November 13, 1986 -
Bravo (Germany) (Translation below)
Until a year ago, Cure boss
Robert Smith was known among gloomy folks
as their indisputable master and head of the scene. Back then, he
always used to wear wild fluffy hair, chalky white make-up and a
notoriously mournful expression at gigs or public appearances.
His greatest fear was to be spotted wearing a smile. But now Robert has
changed, and in such a radical way that his band mates and fans alike
wonder if he went mad again.
Since he cut off his hair in spring short as a match, the former master of gloom
has gone all for tomfoolery. Of all TV shows, Robert chose just one of the most
serious French ones, who wanted to present the darkest and maddest bands among
the dark scene, to perform live dressed up as cleaning ladies.
Robert even had fought like a lion (?) for this costume, as the
producers originally had wanted to stop the anarchist group from playing
their new single "Charlotte Sometimes" in such a ridiculous
Robert is used to arguments about his outfit. At the age of 11,
he once even got beaten up by his class mates because of his clothes.
He attended the "Notre Dame Middle School" in Crawley then. That old
troublemaker chose just this school, which was rather laissez-faire and
liberal, for provoking other pupils and teachers by generally not
talking to anyone or appearing in classes principally dressed in a
black suit and tie.
Finally, Robert's consequence in searching for trouble has played off. With his
dazzling ideas and eccentric habits, he pushed The Cure to become one of
the super groups of rock. Yet, he and his men are also hard workers. They
were on tour until mid August. Since then, The Cure barricaded themselves
in a studio in Southern France, working on a new album, to be
released in spring. "
for the TRANSLATION.