The Cure emerged in the post-punk 70s and defied all expectations to launch a marathon career marked by hit records and a string of sell-out arena shows. In 2004, after numerous personnel changes, the band delivered their Greatest Hits album in 2004. This biography traces the roots in middle-class Crawley, Sussex and tracks their gradual rise, revealing how their first major album Pornography, almost ended the band well before their multi-platinum career began. It also documents Smith's escape into the Siouxsie & The Banshees camp during the Eighties, his experimentation with every drug ('bar smack'). His reluctance to return to The Cure which would eventually lead to them becoming superstars, not only on both sides of the Atlantic but all around the globe. Jeff Apter is an Australian-based music writer, who had been reporting on popular culture for the past 15 years. He spent five years as the Music Editor at Australian Rolling Stone. This is his third book, the first two being on The Red Hot Chili Peppers (published by Omnibus Press) and Silverchair.