Guy Gar­vey

El­bow

Q (UK) - - Cure -

Lul­laby (from Dis­in­te­gra­tion, 1989)

“This scared the be­je­sus out of me and oc­ca­sion­ally still does. I was 15 and I saw the video on Top Of The Pops. Up un­til then, all the

mu­sic I’d heard had been fed to me by my sis­ters, or it’d been chart mu­sic. Then that hap­pened and I was like, ‘What’s go­ing on, and why does that man look like that?’ It’s fan­tas­tic, whether it’s a metaphor for drug ad­dic­tion or whether it’s some­thing else, it doesn’t mat­ter. If you take the lyrics lit­er­ally, it’s a ter­ri­fy­ing night­mare and the way that it’s writ­ten is pure Edgar Allen Poe. To be able to write ba­si­cally a short story in such an amaz­ing pop tune, and the groove on that tune sounds like a meat cleaver go­ing through a ta­ble. It hasn’t dated, it’s still such a fan­tas­tic choppy groove, then this whis­pered vo­cal. It’s got this con­spir­a­to­rial vibe to it. The lines about be­ing eaten by ‘a thou­sand mil­lion shiv­er­ing furry holes’ and if you strug­gle, ‘I will only love you more’ – hor­rific! The econ­omy of lan­guage to get that story across in all its ter­ri­fy­ing de­tail makes for some of the best lyrics I’ve ever heard. Pure po­etry. We opened up for them at Old Traf­ford Cricket Ground [ in 2004]. I was flat­tered when Cast Of Thou­sands came out – Q did a ‘What are you lis­ten­ing to?’ piece and Robert Smith said our sec­ond al­bum. Very flat­ter­ingly, he said it was like learn­ing a dif­fer­ent lan­guage lis­ten­ing to our mu­sic. It’s the biggest com­pli­ment I’ve ever had! I’ve of­ten thought about giv­ing him a ring and say­ing, ‘Do you wanna go for a beer so can I get in your head for a bit?’”

A night like this: The Cure head­line Glas­ton­bury, 1995.

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