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FUV Essentials

There are many variables that determine what makes an artist or band “essential” — longevity, impact, influence, history, discography — and WFUV takes a deeper look with FUV Essentials. On-air and online, we celebrate musicians who have shaped our cultural soundtrack. Let’s love these artists while they’re here, and honor those who have departed too soon.

Wild Nothing's Jack Tatum: Five Essential Cure Songs

Back when Wild Nothing's Jack Tatum visited WFUV for a session in 2013, in support of his lovely second album, Nocturne, he spoke of his admiration of Fleetwood Mac, Kate Bush, and shoegaze bands like Slowdive. His impressive 2010 debut, Gemini, deftly embraced the grey, dream-pop terrain of Cocteau Twins, The Go-Betweens, and The Cure. FUV asked Tatum to come up with a list of some of his "Five Essential Cure Songs" for FUV Essentials and his selections include a long-lost B-side that's been cropping up in the Cure's 2016 tour.

The Cure

Over the course of 13 studio albums since 1979, from the post-punk minimalism of Three Imaginary Boys to 2008's grandly euphoric '4:13 Dream,' Robert Smith and the Cure have intimately bonded with their devout fans, offering a healing salve for sadness and self-doubt.

Wild Belle's Natalie Bergman: Five Essential Bob Marley Songs

Wild Belle's keen appreciation of reggae music of the '60s and '70s, especially the releases of Bob Marley and the Wailers, is reflected in Natalie Bergman's thoughtful, esoteric choices for her Five Essential Bob Marley Songs for our FUV Essentials week honoring this great artist.

Bob Marley

'FUV Essentials' artist Bob Marley was much more than just the most important figure in reggae. He was an icon across all genres of music.