Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing.
Three Imaginary Boys was released on 8 May 1979 by record label Fiction. The record company decided which songs were put on the album, as well as the cover artwork, without Robert Smith's consent.
For all Cure albums since, Smith has ensured he is given complete creative control over the final product before it goes on sale.
The "Foxy Lady" soundcheck, with vocals sung by Michael Dempsey, was not supposed to be on the album, and was removed for the American release.
Smith has stated that "songs like 'Object' and 'World War' and our cover of 'Foxy Lady' were [Chris Parry's] choice".
Despite Smith's displeasure with the record, Three Imaginary Boys was well-received critically at the time of it's release. Sounds' Dave McCullough praised it in a 5-star review and noted: "The Cure are going somewhere different on each track, the ideas are startling and disarming". McCullough noted the variety of the material and qualified "Grinding Halt" as a "pop song that reminds you of the Isley Brothers or the Buzzcocks".
A1. 10.15 Saturday Night
A3. Grinding Halt
A4. Another Day
A6. Subway Song
B1. Foxy Lady
B2. Meat Hook
B3. So What
B4. Fire In Cairo
B5. It's Not You
B6. Three Imaginary Boys
B7. The Weedy Burton
Barcode and Other Identifiers:
Label Code LC 6444
Rights Society BIEM/SDRM
Matrix / Runout 4787532-A 98321E1 /B
Matrix / Runout 4787532-B 98321E2 /B
Matrix / Runout 4787532-A 98321E1 /K
Matrix / Runout 4787532-B 98321E2 /I
Phonographic Copyright (p) Fiction Records Ltd.
Copyright (c) Fiction Records Ltd.
Copyright (c) Fiction Records
Licensed To Polydor Ltd.
Recorded At Morgan Studios
Mixed At Morgan Studios
Marketed By Polydor Records
Published By APB Music Co. Ltd.
Published By Interworld Music Ltd.
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