Thursday, May 16, 2024

Japanese Whispers HMV exclusive

As part of HMV's Vinyl Week (which starts on June 15th), they will have an exclusive "1921 Edition" of The Cure's Japanese Whispers on clear vinyl.

Amoeba still has their listing up and it appears to be the same as the HMV exclusive, just not listed as a "1921 edition", and it comes out a week earlier.

The band still hasn't officially announced any of this.

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Lol x Budgie cover A Forest at Cruel World Festival

And here's their full set:

New interview with Lol

Read the interview at Music Times:

The Cure's Lol Tolhurst, Banshees' Budgie Join Hands in 45-Years-in-the Making Goth Supergroup

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Disintegration special on BBC 6 Music

From Maryanne Hobbs:


the divine Ms. Isamaya French on how to perfect Robert Smith red lips..


Banshees Budgie 

Warpaint 's Jenny Lee

director Tim Pope

on The Cure's 'Disintegration'

BBC 6 Music Thurs 10.30am

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Simon to host Pride of Andover awards

From LoveAndover:

The Pride of Andover Awards, sponsored by New Street Dental Care, are thrilled to announce Simon Gallup as the host for their October 2024 event. Gallup, renowned for his role as the bassist in the legendary English rock band The Cure, has been a significant part of the music scene since joining the band in 1979.

The Pride of Andover team is ecstatic to welcome Gallup, whose charisma and stage presence are expected to add a dynamic touch to the awards ceremony. His involvement is anticipated to bring a new level of excitement and energy to the event, enhancing the overall experience for attendees.

“We are honoured that Simon will be joining us,” said a representative from the Pride of Andover. “His experience and enthusiasm are sure to lighten the stage and make this year’s awards truly memorable. We can’t wait to highlight the incredible community of people around us.”

The launch of the awards is set for the 8th of June, marking the official opening for nominations. This event celebrates individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to the community, and having Simon Gallup as the host is expected to draw even more attention to the outstanding work being done in Andover and beyond.

Robert to sign letter in support of ticket reform

From Rolling Stone:

BILLIE EILISH, LORDE, Green Day, and Fall Out Boy are among the hundreds of artists to sign an open letter asking Congress to pass the Fans First Act, a bill that takes aim at “deceptive” and “predatory” ticket resellers.

The letter, organized by the Fix the Tix Coalition, was also signed by a range of artists across all genres, from Becky G, Chappell Roan, and Darlene Love to Graham Nash, Goose, Pixies, and Finneas. 

Addressed to Sens. Maria Cantwell and Ted Cruz — both members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation — the group said the bill would make ticket buying more transparent as well as eliminate illegal bots that “scoop up face value tickets ahead of fans in order to resell at inflated prices on the secondary market.”

“We are joining together to say that the current system is broken: predatory resellers and secondary platforms engage in deceptive ticketing practices to inflate ticket prices and deprive fans of the chance to see their favorite artists at a fair price,” the letter states. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Japanese Whispers reissue

 From Amoeba Music:

"Japanese Whispers," The Cure's compilation of singles and B-sides from Nov 1982-1983, is getting reissued on vinyl! It will be available June 7th on clear vinyl and housed in a special Transclear sleeve with a printed inner bag.

Pre-order it here:

Cure in The Gig List book

 From The Norwich Evening News:

The Gig List book celebrates 60 years of UEA gigs in Norwich

Sixty years of live music at one of the city's top gig venues is being celebrated in a special book.

The Gig List: The Nick Rayns LCR, 60 Years of Live Music 1963-2023 ranges from Pink Floyd and Genesis to Blur and Pulp in the 90s and Coldplay, The Killers and Amy Winehouse in the noughties.

The book explores all the events that have taken place at the UEA since it was established in 1963. The LCR did not come into use until a decade later but artists including The Who played in the Assembly Hall.

Stills exclusive at Rough Trade

From Rough Trade:


'Stills' follows the changing faces of one of The Cure during the post-punk and new-wave movements of the late ’70s and ’80s.

Over 200 colour and 75 black-and-white images with accompanying captions written by front man Robert Smith.

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Lol on What Difference Does It Make podcast

From What Difference Does It Make:

Founding member of The Cure, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member, and author, Lol Tolhurst joins us this week to talk Goth, the eclipse, sunny California, his current tour, and much more.

Friday in Fortnite

The Cure's Friday I'm in Love added to Fortnite. From iFireMonkey on Twitter:

If the party’s over, start it back up again with these four unlockable Jam Tracks in the Premium reward tier:

Maroon 5 - “Maps”

The Cure - “Friday I'm in Love”

5 Seconds Of Summer - “Youngblood”

Billie Eilish - “Oxytocin”

Friday, April 12, 2024

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Cure featured on Pointless

The Cure featured on UK Quiz show Pointless today.

