Robert Smith
Robert Smith
Robert James Smith is a British musician. He is the lead singer, guitar player and principal songwriter of the rock band The Cure, and its only constant member since its formation in 1976. NY Rock describes him as "pop culture's unkempt poster child of doom and gloom", and asserts that his songs are as "sombre introspection over lush, brooding guitars".
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Outsider Art 2017: A Top 10
NYTimes - about 1 month
Roberta Smith picks her standouts from this year’s Outsider Art Fair, sticking with old favorites, but also including new discoveries.
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Check out some of 2016's best astronomy photography
Yahoo News - 5 months
The moon shines with a new light in a brilliant photo taken by a photographer from China.  The image (embedded below) shows Earth's natural satellite in the midst of a total solar eclipse on March 9 in Indonesia. Photographer Yu Jun won the top prize in 2016's Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition for the image. SEE ALSO: Here are 31 of the best space photographs of the year "This is such a visually striking image, with its succession of fiery arcs all perfectly balanced around the pitch black circle of totality," Marek Kukula, a competition judge and astronomer at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England, said in a statement. As the moon "grazes" by the sun during a solar eclipse, the rugged lunar limb topography allows beads of sunlight to shine through in some places, and not in others. The series of photos of the total solar eclipse are stacked, showing the full progression of a solar eclipse from Luwuk, Indonesia. Winner of "Our Sun" category and Overall Winner ...
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Legendary Singer David Bowie Dead At 69
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Legendary Singer David Bowie Dead At 69
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Interview: Boy From the Crowd
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Boy From the Crowd is a hard-rocking duo from the U.K. Their style of music has been described as punk, punk meets blues, blues meets punk and garage band blues. However it's described, it's loud, visceral and hits like a hammer. A few months ago, the band released an EP called "Where the Bees Come to Die", which has received rave reviews and, more importantly, attracted fans. To find out more about the band, I sat down with Vinny Piana, the band's guitarist/vocalist, who kindly agreed to talk with me. What is the most trouble you've ever gotten into? I can't tell you the most trouble I got into as it implicates other people too. However I'll tell you a story of why you should never listen to me, if you don't want to get into trouble yourself... I once decided to climb the front wall of a girlfriend's house carrying a bunch of flowers inside my jacket to surprise her on the terrace, instead of knocking on the front door. Sounds like a good plan in principle, or so I thought ...
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Forgotten Villiages (Burangays)
CNN - over 3 years
I am an Australian Resident, work in Egypt as an expat in Mining.I have a Philippino wife and live in a Burangay called Calubian in the Dulag area approximately 40 km south of Tacloban. This small village has 700 people and inland from the sea about 4km. I was working in Eygpt as the Typhoon approached the coast.. I then lost contact with my wife Rhealyn Smith. My company gave me permission to fly to the Philippines to check on my wife. There was no contact and like everyone you think the worst. On the 13th I used my mobile in Manila and was ringing and my wife answered. She is alive so happy so relieved. She traveled by ferry from Ormac tro Cebu and i flew in from Manila to meet her One would think well great it is all over all is good. Philippines have high family values something we have lost in the west as we pursued a more material life. style On the 19 November we traveled by ferry from Cebu to Ormac and then hired a car to travel to the Dulag area and my village Calubian ...
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Carlos Menchaca Will Be New York City's First Mexican-American Council Member
Huffington Post - over 3 years
NEW YORK (AP) — When someone asked longtime community activist Joel Magallan a couple of years ago when New York City would see its first Mexican-American elected official, he figured it would take another decade. Then along came Carlos Menchaca. The 33-year-old community organizer, a Texas transplant-turned-Brooklyn resident, put together a coalition of ethnic and community groups — with Mexican mothers in his neighborhood as some of his most enthusiastic volunteers — unions and progressive organizations that helped him unexpectedly defeat a Democratic incumbent in the primary for a city council seat. In such a heavily Democratic city, that made him a shoo-in for the general election last week, and he'll take office in January. Menchaca's victory gives a new political presence, as well as inspiration, to an ethnic group that is one of the city's fastest growing and the third-largest Hispanic community behind the more well-established Puerto Rican and Dominican transplants. More tha ...
