Recordings from the event were later released as The Stranglers and Friends – Live in Concert in 1995. I simply answered it was something I had made a long time ago. "Wrong Number" was released in October 1997 as the new promotional single to accompany the Cure's Galore singles compilation album. [77], As well as Barbarella, Yellow Submarine and the eponymous Blue Sunshine, films cited as having fuelled the project included The Brood, Evil Dead, The Helicopter Spies and Inferno. [168] Burton's unfaltering dedication eventually paid off; Smith has since contributed music to Burton's Almost Alice and Frankenweenie Unleashed! [10][197] They have no children,[198] the result of a joint decision early in life and in their marriage. I think he completely changed his persona on stage because of that; he came out of his shell. [36] Between 1978–79, Smith composed and recorded demo versions of some of The Cure's definitive early songs on his sister Janet's Hammond organ with a built-in tape recorder, including "10:15 Saturday Night". The series featured regular cameo performances from British rock and pop groups of the period, such as Motörhead, the Damned, and Madness. [104] Recorded in August,[when?] 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". Never Enough: The Story of The Cure, (2009), Omnibus Press, pp. [166] Burton asked Smith to score the soundtrack for Sleepy Hollow (1999), but Smith said that "they were postponing it so much that I got involved with [The Cure's album] Bloodflowers and let it aside". The Cure’s Robert Smith counts down Top 30 songs of the ’80s on Sirius XM. "[9] Smith has said his guitar tutor was "horrified" by his playing. [2] He later attended Notre Dame Middle School from 1970 to 1972, and St Wilfrid's Comprehensive School from 1972 to 1977. 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?' Michael had a bass, I had got hold of a guitar and our first drummer, Graham, had a drum kit. Robert Smith)" for Dutch electronic music producer Junkie XL's album Radio JXL: A Broadcast from the Computer Hell Cabin, released in June 2003;[107] "All of This (feat. [...] I learned a lot, but got to the point where I was losing the sense of fun. During 1981, The Cure received a home demo tape from And Also the Trees and immediately became friends. [132] In June 2011, electronic dance act the Japanese Popstars from Northern Ireland released their album Controlling Your Allegiance in the UK, including the track "Take Forever (Ft. Robert Smith)",[133][note 10] and the following month, a solo cover version of "Small Hours" by British singer-songwriter and guitarist John Martyn (1948–2009) was released on the tribute album Johnny Boy Would Love This. The two had met when they were studying at the St. Wilfrid Comprehensive School. Smith explained this guitar customization in 1992: "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. About six months later I saw it and I was completely thrown by what they had done with it. [211][212] During the mid-1980s, Janet gave up a professional career as a pianist to spend more time with Porl and The Cure,[202] and the couple were married in March 1988. Newman), before leading a conga of mourners in party-hats around the graveyard. The school educates over 1000 students every year with a wide spectrum of aspirations, interests and needs; everyone is welcome because our school is a family. I think there are various Cure sounds from different periods and different line-ups."[148]. [12] When Robert was eight years old in 1967, Richard played him "Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix, who became hugely influential. "[195], The look of Cheyenne (played by Sean Penn), the main character in director Paolo Sorrentino's 2011 film This Must Be the Place, is inspired by Smith's appearance. [8] He has described his younger sister Janet as a "piano prodigy"[9] and "the family's musical genius", but said that she was too shy to become a performer herself. [158], Notwithstanding the aforesaid "pat shorthand" references in mainstream media, during the late 1980s and 1990s, a number of film, television and comic book portrayals also paid genuine homage to Smith's iconic stature in pop culture. Smith was influenced by Siouxsie and the Banshees' "wall of noise" and the Buzzcocks' melodies, and aspired to combine the two. It's like Kennedy being shot for another generation. [118] In 2004, on 17 September at Old Billingsgate Market in London,[119] Robert joined Blink-182 live onstage to perform "All of This" during the MTV Icon tribute to The Cure. Newman portrayed Smith dolefully wailing the lyrics over a backdrop