As a result, 1989's Disintegration was broody and somewhat downbeat -- to the point that the label was concerned that the record could be considered commercial suicide (a phrase that turns up a lot when discussing this record). But a funny thing happened on the way to the discount bins -- Disintegration became a huge hit, and received no small amount of critical acclaim as well. It turns out that the songs' melancholy vibe had just enough pop sensibilities to appeal to a broad audience, and the sound was unlike anything in pop music at the time.
Although there are many strong cuts on the album, we have always been partial to "Pictures of You." The song was supposedly inspired by a Myra Poleo story called The Dark Power of Ritual Pictures ... except that there is no such story or author. Cure fans have pointed out that Myra Poleo is an anagram for Mary Poole (Robert Smith's wife), for what it is worth. Smith has also stated that the inspiration for the song came after a fire damaged his house, and left him looking through old photographs from his wallet. Whatever the source, "Pictures of You" remains a haunting, sad and romantic song.
Disintegration would go on to reach #12 on the U.S. album charts (#3 in the U.K.), while "Pictures of You" would hit #71 in the U.S. (#24 in the U.K.).
For a slightly more upbeat Cure song, "In Between Days" was featured on ERV in April 2013.