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A Cloud Over Computing: Forster's "The Machine Stops," and Artist Smith's "I, Disconnect" Series
Huffington Post - over 3 years
There'll be a high tech cloud over Silicon Valley when the International Cloud Expo is held at the Santa Clara Convention Center (Nov. 4-7, 2013). Cloud computing is the slogan du jour with services like Dropbox now claiming 50 million users. I recently set up my own Dropbox account, getting connected to the file-share-and-sync world. A major topic that will be discussed at Cloud Expo will be that even with protective measures for data saved on remote storage systems, business users and writers/artists like yours truly, still worry if our sacred files are vulnerable. For example, Dropbox was hacked last year demonstrating that cloud-deployed services aren't immune from the tech snafus that are part and parcel of our hyper speed rush into the future. For some reason, the theme of E.M. Forster's prescient and scary short story, The Machine Stops, creeps into mind. Penned over a hundred years ago in 1909, Forster's story is relevant to all of us tech users, especially if we ask, "Well ...
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Health Briefs: Sept. 18
Blue Ridge Now - over 3 years
ASHEVILLE Support group for those with eating disorders Balance Point Collaborative at 263 Haywood St., Suite 100, in Asheville is hosting “New Voice,” a peer-led support group for those in recovery from eating disorders, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month. Every month, speakers will share their stories of hope and success. Speakers include staff, former clients and community members. There will also be topic-centered and open discussion among participants. The recovery support groups are run by handselected peers who have shown a willingness and desire to continue their path to recovery and have personal experience with eating disorders. For more information, call 828-348-6922 or visit BREVARD Parkinson’s group fundraiser on Sunday The second Brevard-Hendersonville Parkinson’s Support Group’s Team Fox Celebration for the Cure will take place at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Thomas Hall, behind Whittington Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard M ...
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PHOTOS: The Cure, Phoenix & More Bring Lollapalooza To Close
Huffington Post - over 3 years
If Friday at Lollapalooza was briefly rainy and muddy and Saturday was off-kilter and overcrowded Saturday, the fest's Sunday finale was like a half smile from the heavens. No rain. No onstage meltdowns. Gorgeous, mild weather... And something that loosely resembled "breathing room." Story continues below Now in its ninth year as a stationary festival parked in Chicago for a 3-day weekend, Lollapalooza 2013 drew the largest audience yet: Festival organizers were officially reporting a record 300,000 for the sold-out event, according to Reuters. (Lollapalooza Day 1 recap and photos) (Lollapalooza Day 2 recap and photos) Security was noticeably more aggressive on Day 3, strictly enforcing the policy on no unsealed outside water bottles and threatening to expel any fest-goers who knotted their wristbands (presumably to cut down on those looking to slip their pass to someone outside). One young attendee could be overheard bragging about breaking past the g ...
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'Father Of Fracking' Dies At 94
Huffington Post - over 3 years
HOUSTON -- George P. Mitchell leveraged a penchant for hard work, an appetite for risk and dogged persistence in the face of futility into a technological breakthrough that reshaped the global energy industry and made the wildcat oilman a billionaire. Mitchell, the developer and philanthropist who also is considered the father of fracking, doggedly pursued natural gas he and others knew were trapped in wide, thin layers of rock deep underground. Fracking brought an entirely new – and enormous – trove of oil and gas within reach. Mitchell died Friday at age 94 his home in Galveston, his family said. The son of a Greek immigrant who ran a cleaning and shoeshine business in Galveston, Mitchell became one of the wealthiest men in the U.S. While his technological breakthrough transformed economies in states like North Dakota, Texas and Pennsylvania and is expected to migrate around the world, many environmentalists have attacked the practice over concerns about air ...
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Happy Birthday, Yves Klein!
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Today marks the birthday of one of the art world's most debated, yet utterly beloved figures, Yves Klein. Known for his rich blue pigments and proclivity for sponges, the French Nouveau realisme artist would turn 85 if he were still with us today. Fans of the great monochromatic painter know Klein's work was based in an obsession with pure beauty and aesthetic, a fixation that often resulted in minimalist canvases doused in the artist's signature International Klein Blue. Working in a period predating the Pop Art explosion, his sponge reliefs and baren oceans of color were a refreshing taste of unadulterated art, that mystified and awed Parisian collectors and critics alike. The popular art critic Pierre Restany held Klein in high regard, proclaiming in a 1967 exhibition text: "To all those intoxicated with the machine and the big city, to the frenetics of rhythm, masturbated by reality, Yves offers a highly enriching cure of asthenic silence." Beyond his blue masterpi ...
