I did them [the keyboards] on my own and Lol was just there for company, basically I was spending late nights in the studio and he was just someone who'd sit there and I'd talk to. When we did "Let's Go To Bed" he tried to do the drumbeat for it for about three days, and it cost us a fortune in studio time. In the end we got in a session drummer. Nonetheless, Tolhurst was credited as co-writer of five of the eight songs featured on 's singles and b-sides collection Japanese Whispers including "Let's Go to Bed" and " The Walk " , while " The Love Cats ", "Lament" and "The Dream" were credited to Smith only.
Steven Severin has attributed Smith's transition from a reticent figure to a more enigmatic front person to Smith's early experiences playing with Siouxsie and the Banshees. I think he learnt how to be a front person, just by standing next to Siouxsie for a couple of months every night.
I think he completely changed his persona on stage because of that; he came out of his shell. I think that he learnt how to be a bit more flamboyant, and how it was okay, and I think he saw how, y'know Siouxsie's more "diva" moments were kind of acceptable because they were the front person, and I think he learnt how to get away with stuff.
And just a bit about stagecraft, and how to use the audience a bit more. Because if you look at early clips of their performances you can see he's sort of much more shy and retiring than he becomes a bit later on, and of course, his whole look changes as well. Smith meanwhile conceived the Cult Hero side-project to collaborate with bassist Simon Gallup of the Magspies , recorded at Morgan Studios in October On 3 and 4 April at the Rainbow Theatre in London, Robert Smith and Matthieu Hartley also of the Magspies, Cult Hero and by this time, the Cure were among the many guest members of a unique line-up of the Stranglers to play two protest concerts for Hugh Cornwell , who had been imprisoned on drugs charges in late Recordings from the event were later released as The Stranglers and Friends — Live in Concert in At the time, the Associates were also signed to Fiction Records, and had been joined in late by former Cure bassist Michael Dempsey.
As Smith told Jam! Showbiz following the release of "Greatest Hits":. I kept passing on the opportunity to sit down and have a drink with him, have a chat I was very regretful. I had never used the words. I wrote them down to get it out of my system It is nice to sing a song that meant something, and to think it is going to be a single is a good thing. Strangely enough, it turned out to be the record company's favourite one of the new songs.
During , the Cure received a home demo tape from And Also the Trees and immediately became friends. Smith was initially to have also produced the band's debut single "The Secret Sea",  but instead Lol Tolhurst stepped in as producer between —84, both for the band's first two singles, and for their self-titled debut album.
In the wake of the Cure's Fourteen Explicit Moments tour, which culminated in the departure of Simon Gallup and the temporary dissolution of the Cure, in June , Smith began collaborating with Steve Severin of Siouxsie and the Banshees again. Although released under the name of the Cure, the only personnel to perform on the original Flexipop single release of "Lament" in August were Robert Smith and Steve Severin, and soon afterwards, Smith admitted that the Cure as a band now existed in name only.
Smith was reportedly so unhappy with the resultant track " Let's Go to Bed " that he attempted to have the single released under the name of Recur , feeling that the single let Cure fans down. Smith also returned to touring as a live guitarist with Siouxsie and the Banshees from November, following the collapse of then-Banshee John McGeoch from nervous exhaustion one week before the band were due to go on tour.
Once a Banshee, always a Banshee. He later said that he was "fed up" and "really disillusioned" with the pressures of playing in the Cure, and that "the Banshees thing came along and I thought it would be a really good escape". Returning to England from the Banshees' tour of Australia , New Zealand , and Japan in January , Smith was approached the following month by Nicholas Dixon, a young choreographer with the Royal Ballet , to score a choreographed adaptation of Les Enfants Terribles.
Despite a positive critical reception, however, neither Dixon nor Smith were happy with the results, and the Les Enfants Terribles project was shelved indefinitely. Stephenson and Hewes had previously performed on the Siouxsie and the Banshees' album A Kiss in the Dreamhouse , while fellow Venomette Martin McCarrick later became a full-time member of the Banshees. Smith and Severin meanwhile co-wrote the music to the Marc and the Mambas song "Torment", which also featured the Venomettes, and appeared on the album Torment and Toreros ,  while the Venomettes McCarrick, Stephenson and Hewes all performed strings in the studio with the Glove.
