Friday, December 31, 2010

Cure & Robert on "Best Of" lists

Update 2: 'Not in Love' is #16 in Austria's FM4 Top 50 of 2010. (Thanks Thomas)

Update: 'Disintegration Deluxe' takes the #1 spot on the Slicing Up Eyeballs Best Reissues of 2010 Poll.

'Disintegration Deluxe' is #3 on PopMatter's Best 20 Re-Issues of 2010. You can also vote for it in the Slicing Up Eyeballs Readers Poll 2010.
Robert & Crystal Castles' 'Not in Love' is #1 on Amazon's Best Dance & Electronic Music of 2010 and #15 on Pitchfork's Top 100 Tracks of 2010.
(Thanks Matthew, Greg, AndytheCurefan, and Kevin)

Monday, December 27, 2010

Entreat Plus vinyl on Jan. 11th, 2011

Update: According to Amazon, the US release date has been pushed back to Feb. 22nd. Amazon UK says Jan. 17th. (Thanks Hannah)

From MusicTAP: "Elektra Records plans the expanded release of Entreat, a 1990 Live album by The Cure, in a package called Entreat Plus. Entreat Plus is currently scheduled as a 2LP set planned for January 11. My guess is that these remixed tracks will be also available on CD/DD with an announcement coming soon." (Thanks Slicing Up Eyeballs)

Up for pre-order at CD Universe ($22.05), Ideal Copy ($23.99), Amazon US ($24.69), Amazon Canada (CDN$26.99), Amazon Germany (EUR34,99), Amazon UK (£34.99), and HMV (£36.99). (Thanks WillyO and Halo Eighteen)

Cure songs in the XFM Top 1,000 Songs book

XFM has published a book listing their Top 1,000 Songs of All Time, and the following Cure songs made their list - 'Just Like Heaven', 'Boys Don’t Cry', 'A Forest', 'Close To Me', 'Friday I'm In Love', 'The Lovecats', 'In Between Days', 'Lullaby', 'Pictures of You', 'Love Song'. (Thanks Lindsey)

Cure Party in Vegas

The events are private for only those who are attending so Please email Kelly at for details of who/what/where. It will be a weekend to remember for sure, we have been planning this for over 10 months! Each person is to pay $50 towards the event fund. That helps fund both nights.

And if you haven't bought a Robert Smith Is Missing shirt, there are only 16 left. (Thanks Kel)

Rome 2008 HD video (RS & KU audio mix)

Update: Thanks to Xuan, there's now a torrent for this.

"This isn't circulating on The Cure boards, I can guarantee it's by far the best quality video of the Rome 2008 4:13 Dream premiere show you'll find anywhere. It's an alternative camera angle version to the commonly circulated complete version, the audio of this alternate version is also remixed by Robert Smith and Keith Uddin. The quality is far superior to anything that's previously been shared on The Cure boards, it's a 720p High Definition, .mkv file about 4.3GB. It's all of 4:13 Dream (except Sirensong, The Real Snow White, This Here And Now With You)."
Part 1.rar - Part 2.rar - Part 3.rar - Part 4.rar - Part 5.rar
Part 6.rar - Part 7.rar - Part 8.rar - Part 9.rar - Part10.rar
(Thanks Bomber1978)

Huge Church US tour news

Update: They've added a show in Atlanta, GA on Feb. 22nd at the Variety Playhouse.

I know we have a few Church fans reading CoF, so I just want to make sure you've heard today's big news. The Church will be playing Untitled #23, Priest=Aura, and Starfish in their entirety, each night on their US Winter 2011 tour!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas, Everybody!

Joyeux Noël and the happiest of holidays to you all!

The Cure - Merry Christmas Everybody (Wembley Arena - Dec. 9th, 1987)

Siouxsie & the Banshees - Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant (Dec. 15th, 1982)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

'Not in Love' chart news

'Not in Love' has debuted at #54 on the official UK singles chart. (Thanks Anthony)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Cure covers

The Death Set covers 'Grinding Halt'.
Philippe Prohom covers 'A Forest'.
Sorry AnGel covers 'Just Like Heaven'.
Diane Birch covers 'Primary' (and other "goth classics").
(Thanks Danny, Max, AndytheCurefan, David, Fred, Roger, Lars)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

'Not in Love' radio edit

Does anyone have the 3:31 radio edit of Crystal Castles & Robert Smith's 'Not in Love'? If so, can you email it to me? Thanks!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

CC & RS - 'Not In Love' update

There will be a new Robert Smith mix of 'Not In Love' released Dec. 12th. You can hear a sample of it at Amazon UK. There will also be a 12" vinyl version released in January, though I'm not sure if both versions of the song will be included. The regular radio version is available now at Amazon US and iTunes US.