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Zack Rosen: The Thin White Dork: Diamond Rings' John O'Regan
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
John O'Regan knows his shit. To be fair, the man who writes and performs as Diamond Rings has a master grasp of style. If you saw him as I did last september, towering blondly in athletic stage gear over a horde of young, flamboyant fans outsider the 930 Club while Stars' Torquin Campbell paced V Street, unnoticed, singing scales to himself in a rumpled wool suit, you'd be forgiven for thinking he was all gravy and no poutine. But a Diamond Rings stage show, bolstered by futuristic stage wear and a well-travelled backing band that includes Miracle Fortress' Graham Van Pelt, displays a more-than-solid synth/rock hybrid sound and an extremely compelling (think male Robyn) frontman in O'Regan. This is made especially clear during a green-room interview, when he proves to be the most fun kind of subject, a music dork, not getting rankled at questions about Depeche Mode and David Bowie, showing off the uniquely Canadian superpower of keeping all Dan Koeckner's projects, from ...
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Kiesha Weippeart's body 'set alight and buried' after death - The Australian
Google News - about 4 years
Sydney Morning Herald Kiesha Weippeart's body 'set alight and buried' after death The Australian KIESHA Weippeart's body was placed in a suitcase and taken to a shallow grave after her stepfather scouted for burial locations, a court has heard today. Robert Smith is still awaiting sentence for the little girl's manslaughter, after pleading guilty to his part in ... Kiesha's stepfather burned, buried her body, court toldSydney Morning Herald Kiesha stepdad left her in suitcase: courtThe Age all 3 news articles »
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The 'Life And Times' Takes Audiences On A Lengthy Journey
NPR - about 4 years
Life and Times is a 10-hour play about the life of one ordinary woman. It opens this week in New York city, and weekends on All Things Considered host Robert Smith attended a performance, complete with meals. He talks to the play's directors and to the woman on whose life it's based. » E-Mail This     » Add to
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Robert Smith
  • 2015
    Age 55
    In 2015, Robert Smith also contributed vocals on 'In All Worlds', a single from the band Eat Static on their new album Dead Planet.
    More Details Hide Details 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. He has said that his early songwriting "was influenced by early Beatles – the sense of a three-minute guitar-pop song", 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". 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". When Robert was eight years old in 1967, Richard played him "Purple Haze" by Jimi Hendrix, who became hugely influential. Of this period, Robert Smith later went on to say:
    On 15 June 2015, The Twilight Sad will release a single with a double A side, 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.
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    In 2015, Smith contributed vocals to the song "Please" from the album 8:58, a project by Paul Hartnoll.
    More Details Hide Details The track is in fact a reworking of the track of the same name from The Ideal Condition, which he also contributed vocals for.
  • 2011
    Age 51
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 2012 Robert again recorded a solo cover version for a Tim Burton project; 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.
  • 2010
    Age 50
    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 and the single version of Crystal Castles' cover version of Platinum Blonde's "Not in Love", released on Fiction Records, 6 December 2010. 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.
    More Details Hide Details Robert Smith)", 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.
    In 2010, he contributed a cover of "Very Good Advice" from the 1951 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 1989 also saw release on CD for the first time.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Unlike his previous solo covers (such as "Pirate Ships" and "World In My Eyes"), these were officially released under the name of Robert Smith, rather than The Cure.
  • 2005
    Age 45
    In June 2005, Smith appeared on Smashing Pumpkins/Zwan front man Billy Corgan's solo debut TheFutureEmbrace, sharing vocal duties during the refrain for Corgan's cover of the Bee Gees song "To Love Somebody".
    More Details Hide Details 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. Another guest vocal on Paul Hartnoll of Orbital's song "Please" was released as a single and appeared on The Ideal Condition in May 2007. Placebo's Steve Hewitt meanwhile announced plans to launch a solo dance/drum'n'bass-influenced album under the working title of Ancient B to feature Smith singing some tracks, and bassist Jon Thorne of Lamb.