Between March and June , Smith was in the studio recording with the Glove, Siouxsie and the Banshees and ostensibly the Cure; prompting him to remark: "I need a holiday I keep making plans to go every week, but every week I'm in another group. Smith and Severin had first discussed collaborating on an external side-project in , although their respective commitments to the Cure and the Banshees had previously left no time for the project. Obviously there was an interest in psychedelia. We didn't have any set idea of what we wanted to do.
After a few pointless discussions we just went in and started writing songs, and eventually honed in on shared interests, one of which happened to be late 60's garbage, but nothing hippy-dippy. The problem for us was how can we get Barbarella onto a record sleeve and not be seen as idiots. Smith described the creation of the album by saying:.
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I thought it was a real attack on the senses when we were doing it. We were virtually coming out of the studio at six in the morning, coming back here and watching all these really mental films and then going to sleep and having really demented dreams and then, as soon as we woke up at four in the afternoon, we'd go virtually straight back into the studio, so, it was a bit like a mental assault course towards the end I mean, God, we must have watched about videos at the time!
The Glove's Blue Sunshine album and its lead single " Like an Animal " were both released in August ,  followed by the Siouxsie and the Banshees' single " Dear Prudence " a cover of the Beatles' song in September, all on the Banshees' own label Wonderland Records. Shortly before the group's scheduled Royal Albert Hall concerts in September and October , Siouxsie and the Banshees were also invited to participate in an episode of Channel 4 's television series "Play at Home", which they agreed to in order to take advantage of having the upcoming concerts filmed.
Robert had previously suggested to Severin that "the Banshees shouldn't be doing tours, they should be doing something really ambitious like The Wizard of Oz on stage", and Severin decided to adapt this idea for the "Play at Home" episode, substituting the Wizard of Oz concept with Alice in Wonderland to tie the theme with the Banshees' Wonderland recording label. The result was a minute television programme featuring performances from Siouxsie and the Banshees, the Glove and the Creatures, in which all four members of the Banshees appeared in a recreation of the Mad Hatter's Tea Party dressed as Alice , while each individual member scripted their own solo character performance and monologue.
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Musical interludes included the Glove performing "A Blues in Drag", the Creatures playing "Weathercade" and the whole band performing "Circle". The programme which did not air on television until the following year concluded with live footage of Siouxsie and the Banshees playing "Voodoo Dolly" and "Helter Skelter" live at the Royal Albert Hall. The Old Grey Whistle Test screened the video, which Pope says resulted in several record deals being offered.
The song was re-recorded with Robert Smith playing most instruments in January ,  produced by Chris Parry, and was released on Fiction Records with a new video in June,  reaching number 34 in the British charts. A world tour following the album's release drew millions into stadiums. With the completion of the Blue Sunshine project and his departure from Siouxsie and the Banshees, by Robert Smith had returned to recording and touring with the Cure as his full-time primary band.
Between and , his musical outings beyond the Cure were comparatively rare, with notable exceptions including remix work for And Also the Trees and Cranes. The single gave Cranes their first Top 30 single in Britain and Norway,  and also became their biggest commercial breakthrough in the US. From , Smith's primary musical engagement was the recording of the Cure's album Wild Mood Swings , released in and followed by the Swing Tour, concluding in early Earlier versions of the song had already been recorded by the band, but Plati and Smith completely reconstructed the track, built around a sampled drum loop by Cure drummer Jason Cooper.
Smith and Plati added keyboards, effects and new vocals, while Gabrels laid down "a gazillion guitar tracks". In February , Robert again collaborated with Reeves Gabrels in the studio, co-writing, singing and playing on the song "Yesterday's Gone" eventually finding its way to CD release in Smith said:. The Cure doing Depeche Mode as the Cure just didn't seem quite right.