of gloomy Cure-styled mope-rock. Robert Smith". [40][48][49] The two bands embarked on the tour later in August, and meanwhile in September Banshees singer Siouxsie Sioux contributed backing vocals to "I'm Cold", the b-side to The Cure's next single "Jumping Someone Else's Train" (released in November),[40][49][50] A few dates into the Join Hands tour, however, Banshees' guitarist John McKay and drummer Kenny Morris quit the band hours before they were due to go on stage in Aberdeen, placing the tour in limbo. [208][209] Janet, together with Simon Gallup's then-girlfriend Carol (both dressed as schoolgirls), with real-life schoolboys "the Obtainers", sang backing vocals for the Cult Heroes' live performance at the Marquee Club, opening for the Passions in March 1980. Considine, J. D., "What's The Big Idea? [124] In November 2006, Robert appeared on UK trance and trip hop act Faithless's album To All New Arrivals, on the track "Spiders, Crocodiles & Kryptonite", featuring prominent samples of The Cure's "Lullaby", for which Smith recorded a new performance of the original vocal. I enjoy it a lot more than any other kind of sound". On 3 and 4 April 1980 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 1979. [92][93][94][note 7], In 1992, Smith invited Cranes to support The Cure live on the Wish Tour. Smith said that he was 15 when he first heard Alex Harvey, and that the Sensational Alex Harvey Band was the first and only group he ever really followed. He was probably my only real idol. Simonart, Serge, "The Bats in the head of Robert 'THE CURE' Smith are ok". While he was never one to shred with the same flash as some of his '80s contemporaries, his influence over droves of players and sub-genres should earn him a more revered spot in the guitar gods pantheon. The line-up included Simon Gallup, Boris Williams, Roger O'Donnell, Lol Tolhurst, Porl Thompson, and Robert Smith. Robert Smyth is a comprehensive school founded in 1607 as the local grammar school in Market Harborough and firmly grounded in a commitment to educational excellence. Smith shared the following input of his use of the Fender VI: I added the six-string bass on the Faith album. £8.99 each. Both drummer Lol Tolhurst and bassist Mick Dempsey are also noted as having performed vocals with the group in the early years. Smith was ten years old in 1969 when he first heard Nick Drake's album Five Leaves Left: Nick Drake's on the other side of the coin to Jimi Hendrix. [27], By December 1976, Graham's brother had been replaced by vocalist Martin Creasy, a journalist with The Crawley Observer, whose brief tenure with the group was a live débâcle according to those involved. [23], Smith has said that his first band when he was fourteen consisted of "my brother Richard, some of his friends and my younger sister Janet. The Cure tore through the 80s the way the Beatles rushed through the 60s, or Bowie the 70s: wildly prolific, constantly changing. He was never able to put a foot wrong. I thought that was incredible". [110] Although issued under the moniker of The Cure, the "Mark Plati mix" was in fact an entirely new recording resulting from the studio collaborations between Slick, Plati and Smith. This new sound, which can be heard on most of the final versions of songs from that period, became the signature Smith sound, which he generally abandoned during the Seventeen Second… Smith was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Cure in 2019. [4] Raised Catholic,[5] Smith states that he is now an atheist. Heath, Chris. I had one of them on the other end of the line directing me, saying, "Please sound more like Robert Smith. The 27 date tour will absolutely be a must for fans of the band. magazine's Cam Lindsay later observed, The Cure became "the band to namedrop as a musical influence, sparking rejuvenation for their career. [95][96] For one of the French dates of the tour (Stade Couvert Régional, Liévin, 15 November 1992), Cranes' vocalist Alison Shaw was ill and the group had to revise their entire set, with Robert Smith replacing Alison's vocal melodies on 6-string bass, and joined by The Cure's guitarist Porl Thompson. So he gave me that at the end of Seventeen Seconds. "And once they got me, they didn't like the idea of having an only child, so they had my sister. [74] From May 1983, however, with The Cure on hold and Siouxsie and Budgie working together as the Creatures, recording of the Glove's album Blue Sunshine began in earnest. THE CURE T-shirt. But I'd commandeered it anyway–so whether he was officially giving it to me at Christmas or not, I was going to have it! "; Cartman adding "Robert Smith kicks ass!".