So I was at my local Booksamillion (one of the few remaining American music chains) and I perused the music magazine section as I usually do, looking for something on The Cure. To my great surprise, there this was!
I didn't buy it. At $18, I couldn't justify it. My family has a baby on the way, we need to protect our dollars for the new arrival.
Still, it struck me that this may be the last such magazine put on the newsstands while our Cure band members still live. They haven't had a hit for 20-some years, this is pretty much it. We're all growing older.
But enough gloom. Someone buy this and tell us about it! Also available for order here:
I'm about halfway through this book, an amazing stack of interviews from the band. The book opens with a full page from Lol Tolhurst, who is part of the journey and I am glad he's cleaned himself up.
The band was so trashed during their Graphy Tour that there were fistfights breaking out repeatedly, not just the one between Simon and Robert that is in the Deluxe edition liner notes. The band had to break up during/after that tour, they all became drunken touring beasts.
The long mid-eighties period saw Robert do some solo stuff with Lol helping out in the studio. The interviews indicate there's no chance of a Simon Gallup reunion.
The Head on the Door shows the future sound of The Cure with A Night Like This. The band may reform after this.
Then Robert finds his lyrical voice again with Kiss Me. Simon Gallup is back, and they're ready for arena rock touring during the age of MTV.
I stopped at the interviews for Disintegration where Simon is back and Lol Tolhurst is booted from the band as sort of the laughable drunk who doesn't contribute a note or a drumbeat. Sort of like how Metallica threw Dave Mustaine out of the band without even a phone call to Alcoholics Anonymous.
Can't wait to read on! A tremendous compilation by the staff of UNCUT, the layout and photo selections look beautiful and as crisp as if the band from the eighties was already in the digital age. This is one for the bookshelf.
I finished the complete interview book. Some thoughts:
* Robert Smith thought of Wish and Wild Mood Swings as the last "arena rock" sort of albums. He always wanted to make solo albums that were not representative of The Cure as a band, so Bloodflowers and 2004's The Cure were along those lines.
* Bloodflowers was received in the press as a half-realized Pornography attempt.
* The interviews sometimes look like a joke. Every album is "the last album", Simon's out, Bamonte's out, O'Donnell's out, Tolhurst is out. Then they're back.
* I failed to notice that Lol Tolhurst was performing in the Reflections tour. A nice close to his chapter with The Cure.
* Robert Smith doesn't owe his audience anything. He comes up with ideas, whether we listen or like the albums is up to us. SOmetimes I think fans expect too much of an artist. It's all a massive coincidence if the band likes something that you like, too.
* Take "The 13th" for example. First single off Wild Mood Swings. I mean, what the?! Yet if you think to wild rockin' songs earlier on, like Hot Hot Hot or The Lovecats, those were weird, too.
Anyway, great selection of interviews and a unique treasure. Read it!