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Hardcore Pornography: The Cure

Jeff Apter, 'Never Enough' (Omnibus Press), 2005

Goth rock icons the Cure had a lot to lose while recording their hugely influential, career-making album, 1982's Pornography - not the least being their sanity. In this exclusive extract from Jeff Apter's book, Never Enough: The Story of the Cure, it becomes clear how the gloomy Brits developed a passion for coke, booze and self-pity, in an age of Bananarama, Wham! And Cats. It also reveals how the turbulent trio paved the way for everyone from the Smashing Pumpkins to Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson.

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