Thursday, June 13, 2024

Trey Parker talks about The Cure's visit to Casa Bonita

From Westwood:

The Cure visited Casa Bonita while on tour in 2023:

 The South Park creators had kept in contact with singer Robert Smith after The Cure frontman famously appeared in the last episode of the show’s first season to defeat Mecha-Streisand (go watch it), and Parker invited the band to Casa Bonita when the Cure was in Denver on tour last June. The musicians showed up in black SUVs, and after he saw Casa Bonita, Smith told Parker, “Wow, this is mental” -- he thought they were “just having tacos." Another surprise: The band didn't know that the restaurant's Day of the Dead amusement featured its song “The Blood” (with the proper licensing, of course). When Parker showed it to Smith, he responded with this: “That’s the greatest thing I’ve ever seen.”

Photos from Andy MacFarlane, The Twilight Sad and Susan Gabrels.

Robert at Casa Bonita. Photo from Andy MacFarlane.

The Twilight Sad with Eric Cartman at Casa Bonita. Photo from The Twilight Sad.

"Reeves brought some Casa Bonita goodness home, too." From Susan Gabrels.

"Reeves brought some Casa Bonita goodness home, too." From Susan Gabrels.

Vampire Weekend covers 'Just Like Heaven''

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Thursday, June 6, 2024

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Paste's 300 Greatest Albums of All Time

From Paste Magazine:

2. The Cure: Disintegration (1989)

The Cure perfected their vision on their eighth album, 1989’s Disintegration. As dark and icy as Pornography yet as instantly memorable and immediate as Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, it catapulted Robert Smith and his band to new levels of stardom and crystallized the core characteristics of their music: dark, emotional and meditative. On top of moody guitar tones courtesy of Porl Thompson and Smith, we also have a goth-rock album that features two of the best basslines in the history of recorded music: Simon Gallup’s melodic performance on “Fascination Street” and the driving momentum of the title track stand among the Cure’s finest moments. Each of the 12 songs is its own respective showcase for the group’s sprawling, meandering intros that induce a wistful haze before rewarding your patience with Smith’s unmistakable voice. Every classic band has that one album that presents them at their apogee, and even for a band with as many excellent albums as the Cure, Disintegration is undeniably the one. Despite the name of the record itself, this band has never sounded so locked in. —Grant Sharples

222. The Cure: Pornography (1982)

Disintegration seems to get the lion’s share of the love among the Cure’s discography, but the poignant echoes of “Lovesong” and “Lullaby” would not exist if it were not for the indulgent gloom of Pornography. After wading through the fertile mire of early goth music on Seventeen Seconds and Faith, Pornography presents the Cure’s freefall into the genre’s mushrooming abyss, immediately heralded by the opening doom spiral “One Hundred Years.” Pornography finds the Cure not just surrendering to misery, but committing to their muse through offerings of Stygian soundscapes, foglike synthlines and lyricism polluted with existential dread. While never particularly lascivious, Pornography made the Cure’s woe unprecedentedly explicit, crafting an inky sketch of an entire generation—as frontman Robert Smith wails—“waiting for the death blow.” —Victoria Wasylak

Saturday, June 1, 2024

Robert's Lost World art prints for sale

From Heart Research UK:

Exclusive artprints by Robert Smith from The Cure are now available in our eBay shop. You can now own "ENDSONG," "ALONE," and "AND NOTHING IS FOREVER” – titles inspired by songs from the forthcoming album, "Songs Of A Lost World", set for release in 2024.

Dogstar cover 'Just Like Heaven ' again

Dogstar / Keanu Reeves played their cover of 'Just Like Heaven' again, this time in Madrid on May 30th, 2024. They also played it the next day at Primavera Sound Barcelona.

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

NewDad releasing their Just Like Heaven cover

Update: Available now on most streaming services.