Update: The tracks are now available at Amazon UK and iTunes UK, but the RS remix is not available outside of the UK right now. Hope the other stores get it added soon.

Update 2: If you are buying from outside of the UK, you can get it at the War Child Music Store. If that link doesn't work, try this and then search for the track. (Thanks BH)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Remastered 'Killing An Arab' found?

As most of you know, and for whatever reason, 'Killing An Arab' was not included on the remastered 'Three Imaginary Boys' CD in 2004. But Vikk may have found the remastered version on 'The Best of The Cure' CD, which was released in 2009 by Universal Music Lebanon. Take a listen and see what you think. Is that our missing track? (Thanks Vikk)

Update: Actually, this was released in the Ukraine by Moon Records, as discovered by the excellent (Thanks JC)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

CC & RS - 'Not In Love' (Sane Smith remix)

Brooklyn music producer Sane Smith has remixed 'Not In Love'. Here's his remix and the instrumental edit, and read more about his remix at Culture Bully. (Thanks Lars)
Update: Remix links removed at the request of Sane Smith.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Further clarification from Robert

Posted by CURE:ROBERT on 12/4/2010 10:27 PM (GMT-08:00)

Friday, December 3, 2010

Songwords (Expanded) for iPad

"I purchased an iPad many months ago and have loved reading books on it, I figured it would be great to make an ePub of Cure lyrics, so I developed the attached ePub that I've dubbed Songwords (Expanded)." (Thanks Nick)

Wear your Cure shirts today

BBC 6 Music is doing their Wear Your Old Band T-shirt To Work Day today, and a couple of Cure shirts have made it in to the gallery. Here's Benj - front/back (wearing one of my all-time favorite Cure shirts) and Timothy proudly wearing their shirts today. (Thanks Benj)

Bestival statement from Robert

Robert has posted this comment at the official site:
Posted by CURE:ROBERT on 12/2/2010 11:25 PM (GMT-08:00)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Entreat Plus marble vinyl unpack movie

Just so they can rub the salt in the wounds of all North American fans. Bastards. : )

Cure play Bestival 2011!

The Cure have announced that they will be headlining Bestival on Sept. 10th, 2011. It is being billed as their only European show of 2011 (actually, Robert's quote says "only European festival show"). Tickets are available now. Not a rumor, not a dream, The Cure are playing live again! Thanks for the early Christmas present, RS!
BBC 6 Music has an interview with Rob Da Bank about the show.

Update: About that "only European show in 2011" vs. "only European festival show in 2011" bit - "I’ve asked the promoter to clarify that. RS signed off the press release as it is but he may have overlooked the discrepancy so I’ll let you know once he comes back to me."

And about single day tickets - "There aren’t any plans at the moment to sell day tickets this year but have asked the promoter to confirm that, again once he comes back to me then you’ll be the first to know." (Thanks Aidan)

Roger's 99X/10 album collection

Roger is putting out a limited edition (only55 made) DVD of his entire 99X/10 album releases. It goes on sale today, Dec. 1st, and you can get more info here.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Rumor: Cure play Rock en Seine Aug. 2011

Update: Looks like we can officially mark this one as wishful thinking/dreaming.

Happy (Vegan/Vegetarian) Thanksgiving! Here's something else to be thankful for...the first rumored live date for 2011 (translated from Zegut):

"In the last week of August 2011, the Park lands of St. Cloud, I'll see on the Main Stage of the Rock en Seine, Foo Fighters, The Strokes. And then I had a vision of a crow on acid, The Cure. As usual, all such statements self-destroy in 5 seconds, and I deny having written anything."

