It really was a formative, seminal experience. [170] Mike Dringenberg, on the other hand, compares Kieth's Sandman to Ron Wood and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, and asserts "my version ... was more like Peter Murphy or Robert Smith. So I thought, 'If I can get away with that, I can be the singer.' 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. "Wrong Number" was released in October 1997 as the new promotional single to accompany the Cure's Galore singles compilation album. 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...". The duco01 45 Favourite New Albums of 2020, No Voting necessary – Your Favourite “free” CD, Enough music polls – Tell us your BEST TV SHOWS of 2020, When a comedy phrase becomes common discourse, Poll – Best Archive or Box Set Release of 2020, Fact checking “Money for Nothing!” by Dire Straits. MTV's Half Hour of Comedy Hour (1990–1991), 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". Mary was ranked in second place, after a woman named Louise who worked in the kitchen. In an interview in 2000, Smith said that "there is one particular kind of music, an atmospheric type of music, that I enjoy making with The Cure. Come on!" [141] Of this period, Robert Smith later went on to say: 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.[12]. "[141] Smith said that the first LP he ever purchased with his pocket-money was The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. [68][69][70] In September, Smith with former Cure drummer Lol Tolhurst (now on keyboards) and session drummer Steve Goulding went into the studio to record a "blatant pop single" at the instigation of Fiction Records manager Chris Parry. Dempsey's replacement Simon Gallup described the collective writing process to Sounds in 1980: When we play new songs live Robert ad libs [vocals] a lot until he gets the feel of it. Tolhurst also sang on a cover of "Wild Thing" at Malice's early shows,[30] and Dempsey sang backing vocals on songs like "Killing An Arab", and even recorded lead vocals on one track on The Cure's debut album, their cover of Hendrix's "Foxy Lady". Smith, Jerry, "Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me FM". [66][71][72] During October, Smith and Severin also recorded early demos for what would become the Glove's "Punish Me With Kisses" single, at Mike Hedges' studio "The Playground". Length(Back Neck To Bottom Hem) Back Is Blank. 80’s darlings, The Cure have announced an extensive U.S. tour. [16][71] According to the Banshees' authorised biography, "Dear Prudence" had been recorded at Smith's insistence to document his time with the group, and it became their biggest hit, reaching number 3 on the UK Singles Chart. They drew something out of me". Albums include Song Machine, Season One, Not in … Most of the lyrics had been written in one night in Newcastle. On the same night that Smith was presented with the Godlike Genius Award by Tim Burton at the Shockwaves NME Awards, The Mighty Boosh also won "Best TV Comedy". Rock biographers Bowler and Dray note that increasing popular interest in The Cure in America during the mid-late 1980s 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'". I think he completely changed his persona on stage because of that; he came out of his shell. Robert James Smith (born 21 April 1959) is an English singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. 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. [96][97][note 8] Cranes wrote most of their next album (1993's Forever) while on the Wish Tour,[98] and the album's title was partly influenced by touring with The Cure. 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 only drawback to that is onstage it's very confusing sometimes, especially with lots of phasing effects going on. [185], Mike Leigh's 1997 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 1980s, featuring the band's music and imagery throughout. I just want to thank you for inspiring me. [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. The 27 date tour will absolutely be a must for fans of the band. Streisand is portrayed as an "evil, egotistical diabolical bitch" who wants to conquer the world with an ancient stone accidentally discovered by Eric Cartman, known as the 'Diamond of Pantheos'. [167] In 2009 Burton presented Smith with the Shockwaves NME Godlike Genius Award, saying that when he was "chained to a desk" and "fucking depressed" during his time as a young animator for Disney, "this music was the only thing that saved me. I just usually write when I'm depressed. "Tim Pope – I Want To Be A Tree" (Fiction/Polydor Promotional Folder), 1984. I even change the speed of the tape to detune some parts. 1987 saw the release of the double album Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, with the singles "Hot, Hot, Hot!" In 2015, Smith contributed vocals to the song "Please" from the album 8:58, a project by Paul Hartnoll. Having made a guest appearance on an episode of South Park earlier in the year (see → South Park: Mecha-Streisand), Smith again collaborated with Trey Parker under the name COGASM, featuring Reeves Gabrels and Jason Cooper, releasing the track "A Sign from God" for the film Orgazmo. [205], Smith has said his mother Rita "wasn't supposed to have me", which was the reason for the significant age gap between him and his two elder siblings. I simply answered it was something I had made a long time ago. Between 1985 and 1996, his musical outings beyond The Cure were comparatively rare, with notable exceptions including remix work for And Also the Trees and Cranes. Robert Smith". 