Smith's musical activity between and was again dominated by the Cure, including recording of the Bloodflowers album followed by the "Dream Tour" in , and the release of their Greatest Hits compilation. In , as Exclaim! Artists such as Deftones , Mogwai , Tricky and Thursday praise the band and stress their influence, while others like Hot Hot Heat and the Rapture receive constant comparisons". Robert Smith". Smith wrote the words and sang "Perfect Blue Sky feat. Robert Smith " for Blink 's self-titled album released in November,  and "Believe feat.
Robert Smith ". January also saw the single release of Junior Jack 's "Da Hype feat. Robert Smith ",  which also appeared on the Belgium -based Italian house music producer's album Trust It in March. Wakeup Call , released 20 April From —, as well as continuing to collaborate with other artists as a guest performer, several cover versions were released by Robert Smith performing solo. In , he contributed a cover of "Very Good Advice" from the film adaptation of Alice in Wonderland to the album Almost Alice ; a companion release to Tim Burton 's adaptation of Alice in Wonderland ,  while "Pirate Ships" from also saw release on CD for the first time.
Robert Smith ",  [note 11] and the following month, a solo cover version of "Small Hours" by British singer-songwriter and guitarist John Martyn — was released on the tribute album Johnny Boy Would Love This. In , Smith contributed vocals to the song "Please" from the album , a project by Paul Hartnoll. The track is in fact a reworking of the track of the same name from the Ideal Condition , which he also contributed vocals for.
Robert Smith has credited his older siblings Richard and Margaret with exposing him to rock music such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones when he was six years old. My brother was also crazy about Captain Beefheart , Cream , Jimi Hendrix, so much so that when I was 7 or 8, to the despair of my parents, I became some kinda little devil fed on psychedelic rock.
Smith was ten years old in when he first began listening to Nick Drake 's album Five Leaves Left :. Nick Drake's on the other side of the coin to Jimi Hendrix. He was very quiet and withdrawn I think also that because he had an untimely death like Jimi Hendrix, he was never able to compromise his early work. He was never able to put a foot wrong. It's a morbid romanticism, but there is something attractive about that.
He later recalled: " It's like Kennedy being shot for another generation. You just remember that night watching David Bowie on TV. It really was a formative, seminal experience. Rex , and during the same period, Robert also became a fan of Roxy Music. He was probably my only real idol. I travelled around the country to see them People talk about Iggy Pop as the original punk but certainly in Britain the forerunner of the punk movement was Alex Harvey I remembered the power of that live performance and I've tried to have that in my mind since I started up my own group.
Smith soon became influenced by the emergence of the UK punk scene of , and has cited the Sex Pistols , the Stranglers , Elvis Costello , the Buzzcocks and Siouxsie and the Banshees as important influences on his own music from this period. I remember listening to "Anarchy" for the very first time at a party and thinking "this is it! Elsewhere Smith said that the Stranglers were his favourite punk band and that Elvis Costello "was a cut above the whole lot of them", in terms of lyrics and songcraft.
Smith was influenced by the Banshees' "wall of noise" and the Buzzcocks ' melodies, and aspired to combine the two. Wire pointed out another direction to me. Smith began sporting his trademark and cult style of smeared red lipstick, eye-liner, pale complexion, disheveled black hair, black clothes, and creepers in the early s, around the same time as the goth subculture took off. However, Smith denies any credit for this trend and claims it is a coincidence that the styles are similar, stating that he wore makeup since he was young and stating that "it's so pitiful when 'Goth' is still tagged onto the name of The Cure".
The band's aesthetic went from gloomy to psychedelic beginning with The Top. In , Smith altered his image by appearing on-stage and in press photos sporting short spiky hair and polo shirts this can be seen in The Cure in Orange. This new haircut made the headlines on MTV news.
Although Smith's public persona could be deemed to portray a depressed image, he has stated that his songs do not convey how he feels all, or even most of the time:. Smith has a tenor vocal range. In the band's earliest period, he used a soft vocal style on the demos of " Saturday Night" and " Boys Don't Cry ", and a frenetic punk style on "I Just Need Myself". Both of those styles were left behind as a third emerged during the production of the band's debut album, Three Imaginary Boys.