Just a rumor, and nothing confirmed just yet, so please don't buy tickets to the show based on this. Can any of our French friends help with this? How reliable is this blog? Does it sound like this is just a wish, or saying he's leaking real info that he has?
(Thanks Calmin)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Andy Samberg as Robert Smith on SNL

(Thanks Aaron)

Click to enlarge.

On tonight's episode of Saturday Night Live (Anne Hathaway hosting), Andy Samberg played Robert Smith in the "Horse Play Soundtrack" sketch. If you recorded it and want to get right to it, it was the final sketch of the show, after the 2nd song from Florence and the Machine. And I'm sure it will be up at NBC, Hulu, or YouTube soon.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Early release for Entreat Plus vinyl

IGA has updated the official site with details on a Dec. 6th release for the Entreat Plus vinyl at the Universal store.

Note: "This a strictly limited and numbered edition that is only available from the Universal Cure store. Each disc is manufactured with its own unique pattern: no two discs are identical. The marble effect pattern on the vinyl is not printed but is created as part of a manufacturing process which means every disc will display a unique marbling effect, with the colours chosen to be sympathetic to the front cover artwork."

This appears to be unavailable to North American fans, most likely due to Elektra/Rhino having the rights in this region (Elektra/Rhino is releasing it here, not Universal), though that's only a guess at this time.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Not In Love chart news

Not In Love is #1 on NME's 10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week, and is #7 on the FM4 chart in Austria. It also entered the NME singles chart at #17, but that appears to be the non-Robert version. The Robert version won't be officially released until Dec. 6th. (Thanks Aaron, Drowning, and David)

And here's an article from RVA Magazine about some of Robert's collaborations over the last few years. (Thanks David)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Not In Love (ESotSM version)

Crystal Castles & Robert Smith - Not In Love (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind version)

Love this song, love this film, love that someone combined the two, so I had to post it.

New in the photo gallery

Added Viola's Lovesong tattoo and photos of Meagan & her husband dressed as Robert & Siouxsie for Halloween.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Steven Severin interview

Left Lion has an interview with Steven Severin, and there were a couple of Cure/Glove questions asked:

There were once rumours that you were asked to join The Cure; is this true? Is this something you would contemplate if you were asked now or are you happier when doing your own thing?
There is no truth in the rumour, at all. Robert would never ask. Why would Simon leave?

Would you ever work with Robert Smith again? Maybe a second The Glove album?
We've talked about it and Robert says "It's just a matter of time". Making space for it means effectively shutting down the Cure for 6 to 9 months. That's a huge machine with many people depending on it for their livelihoods so timing is key. One day, I hope. (Thanks Paul K)

Update: Slicing Up Eyeballs and CoS picked up the story.

Ross still making things difficult

Our old "friend" Ross Robinson, producer of 'The Cure', is still up to his old tricks. This time, even Korn are finding him tough to work with. (Thanks JC)

For those of you not around in 2004, Simon (and a few others in the band) felt the same way about Ross: "'He'd come in and he'd start throwing things around,'' Gallup recalls with annoyance. ''He didn't like us when we played note perfect. He wanted more passion, so he'd actually come up, and if I was trying to play note perfect he'd slam his hands across the bass. More than once he nearly got the bass sideways in his mouth. You couldn't leave the studio and turn that tension off. It was a very traumatic time for some of us, and not one I'd like to repeat.''

That's why we love Simon. : )

Friday, October 29, 2010

Crystal Castles interview

"Hi, just to let you know that Zane Lowe played Not in Love and interviewed Crystal Castles about it on his BBC Radio 1 show last tuesday. He describes it as 'amazing' and 'one of the most brilliant tunes of the year'. It's an interview with CC rather than RS but it does explain how they came together, and they do talk about RS a lot! You can listen here - it's 29 minutes in. Availible worldwide I think but only until Tuesday." (Thanks Danny)

Update: Download the segment here. "It now includes both Zane Lowe segments and a Fearne Cotton Radio 1 part where she speaks of the song." (Thanks Aaron)

And if you don't have the track yet, you can get it at Slicing Up Eyeballs and Stereogum. I love to see all of the praise it's getting. (Thanks SUE and Lars)

Roger's new album

- "So my album (Piano Formations) pre sale link is up on my website and I am posting a video a day for the next 8 on my Youtube channel

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Robert on new Crystal Castles single

Update 2: Just brought to my attention that this is a cover of an old Platinum Blonde song from 1983. (Thanks Greg)

Update: It's up on Youtube! Loving it so far. (Thanks Aaron)

From NME: "The Cure's Robert Smith has lent his vocals to the new single by Crystal Castles. The Toronto digi-dance duo are releasing a new version of 'Not In Love' on December 6, with Smith on singing duties. The original version of the song features on the band's self-titled second album, released in May."
(Thanks Aaron)

Prefix and Gigwise also have articles about this. (Thanks Kate)

Update: You can read the lyrics to the song here and watch a video for the original version here.

