Posted by: Dave on October 1, 2006 at 12:37 pm

Cryfest1Friday night, Septmeber 29th, marked the long-awaited return of the somewhat-annual Cryfest. The event took place at Washington, D.C.’s Black Cat and featured a night of dancing to the music of The Cure and The Smiths. I know many of you are thinking that this sounds like a terrible idea. Either you think they’re too mopey and couldn’t possibly have enough upbeat dance songs. Or perhaps you can’t stand hearing Morrissey’s voice for that long. Or maybe you’re just not a fan of either band and would stay far, far away.

To me, this is a great idea. I just moved to the D.C. area a few months ago, so this is the first time Cryfest came to my attention. The success and need for this event proves one of my major beliefs of DJing and dancing: The Cure have tons of great dance songs (a lot more than “Just Like Heaven”) that don’t get played enough and The Smiths have more fun and upbeat songs than you think (I’ve always wanted “This Charming Man” to be a dance party staple, but it’s never quite taken off).
When you decide to alternate back and forth the whole night between the two bands’ music, though, the proportion is a little out of balance. The Cure’s career spanned through many genres and eras, and their music is often more playful, so they have far more to offer at an event like this. It would have been better to hear more Cure than Smiths, but I can’t complain. I could and did dance for hours to both bands’ music.

Ideally, more of the music heard at Cryfest would be played at dance parties on a regular basis. Here are my picks for the 10 Cure and 5 Smiths songs that should make you sweat on the dancefloor.

The Cure
1. “Close To Me”
2. “Hot Hot Hot!!!”
3. “Why Can’t I Be You?”
4. “Boys Don’t Cry”
5. “The Lovecats”
6. “Let’s Go To Bed”
7. “The Walk”
8. “Killing An Arab”
9. “Jumping Someone Else’s Train”
10. “In Between Days”

The Smiths
1. “This Charming Man”
2. “Is It Really So Strange?”
3. “Panic”
4. “Ask”
5. “Cemetry Gates”

2 Responses to “Cryfest Returns: The Cure vs. The Smiths Dance Party”

  1. Steve Says:

    What a pity, that in almost 2007, Morrissey’s post Smiths career output, which is larger than The Smiths, is not included in an evening like this. Also, I would lobby that Robert Smith’s early 80’s side project The Glove should be allowed simply for the sheer brilliant danceability of “Mr. Alphabet Says.”

    Here’s my Top 7 for each:

    The Cure

    1. Never Enough

    2. Fascination Street

    3. Love Song

    4. Boys Don’t Cry

    5. A Forest

    6. A Man Inside My Mouth

    7. The Hanging Garden

    The Smiths

    1. How Soon Is Now?

    2. Bigmouth Strikes Again

    3. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

    4. Shoplifters Of The World Unite

    5. Ask

    6. Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now

    7. Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before

  2. Yoder Says:

    To me, this seems like a great new trend. But the possibilites of Cryfest are much greater. To me the shame here is limiting it to Morrisey and Robert Smith (though the two are a great starting point). Think of the possibilities of Cryfest 80s vs. 90s. It’s too bad people dont realize that sad doesnt equal ballad always, and that there are many danceable sad songs.

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