  • 2003
    Age 43
    Smith had also recorded vocals for another completely new version of "A Forest" during 2003, this time billed as a cover version by the German electronic duo "Blank & Jones (feat.
    More Details Hide Details Robert Smith)". Released in September 2003, the single reached number 14 in the German Top100 Singles charts, and three separate remixes later appeared on the 2004 album Monument; "A Forest" being described by AllMusics Rick Anderson as "the centerpiece of the album". January 2004 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. 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. "Truth Is (Featuring – Robert Smith)" appeared on former Nine Inch Nails drummer and co-founder Chris Vrenna's second Tweaker album 2 a.m. Wakeup Call, released 20 April 2004. In 2004, on 17 September at Old Billingsgate Market in London, Robert joined Blink-182 live onstage to perform "All of This" during the MTV Icon tribute to The Cure. On 21 October, Robert stood in as one of three guest presenters for John Peel on BBC Radio 1, just days before Peel's death. 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", followed by Blink-182 on 6 December to perform "All of This" and again, "Boys Don't Cry".
    Robert Smith)" on veteran Bowie guitarist Earl Slick's Zig Zag album, released 9 December 2003.
    More Details Hide Details Slick meanwhile contributed guitars to the Mark Plati mix of "A Forest" featured on the Join The Dots box-set on 27 January 2004. 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.
    Robert Smith)" for Dutch electronic music producer Junkie XL's album Radio JXL: A Broadcast from the Computer Hell Cabin, released in June 2003; "All of This (feat.
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  • 2000
    Age 40
    Garth Ennis's Muzak Killer stories for 2000 AD Comics from 1991 also contain visual references in the form of characters resembling Robert Smith, and again, Smith himself is a self-professed fan of 2000 AD.
    More Details Hide Details Revolutionary Comics produced a biographical comic book on The Cure in 1991 as Issue No. 30 of Rock n Roll Comics series, and the following year Personality Comics produced their own Cure biography in the form of Music Comics 4: The Cure. Ian Shirley, author of Can Rock & Roll Save the World?: An Illustrated History of Music and Comics, considers the fact "that the Cure have spawned two biographical comics... just shows the impact that Robert Smith and his Goth chic had upon America in the 1990s". Gothic horror and fantasy writer Poppy Z. Brite in her 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 her characters, Laine and Nothing. Colin Raff of the New York Press described "Poppy Z. Brite's enthusiastic appraisal of Robert Smith's mouth in her depiction of a fictional blowjob" as "an example of the unfortunate habit of many fiction writers (especially since the 1980s) 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".
  • 1999
    Age 39
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 2002, as Exclaim! magazine's Cam Lindsay later observed, The Cure became "the band to namedrop as a musical influence, sparking rejuvenation for their career. 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". From 2003–2004 a steady succession of guest vocal performances were released with other recording artists "feat. Robert Smith". Smith wrote the words and sang "Perfect Blue Sky (feat.
    Smith's contribution to "Yesterday's Gone" appeared on Gabrels' solo album Ulysses (Della Notte) released in 1999 via Internet and in 2000 on CD by E-magine Music.
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  • 1998
    Age 38
    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, and "Robert Smith Kicks Ass" T-shirts were reportedly "doing a healthy trade among Cure fans" soon afterwards.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Now that I'm a cartoon character I'm fully accepted into their world". He told Belgian magazine Humo: Interviewed by Placebo's Brian Molko for Les Inrockuptibles magazine, Smith said that Trey Parker and Matt Stone sent him the script, but deliberately left some portions blank "to keep the surprise. They didn't want anybody to know, they wanted to shock. When I saw myself, I found it surrealistic." In another interview set up by Entertainment Weekly, Smith described the process to Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy: He told Wentz that the "Disintegration is the best album ever!" scene was "one of my greatest moments in life". In 2004, in an episode of The Mighty Boosh, "Nanageddon" (Series 2, episode 11), the character Vince Noir offers Howard Moon the opportunity to spend the evening with two goth girls, on the condition that he dresses like a goth. Vince produces a can of "Goth Juice: the most powerful hairspray known to man, made from the tears of Robert Smith". In the same episode The Moon sings "The Love Cats" over the credits. 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".