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. I think a lot of players presented with the same guitar and told to tune it themselves would come up with something drastically different. "[153], While recording The Cure's debut Three Imaginary Boys album in 1978, Smith was using a Woolworth's Top 20 electric guitar, and he was advised by Chris Parry to use a better instrument. The result was a 45-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. In subsequent decades, Smith explored more poetic moods, which accorded with New Order and other bands of that genre. Quantity: 3 or more for £8.09 each. Sutherland, Steve, "The Glove Will Tear Us Apart". The Obelisk featured Robert Smith (still playing piano at this point), alongside Marc Ceccagno (lead guitar), Michael Dempsey (guitar), Alan Hill (bass) and Laurence "Lol" Tolhurst (percussion) and, according to the Cure's official biography Ten Imaginary Years, gave their only performance at a school function in April 1972. "; Cartman adding "Robert Smith kicks ass!".[188]. Length(Back Neck To … Smith was born in Blackpool, Lancashire to a musical family, before relocating to Horley, Surrey at age 3, and then Crawley, West Sussex at age 6. Robert Smith The Cure Music 80s Hoodie, For Mens And Womens Available in Size S-2XL. [163][164][165] In 1996, Smith confirmed to French magazine Télérama that Burton had approached The Cure about a number of collaborations, and regularly kept in touch with the group about each of his latest film projects, but that they had thus far always been too busy either touring or recording to contribute. [84][86] He described the project as "a real piss-take of what was going on in America", prompted by people referring to "Tim Pope Videos", and said that he "felt really strongly that they were not Tim Pope videos, they were Cure videos or Siouxsie videos or whatever". "A lot of things on our record [Wish] that sound like heavy chorusing are actually just detuned instruments. 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. Pictures Of You Funny Pictures Halloween Playlist Friday Im In Love Friday Jr Robert Smith The Cure 80s Songs 80s Music Funny Picture Quotes. Michael had a bass, I had got hold of a guitar and our first drummer, Graham, had a drum kit. Robert Smith)" on veteran Bowie guitarist Earl Slick's Zig Zag album, released 9 December 2003. 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". robert smith. Both drummer Lol Tolhurst and bassist Mick Dempsey are also noted as having performed vocals with the group in the early years. Sutherland, Steve, "History of The Cure Part 2". 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. [199] He sported a 'citizens, not subjects' slogan on his guitar on tour in 2012 and 2013. This new haircut made the headlines on MTV news.[146]. [33], Smith was also not the sole songwriter or lyricist in the group during their early years; the band name 'Easy Cure' came from a song penned by Lol Tolhurst,[34] while "Grinding Halt" began as a Tolhurst lyric that Smith shortened to the first half of each line. Goth-pop’s dark prince, Robert Smith, ... “He was 80 and died of an aneurysm, very quickly thankfully,” continues Damon. [201] It has been reported by the Daily Express that Mary used to be a model and worked as a nurse with intellectually disabled children; but, as The Cure became more financially successful during the mid-1980s, Mary gave up her day job so that the couple would not have to spend so much time apart. "[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. [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. I actually wrote "Primary" on it and incorporated it into a few other things.[155]. [101] From 2003–2004 a steady succession of guest vocal performances were released with other recording artists "feat. Robert Smith's Conception of the Cure". [42], Tolhurst claimed to have written the lyrics for "All Cats Are Grey" from the 1981 album Faith, which he later re-recorded with his own project, Levinhurst. The CURE T-shirt 80's New Wave Robert Smith Tee 100%Cotton Adult Men M-2XL Black | eBay. Simonart, Serge, "The Bats in the head of Robert 'THE CURE' Smith are ok". Although Smith wrote most of the lyrics for Seventeen Seconds, many were also rewritten by the group during the recording of the album itself. [155], Speaking to The Hit in 1985, Smith gave a frank assessment of his approach to guitar playing, and musicianship in general. 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. 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"). The address on file for this person is 15560 Sr 80 S.W., Moorehaven, FL 33471 in Glades County. [201][202][203], Smith told The Face that he had once left a video camera running in their home "and after a couple of hours you forget that it's on and I was quite horrified at the amount of rubbish we say to each other. Smith was influenced by Siouxsie and the Banshees' "wall of noise" and the Buzzcocks' melodies, and aspired to combine the two. 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Simmons, Sylvie, "Everything Falls Apart". He was never able to put a foot wrong. The only people who can stop her are film critic Leonard Maltin and actor Sidney Poitier, along with Smith. I was the drunk rhythm guitarist who wrote all these weird songs. Smith said he was against their having children as he not only objects to having been born but refuses to impose life on another. [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. Despite a positive critical reception, however, neither Dixon nor Smith were happy with the results, and the Les Enfants Terribles project was shelved indefinitely. 2020 - A Blorum for the future, Enough music polls - Tell us your BEST TV SHOWS of 2020. 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. Collins, Britt. Robert Smith)",[115] which also appeared on the Belgium-based Italian house music producer's album Trust It in March. [39][note 3] Michael Dempsey, discussing his own departure from the group at this time, later remarked: Robert's new songs were more of a personal statement – entirely personal to him – and I couldn't make that statement on his behalf.