Wembley Prayer Tour article

"I've written a piece on the Cure's third night at Wembley on the Disintegration tour for a new UK magazine, Vive le Rock, which launched last week and is available in newsagents in the UK." (Thanks Andy)

Update: Andy has sent me the pdf of his article, but please support the magazine and buy a copy.

Spiderhole showing in London

"A horror film called 'Spiderhole' that Jason Cooper did the music for, will be showing from friday 29th october at the Empire Leicester Square in London." (Thanks Toberr)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Robert on NME Cool List 2010

Should Robert be on NME's Cool List 2010? Vote here. (Thanks Aaron)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Forget Bunny Lake...

Join the search and get a shirt. (Thanks Kel) And if you are wondering what this is about, it's a take off on the RS BLIM mystery. : )

Cure-related world record set

Longtime (since 96!) CoF reader/contributor and creator of Improv Everywhere, Charlie Todd, now holds the world record for Fastest Time To Name 40 CDs by The Cure and Their Release Years While Holding Them. : )
Thanks and congratulations Charlie!

Another new Friday shirt

Republic have a new Friday I'm in Love vest top. (Thanks Aaron)

Cure night on i-Concerts

"Tonight on TV channel i-concerts HD (well right now in fact), they show a one hour edit of Trilogy from 9 to 10 pm, and then their program guide says 'The Cure & Co, Later with Jolls Holland' from 10 to 11 pm (all Central European summer time, UTC+2 ) ... And they have a 'The Cure night' logo on the screen., and then click Program Guide." (Thanks Sylvain)

Cure book giveaway at A Pink Dream

"The new "cure book": Dans la tête de Robert Smith (In Robert Smith's head) to win here." (Thanks T.)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Cure in Tap Tap Revenge

IGA has updated the official site with news of The Cure being added to Tap Tap Revenge. (Thanks Pam)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Autographed Disintegration auction

Update: Auction closed. Winning bid was $2,250.

A reminder that the West Memphis 3 auction for the Robert Smith autographed vinyl of Disintegration is now live, and will run until Oct. 7th. “Please bid generously and help free the West Memphis Three - this grotesque miscarriage of justice has dragged on for 17 years too long.” Robert Smith, The Cure.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Cure finally in Guitar Hero

The Cure's 'Fascination Street' will be included in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. (Thanks rgtschope)

Update: This was released on Set. 28th. Anyone get it? How is it? Here's a video of someone playing the guitar part.
And Rock Band 3, including 'Just Like Heaven', will be released on Oct. 26th.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Paul Banks on The Cure

Paul Banks of Interpol talks about the influence The Cure had on his band, in the Oct. issue of Blitz:

What about The Cure, especially on albums like Pornography or Disintegration? Didn't they influence Interpol?

"The Cure is the band that all of us in Interpol can say influenced us. When I was younger I listened to them a lot. Carlos as well. Actually, he took a straight influence from this band on the way he played the bass and the keys. To me, Robert Smith is also one of these examples: you can't be Robert Smith if you're not Robert Smith. It's one of the bands with the deepest influence on Interpol, because we all like them. They're legendary." (Thanks to Hazey Jane on the Interpol forum for posting the translation)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Curiosa photos by Andy Willsher

Curiosa in Dallas, TX. (Aug. 14th, 2004). Different take in NME.

"4 nice pictures by Andy Willsher, from the Curiosa Tour in 2004 (you need to scroll on the right)." (Thanks Jerome C.)