"Since a lot of you enjoyed our Just Like Heaven live cover from BBC Radio 1 Maida Vale, we wanted to release it as a little treat. Listen everywhere this Friday ✨ presave here "

Disintegration on Apple's 100 Best Albums list

Apple Music's 100 Best Albums 

# 56 Disintegration - The Cure

A dreamy deep dive that signaled the goth icons’ new stadium-sized ambitions.

Four years after The Head on the Door’s bona fide melodies marked a definitive break with the claustrophobic intensity of the goth icons’ early-’80s run, The Cure’s eighth album sharpened those pop instincts and enlarged their vision to stadium-sized proportions.

“By the time you get to Disintegration, it’s weirder and darker, and I was all about it.” - Kaskade

Disintegration is a deep dive into a singular mood: wistful and deeply melancholy, informing (and informed by) waves of British shoegaze and dream pop. Alt-rock staples “Pictures of You,” “Lovesong,” and “Fascination Street” are as immediate and indelible as anything in their catalog, but the band tempers its emotions so that even the major-key tonality of a track like “Plainsong” is marked not by brightness, but a deeper, richer hue.

There’s an echo of their prior, character-defining bleakness here, but this time, the descent into despair is strangely welcoming, as if Robert Smith had discovered that on the coldest nights, wrapping up in one’s own loneliness is the only way to stay warm. And in the process, he brought goth—and its fans—into the mainstream.

Lol x Budgie playing Bumbershoot

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.

Simon visited Miss Lizzie's Coffee in Massachusetts

From Fun107:

Fall River’s Miss Lizzie’s Coffee Gets Visit From The Cure’s Bassist Simon Gallup

On Wednesday, April 3, Fall River experienced a special visit from Simon Gallup, the acclaimed bassist of the legendary 1980s English rock band The Cure.

His stop at Miss Lizzie’s Coffee on Second Street made a lasting impression on the local community, especially General Manager Olivia Pereira, who was delighted to welcome the music icon.

Pereira, already acquainted with a family member of Gallup, had previously discussed his interest in visiting the cozy coffee shop.

Gallup called ahead to ensure a quiet visit after closing hours, and got to sit down with the Pereira family over a hot cup of cappuccino with an extra shot of espresso as they shared laughter over spooky stories.

Joe Pereira, owner of Miss Lizzie’s and a Fall River native, enjoyed Gallup's friendly demeanor and down-to-earth personality, as he shared stories about Fall River's infamous figure, Lizzie Borden.

Lol watched the eclipse at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

'Funeral Party' included on new compilation

From Ghost Cult Mag:

Cherry Red Records are preparing to release a 4 CD compilation of darkwave, ethereal rock, and coldwave classics, titled No Songs Tomorrow. The collection – due May 31st – will include songs from 1981 – 1990, featuring artists such as The Cure, Dead Can Dance, Clan Of Xymox, Cocteau Twins, Soft Cell, Tones On Tail, In The Nursery, Attrition, Iron Curtain, Alien Sex Fiend, Cranes, Kirlian Camera, Neon, and more.

Friday, April 5, 2024

The Consequence Bassist Survey: 34 Bass Players on Their Favorite Bassists of All Time

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Reeves testing a wireless guitar

Simon's yellow Schecter Spitfire

Fan poll: Top 5 songs on The Crow soundtrack

From Revolver:

1. The Cure - Burn 

The Cure were originally going to contribute their rumble-haunted "The Hanging Garden" single to The Crow, with the track — originally off 1982's Pornography — having been referenced in James O'Barr's original comic. Then Robert Smith opted to base a new tune off the plot of the film instead, creating one of the most iconic outliers in the English group's massive catalog in the process.

Put together solely by Smith and then-drummer Boris Williams, the soundtrack-opening "Burn" is a slow-simmering epic of dark-jangled guitar moodiness and wind-whipping percussive squeals. Smith's familiarly aching voice references the corpse-painted titular character, love and pain, and what it feels like to scream an animal scream night after night.

