There are a handful of bands that (in my mind at least) operate outside the parameters of "cool" and "uncool", bands that don't require a secret society to appreciate them. Nine Inch Nails is one of those bands, and Cure is another. Sure, the high school thespians made you want to hatecrime (now a verb!) the Cure back into the closet, but at the end of the day you cannot deny the gloom/pop masterworks of their early canon. It's original music that sounds like no other band, and that's hard to come by these days. Shit, it was hard to come by when this record came out!
Pornography is part of the concept trilogy that also includes albums Seventeen Seconds, and Faith, and is easily the darkest and most despondent of all their records. Robert Smith was quoted as saying, "I wanted it to be virtually unbearable"...I mean, shit, what the fuck?! Don't be fooled into thinking the Cure is for fat goth girls, or "fags", it's really not. Really. If you like any droning, psychotic, art damaged rock, then this just might be for you. If you think you hate the world...try these songs on for size.