Fire In Cairo playing in Ireland

"Fire In Cairo are a Cure Cover Band based in Limerick, Ireland and will be playing @ Baker Place Friday next September 24th more info here." (Thanks IrishCure)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Disintegration single CD out Sept. 27th

The single CD edition of the new Disintegration remaster will be released on Sept. 27th in the UK. - £4.99, HMV - £4.99, Amazon UK - £7.99. (Thanks Aaron)

Roger update

rogerodonnell - YES, very excited and happy this morning "Quieter Trees" will be performed in London by the CYM part of the Guildhall School of Music!! If you want to hear "Quieter Trees" you can download the demos here. It describes Hockneys Bigger Trees Near Warter.

Also, Roger is on a new track by Secrets For September: "
Ages ago Roger worked on a track of mine, and to cut a long story short we put it out as a single today. You can hear it here. He does a fantastic Pink Floyd esque solo on the moog." (Thanks Matt)

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Cure in 'Best of Chorus' DVD boxset

"INA, the french TV archives company, will release in October a 3 DVD boxset with the best moments of the "Chorus" (a famous music TV program from the late 70's-early 80's). This DVD will include the Cure performing in the Theatre de l'Empire in Paris (november 79). You can also watch the show online from the INA website." (Thanks Jerome C.)

Update: You can see the full clip at Slicing Up Eyeballs (ignore the venue and date listed, they're incorrect). You can also see that "Cure in bed" clip mentioned earlier, here.
(Thanks Perfect.Murder)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Cure FM 2nd broadcast

Listen to, and/or download, the second broadcast of Cure FM from Oct. 6th, 1990 at Slicing Up Eyeballs. And here's a transcript of the show. (Thanks Andy)

Washington, D.C. 84 complete soundboard

"As most people know Washington, D.C. 1984 commonly circulates as the official COLD bootleg, however the last 5 minutes or so of the last song Forever is cut, the bootleg also has a small cut in A Forest keyboard/guitar intro.

Wolfgang's Vault acquired Bill Graham Presents master recordings some years ago and has the complete uncut show streaming as low bitrate MP3, unfortunately for non-members the amount it allows you to play per month is extremely limited. However if you buy a 1 year membership for $48 you can access the whole show as 192kbps MP3.

*It's the 2nd last show of The Top Tour 1984, and is just Boris Williams' 8th show with the band, he'd only been with the band 10 days when they played this show!" (Thanks Brent)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Official site update

IGA has posted info on the official site about Robert donating an autographed Disintegration vinyl for auction (which will run from September 20th to October 7th) to aid the West Memphis 3 defense fund. Starting bid will be $100.
“Please bid generously and help free the West Memphis Three - this grotesque miscarriage of justice has dragged on for 17 years too long.” Robert Smith, The Cure.

New Cure ink

A new Cure tattoo for Gabesz, and more ink for Jason and Heron.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Cure Big Gig 09 show on Servus TV

Reminder: This will be rebroadcast tonight at 23:05. Moloch is recording in HD, so look for it soon on Dime, YouTube, etc.

Here's what was aired: Underneath The Stars, The Perfect Boy, The End of the World, Sleep When I'm Dead, A Forest, The Only One, Inbetween Days, Just Like Heaven, Want, Boys Don't Cry, Jumping Someone Else's Train, Grinding Halt.

"last night I came over it by chance, but the TV channel "Servus TV" will repeat it upcoming Tuesday: The Cure in Concert, O2 Arena, London 2009" (Thanks Thomas)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Disintegration Deluxe iPhone wallpaper

"Just made a few Iphone backgrounds based on the Disintegration micro website images. Thought I could share them."
(Thanks Anne-Frank)

Update: Added another one. (Thanks Keiran)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Guitarz looks at Robert's Jazzmaster

There's an article at Guitarz that talks a bit about Robert's Fender Jazzmaster. (Thanks Hal)

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Saturday, September 4, 2010

The RS BLIM mystery

Finally something interesting in Cure world. Well, maybe. Robert posted this photo on his MySpace page 2 days ago, titled BLIM. Who/what is BLIM? What does it mean (Boy Lost In Music? Bunny Lake Is Missing?)? A piece of the next puzzle, perhaps? Or just something random Robert wanted to post?
(Thanks to Aaron for finding it)

Update: Just solved part of it. The image is from the movie poster for Bunny Lake Is Missing. But why has he posted it?

