Deadsplinter Up! All Night: A Forest

Paris, France 1979. A shy, shaggy-haired young man slowly steps up to the microphone. When he opens his mouth, amazingly, Robert Smith’s voice comes out! This was The Cure’s first live performance, and they have now played “A Forest” in front of audiences around the world over a thousand times!



  1. Since DUAN originally was not only just music, I wanted to share one of my other passions, and that is auto racing.

    My favorite driver was always Brazil’s Ayrton Senna.
    Brash, bold, and brilliant, Senna drove open wheels and he won three Formula One Championships.

    Senna’s opening lap at Donington in the rain is often regarded as the greatest single lap in Formula One history, as he navigated his way from fourth place to take the lead. Less than a year later Senna would be gone, as he was killed in a crash while leading at the San Marino Grand Prix in Italy. Senna was just thirty-four.

  2. That’s so good. A friend of mine and I were recently talking about how it’s actually too bad he still does the hair and makeup because it doesn’t look good on old Robert. I don’t know, the guy’s a legend, he doesn’t need to wear the costume any more.

    Path Through the Forest – The Factory

  3. low hanging fruit:

    i was born in 1979 and was more of a hip hop-head/what we now call 80’s/oldies/and rock-head as a young child so i never really got into the cure other than a few songs, but the bassline in this song is awesome! i love this song:

  4. I sometimes sing this in my car at the top of my lungs, even though I’ve never bothered to look at the lyrics so I just make up the words that are hard to understand. I basically sing in a made up language. I’m a decent singer but he’s fucking hard to keep up with. I saw them live right after this album came out and it was one of the most memorable shows of my life.

    God I never go to shows anymore!

    • …this is a bit of a tangent but years ago in the UK there was a sketch show called “the mary whitehouse experience” in which there was a running gag about a man “afflicted with a sarcastic tone of voice” the finale of which seems appropriate?

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