Around that time, Smith said he wanted to improve his singing, the opposite of his goal in he remarked in the documentary Ten Imaginary Years that he tried to sing badly on the album The Top. Smith's songwriting has developed a range of styles and themes throughout his career.
In subsequent decades, Smith explored more poetic moods, which accorded with New Order and other bands of that genre. In an interview in , Smith said that "there is one particular kind of music, an atmospheric type of music, that I enjoy making with the Cure. I enjoy it a lot more than any other kind of sound".
I think there are various Cure sounds from different periods and different line-ups. In a interview with Guitar Player magazine, Smith shared insights from his first guitar lessons—undertaken at the age of 9 years—and his guitar-playing style, as well as his habit of purposely detuning the high "E" first string on his guitars. Of his first lessons, Smith stated:. Speaking about Wish in , Smith also offered the following input on how detuned instruments played a significant role in the album, and the challenges of capturing the sound live. The only drawback to that is onstage it's very confusing sometimes, especially with lots of phasing effects going on.
It turns into this overwhelming pulsing sound, and you can't hear anything. While recording the Cure's debut Three Imaginary Boys album in , Smith's guitar during this period was a Woolworth's Top 20 electric guitar, and was told by Chris Parry to use a more suitable instrument, so Smith went out and purchased a Fender Jazzmaster based on Smith's having recently seen Elvis Costello playing one on Top of the Pops,  but then decided to have the Top 20 Pickup installed into the Jazzmaster, giving it a 3rd pickup.
Smith explained this guitar customization in "The third pickup [in the Fender Jazzmaster] is from a Woolworth's Top 20 guitar, my very first electric. I took it in to record our first album, along with a little WEM combo amp. I played the entire Three Imaginary Boys album through a Top 20 pickup.
It's a brilliant guitar, though I actually bought it because of how it looked. Smith's notable guitar work was first heard on the first Cure single " Killing An Arab " which was released in Dec. Smith would soon expand on his guitar style further with the Cure's second album Seventeen Seconds , notably on the single " A Forest ", where Smith played an extended solo-outro on his Jazzmaster, as well as the single 'Play For Today', where Smith demonstrated an intricate use of harmonics.
Smith shared the following input of his use of the Fender VI:. I think [producer] Mike Hedges stole it.
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I'm not sure from whom, but he said they'd never miss it. He worked with a lot of big-name artists and he felt it was his duty as a socialist to relieve them of some of their worldly possessions. So he gave me that at the end of Seventeen Seconds. I actually wrote "Primary" on it and incorporated it into a few other things. I inherited an approach from John [McKay, the Banshee's first guitarist] which was just to have everything full up, really.
It was just a matter of getting somewhere in the region of the right chord, and you got away with it. There were only about 5 songs where I had to learn the parts. The rest of it was just in a key. Smith started incorporating more distortion and feedback sounds and textures on albums such as Wish where Smith predominantly played a Gibson Chet Atkins as well.
Speaking to The Hit in , Smith gave a frank assessment of his approach to guitar playing, and musicianship in general. For me the idea of being a musician has nothing to do with technical ability, but I suppose you have to have a certain amount to be able to put ideas into music. I think it's important to get past the stage of being comfortable with an instrument.
You need the capacity to learn — most people tend to stay at the same level, which [I think] is boring to listen to. An early " pop culture " reference to the Cure is found in the eleventh episode of BBC2 's anarchic alternative comedy series The Young Ones , from As the episode's title " Sick " suggests, all four of the main characters Vyvyan, Rick, Neil and Mike are ill, prompting Vyvyan to send Mike to the pharmacy for medicine. Neil remarks: "I hope Mike hurries back with the cure! Rock biographers Bowler and Dray note that increasing popular interest in the Cure in America during the mid-late s became "a pat shorthand for TV and film writers to indicate mixed up children — the Steve Martin film Parenthood uses a bedroom poster of Robert to underline the point that 'this adolescent is confused and miserable'".