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Discographies does The Cure

Discographies - The Cure: 1 You're 18...; 2-6 you only wear black...; 7-9...and the world feels beautifully sad! 10-13 Then your parents make you get a job. (Thanks Christian)

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Win an autographed Disintegration poster

Rhino_Ent - New Rhino Contest! Follw us and RT to win a @TheCure "Disintegration" CD and Poster signed by Robert Smith!!! Winner announced Thurs.

Cure FM 20 years ago tonight

Slicing Up Eyeballs has a nice article on the 20th anniversary of Cure FM tonight. A bit more info on the show can be found at Impression of Sounds.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Toni Haimi joins Levinhurst for Euro Tour

Levinhurst -We have a new guitarist for the "Blue star over Europe " tour in Oct Toni Haimi (of All About Eve and Soho Dolls fame!). Welcome aboard!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sean Penn as Robert Smith?

Update: "The director of the movie is Paolo Sorrentino. In an interview he said that for the rock star character played by Sean Penn, the inspiration was Robert Smith, leader of The Cure. "When he came to Rome, I went to see him in concert. Lipstick on the lips, punk hair, fifteen-year-old look and he is 50 years old instead. He doesn't have a cell phone, he doesn't drive a car, he has stopped the time to 1988." (Thanks fmjews)

From The Daily Mail: "with his red lipstick and wild hair, Penn looked more like 51-year-old Cure frontman Robert Smith than a Hollywood actor as he filmed on location in Dublin's Mount Street." Here's another photo, and here's another.
(Thanks April, John and Kate)

Cure #74 on VH1 countdown

The Cure came in at #74 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time countdown. (Thanks Kristy)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Dave Allen at The Woodmill on Aug. 29th

Legendary Cure producer Dave Allen will be making an appearance at The Woodmill in London on Aug. 29th at 3pm.
(Thanks Roger)

Lol interview on Part Time Punks

Lol Tolhurst on Part Time Punks (08-19-10) by CraigatCoF

Thanks to Michael Stock, host of Part Time Punks on KXLU 88.9 FM in L.A. every Thursday from 3-6pm, we now have the full audio of Lol Tolhurst's appearance on last week's show. If you're looking for Lol's comments about his proposal of playing some live 'Faith' shows, that's at 167:23. Lol also debuted a new Levinhurst song, 'Seeds are Sown', at 118:17. It was a great interview, with lots of great tracks and stories about the early Cure days, so thanks again to Lol and Michael for doing it, and for sending in the audio. Also, check the comments for the playlist of the show.

Monday, August 23, 2010

CoS reports on Lol's Cure update

Consequence of Sound has a story about Lol's Cure news update on Part Time Punks. (Thanks Kate)

To clarify something, Lol has no news about 'In Orange'. He said he was mistaken when he was talking about that. Robert only mentioned the 'Mixed Up' remaster and the Cure at the BBC set.

Update: The Guardian is running a story about this, too. But before anyone gets too excited, please remember that this is simply a proposal made to Robert by Lol. No indication yet that this will actually happen. (Thanks Keith)

And as Lol correctly points out - "
The Guardian's headline is a little misleading! I have not asked RS to rejoin the Cure! I have my thing he has his..."

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Reminder: Lol guest DJ set tonight

"Lol Tolhurst will be joining me as Guest DJ at the club known as Part Time Punks for a CURE TRIBUTE NITE on Aug. 22nd. For more info, go here." (Thanks Michael)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Levinhurst in South America 2011

Levinhurst - so its on: Peru/Chile/Argentina/Brazil! all before Easter next! See you all (again).

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Lol on Part Time Punks

Update 2 (from Lol): "Just realized looking thru my recent emails from Robert he tells me that he's working on the Cure at the BBC and mixed up remaster..oops! Not Cure In Orange as previously reported! But anyway the dvd of it should be out soon enough...."

Michael hopes to post the audio from the show soon, but until then, here are a few highlights - Lol said that Robert told him that work continues on The Cure @ the BBC box set and that it should be out next year. Same goes for the deuxe edition of Mixed Up. He also emailed Robert recently about the possibility of playing some shows together next year for the 30th anniversary of 'Faith', with the original lineup, and says the ball is now in Robert's court.