Thematically on-point, and outright legendary.

50 Greatest Basslines of All Time

From Consequence:

21. The Cure — “The Lovecats”

While The Cure’s Simon Gallup deservedly made our list of the 100 Greatest Bassists of All Time, it’s a song recorded during his brief time out of the band that makes the cut among our greatest basslines. Phil Thornalley’s melodic double bass playing on 1983’s stand-alone single “The Lovecats” is undeniably infectious. Even a forlorn goth kid has to crack a smile when they hear this one. — S. Kaufman

Simon on the realness of Songs of a Lost World

😄  Thanks, Davide Consoli.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

10 Albums Death Cab for Cutie’s Nick Harmer Thinks Every Bass Player Should Own

From Consequence:

BONUS ROUND: The Cure — Disintegration (Simon Gallup)

Obviously, most bass players probably already own and love this album, I’m absolutely not claiming The Cure has not been given their due praise and worship. HOWEVER, my admiration of Simon Gallup is a huge reason I am a bass player to begin with so of course I’m going to include him. If for any reason you’re unfamiliar with Simon Gallup and his work, pick up a bass guitar, put this album on and get to work learning these bass lines. If by the time you reach the end of Disintegration you aren’t feeling the deep call to join a band and make music, then I’m not sure what else there is to talk about. Ok, you’re very right, there is plenty else to talk about… Still, these are some timeless, incredible bass lines, no?

Essential Tracks: “Pictures of You,” “Lovesong,” “Lullaby,” “Fascination Street,” “Disintegration.”

Robert signs open letter warning against “predatory” use of AI in music

From NME:

Billie Eilish, Robert Smith and more sign open letter warning against “predatory” use of AI in music

The letter, which has over 200 signatures from musicians, calls for protection against the "use of AI to steal professional artists' voices and likeness, violate creators' rights, and destroy the music ecosystem"

100 Greatest Bassists of All Time

From Consequence:

44. Simon Gallup
Coming in only behind Robert Smith, Simon Gallup is the second longest-standing member of The Cure. Despite the notoriously rocky history of the band, time alone would indicate Gallup’s contributions have been an integral part of their sound. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s groovy, melodic basslines are the driving force behind classic tracks like “Just Like Heaven,” “Forest,” and “Friday I’m in Love.” — S. Noor

Saturday, March 30, 2024

Interview with Lol

 From Hot Press:

With The Cure reissuing their classic live album Paris, ex-drummer Lol Tolhurst discusses the band's storied career, as well as his fascinating book Goth: A History.

30 years of Burn and The Crow soundtrack

 From Mashable:

The Crow' soundtrack turns 30: Looking back on the album that defined an era

The Cure, Nine Inch Nails, and the bands who almost made the cut.

The iconic English rock band The Cure seemed a no-brainer for inclusion on The Crow soundtrack, as their songs were quoted through O'Barr's comics. Most anticipated this would make it easy to get frontman Robert Smith onboard, as he'd clearly approved the lyrics' use and therefore must be familiar with Eric Draven's story. So, it was quite a shock when Smith's rep said he'd never heard of The Crow. 

"I went back [to] O'Barr," Most shared, "And I said, 'James, you know, you've got 'used by permission' all over the place [in the comics] and Robert Smith [has] never heard the comics.' And he goes, 'Well, yeah. Every time I'd ever seen lyrics used [in comics], it has 'used by permission,' so I just added that.'"

Despite this copyright confusion, Smith liked the comics — once he did see them — and the script. So, for the first time in his storied career, the legendary British rocker wrote a song specifically for a movie. 

