The Cure’s “Fascination Street” is Based on Kool & The Gang’s “Fresh,” and The Dazz Band’s “Let it Whip” is Based on The Sweet’s “Love is Like Oxygen” (See the videos!)


The Cure’s “Fascination Street” is based on Kool & The Gang’s “Fresh” (video)

Okay, I’ve mentioned these before, that The Cure’s “Fascination Street” is based on Kool & The Gang’s “Fresh” and that The Dazz Band’s “Let it Whip” is based on The Sweet’s “Love is Like Oxygen”, but now you can watch these videos which demonstrate how–you can tell that the bands practiced their versions over these songs that they liked by the other bands. Check it out!


The Dazz Band’s “Let it Whip” is based on The Sweet’s “Love is Like Oxygen” (video)

Here are the mp3s:
The Cure–Kool & the Gang-Fascination Street–Fresh (mix)(mp3)

The Sweet-The Dazz Band–Let it Whip–Love is Like Oxygen (mix)(mp3)

The videos and mixes were created by the L & S–check out the L & S’s new indie/postpunk album, in the instrumental vein of The Cure, Sonic Youth, Drive Like Jehu, and Voivod:
L &S –Random Sounds with Rhythm (mp3s)
Lock and Shawl--Random Sounds with Rhythm--front half cover

Lock and Shawl--Random Sounds with Rhythm--back half cover
New album: L &S-Random Sounds with Rhythm (mp3s)

Someone posting as “anything” has been writing about the Cure/Kool & the Gang connection, and influences of David Bowie’s Let’s Dance on the lyrics of Fascination Street at:
at http://www.cureconnections.com/new-20-years-of-disintegration/6266-fascination-street-is-based-on-kool-and-the-gangs-fresh-see-the-video.html

Also, fans of the Cure’s “Just Like Heaven” will surely love the first 12 seconds (and again later during the choruses) of Wire’s “Ex Lion Tamer” from 1977’s “Pink Flag” album.

Wire–Ex Lion Tamer

Here’s another great Wire song for good measure:

Wire–Mannequin
I think this song was covered by fIREHOSE in the 1990s…

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