A reminder about Lol being on Part Time Punks today: "Lol Tolhurst will be on my Part Time Punks radio show today from 3-6pm P.S.T. on KXLU 88.9FM in Los Angeles. He promises to bring rare tracks by The Cure, Levinhurst, The Presence as well as some weird and rare tracks from his extensive collection of electronic music (which dates back to 1930)." (Thanks Michael)

Xplodingboys play Portland

The Cure tribute band, TheXplodingboys, will be playing Thursday, August 19th at Dante's in Portland, OR. They'll be playing all of 'Faith', plus lots of other songs.
(Thanks April & Suzy)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Cure on Madness of the 80s

"Yesterday on French TV channel France 3 there was a program called "the madness of the 80's", a collection of the most memorable events in music/fashion/politics etc.. and they showed about 8 seconds of The Cure. First they were lying on a bed doing a kind of a capella version of Close to Me with Simon singing the bass line, Boris clapping his hands and Porl singing the keyboard part. Then they showed a few seconds of The Cure on stage with Bananarama."(Thanks Sylvain)

Monday, August 16, 2010

65DOS tour dates and single

Update: Digital Download available from 7 Digital and Amazon. Also, Ideal Copy will be carrying the 7" single. (Thanks Brad & Chris)

- November Euro/UK tour announced. All dates here. Click the venue to buy tickets.
Also, 'Come To Me' (their recent track with Robert Smith), paired with 'Weak4', will be released as a double a-side single on Aug. 16th. It will be available on 7" vinyl and Digital Download. The DD will include the b-side, 'Memorydress'. More info here.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

JLH in Love & Other Drugs trailer

A bit of 'Just Like Heaven' is used in the trailer for the new film 'Love and Other Drugs'.

Roger update

rogerodonnell - New album time... I am working on an album of piano exercises called "Piano Formations", hope to finish it for an October release. Each of the ten pieces will be matched to an ambient field recording of a space and have a video of clouds to accompany it, hence the name! Im also going to release the scores in a book with drawings of the ambient spaces...

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Levinhurst announces new European tour

From Levinhurst: "Blue Star Over Europe" Euro Dates 2010 !
14.10.2010 I-Florence, tba
15.10.2010 I-Bologna, Covo
16.10.2010 I-Milano, Tunnel
17.10.2010 I-tba
19.10.2010 D-Siegen, Vortex
20.10.2010 D-Dortmund, FZW
More to come!!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Robert bit in Alternative Press

Thanks to Junko, we finally have a good scan of the article. Love the bit about RS making toast. : )

Friday, August 6, 2010

Interpolnews on Twitter

I felt bad about forcing Cure fans to keep getting Interpol updates on my @CraigatCoF Twitter account, so I've created a new one just for Interpol stuff - @Interpolnews. So if you want Interpol news via Twitter, follow me there. The other account goes back to just Cure now, with only a few off topic posts every now and then. And if you missed it before, my Interpol blog is at Public Perversions. So until The Cure gets rolling again, and they WILL, so don't lose faith in them, that's what I'll be doing.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Disintegration Deluxe in Les Inrockuptibles

Here is a scan of a Disintegration review in French magazine "Les inrockuptibles" #763 (released July 14th 2010). I'm sorry I don't have time to translate this. This is a good review and they say that Disintegration is the last great Cure album. (Thanks Sylvain)

Monday, August 2, 2010

Levinhurst update

Levinhurst - New Levinhurst song done! "Seeds are sown" very pleased with it even if I say so myself!

Levinhurst - "I'll be on part time punks kxlu (88.9FM/ on Thursday 19th August 3pm-6pm ! I'll be previewing a new levinhurst song and chatting! Oh and then I'm the guest dj on sunday 22nd august at the Echo 1822 sunset blvd Los Angeles ! Be there!

Lol also posted a bunch of new photos from their recent tour.

Friday, July 30, 2010

4Play in Charlotte repeat

HDNet will be repeating The Cure's 2008 4Play in Charlotte concert on Aug. 1st at 10:50pm eastern and at 4:10am eastern the next morning.

