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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Boris sighting!

Not exactly sure what/where this is, but it's a very brief video of Boris Williams, posted on Facebook by Dy Pillbox. The english translation is "Boris Williams (The Cure) playing on one of my demos for the process." Always so nice to see Boris!

Update: For Sofia...and others without Facebook. : ) And for those who missed it last May, here are some photos of Boris playing in Paris last year.

18 comments:

  1. i wanna see boris!
    facebook...curses!

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  2. Give me a few minutes and I might be able to help you. : )

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  3. holy crap did he get old or what

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  4. you are the most, fella! thanks! :D

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  5. Yes he sure looks old now. But wasn't he seriously ill sometime in the early '00s? Probably that played a big role

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  6. Well, he is about 10 years older than averyone else to begin with. I think he would look much better and much younger if he would shave his head. Glad to see that The Rhythm Master is still playing...would love to hear some interesting new work from him.

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  7. No problem, Sofia.

    Kate: Thanks! Had only heard rumors of the date. Will have my fez ready! Or I guess maybe a stetson. We have to wear stetsons now. Stetsons are cool. : ) Nah, fez all the way!

    Season 6 looks to be fantastic!

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  8. I'm sure you've seen the S6 trailer, but if not - Who Season 6 trailer

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  9. How is any of this Cure related? There's a Smith in the TARDIS! : )

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  10. Squee, Craig! Fezzes are cool! :)

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  11. that's nice! I enjoy watching that kind of little videos so much. I like that little rythm, I kept it in my head all day.

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  12. As an intrinsic a part of The Cure legacy as the spidery-haired frontman Robert Smith, Boris Williams was one of the most important recruits from the seemingly never-ending carousel of musicians that have passed through the band.

    Bringing true personality to his drumming as well as a technical superiority upon which the band could build upon, every song Boris played on is chock-full of little tricks and subtle flourishes that not only add to the impact, feel and - especially important in a band like The Cure - the atmosphere, but also manages to never become showy, obscene, or in your face.

    In fact, his greatest strength is in understanding and accentuating the vibe of the song; for example his work on hit single Just Like Heaven has a steady, dead-simple, beat driving the song, interrupted only by repeated sharp snare-cracks and a melodic rolling tom-fill that is distinctive and emphasises the music, but doesn't overpower it or needlessly complicate things.

    Contrast that with the syncopated aggression displayed on the guitar-frenzied The Kiss, the vampiric beats of The Snakepit or the seemingly straightforwardness of the complicated snare-driven From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea and you see a true master with immense imagination and skill at work.

    Whatever the mood, whatever the style - and when Boris was with The Cure they were trying their hand at more contrasting musical styles than any other group since The Beatles - Boris was the backbone that allowed The Cure to experiment wildly but never lose their way, or end up covered in the sickly sweet stench of indulgence.

    Boris' departure from the band was a blow The Cure has never really recovered from. Replacement Jason Cooper is a worthy addition, and fantastic live, but album-wise he doesn't have the same presence or imagination of Boris and subsequently recent albums have a large Boris-shaped hole where the drums should be.

    Boris was a master of the sneaky fill, the offbeat rhythm, the subtle timing change, the tom-heavy beat as well as being a musician of immense variation and creativity. But perhaps his greatest strength was his ability to effortlessly reinforce what Robert Smith was singing about through his drumming.

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  13. That rhythm is infectious!

    That is what The Cure needs since 1994!

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