Cure segment starts about 25 minutes into the program.

(Thanks Matt)

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

The Top picture disc for RSD

It's out April 20th for Record Store Day. Photo from Bear Tree Records.

New Cure Funko Pop

Update: HMV too.

Also up at Hot Topic with a shipping date of April 30th - May 10th.

Preorder is up at Entertainment Earth too. They have it listed for a May release,

Cure: Disintegration Funko POP! Album currently listed for a July 10th release.

Amazon US -
Amazon Canada -

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

More about Simon's visit to Miss Lizzie's

From The Herald News:

Goth-rock music icon visits a Fall River's 'haunted' cafe for coffee and ghost stories

Ashley Schuler The Herald News

FALL RIVER — The perfect cure for the mid-week blues walked into Miss Lizzie's Coffee last Wednesday.

Simon Gallup, legendary bassist for 1980s British goth rock band The Cure, paid a special visit to the quirky cafe recently for a "wonderful time" with his family, according to Joe Pereira, owner of Miss Lizzie's. 

"He's probably one of the coolest guys I've ever met ... a class act," Pereira said. 

On Sunday, Miss Lizzie's shared a photo on their Facebook page featuring 63-year-old Gallup and Pereira's daughter Olivia Pereira, the general manager, inside the Lizzie Borden-themed Second Street shop.

So what brought the music icon to town? 

Gallup discovered Miss Lizzie's through a family member, who it turns out is good friends with Olivia and her brother. 

So Gallup's family arranged an after-hours visit to the Fall River shop during Gallup's recent trip to the United States. According to Pereira, he was headed home to England this past weekend. 

But not before enjoying some Miss Lizzie’s coffee — Gallup ordered a cappuccino with three shots of espresso — and chatting about the infamous Borden case, Fall River history and culture, and music, during his brief stop.

"We had a lot of fun. We laughed quite a bit about a few spooky ghost stories," Pereira said.

Lizzie Borden House, a bed and breakfast and museum at 230 Second St., is most well-known as the scene of the gruesome, and still unsolved, ax murders of Lizzie Borden's father and stepmother on Aug. 4, 1892.

But it's not the only Borden-related Second Street home with tales of the supernatural tied to its grim history.

Over 50 years prior to the Borden double murder, a tragic incident took place in the building next door to where Andrew, Abby, Lizzie and Emma would later settle — now occupied by Miss Lizzie's Coffee.

There, Eliza Darling Borden, Lizzie's great-aunt by marriage, drowned her two youngest children in the cellar cistern before taking her own life.  

Upon learning of the building's past, Pereira said Gallup asked if Miss Lizzie's employees were ever afraid of being left alone. Staff shared their spooky encounters.

Gallup was also spotted at the Lizzie Borden House, and Pereira said he visited a few other city spots while in the area.

According to Pereira, his daughter Olivia is a huge fan of The Cure — who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019 and are best known for hits "It's Friday I'm in Love," "Lovesong," and "Just Like Heaven" — so Gallup's pop-in was just like a dream. 

Even if it wasn't Friday, was Gallup in love with Fall River? Pereira said he seemed impressed.

"He's a very nice person, very down-to-earth, a very quiet, private person, but just wonderful. And he enjoyed being in Fall River," Pereira said.

"He really liked the artistic vibe that Fall River has," Pereira said. 

He noted that Gallup admired the paintings by local artists that hang in Miss Lizzie's shop as well as the larger-than-life mural of the shop's namesake, the work of city native William Silvia, that graces the shop window.

According to Pereira, it was a good day for the coffee shop and the city.

"It's really nice to have people like that coming to Fall River, supporting us, supporting the community," Pereira said. "This city has a lot to offer, and I think it's nice for people like that to come and see that we have great talent here too."

The Cure member left his mark on the staff at Miss Lizzie's in more ways than one, even signing the shop's guest book on his way out.

According to Pereira, Gallup isn't the only notable person who has paid a visit to Miss Lizzie's since opening this past fall. And he said he's recently received calls from a couple of "Hollywood people," an actor and producer, interested in featuring Miss Lizzie's Coffee shop for potential projects.

'Paris' (Robert's version) enters the Billboard Top Album Sales chart at #45

From Forbes:

The Cure Returns To The Billboard Charts With A Fan Favorite

The Cure hasn’t released a new album of original material in well over a decade. That sad fact hasn’t kept fans from supporting the group in a number of ways, including buying a recently re-released take on a live recording that is clearly a favorite among their followers.