Tom Wat­son

Deputy Leader, Labour party

Q (UK) - - Cure -

Fire In Cairo (from Three Imag­i­nary Boys, 1979)

“‘We need a drum­mer, but you have to love The Cure to be in our band,’ said the gan­gly sixth-form kid to the 14- year-old me. I’d just been ripped off by a mod drum­mer from Chad­des­ley. He’d charged me far too much for his lousy drumkit. But I was

de­ter­mined to be in the band. I bought ev­ery record by them I could lay my hands on. So my choice is Fire In Cairo. Nearly 40 years on, I still find my­self singing it, never quite know­ing what the lyrics mean. Robert Smith once called it an ‘East­ern fan­tasy’. It was my own teenage fan­tasy to be the new John Bon­ham. Sadly, I was hope­less so never got past the au­di­tion, but I’ve been with The Cure since those teenage days. One last thing – that al­bum de­serves a 40th birth­day party next year. It’s lodged in the his­tory of a gen­er­a­tion.”

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