Editors' Notes In their initial incarnation, the Cure were a spunky pop group with a punk snarl and an art school predilection for concept. From the opening futile self-pity of “10:15 Saturday Night” (presented in this expanded edition in both home and early band demo form) through the moody and haunting “Subway Song,” an absurd cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Foxy Lady” (that leader Robert Smith never wanted on the album) and the goofy album instrumental coda of “The Weedy Burton,” Three Imaginary Boys hardly prepares the world for the artistic jump in sound and concept to come. But it remains a highly melodic and captivating album jammed with energetic highlights (“Fire in Cairo,” “Object”). Robert Smith would eventually drape his songs in Technicolor, but the high contrast black and white on display here shows off his sometimes obscured penchant for writing the clever and catchy quip. This British release was issued in the U.S as Boys Don’t Cry with several important track replacements, the addition of the U.S. title track and “Jumping Someone Else’s Train” (both included among the bonus tracks of poor-sounding live cuts and intriguing band demos).

SONG
10:15 Saturday Night
1
3:42
 
Accuracy
2
2:17
 
Grinding Halt
3
2:49
 
Another Day
4
3:44
 
Object
5
3:01
 
Subway Song
6
1:58
 
Foxy Lady
7
2:29
 
Meat Hook
8
2:17
 
So What
9
2:36
 
Fire In Cairo
10
3:23
 
It's Not You
11
2:50
 
Three Imaginary Boys
12
3:15
 
The Weedy Burton
13
0:53
 
I Want To Be Old ('Easy Cure' Sav Studio Demo 10/77)
1
2:35
 
I'm Cold (Sav Studio Demo 11/77)
2
3:19
 
Heroin Face (The Rocket Live 12/77)
3
2:38
 
I Just Need Myself (PSL Studio Demo 1/78)
4
2:12
 
10:15 Saturday Night (RS Organ Home Demo With Vox 2/78)
5
4:35
 
The Cocktail Party (Group Home Demo)
6
4:15
 
Grinding Halt (Group Home Demo 4/78)
7
3:29
 
Boys Don't Cry (Chestnut Studio Demo 5/78)
8
2:43
 
It's Not You (Chestnut Studio Demo 5/78)
9
3:15
 
10:15 Saturday Night (Chestnut Studio Demo 5/78)
10
3:39
 
Fire In Cairo (Chestnut Studio Demo 5/78)
11
3:40
 
Winter (3IB Studio Out-Take 10/78)
12
3:45
 
Faded Smiles (aka I Don't Know) [3IB Studio Out-Take 10/78]
13
2:15
 
Play With Me (3IB Studio Out-Take 10/78)
14
3:28
 
World War
15
2:36
 
Boys Don't Cry
16
2:35
 
Jumping Someone Else's Train
17
2:57
 
Subway Song (Live In Nottingham 10/79)
18
2:27
 
Accuracy (Live In Nottingham 10/79)
19
2:34
 
10:15 Saturday Night (Live In Nottingham 10/79)
20
4:38