  • 1993
    Age 33
    From 1993, Smith's primary musical engagement was the recording of The Cure's album Wild Mood Swings, released in 1996 and followed by the Swing Tour, concluding in early 1997.
    More Details Hide Details 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". Here Smith met Bowie's guitarist Reeves Gabrels and co-producer Mark Plati, leading to their collaboration on the single "Wrong Number". 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. 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". Recorded in August, "Wrong Number" was released in October 1997 as the new promotional single to accompany The Cure's Galore singles compilation album.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The single gave Cranes their first Top 30 single in Britain and Norway, and also became their biggest commercial breakthrough in the US.
  • 1992
    Age 32
    In 1992, Smith invited Cranes to support The Cure live on the Wish Tour.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Cranes wrote most of their next album (1993's Forever) while on the Wish Tour, and the album's title was partly influenced by touring with The Cure.
  • 1989
    Age 29
    During 1989, Smith and producer Mark Saunders remixed 7'’ and 12'’ versions of the song "The Pear Tree", by And Also The Trees.
    More Details Hide Details 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. In December that year while mixing The Cure's live album Entreat, Robert also recorded a solo cover version of Wendy Waldman's "Pirate Ships", originally intended for Rubáiyát: Elektra's 40th Anniversary; a compilation album celebrating the history of The Cure's US label Elektra Records. Instead, however, the full band line-up of The Cure recorded "Hello, I Love You" by The Doors for Elektra, and "Pirate Ships" did not see official CD release until Disintegrations "Deluxe Edition" reissue in 2010.
  • 1988
    Age 28
    During the mid-1980s, Janet gave up a professional career as a pianist to spend more time with Porl and The Cure, and the couple were married in March 1988.
    More Details Hide Details Janet is also credited with having taught Robert's guitar technician Perry Bamonte to play piano while The Cure were recording Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, prior to Bamonte joining the group as keyboardist in 1990. Smith has said that he is generally uncomfortable with interviews and conversations with strangers and does not express an interest or desire to engage in either. In addition to this, 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. Smith has described himself as a "liberal kind of guy" and has described himself as a socialist, but he is "uncomfortable with politicised musicians". He sported a 'citizens, not subjects' slogan on his guitar on tour in 2012 and 2013. With The Cure See The Cure discography from 1976 (start) to present
  • 1985
    Age 25
    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.
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  • 1984
    Age 24
    In March 1984, the next Banshees single to feature Robert Smith on guitar, "Swimming Horses" was released, followed by "Dazzle" in May, and finally the album Hyæna in June – Smith having left the Banshees the month prior to release, citing health issues due to his overloaded schedule.
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    With the completion of the Blue Sunshine project and his departure from Siouxsie and the Banshees, by 1984 Robert Smith had returned to recording and touring with The Cure as his full-time primary band.
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    The song was re-recorded with Robert Smith playing most instruments in January 1984, produced by Chris Parry, and was released on Fiction Records (with a new video) in June, reaching number 34 in the British charts.
    More Details Hide Details 1987 saw the release of the double album Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, with the singles "Hot, Hot, Hot! " and "Just Like Heaven" becoming popular in the US. A world tour following the album's release drew millions into stadiums. The line-up included Simon Gallup, Boris Williams, Roger O'Donnell, Lol Tolhurst, Porl, and Robert Smith.
  • 1983
    Age 23
    Between March and June 1983, Smith was in the studio recording with The Glove, Siouxsie and The Banshees and (ostensibly) The Cure; prompting him to remark:
    More Details Hide Details Smith and Severin had first discussed collaborating on an external side-project in 1981, although their respective commitments to The Cure and the Banshees had previously left no time for the project. 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. Budgie's then girlfriend Jeanette Landray, formerly a dancer with Zoo, was recruited to perform vocals, while Andy Anderson from Brilliant was brought in to play drums. The Glove took its name from the "murder mitten" from the Beatles' animated feature Yellow Submarine, while the album title came from a B-movie by the same name about a potent strain of LSD that caused people to lose their hair and turn into homicidal maniacs many years after their first trip. Severin said of the project: Smith described the creation of the album by saying: 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. Retrospectively, the Melody Makers Steve Sutherland described The Glove as "a manic psychedelic pastiche".
