Jeremy Vine

Broad­caster

Q (UK) - - Cure -

All Cats Are Grey (from Faith, 1981)

“The Cure are a strange band, their first al­bum was an in­cred­i­ble pop al­bum, then they sud­denly went all moody and Joy Di­vi­sion. That was at its peak on Faith when Robert Smith de­cided he wanted to do mu­sic for a funeral. There’s just some­thing about All Cats Are Grey. I used to walk around school with a copy of Faith un­der my arm, and that song was the song. It could go on for­ever for me. I never went full-on goth cos­tume, I was a tiny bit young, but for a good 18 months The Cure were my band. Robert’s a phe­nom­e­nal pop writer, he’s as good a pop writer as Björn Ul­vaeus and Benny An­der­s­son in ABBA, but at the same time he’s a goth. You put the two things to­gether and it’s so pow­er­ful. Ev­ery time he gets lured towards a pop song he im­me­di­ately puts his foot on the break and goes back the other way. I’d love to meet him, I think he’s a proper rock star.”

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