[40]. The track is in fact a reworking of the track of the same name from the Ideal Condition, which he also contributed vocals for. [92][93][94][note 7], In 1992, Smith invited Cranes to support The Cure live on the Wish Tour. The following year the song placed at number 22 on VH1's poll "100 Greatest Songs of the 80s". Pearson, Deanne, "No Image, No Style, No Bullshit". The band's aesthetic went from gloomy to psychedelic beginning with The Top. The Cult Hero single was released on the Fiction Records label in December 1979, while the Magspies/Obtainers split single appeared on Dance Fools Dance the following year. [91] Instead, however, the full band line-up of The Cure recorded "Hello, I Love You" by The Doors for Elektra,[91] and "Pirate Ships" did not see official CD release until Disintegration's "Deluxe Edition" reissue in 2010. Play on Spotify [199], Smith has described himself as a "liberal kind of guy" but he is "uncomfortable with politicised musicians". [138] In 2015, Smith also contributed vocals to "In All Worlds", a single from Eat Static's album Dead Planet. Robert Smith" during 2010 included the single "J'aurai tout essayé" (a reworking of Smith and Earl Slick's "Believe") by French Canadian rock singer, guitarist and fellow Bowie/Mark Plati/Earl Slick collaborator Anik Jean[130][131] and the single version of Crystal Castles' cover version of Platinum Blonde's "Not in Love", released on Fiction Records, 6 December 2010. magazine's Cam Lindsay later observed, The Cure became "the band to namedrop as a musical influence, sparking rejuvenation for their career. The line-up included Simon Gallup, Boris Williams, Roger O'Donnell, Lol Tolhurst, Porl Thompson, and Robert Smith. I wish I'd stuck with it. Recordings from the event were later released as The Stranglers and Friends – Live in Concert in 1995. [citation needed], 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,[76] while the Venomettes (McCarrick, Stephenson and Hewes) all performed strings in the studio with the Glove. [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. [102][103] Although released under the name of The Cure, "Wrong Number" was one of several "one-off" studio projects recorded during this period by Robert Smith either performing solo, or with guest musicians from outside the full-time line-up of The Cure. Sandall, Robert, "Disintegration" (Robert Smith Interview). [2] Smith and his younger sister Janet received piano lessons as children. [...] It was phased/flanged distortion noise. 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". Although Smith's public persona could be deemed to portray an image of despair, he has stated that his songs do not convey how he feels all of the time: At the time we wrote Disintegration ... it's just about what I was doing really, how I felt. A world tour following the album's release drew millions into stadiums. [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". It turns into this overwhelming pulsing sound, and you can't hear anything. I always preferred him to the other one" (i.e. Membership "used to fluctuate between five and fifteen" people according to Smith. The Smiths … Gore, Joe, "Confessions of a Pop Mastermind". (Thompson, Dave & Jo-Ann Greene. [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. [200], Smith later revealed that early in his musical career, Mary had not always shared his confidence and vision for The Cure's future, which was a significant motivating factor in his ensuring that the band was successful. He was meanwhile invited to perform at David Bowie's 50th Birthday concert at Madison Square Garden (9 January 1997), where he duetted with Bowie on "The Last Thing You Should Do" and "Quicksand". [1], Robert James Smith was born on 21 April 1959 in Blackpool, Lancashire, the third of four children born to Rita Mary (née Emmott) and James Alexander Smith. [135] In 2012 Robert again recorded a solo cover version for a Tim Burton project;[clarification needed] this time covering Frank Sinatra's 1957 hit song "Witchcraft" for Frankenweenie Unleashed!, a 14-track collection of songs "inspired by" the filmmaker's stop-motion film, Frankenweenie, released on 25 September 2012.[136]. [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!". 10 available / 3 sold. It was very moving". The "Round Mix" of the song also appeared on the band's album Farewell to the Shade in 1989, followed by a US-only release of The Pear Tree EP the following year. [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. Buy 2. 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?' [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". [179] Gothic horror and fantasy writer Poppy Z. Brite in his vampire novel Lost Souls (1992) 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. Robert Smith. "[217], English singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, For the Irish musician and singer-songwriter, see, Cult Hero and Dance Fools Dance label: 1979–1980, The Stranglers and Associates: April 1980, The Venomettes and Marc and the Mambas: 1983, Remixes, Cranes, Pirate Ships, And Also the Trees: 1989–1993, Bowie, Reeves Gabrels, Mark Plati, and COGASM: 1997–1999, More guest vocals, plus solo cover versions: 2010–2020, Pop culture: references, portrayals and appearances, Other comic book and fan fiction references, Television parodies and cameos: 1990–1993, The Easy Cure "group home demo" of "Grinding Halt" from March 1978, with Tolhurst's longer original lyric, was later released on, "Robert Smith home demo" version of "10:15 Saturday Night", recorded in February 1978, appears on the 2004. I keep making plans to go every week, but every week I'm in another group."[75]. 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