    To test the idea, Smith and Severin recorded a reworking of The Cure's "Siamese Twins", with Lol Tolhurst on drums, and Anne Stephenson and Virginia Hewes (later known as Ginni Ball) of The Venomettes on violins, which was performed on BBC Two's music programme Riverside in March 1983, featuring two dancers choreographed by Dixon.
    More Details Hide Details Despite a positive critical reception, however, neither Dixon nor Smith were happy with the results, and the Les Enfants Terribles project was shelved indefinitely. The Venomettes were a string and vocal performance group associated with the Batcave scene during the early 1980s, whose members collaborated with Marc Almond (as part of Marc and the Mambas), Andi Sexgang, Siouxsie and the Banshees and This Mortal Coil, among others. 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.
    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.
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  • 1982
    Age 22
    Smith was initially to have also produced the band's debut single "The Secret Sea", but instead Lol Tolhurst stepped in as producer between 1982–84, both for the band's first two singles, and for their self-titled debut album.
    More Details Hide Details Smith would again collaborate with And Also The Trees in 1991 (see → Remixes, Cranes, Pirate Ships, And Also The Trees). 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. Although released under the name of The Cure, the only personnel to perform on the original Flexipop single release of "Lament" in August 1982 were Robert Smith and Steve Severin, and soon afterwards, Smith admitted that The Cure as a band now existed in name only. That August, Smith briefly resurrected the Dance Fools Dance label to record and release the single "Frame One" by Crawley gothic/post-punk outfit Animation. 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. 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. 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".
  • 1980
    Age 20
    Also during April, Smith provided backing vocals for the Associates' debut album The Affectionate Punch, released in August 1980.
    More Details Hide Details At the time, the Associates were also signed to Fiction Records, and had been joined in late 1979 by former Cure bassist Michael Dempsey. The Associates' front man Billy Mackenzie was a friend of Smith's for more than 20 years, and The Cure song, "Cut Here" (from 2001's Greatest Hits album), was written in response to Mackenzie's suicide in 1997. As Smith told Jam! Showbiz following the release of "Greatest Hits": During 1981, The Cure received a home demo tape from And Also The Trees and immediately became friends. Front-man Simon Huw Jones later told Abstract Magazine that The Cure were AATT's "biggest fans, the first people who came up to us and said 'we think you're great'" and that the two groups were mutually influenced by one another. The group joined The Cure in support of the Eight Appearances tour of Scotland and Northern England during November and December 1981, together with 1313, featuring Steve Severin and Lydia Lunch, and the following year Robert Smith together with Cure/Banshees co-producer Mike Hedges co-produced And Also The Trees' 1982 cassette release From Under The Hill.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Joy Division were also one of the support bands on the second night. Recordings from the event were later released as The Stranglers and Friends – Live in Concert in 1995.
  • 1979
    Age 19
    By the time the NME interviewed the band in October 1979 during their tour with Siouxsie and the Banshees, Smith was acknowledged as the principal writer of "almost all of The Cure's songs and lyrics", and stated that he was uncomfortable playing and singing songs that weren't his own.
    More Details Hide Details Following his return from the Banshees' tour, Smith also composed most of the music for the album Seventeen Seconds using the Hammond, a drum machine and his trademark Top 20 Woolworth's guitar, during a home demo session in his parents' basement, while most of the lyrics had been written in one night in Newcastle. Michael Dempsey, discussing his own departure from the group at this time, later remarked: Although Smith wrote most of the lyrics for Seventeen Seconds, many were also rewritten by the group during the recording of the album itself. Dempsey's replacement Simon Gallup described the collective writing process to Sounds in 1980: Lol Tolhurst later stated that he, Simon Gallup and Robert Smith all wrote lyrics for The Cure's early albums, and that the group dynamic only changed after their 1982 album Pornography: 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. In contrast to Tolhurst's recollection of their songwriting as a group effort, in 1982 Smith claimed to have written "90 per cent of the 'Pornography' album", and that he therefore couldn't leave The Cure, because it wouldn't be The Cure without him.