While some acts wrote songs purely based on the screenplay, some of the film’s footage was transported to London for Smith to see. The resulting track, "Burn," is 6:39 seconds of scorching hot yearning. The song kicks off the album, and is given a place of prominence in the film; it plays over Eric's macabre makeover early in the movie. Lee's physicality is on full display as his Eric is rattled with flashbacks in the abandoned apartment he once shared with his late fiancée; he frenziedly applies the now-iconic black-and-white face paint in a shattered mirror while Smith sings, "Just paint your face, the shadows smile / Slipping me away from you." 

And just like that, The Crow is born.

Jason Isbell covers Just Like Heaven

Friday, March 22, 2024

Daniel Kessler (Interpol) on the Curiosa tour

From NME:

That ‘Curiosa’ tour sounds like a once-in-a-lifetime event. What was the vibe of that like?

“It was great. Sometimes you do those tours and it sounds amazing on paper but then all the bands live very separately, but there was an amazing camaraderie. It was like a travelling circus. Everyone got along really great and hung out. There would be these really intense football matches between all the bands; just wherever made sense like behind the stage. I remember one of the guys from Muse hurt himself really bad during one of the matches and had to leave the tour.

“The Cure guys were just the best: really hospitable and friendly and welcoming.”

The Cure have a similar problem as Interpol – people think they’re miserable and goth, when they’re actually quite romantic and human.

“Oh, 100 per cent. Their music has that quality, plus Robert Smith and the rest of the band are such great people to hang out, shoot the shit and have a drink with. I have wonderful memories of hanging out with those guys.”

Paris 30th anniversary edition out today

Friday, March 8, 2024

Teenage Cancer Trust posters for sale

"New in! A series of exclusive gig posters celebrating a History Of Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall.
Designed and printed by incredibly talented creatives and autographed by some of the worlds greatest musicians."

All 4 of these prints are a limited edition of 25 each, and the autographed editions are signed by Robert Smith and Andy Vella.

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

A Conversation With Alison Shaw of Cranes

From Post-Punk:

Well, since we’re hinting at some vague things here – what’s the scoop on returning to America? Is that something we can look forward to in the coming years?

Ahh, well, I can’t say much at the moment, but I’ll give you a hint. Just recently we have been offered something in America and it’s looking very positive…

Well, I accept that you can’t tell us more, but that’s very promising news! We’ll stay tuned for some more details on that, if and when the time is right! So, here’s a more open ended question – do you have a favorite moment throughout all the years you’ve been together as a band? 

Favorite moment? Well, I mean obviously the tour with The Cure was completely awesome for us. I remember especially on the American leg of that tour, I remember just being happy every day, like every moment of every day, driving from city to city and playing these incredible arenas and auditoriums and stadiums, even…

How did that come about – how were you first approached by the band?

Apparently, Robert, and Simon had heard the Wings of Joy album, and they liked it. We had an agent at the time, and I think that’s how they approached us. We met them around that time, they did a few warm up shows before the tour, playing in much smaller venues in the UK. They played in our local town hall, which is called the Guild Hall in Portsmouth. We were invited to the show, and that’s where we met the band and that’s when they invited us on the tour.

Well, it was a perfect match, and obviously they’ve invited you back regularly since then, for the Trilogy shows and some other one-offs over the years. It seems like the door is always open!

Well, they’ve been so amazing to us over the years. Every few years we’ll get a call. I’ve chatted to Robert a few times recently, over email, and he’s really supportive of what we’re doing now. They’ll always be a really important part of our journey.

I’m so glad it’s still be so positive over the years. It seems like it’s a lifelong friendship with the two of you, and some of the other bands they’ve been friends with over the years, like And Also the Trees… 

Yeah, he’s pretty amazing…as you might imagine.

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Health update from Roger

From Roger on Facebook:

"Thanks for all the kind messages of support just a quick update, Im about 60% through treatment and everything is going very well. I feel pretty good and looking forward to the Spring when I will be done. Working on lots of new musical projects with lots of interesting new people and instruments... X"

This is great to hear and I sincerely hope everything continues to go well. Can't wait to hear the new projects!

From Roger on Instagram