September 1987 - Cure News #3
Cure news number three September 1987
thanks for all your letters, suggestions and questions. i hope you find the enclosed questions and answer sheet informative; keep your weird and wonderful questions flooding in for the next edition. other suggestions have been noted and where possible will be included in the future. i regret that i cannot publish lyrics (texts); to do so would infringe music copyright.
....returning from the north american tour at the end of august for a well earned rest...getting together in early september to shoot the video for 'just like heaven' at pinewood studios in england, under the direction of tim pope, and introducing Mary as a new star to the small screen. on 19 september simon did the decent thing and married carol in horley, surrey...and now a period of rest, followed by preparation for the european tour...
the european tour commences next month, confirmed dates are as follows
cure questions and answers number three
(all answers by Robert)
lips and eyes are featured on the cover of 'kiss me kiss me kiss me'?
mine (photographed by porl and undy - parched art!)
you write the following tracks with anyone / anything particular in mind?
c) in between days
d) why can't i be you?
f) the perfect girl
g) just like heaven
a lack of and desire for faith, of any kind, in anything....
c) mmmm....a secret!
d) anyone i meet and like!
e) no-one anyone would know...
f) the perfect girl
g) something that happened to me a long time ago - see the video!
november 1982 you were interviewed on the kid jensen show - the interview was
followed by a session consisting of 'let's go to bed' and 'ariel' - will this
number ever be available? how many more tracks have you recorded that have never
been generally released? would you consider releasing another 'curiosity' type
'ariel' will be released in some form soon - possibly on a solo ep to be recorded in february. nothing really is kept - if it's not released at or around 'the time' it is usually forgotten - and dies. but yes - another 'curiosity' tape will occur when we either release a live album or favorite re-mixed songs or something like that - not until next year at the earliest...
has it that you are considering recording a cover version of 'what's new
with bananarama - is this true? it might still happen - but it's not 'likely'.....
house is on the inner bag of 'three imaginary boys'?
bill smith's mum's (the designer).
'three imaginary boy's' not available on compact disc?
because polydor have obviously preferred the 'boy's don't cry' album, and consider the 'three imaginary boy's' album too similar to justify release? ask them!
cure are one of the most frequently bootlegged bands, how do you feel about
these illegal recordings?
also, what is your reaction to unofficial merchandise?
bootlegs usually sound dreadful - but the group has no strong feelings one way or the other on the subject. unofficial merchandise is usually poorly designed - but the feelings here too, although more focussed, are still not strong.
did you not include 'charlotte sometimes' on 'faith'?
because it was written and recorded several months after 'faith'.
how did roger join the line-up?
i wanted to have the option on less guitar playing / more singing and movement - so i delegated some parts to porl - he in turn needed someone to take over his role as keyboardist on stage. so roger, who boris met in 'the thompson twins' and who went on to join 'the psychedelic furs' - was asked to join. this took place in may. the last 'tube' (channel 4) was his first public appearance with the group, and he has adapted and slipped inside very well since!
are mattieu hartley, michael dempsy, andy anderson and phil thornalley doing
matthieu is married and writes occasional radio advertising jingles. michael went on to play with 'the associates' and 'the lotus eaters' and is now writing occasional tv advertising jingles (i think?). andy is playing with zeke manyika (i think?) and phil has gone back to his first love - producing.
current version of 'the book of words' be published?
if undy ever compiles it, yes!! how wonderful that would be!!!
you consider publishing sheet music?
some is published, but it's better to wait for the 'sheet music' book - after christmas - all approved and right!
cure have unwittingly been put in various categories over the years, from 'punk'
to 'goth' taking in 'new wave', 'pop' and 'rock' along the way. if you had to
select a category to fit into, what would it be?
completed the south american, north american, canadian and european tours, where
will you go next? - have you made any plans to tour australia, new zealand,
south africa or japan?
not yet no - still under discussion....
tell us about playing madison square garden (1987).
it was big and full and hot and loud and we played well and happily and....it was good full stop.
are your personal feelings about the fuss made over 'killing an arab' in the usa?
i felt the whole 'issue' absurd and unnecessary and i am relieved that it has been concluded (and forgotten?) imaginatively and intelligently and with mutual satisfaction....(almost...)
your opinion, what is the best gig you've ever played?
there have been too many...but i think the best one this year (so far) was the second night at the forum in los angeles.
the worst thing that's ever happened whilst playing live?
lol on drums!
would you describe each member of the band in one word?
simon - disturbed
porl - grumpy
lol - amnesiac
boris - vampiric
roger - verbal.
said in the past that your audience look more like you than you do!! - how do
you feel about this?
i don't really believe that - it was a lie!
several journalists have accused you of copying other groups musical styles - do
you think this is the case (either consciously or sub-consciously)?
yes, sometimes we have consciously or unconsciously, used other peoples styles or re-interpreted some-one else's ideas - but this is inevitable if you live in an absorbing world - it is not musical - it can be lyrical, magical or otherwise - and is not a bad thing (the bits picked up are usually wrong - anyway.) -(so, unbeknownst 'bananafish bones' sounds more like j.d.salinger than 'in between days' looks like new order....)
do you think of the following chart acts?
a) the smiths
e) curiosity killed the cat.
a) i am
delighted they no longer exist, and all it needs now is a runaway truck and
the other way..
b) it has to be someone doing it
c) as predictable as five star, and as boring
d) two out of three isn't bad....(?)
e) aaaagh!! non-entities inert...
'the cure in orange' be available on video? if so, when?
yes, but there's no release date as yet....
were the following video's shot?
a) catch - in an old ladies house in cannes, south france
b) the hanging garden - somewhere in surrey - maybe lol would pretend to know?
c) charlotte sometimes - virginia waters asylum - disused - surrey.
(Text & photos from thecure.com)
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