    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.
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    Smith meanwhile conceived the Cult Hero side-project to collaborate with bassist Simon Gallup of The Magspies, recorded at Morgan Studios in October 1979.
    More Details Hide Details With some leftover time in the studio from the Cult Hero sessions, Smith also produced recordings by The Magspies and a young vocal and percussion duo The Obtainers (described by Steve Sutherland of Melody Maker as "two 11-year olds banging on pots and pans"), for the fledgling independent label Dance Fools Dance co-founded by Robert Smith and Ric Gallup, elder brother of Simon.
    Robert Smith met Steve Severin of Siouxsie and the Banshees at a Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire gig at the London YMCA on 3 August 1979.
    More Details Hide Details 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. The pair hit it off, and Severin invited Smith to accompany the Banshees on a UK tour in support of their second album Join Hands. 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), A few dates into the Join Hands tour, however, the 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. Determined not to let the tour end, Smith volunteered to replace McKay temporarily on condition that The Cure remained the opening act, while ex-Slits drummer Budgie joined on drums. The tour resumed on 18 September, with Smith playing in both bands each night. At the tour's end, Smith returned full-time to The Cure.
  • 1978
    Age 18
    Smith's notable guitar work was first heard on the first Cure single Killing An Arab which was released in Dec. 1978, where Smith performed an intricate Middle Eastern sounding descending and ascending guitar riff to accompany the song, as well as the B-side 10:15 Saturday Night, where Smith played the heavily-distorted solo that's featured in the song.
    More Details Hide Details Smith would soon expand on his guitar style further with the Cure's second album Seventeen Seconds, notably on the singles A Forest, where Smith played an extended solo-outro on his Jazzmaster, as well as Play For Today, where Smith demonstrated an intricate use of harmonics. With every Cure album release on-ward, Smith would soon incorporate a number of different guitars and sounds into the Cure’s repertoire with stylistic versatility and craftsmanship over the course of thirty years. Notably, starting with The Top, in 1984, Smith started incorporating Spanish acoustic guitars (notably on the songs "Birdmad Girl", and The Caterpillar), and from the mid-80’s onward Smith included more acoustic guitar instrumentation on later Cure songs such as "The Blood", as well as notable singles such as In Between Days, Just Like Heaven, and Friday I’m In Love. On the 1987 release Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Smith showcased a diverse style of guitar playing across the 17-track album. Notably on the opening track "The Kiss" where Smith played an extended Wah-wah pedal introductory solo that opened the LP, as well as the single Hot Hot Hot!!! where Smith included an intricate funk playing style that intersected with Porl Thompson's guitar lines. Another ingredient of Smith’s guitar sound is the Fender VI, which proved to be a staple of the Cure’s sound during the early 80’s on Cure albums such as “Faith”, and was later played by Smith on the 1989 release “Disintegration”.
    While recording the Cure's debut Three Imaginary Boys album in 1978, 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.
    More Details Hide Details Smith explained this guitar customization in 1992: "The third pickup 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. Manager/producer Chris Parry, who was paying for the record, said," you can't use that!" We went out and bought a Fender Jazzmaster, and I immediately had the Top 20 pickup installed in it, which really upset Chris. 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."
    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".
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  • 1977
    Age 17
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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. By the time Easy Cure entered London's Sound And Vision Studio to record for Hansa in October 1977, however, O'Toole had left to work on a Kibbutz in Israel. Smith then fell into the vocalist role by default, since no better replacement appeared. He told Musician magazine in 1989: Smith was also not the sole songwriter or lyricist in the group during their early years; the name 'Easy Cure' came from a song penned by Lol Tolhurst, while "Grinding Halt" began as a Tolhurst lyric that Smith shortened to the first half of each line.
  • 1976
    Age 16
    As "the group" gradually became Malice and began regular rehearsals in January 1976, Smith was still one of several floating members who "used to fluctuate between five and fifteen" according to Smith.