[188]. Tags: goth, 80s, 80s goth, tour, robert smith, the cure, vintage By 1977, Malice had become Easy Cure. "We all voted", said Smith, "and we had an award night. Comedy Central's debut screening in February 1998 marked the first time a cable station had beaten one of the Big Three television networks during prime time viewing,[189] and "Robert Smith Kicks Ass" T-shirts were reportedly "doing a healthy trade among Cure fans" soon afterwards. Then I spent eight or nine months on social security until they stopped my money, so I thought 'now's the time to make a demo and see what people think'. "[171] Conversely, Kelley Jones, who illustrated the Dream Country and Season of Mists (volumes 3 & 4 in the series), said he "just hated The Cure" and thus based his own version of the character on the angular gestures and facial features of Bauhaus front-man Peter Murphy instead. [134] On 25 October 2011, instrumental rock band 65daysofstatic released the track "Come to Me" featuring Robert Smith as a free download, coinciding with the release of their album We Were Exploding Anyway. With Simon Gallup's departure reducing the group to a duo, and Tolhurst quitting drums to start taking keyboard lessons,[43] from July 1982 until Gallup's return in February 1985, according to Smith, much of the writing and recording process within The Cure effectively became a solo effort. [28] O'Toole remained Easy Cure's steady front man for several months while the group played the local pub circuit, "building up an enormous local following", and was even the singer on the home demo tapes that landed them their first recording contract with Hansa Records.[29]. Hartmann, Olivier, & Laurence Fabien, "Forever Interview". Malins, Steve, "Robert Smith – Cash For Questions". One of them is “Respectable” by Mel ‘n’ Kim. [note 9] Near the end of the year, Robert Smith made two guest appearances live at Wembley Arena; first joining Placebo on 5 November on their song "Without You I'm Nothing" and The Cure's "Boys Don't Cry",[122] followed by Blink-182 on 6 December to perform "All of This" and again, "Boys Don't Cry". I just usually write when I'm depressed. [...] It was phased/flanged distortion noise. However, by the time Easy Cure entered London's Sound And Vision Studio to record for Hansa in October 1977, O'Toole had left to work on a Kibbutz in Israel. The only people who can stop her are film critic Leonard Maltin and actor Sidney Poitier, along with Smith. [92] Further guest vocalist/lyricist collaborations "feat. If Porl [Thompson] and I tune together and play the same thing, but he plays hard and I play soft, it will sound completely off. [81] Meanwhile, both the Glove's second single, "Punish Me With Kisses", and the Banshees' live double album and companion video, Nocturne from the Albert Hall shows, appeared in November. It was not long afterwards that Robert Smith attended his first rock concert – Jimi Hendrix at the Isle of Wight Festival. Musical interludes included the Glove performing "A Blues in Drag", the Creatures playing "Weathercade" and the whole band performing "Circle". I feel more natural in the company of people who are mentally unbalanced because you're always more alert, wondering what they're going to do next...". I think [producer] Mike Hedges stole it. "[25] As "The Group" gradually became Malice and began regular rehearsals in January 1976, Smith was still one of several floating members. 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. That's the difficulty of writing songs that are a bit depressing. 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. Others involve punk metafiction ("So What"), surrealism ("Accuracy"), straightforward rock/pop ("Boys Don't Cry", "I'm Cold"), and poetic mood pieces ("Another Day" and "Fire in Cairo"). Robert Smith, of The Cure, has become a Patron for national charity Heart Research UK. Mary and Robert took up different careers in their life but Robert recalled … [101] From 2003–2004 a steady succession of guest vocal performances were released with other recording artists "feat. 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. I had lessons from age nine with a student of John Williams, a really excellent guitarist. The song was re-recorded with Robert Smith playing most instruments in January 1984,[87] produced by Chris Parry, and was released on Fiction Records (with a new video) in June,[86] reaching number 34 in the British charts.