Today’s Robert Smith profile by Reuters caught the iconic singer talking about The Cure’s next record, his image, and the band’s legacy, all with soundbite-worthy candor. For instance: Call him “goth,” and he’ll call foul:
It’s so pitiful when ‘goth’ is still tagged onto the name The Cure. We’re not categorizable. I suppose we were post-punk when we came out, but in total it’s impossible. How can you describe a band that put out an album like Pornography and also Greatest Hits where every single song was top 10 around the world? I just play Cure music, whatever that is.
And while the article title was all about “writer’s block,” it seems more like Smith is aware of his position in the game, and doesn’t want to tarnish that rep:
I want them (the words) to mean something, it’s not enough that they rhyme. I find myself stopping short and thinking I’ve done this before, and better
I’m aware that time is moving on. I don’t want The Cure to fizzle out doing 45-minute shows of greatest hits. That would be awful for our legacy.
Would it? It’s the classic High Fidelity question: Burn out? Or fade away? It’s tough to imagine saying no to another Cure record — even tougher to imagine worshiping their back catalogue any less, no matter their future output. We know you guys agree. But who has pulled off the “rock ’til you die” thing? The Stones, maybe. There’s a ridiculous factor there, sure; but they’re still The Fucking Rolling Stones. The Who? Not so much. Who could pull it off? The only band that comes to mind is Radiohead — but that’s ’cause they could pull off anything. Whatever it is, we have faith, Robert. Take your time! Think Disintegration –aka “the best album ever.”