Three Imaginary Boys is English rock band The Cure's debut album, released in May 1979 by Fiction Records. It was later released in the United States with a slightly different song line-up as Boys Don't Cry.
"Foxy Lady", a soundcheck with vocals sung by Michael Dempsey, was not supposed to be on the album and was removed for the American release. Smith has stated that "songs like 'Object' and 'World War' and our cover of 'Foxy Lady' were [Chris Parry's] choice, even though they were diabolical and I hated them" The record company decided which songs were put on the album, as well as the cover artwork, without Robert Smith's consent. For all Cure albums since, Smith has ensured he is given complete creative control over the final product before it goes on sale.
The band has performed as an encore "Three Imaginary Boys", "Fire in Cairo", "Boys Don't Cry", "Jumping Someone Else's Train", "Grinding Halt", "10:15 Saturday Night" and "Killing an Arab" (sung as "Killing Another") on the 2007/2008 4Tour (the singles "Boys Don't Cry", "Jumping Someone Else's Train" and "Killing an Arab" were on the American release).
"Subway Song" was last performed on the 1996 Swing Tour.
"Foxy Lady" was last performed on the 1992 Wish Tour.
"It's Not You" was last performed as part of a one-off gig in 1993.
The album was reissued on 29 November 2004 in the UK (7 December in the U.S.), and featured a second disc of unreleased material, including songs recorded under the band name "Easy Cure" with Porl Thompson. Since it features a variety of old songs, it is the only Deluxe Edition by the band which does not feature an alternate version of all the songs on the first disc. Some of the early booklets in the reissue had the lyrics missing, and were made available on The Cure's website in pdf form. All copies since have the lyrics.
The first single, "Killing an Arab", because of its controversial nature (see the article) was excluded from the re-issue.
It was originally supposed to be released in early 2004 along with Seventeen Seconds, Faith, and Pornography but was delayed multiple times and was finally released by itself at the end of 2004.
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