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The Cure

Fascination Street

 

 

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#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #

#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #

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From: Winston Campbell

Subject: Fascination Street by The Cure

 

 

FASCINATION STREET

(words by Robert Smith, music by Porl Thompson, Simon Gallup, Boris

Williams, Laurence Tolhurst, Roger O-Donnel, and Robert Smith)

 

 

I am actually transcribing the extended version of Fascination Street that

appears on -Mixed Up-. Although I like the original version, I find this

version more fun to play around with. I have not put anything in order,

all I did was to transcribe the millions of riffs there are to this song.

I have not transcribed the solo, though. The chords are mainly Cm, Ab, Gm,

which is played during the verses by that clean guitar. Here are the riffs

though:

 

This is the riff that opens up the song and appears near the end of the

song:

 

E ------------------------------------

B -----4-------4------4------1---3----

G -2-3-----2-3----2-3----2-3--------3-

D ------------------------------------

A ------------------------------------

E ------------------------------------

 

 

After this riff is played three times, the keyboard riff that appears is:

 

E -------3--------3----------------------3--------3--6--6-6-6--4--3--

B -4--6-----4--6-----4--1--1--1--4-4--6-----4--6---------------------

G -------------------------------------------------------------------

D -------------------------------------------------------------------

A -------------------------------------------------------------------

E -------------------------------------------------------------------

 

 

This is played two times, then the drums come in and then a weird effect

appears, I think it is harmonics played like:

 

E -----------------------------------------

B --7-7--7--7-7--7-7---5--5-5--5--5--5-5-5- <--play the 5 repeatedly for

G ----------------------------------------- six times then play, on

D ----------------------------------------- the high E string a fifth

A ----------------------------------------- fret harmonic repeatedly.

E -----------------------------------------

 

 

This appear throughout the song, also with a staccato C note played on

the fifth fret of the G string, during the song.

 

The main part of the song, is mainly the bass riff which repeats itself

over and over again for eight minutes of the song. If you don~t know

alread s indicates a slide, p indicates a pull-off and ~ indicates

tremolo. Here is the bassline:

 

G ------------------------------------------------------

D ------------------------------------------------------

A -3-3--3-3--3-3--3-3-s-6-6-6--3-3--3-3-3-3-3-3-s-5-5-5-

E ------------------------------------------------------

 

G -----------------------------------------------------------

D -----------------------------------------------------------

A -----------------------------------------------------------

E -4-4--4-4--4-4--4-4-s-13-13-13--3-3--3-3--3-3--3-3-s-6-6-6-

 

 

Another riff that appears in the song comes after the bassline initially

plays two times, this riff is:

 

E -8---------

B ---10------

G ------8---- This riff is also played when the drum track kicks out

D --------10- for un momento.

A -----------

E -----------

 

 

After that play a C5 chord. The next riff is that almost -solo- type riff

but it~s not. This is it:

 

E --------------------------------------------------

B ----------4--3---------------------1-------6------

G -------5-------3-3--------------1-------3---------

D ----5--------------3-----3p1--1-------3-----------

A -3------------------------------------------------

E -----------------------------------------------3--

 

 

Now, before Smith comes in with his vocals, that guitar line is (I am not

sure if I play it an octave higher but here it is):

 

E -6~-----------6-6--4-4--3----4----1-

B ------------------------------------

G ------------------------------------

D ------------------------------------

A ------------------------------------

E ------------------------------------

 

 

After that a keyboard plays E --6--4--3-, then Smith starts singing.

While he is singing, there is that freaky guitar line, played with delay,

that goes like:

 

E -8--11--10--8--8--11--10--8-----11--10--8-----10--11--13-

B -----------------------------9-------------8-------------

G ---------------------------------------------------------

D ---------------------------------------------------------

A ---------------------------------------------------------

E ---------------------------------------------------------

 

 

This is played two times then that whole barrage of riffs come in, the

solo also appears but I have not transcribed that. These are the basic

riffs for the song. The lyrics are (and I am doing this from memory):

 

 

oh it~s opening time down on fascination street

so let~s cut the conversation

and get out for a bit

~cause i feel it all fading

and paling

and i~m begging to drag you down with me

to kick the last nail in

yeah, i like you in that

like i like you to scream

but if you open your mouth

then i can~t be responsible for

quite what goes in

or to care what comes out

so just pull on your hair

just pull on your pout

and let~s move to the beat like we know that it~s over

slip going under

going over my shoulder

so put on your face

just put on your fear

and let~s hit opening time down on fascination street

 

so put on your face

put on your pout

cut the conversation

just open your mouth

put on your face

put on your fear

and let~s hit opening time

down on fascination street

down on fascination street

 

 

And that, ladies and gentleman, is Fascination Street, the remix. I hope

you have enjoyed and I hope this have helped out a bit. Please send

comments to the email address above if you have any, if you do not,

ignore this sentence. Bye-bye...

 

 

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