The Cure's International Information Service published Cure News - a free newsletter sent to fans who supplied a postage paid self-addressed envelope. It ran from 1986-2000.
Each issue was compiled and distributed by Janie Webber and then by Chris White.
Cure News provided everything from information about music releases and concerts, to trivia and the band's answers to questions sent in by fans. A number of limited edition postcards and signed photos were distributed to many lucky fans. Exclusive competition prizes were made available to readers, and access was given to specially produced limited edition releases included the Lost Wishes cassette tape, Five Swing Live CD, and Galore VHS.
When Cure News introduced the Cure Friends section, it became a lifeline for many, allowing fans to communicate with each other from all over the world, long before the advent of the internet and social media. In later issues Stop Press announced special events that fans could attend such as TV shows, premieres, and Cure Drinks; London-based fan meet ups.
The service came to an end in 2000 when it became clear that the internet was only going to make communication between fans and the band easier and faster, and the need for a printed newsletter immediately became obsolete.
This site contains the entire Cure News archive from The International Information Service for you to enjoy again or delve into for the first time.
We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we've enjoyed putting it all together. Do keep checking back, as we are planning to share some of our special personal Treasures in the coming months; plus we have plans to further develop the website by including lots of other Cure related material which we think and hope you'll find interesting!
Please also follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.
Janie & Chris
Through our looking glass
Here you can find rare items including handwritten answers by members of The Cure when they replied to questions from fans. Most of them made it into the issues but some did not! We have included press photos, Stop Press newsletters and personal items related to our time running The International Information Service. Plus The Cure Club fanzines published 1984-1985 which we thought would be interesting to those who have never seen them before.
In the coming months we plan to add items from our own personal collections too, so keep checking back!
Cure News was written and produced by Janie and Chris from 1986 - 2000 .
We would like to thank the following:
Robert Smith, Laurence Tolhurst, Simon Gallup, Pearl Thompson, Boris Williams, Roger O’ Donnell, Perry Bamonte, Jason Cooper, Chris Parry, Ita Martin, Andy Vella, all the team at Fiction Records, Bruno Brunning, Daryl Bamonte, Ashwin, Martin Hopwell, Brian Adsett, Nick, Michael Oertel. Angela Ellis (Design CN 19-21), Lyse Tranzeat (Photos & assisting with fan mail), Daren Butler, Boris the Cat, and all The Cure fans who contributed.
Special thanks to Jason Kahl for the website development, training and patience.
Lastly to our partners Bigsy & Charlotte for putting up with our Cure obsession!
All photos used are copyright :
The Cure, Paul Cox, Tom Sheehan, Peter O ‘Donnell, Chris White, Lyse Tranzeat, Cindy Gamel.
"In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present." - Sir Francis Bacon