Bi lly Corgan
One Hundred Years (from Pornography, 1982)
“I was dating a goth girl who was obsessed with The Cure. She spoke about Robert Smith like he was her friend, which I’ve found through the years is very common with Cure fans; they see Robert as almost like their buddy. I had a cursory appreciation of them, it was around the time when In Between Days was out so they were having a big moment.
Then she was like, ‘Have you heard this?’ and it was the Pornography album. It was a totally different vibe. She put it on and that song, the first thing you hear, you think, ‘This isn’t the band I thought they were, it isn’t the cute cuddly version’, it was this other side of the band. It made a big impression on me. This song is a little bit like [ The Beatles’] Tomorrow Never Knows in that it doesn’t really change, it’s very hypnotic and it’s unusual that songs like that tend to work. I think The Cure are vastly under-appreciated. Robert is an ace tunesmith, no pun intended, but then they’re totally able to do art-rock and do it well. The first time I met Robert it was a pretty wild night. He was drunk out of his mind and he asked me to make out with him. He ended up throwing up on my shoes. It was a memorable introduction! The next time I saw him, he just looked at me with those sleepy eyes and laughed, like, ‘That’s the way we roll in Cure world…’. When I think of The Cure, I think of a lot of alcohol being consumed. I’ve had some wild, fun nights with them.”
“Fancy a jam, lads?”: Billy Corgan, David and Bowie, Lou Reed 1997. Robert Smith in