Bi lly Cor­gan

Smash­ing Pump­kins

Q (UK) - - Cure -

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

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