Indie Anthology: The Cure share their most commercially successful album ‘Wish’ in 1992

Wish reissue
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On April 21st, 1992, English rockers The Cure shared their beloved ninth studio album, Wish, through Fiction Records and Elektra Records.

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The record served as The Cure’s most commercially successful album in their entire career, debuting at number one in the UK and number two in the US. In the US, Wish sold over 1.2 million copies.

It also marked the band’s final studio album with drummer Boris Williams, and the first with Perry Bamonte. The record was the last album that featured guitarist Porl Thompson for a whopping sixteen years. Wish still boasts The Cure’s signature gothic rock sound, but it offers a lighter, more accessible alt-rock sensibility.

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Now, The Cure are readying a 30th anniversary reissue of Wish. It’ll be a deluxe edition of the record, featuring a whopping 24 previously unreleased tracks alongside four that were only available as part of a mail order-only tape called Lost Wishes. Remastered by Robert Smith and Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios, the album will be available digitally or as a 3CD 45-track version, a 2xLP vinyl version, or a 1CD version.

“There’s a side to the album which I had kind of forgotten, a very gentle, yearning thing which is quite beautiful,” Smith explains. “‘Trust’ is one of the best things we’ve ever done I think, it’s played with great feeling, and ‘To Wish Impossible Things’ is another gorgeous, melancholic piece… in fact it could well be my favourite song on the record.”

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