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Jamaica: Saved by The Cure

Categories: Caribbean, Jamaica, Arts & Culture, Music

In the summer of 1987, Jamaican writer Marlon James is saved by The Cure: “I don’t remember 1987 by any sequence of days and dates; I remember it by breaths I lost, gasping at “Just Like Heaven.” I can’t recall any major events but I do remember the sad drum clatter of “Like Cockatoos,” fighting against the thunder strings and the titanic, looping bass. . . . I remember that being the exact point when loving something everybody else hates became the greatest pleasure in the world. . . [1]