[84]. What does Priti Patel have on Boris Johnson – any suggestions. [Manager/producer] Chris Parry, who was paying for the record, said," you can't use that!" zeldarien liked this . [31][32] During March 1977, a vocalist named Gary X came and went, and was replaced by Peter O'Toole, described as "a demon footballer and Bowie fan" who made his singing debut in April. Robert Smith)". Smith said that they were known simply as "The Group" "because it was the only one at school so we didn't need a name. Robert W Smith is listed as a Managing Member with Bob Smith Enterprises, LLC in Florida. [101] Here Smith met Bowie's guitarist Reeves Gabrels and co-producer Mark Plati, leading to their collaboration on the single "Wrong Number". [120] On 21 October, Robert stood in as one of three guest presenters for John Peel on BBC Radio 1,[121] just days before Peel's death. Buy 2. [48][49] Both the Banshees and The Cure had been signed to Polydor and its imprint Fiction, respectively, by Chris Parry, and Smith was already a fan of the Banshees. [190] Smith later described the impact of the episode on his twenty-odd nieces and nephews to Q magazine: "Being in South Park has made a huge impact on their lives. [128], From 2010–2012, as well as continuing to collaborate with other artists as a guest performer, several cover versions were released by Robert Smith performing solo. In the band's earliest period, he used a soft vocal style on the demos of "10:15 Saturday Night" and "Boys Don't Cry", and a frenetic punk style on "I Just Need Myself". [116] During the same month, an exclusive re-recording of The Cure's "Pictures of You", remixed by Australian electronic musician/producer Paul Mac and released under the banner "Robert Smith – Pictures of You (Paulmac mix)", featured in the soundtrack to the Australian "rave culture" film One Perfect Day. Despite a positive critical reception, however, neither Dixon nor Smith were happy with the results, and the Les Enfants Terribles project was shelved indefinitely. [105] The following month, Smith was again recording solo between RAK and Outside studios, assisted this time by co-producer Paul Corkett, whose production credits included Nick Cave, Björk, Placebo, Tori Amos and Suede. Smith is known for his distinctive voice, guitar-playing style and strange look, the latter two of which were influential on the goth subculture that rose to prominence in the 1980s. [97][99] In 1993, Smith and Bryan "Chuck" New remixed the extended 12'’ version of Cranes' single Jewel from the album; Smith again contributing his trademark Fender Bass VI sound and additional guitars to the remixed track. I wish I'd stuck with it. 80s Music Video Of The Day . [140] Playing support for Wire (at Kent University in October 1978) gave Smith the idea "to follow a different course, to hold out against the punk wave ... Wire pointed out another direction to me. [12] He has said that his early songwriting "was influenced by early Beatles – the sense of a three-minute guitar-pop song",[140] and early in his career The Cure's second single Boys Don't Cry was compared by British music paper Record Mirror to "John Lennon at 12 or 13". Strangely enough, it turned out to be the record company's favourite one (of the new songs).[60]. The address on file for this person is 15560 Sr 80 S.W., Moorehaven, FL 33471 in Glades County. People think you're like that all the time, but I don't think that. Also during April, Smith provided backing vocals for The Associates' debut album The Affectionate Punch, released in August 1980. [64][65] Smith would again collaborate with And Also the Trees in 1991 (see → Remixes, Cranes, Pirate Ships, And Also the Trees). Smith also described his detuning process: I don't know what it adds, but the guitar just doesn't sound quite right to me normally. Cantin, Paul, "Robert Smith Talks About New Cure Best-of". [207] As well as having participated in the Crawley Goat Band since around 1973, Janet played keyboards as a member of Cult Hero in 1979, and their older sister Margaret contributed backing vocals to the project. [106], Smith's musical activity between 1999 and 2002 was again dominated by The Cure, including recording of the Bloodflowers album followed by the "Dream Tour" in 2000, and the 2001 release of their Greatest Hits compilation. 