Notwithstanding the aforesaid "pat shorthand" references in mainstream media, during the late s and s, a number of film, television and comic book portrayals also paid genuine homage to Smith's iconic stature in pop culture. In , a Spin magazine interview with Smith reported that "the director of Pee-wee's Big Adventure " i. Tim Burton had asked Robert to make an appearance in a film. In a article discussing inspirations behind the look of the film's lead character, Entertainment Weekly citing Burton and costume designer Colleen Atwood reported that "the character's retro hair and penchant for leather clearly draw on punks like the Cure's Robert Smith".
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Neil Gaiman , author and creator of Vertigo Comics ' The Sandman — , based the appearance of his lead character partly on that of Robert Smith, and partly on himself in his twenties. One issue of The Crow dedicated an entire page to reprinting the lyrics from the Cure song " The Hanging Garden ", and O'Barr said that he was listening a lot to the Cure's early albums such as Seventeen Seconds and Faith while he was writing the story.
O'Barr, however, has downplayed the influence of Robert Smith on the lead character Eric Draven's physical appearance, saying that "the idea that the look has been inspired by him has really been overblown" and that the visual aspect of the character owed more to Peter Murphy and Iggy Pop. Garth Ennis 's Muzak Killer stories for AD Comics from also contain visual references in the form of characters resembling Robert Smith,   and again, Smith himself is a self-professed fan of AD.
Revolutionary Comics produced a biographical comic book on the Cure in as Issue No. Brite in his vampire novel Lost Souls uses a poster of Robert Smith on a bedroom wall as a sexual prop during a homoerotic encounter between two of his characters, Laine and Nothing. Brite's enthusiastic appraisal of Robert Smith's mouth in her sic depiction of a fictional blowjob" as "an example of the unfortunate habit of many fiction writers especially since the s to invoke pop stars and their lyrics with un-ironic [ sic ] reverence, resulting in prose about as reflective as voyeuristic journalism, bad porn and bumperstickers".
In television comedy programmes during the early s, Smith was sometimes the subject of lampooning. MTV's Half Hour of Comedy Hour — , for example, featured a mock episode of This Old House in which a parody of Smith's Disintegration -era persona is seen asking building contractors to leave his house in a semi-demolished state to retain the sense of "urban decay". Newman portrayed Smith dolefully wailing the lyrics over a backdrop of gloomy Cure-styled mope-rock. Another of the series' regular characters, Edward Colanderhands , appears in one episode as a member of the Cure's audience.
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Another sketch on The Mary Whitehouse Experience revolved around "Ray: a man afflicted with a sarcastic tone of voice", also portrayed by Newman, and presented in the style of a Medical case history. In the series' final episode, Ray is given a copy of the Cure's Disintegration LP as a present, and is so overwhelmed that he can no longer speak in a sarcastic tone, and spontaneously begins speaking Flemish.
In the closing scene, Ray has a chance meeting with the real Robert Smith in a cameo appearance, who punches Ray in the face and declares "oh no, what a personal disaster". In a scene where David Baddiel fantasises about his own funeral, Smith appears graveside, saying: "I've never been this miserable. I always preferred him to the other one" i. Newman , before leading a conga of mourners in party-hats around the graveyard.
Mike Leigh 's film Career Girls depicts the reunion of two women who formerly shared both a flat and a love of the Cure as teenagers in the s, featuring the band's music and imagery throughout. Smith was invited by Leigh to the premiere, which Smith described as "one of the weirdest afternoons of my life There's one bit in the film when they see a poster for ' The 13th ', the first single from the last album , and she says to her friend, 'Are they still releasing records?
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The only people who can stop her are film critic Leonard Maltin , actor Sidney Poitier along with Smith. To battle Mecha-Streisand, Smith transforms into " Smithra ", who has the ability of "robot punch", and ultimately defeats the monster by taking it by the tail and hurling it into space. Smith offers to roshambo Cartman to get his Walkie-Talkie back, and immediately kicks Cartman in the groin, causing him to drop the walkie-talkie.
At the end of the episode as Smith walks off into the sunset, Kyle Broflovski calls out " Disintegration is the best album ever! At the time, the episode brought South Park their highest ratings to date, with approximately 3,, viewers; about 40, more than tuned into ABC 's Prime Time Live. The Singing Cure. Other editions. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem?
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