October 1985  - Miyako Hotel - San Francisco, CA

Robert Smith

Photo credit Nancy Price

"This was at the Miyako Hotel (lobby) in San Francisco. Another girl I knew was doing an interview, so since she had that set up already, I just did one, too! (Unfortunately, no idea where that tape is now -- a million years, two countries, 8 houses and 4 kids ago!)  I do remember Go West were staying a couple blocks away that day, and we went and met them, too.  Robert signed this full page photo from Smash Hits I had -- the blue face makeup they did for a video I can't remember the name of (inbetween days?). Anyhow, the sig looked like "rosen," so my friends and I always called him that after that. Lol He came down about 2 hours late, in mid-afternoon, and had just gotten up.  :-)  Now I look back and imagine how *thrilled* he must have been to get up to go talk to 4 teenage girls. " Nancy Price


And: When we got to the hotel to try to meet The Cure, there weren’t really any fans around except for two girls who were going to be interviewing Robert Smith for their high school paper. We hung out with them for a few hours, as Robert was three hours late for the interview. When he finally came down at about 5pm, he explained that he had been sleeping.

He was very friendly, quite sweet and very accommodating — we all wound up asking him questions and taking photos of and with him. He was a shoegazer in the truest sense — kept looking at his shoes, my shoes, playing with his shoelaces…

One quote from the interview: “I am not a musician. A musician is someone who works all his life to perfect his instrument. I don’t work that hard — I have no desire to become a musician. I’m just a singer who writes songs and plays a little guitar.”