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 1982, Smith began collaborating with Steve Severin of Siouxsie and the Banshees again. For 18 months, then, Robert Smith all but disappeared. [49] Alex and Rita Smith encouraged their children's musical development, as Smith told French magazine Les Inrockuptibles: "my parents were lending us their stuff; my mum made me listen to a lot of classical music to enable me to have a larger vision of music". Black, Johnny, "Curious Case of the Cure". I had never used the words. [101] Again, both were released under the name of the Cure, but were essentially Robert Smith solo recordings. "Robert Smith Gets Happy". The only drawback to that is onstage it's very confusing sometimes, especially with lots of phasing effects going on. [148] When Smith was asked about the 'sound' of his songwriting, Smith said that he did not "think there is such a thing as a typical Cure sound. Goth-pop’s dark prince, Robert Smith, ... “He was 80 and died of an aneurysm, very quickly thankfully,” continues Damon. Consequently, although he has a presence on multiple social networks, he does not actively use it, instead using it as an official presence to prevent imposters. On the 1987 release Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Smith showcased a diverse style of guitar playing across the 17-track album. [137] On 15 June 2015, the Twilight Sad released a single featuring Smith covering "There's a Girl in the Corner", originally from the Twilight Sad's album Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave. "Tim Pope – I Want To Be A Tree" (Fiction/Polydor Promotional Folder), 1984. It is nice to sing a song that meant something, and to think it is going to be a single is a good thing. "[10], According to Dave Bowler and Bryan Dray, biographers of The Cure, the school expelled ex-Malice co-founder Marc Ceccagno along with Smith, whose new band, called Amulet, played the December school show. [109] Slick meanwhile contributed guitars to the Mark Plati mix of "A Forest" featured on the Join The Dots box-set on 27 January 2004. At the time, The Associates were also signed to Fiction Records, and had been joined in late 1979 by former Cure bassist Michael Dempsey. Albums include Song Machine, Season One, Not in … Smith did not intend to become the lead vocalist of The Cure. "I remember staggering talks about Slade and Gary Glitter. Oct 7, 2020 - What a decade huh?. They didn't want anybody to know, they wanted to shock. "[168] Shortly after the award ceremony, Burton again reiterated to BBC 6 Music his long-standing admiration for the Cure, and his desire to collaborate with them. [199], Smith has described himself as a "liberal kind of guy" but he is "uncomfortable with politicised musicians". 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. [200] Smith and Poole have 25 nephews and nieces. [37][note 2]. [17] [74], Returning to England from the Banshees' tour of Australia, New Zealand, and Japan in January 1983, 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. Before this, I knew nothing. Apter, Jeff. And the way you play [the guitar] affects the perceived tuning. Morrissey has claimed that he now regrets comments he made in the 1980s about fellow alternative rock star Robert Smith of The Cure. "[193] In another interview set up by Entertainment Weekly, Smith described the process to Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy: I stayed up all night and went into this radio station and recorded my words down a phone line. south-thistle liked this . [199][200] Smith adds that he also "does not feel responsible enough to bring a child into the world". 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. [84][86][87] Pope made an accompanying video for his showreel, asking several of the artists he worked with (The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Soft Cell, Talk Talk, the Style Council, Paul Young and Freur)[86] to "come along and slag me off on the showreel". You need the capacity to learn – most people tend to stay at the same level, which [I think] is boring to listen to. At the end of the episode as Smith walks off into the sunset, Kyle Broflovski calls out "Disintegration is the best album ever! [181] The Mary Whitehouse Experience (1992) poked fun at Smith's attempts to use lighter pop music to "show his happier side", by presenting a series of sketches in which Smith (played by Rob Newman) performs comedic novelty songs "The Laughing Policeman", "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport", "Ernie", "Crash Bang Wallop", the theme to the children's programme Play Away, and the WWI soldiers' "Chinese crackers in your arsehole" parody version of the patriotic anthem "Rule, Britannia!". I was very regretful. [2][3] Smith came from a musical family: his father sang and his mother played the piano. "[9] He told Chris Heath of Smash Hits that from about 1966 (when Smith turned seven years old) his brother Richard, who is 13 years older than him, taught him "a few basic chords" on guitar. 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