Update (03-22-12): Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 picked Robert - "The Cure were such a huge part of what I listened to growing up. That’s probably my favourite band of all time, and probably the biggest influence on the way that I write music. I think Robert Smith kind of is that whole genre of music. I think if you think about dark, spooky indie rock, it’s The Cure.
He’s crafted that whole genre, and done it in very different ways over his career, from early albums like ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ and ‘Three Imaginary Boys’, which was very guitar-driven, into synthy stuff, then flamenco, weird druggy music like ‘The Top’, and then the likes of ‘Disintegration’. I think he’s just very creative."