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Move Day 2: The Cure interview

Steve Lee
8/ 7/2004

CULT status, for any band, means little when push comes to shove comes to paying the bills and enjoying an extended stay at popular music's cutting edge.

Fortunately for The Cure - conceived in the late 1970s during founding member Robert Smith's Crawley schooldays - their inclusion in the pantheon of hugely influential cult bands coincides neatly with over 27 million album sales. Nice touch.

Many moons ago, Smith was infamous for baiting interviewers with half truths and wind-ups (more mischief than malicious, it should be noted) yet right now, and in those slightly nasal tones familiar to fans the world over, the man himself is chatty, cordial, open and friendly.

Calling from The Cure's rehearsal space situated between London and the South Coast - "I was going to say half the band live in South London but that's tricky as we're a five-piece," he laughs - the singing, songwriting guitarist and colleagues are currently enjoying something of a resurgence.

Simultaneous to an impressively trans-global gig schedule and the imminent release of an all-new, self-titled album, it appears The Cure are as popular, as relevant and - most notably - as influential as ever.

"I can't think there's one particular thing that's led to all these new bands name-checking us," Smith says, "but the first I was aware of us really influencing bands was in about 1988 when Dinosaur Jr did a cover version of 'Just Like Heaven' and the Pixies used to say nice things about us.

"And now, at the moment, there's a big ground-swell again - it's really good and I'm flattered with it all."

TO read the rest of this interview buy this week's City Life (issue 543), out now priced '1.50.

The Cure play Move at Old Trafford Cricket Ground on Friday, July 9. Tickets are priced '30. To book call 0870 060 1768 or click here .