    More Details Hide Details Of their first "proper" rehearsal at St Edwards Church, Robert said 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. By January 1977 Malice had changed their name to Easy Cure, partly to distance themselves from these earlier shows. Both drummer Lol Tolhurst and bassist Mick Dempsey are also noted as having performed vocals with the group in the early years. Tolhurst also sang on a cover of "Wild Thing" at Malice's early shows, 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, for their cover of Hendrix's "Foxy Lady".
  • 1972
    Age 12
    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!" One rock biographer (Jeff Apter) maintains that the guitar Smith received for Christmas of 1972 was from his parents, and equates this item with Smith's notorious Woolworth's 'Top 20' guitar, later used on many of The Cure's earliest recordings.
    More Details Hide Details Smith was quoted in several earlier sources as saying he purchased the Top 20 himself for £20, in 1978. Smith told Guitar Player magazine that the Woolworth's Top 20 was his "very first electric" guitar. (see Musical influences) Smith described Notre Dame Middle School as "a very free-thinking establishment" with an experimental approach; a freedom he claimed to have abused. On one occasion, Smith said that he wore a black velvet dress to Notre Dame and kept it on all day "because the teachers just thought 'oh, it's a phase he's going through, he's got some personality crisis, let's help him through it'." According to Smith "four other kids" beat him up after school, although Jeff Apter notes that Smith has given several conflicting versions of the story. Apter also reports that Smith put in minimal effort at Notre Dame, sufficient to gain pass marks, and quotes Smith as saying:
    Smith was thirteen or fourteen when he became more serious about rock music and "started to play and learn frenetically". Up until December 1972 Robert did not have a guitar of his own, and had been borrowing his brother Richard's for some time, "so he gave me his guitar for Christmas.
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    During the latter part of 1972, the nucleus of Smith, Ceccagno, Dempsey and Tolhurst had gone on to secondary school together at St Wilfrid's Comprehensive, where they and their friends continued playing music together.
    More Details Hide Details 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." Dempsey, who eventually moved from guitar to bassist for "the group", said that another name they toyed with was the Brat's Club – a reference to Evelyn Waugh's A Handful of Dust. Smith said that "the group" eventually became Malice, "sort of a sub-metal punk group -with Michael Dempsey, Laurence and two other blokes." According to the band's Ten Imaginary Years biography, between January and December 1976, the shifting line-up for Malice featured several "other blokes", with founding guitarist Marc Ceccagno being replaced by Porl Thompson, an early drummer known only as "Graham" replaced by Lol Tolhurst, and "Graham's brother" replaced by vocalist Martin Creasy. By 1977, Malice had become Easy Cure. In the formative stages of the Cure, Smith did not intend to become the lead vocalist of the group. Bowler and Dray note that the Obelisk had "featured Dempsey and Ceccagno as guitarists and him Robert on piano as very much a background player."
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Jeff Apter, however, dates the performance to April 1973, which is at variance with Smith and his bandmates having already left Notre Dame Middle School by this time.
  • 1966
    Age 6
    He told Chris Heath of Smash Hits magazine that from about 1966 (when Smith turned seven years old) his brother Richard (thirteen years Robert's senior) taught him "a few basic chords" on guitar, "but I didn't have any dreams of becoming anything at that age".
    More Details Hide Details Smith began taking classical guitar lessons from the age of nine, "with a student of John Williams, a really excellent guitarist... I learned a lot, but got to the point where I was losing the sense of fun. I wish I'd stuck with it." Smith was quoted as saying that his guitar tutor "was horrified by my playing", and that Robert consequently gave up formal tuition and instead began teaching himself to play by ear, listening to Richard's record collection.
  • 1962
    Age 2
    Raised Catholic, he later became an atheist When he was three years old, in December 1962 his family moved to Horley, Surrey, where he later attended St Francis Primary School, before the family moved to Crawley, West Sussex, in March 1966, where Smith attended St Francis Junior School.
    More Details Hide Details He later attended Notre Dame Middle School (1970–72) and St Wilfrid's Comprehensive School, Crawley (1972–77). He played in junior football team - Wasps (Three Bridges) at the age of 15. Both Robert and his little sister Janet had piano lessons; Smith said that Janet "was a piano prodigy, so sibling rivalry made me take up guitar because she couldn't get her fingers around the neck."
  • 1959
    Born on April 21, 1959.
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