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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 1981
GenreProgressive pop, pop rock
LabelCharisma (UK, Europe & Japan)
Epic (US & Canada)
ProducerJohn Acock, Steve Hackett, Nick Magnus
Steve Hackett chronology
Highly Strung
Singles from Cured
  1. "Hope I Don't Wake"
    Released: 21 August 1981[1]
  2. "Picture Postcard"
    Released: October 1981[2]
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Cured is the fifth solo album from Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett.

The cover photo was taken by Kim Poor.

In 2007, Cured was remastered and re-released on Virgin Records. The new edition features updated liner notes and three bonus tracks.


Prior to recording Cured, Hackett disbanded the group with which he recorded Spectral Mornings and Defector. Only Hackett's brother, John, and keyboardist Nick Magnus remained from that band. That led him after the Defector tour to be exhausted, and recuperated in Brazil where he spent three months working on new songs. The album is much more pop-oriented than Hackett's previous work, although there are distinct elements of progressive rock. The album is largely a collaboration between Hackett and Magnus. All drum parts were provided by a drum machine, programmed by Magnus, and Hackett performed all the vocals, making this the first album for him to do so. It was also the first album on which Hackett played bass guitar, something he would not do again until 2019's At the Edge of Light.

Track listing

All songs written by Steve Hackett except where indicated.

  1. "Hope I Don't Wake" – 3:48
  2. "Picture Postcard" – 3:55
  3. "Can't Let Go" – 5:43
  4. "The Air-Conditioned Nightmare" – 4:42
  5. "Funny Feeling" (Steve Hackett, Nick Magnus) – 4:07
  6. "A Cradle of Swans" – 2:49
  7. "Overnight Sleeper" (Steve Hackett, Kim Poor) – 4:37
  8. "Turn Back Time" – 4:23

2007 Remaster Bonus Tracks

  1. "Tales of the Riverbank" – 2:00
  2. "Second Chance" – 2:00
  3. "The Air-Conditioned Nightmare" (Live) – 4:08


Additional Guests



Year Chart Position
1981 Billboard (North America) Pop Albums 169
1981 UK Album Charts 22[4]


  1. ^ "Steve Hackett - Hope I Don't Wake".
  2. ^ "Steve Hackett - Picture Postcard".
  3. ^ Platts, R. "Cured – Steve Hackett | AllMusic". Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  4. ^ 1981-08-29 UK Album Top 40, Retrieved 9 September 2014