised previously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChipRock View Post
    Shit. That's bad luck there. My copy is fine.
    Got update from my local shop where I bought it, they acknowledged there really is a problem and I will get new "release" sometime later this month when they have it.

    Update: Btw, Unreadable Communication (Cuckoo) is magnificient, epic, when the synth comes creeping in after 2 minute mark, you feel SOMETHING is going to happen, aaah. As if with Moulder and Flood something could go wrong, right? :-) Till now I had only The Way of Curve, so yay, new experiences. :-)
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