Download it on Dime. (Thanks Brent)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

NME's Greatest Guitarist Ever

Yes, another endless NME poll. Vote for Robert here. (Thanks Ed)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Public Perversions

Going to clean up all of the Interpol stuff on CoF, and move it to my new Interpol blog, Public Perversions. Stop by and say hello, and become a Public Pervert. : )

Cure covers

Superchunk covered 'Inbetween Days' for the A.V. Club's Undercover series. (Thanks Slicing Up Eyeballs)

Ashengrace covered "Like Cockatoos" during a show in Tucson, AZ on 7/17/10. (Thanks Ian)

"The Philadelphia Inquirer mentions that the Parx casino club band covered “Just Like Heaven” during the opening of table game play yesterday." (Thanks Chris)

Kill Hannah covered 'Lovesong'. (Thanks notdeadyet)

Runner Runner covered 'Friday I'm In Love'.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Roger update

rogerodonnell - Couple of piano pieces for a grey Saturday evening... What's It Like There? and Will You Stay? Kind of audio sketches?

Update: Roger has removed them, saying they are just meant to be for the moment, but new ones will be up soon.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Win Disintegration Deluxe and sampler

From Rhino on Twitter: Rhino_Ent New Rhino Contest! Follow @Rhino_Ent and RT to win The Cure's "Disintegration Deluxe" CD+ltd edition sampler. Winner announced this Thursday

More on the John Martyn tribute

As Robert mentioned back in January, he's recorded 'Small Hours' for an upcoming John Martyn tribute album, and now Twentyfourbit has details about the other artists involved. (Thanks Kate)

Update: Consequence of Sound, Pitchfork, NME, and ProSieben also picked up the story. (Thanks JC and Debi)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Cure - That was then...This is now

"I've had a Cure documentary on VHS for the past 22 years (seriously). My older brother (who was a huge Cure fan) recorded it back in 1988. I've finally got a friend of mine to digitise it so i can get it on DVD and onto YouTube.

The documentary is called "That Was Then... This Is Now" and is part of a series of 30 minute rock documentaries." (Thanks Ed)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Just Like Heaven on soundtrack

'Just Like Heaven' will be on the soundtrack CD (out on Aug. 24th) for the new movie 'Going the Distance' (opening on Aug. 27th). (Thanks Friend of CoF)

Cure at Roskilde 1985

20 minutes of The Cure's set at the 1985 Roskilde Festival. (Thanks James)

Porl at Tool show

Mike saw Porl at the Tool show in San Diego on July 15th. Check the comments for the details. (Thanks Mike/Grindinghalt)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

WMS clown on ebay

For those of you still trying to find the wind-up toys from the Wild Mood Swings era, there's a clown up on ebay right now.
(Thanks Ange)

Update: You can also buy the clown and panda at Jesters. (Thanks Deadboycraved)

Vote for Le Cure

"Dallas-based tribute band for The Cure, Le Cure, has been nominated for “2010 Cover Band/Tribute Band of the Year” by the Dallas Observer, but needs your help to win! As a way of saying thank you for voting, and helping the band win in this category, Le Cure will donate an upcoming performance to benefit cancer research on behalf of The Cure fans everywhere. Don't wait, voting ends July 17, 2010.

Voting is easy and you won't need to enter any personal/private information besides your name. Access the online ballot at For a Quick Vote: Simply access the ballot from our site and enter your first/last name, click "next" four times (4x), select "Le Cure" under "30. BEST COVER/TRIBUTE ACT", click "next", then "Submit". That's it!" (Thanks Jerko)

No Disintegration in Portugal?

Update: Universal Portugal now says it will be out in August, but only on CD, no vinyl. (Thanks to Smitha@Cureconnections)

"The Disintegration remaster is not on sale in Portuguese stores yet. if you go to a fnac store, which are the main stores around here, there are none selling. and if you go to the site there is no word about it on the new releases." (Thanks Paulo)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Lance Armstrong this morning...

Before this morning's stage of the Tour de France:
Lance Armstrong - Stage starts out through a village called "La Cure". If Robert Smith isn't standing by the roadside then I'm going to be super pissed! (Thanks Lars)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Q review

Update: Here's the review. Also, in case you missed it, here's the Record Collector review that was posted yesterday. (Thanks JC)

Can anyone provide us with a scan of the 4 star review of Disintegration Deluxe that's in the new issue of Q magazine? Thanks! (Thanks to Andy for the tip)

Lol to guest DJ at Part Time Punks

"Lol is slated to DJ the next Cure Nite at Part Time Punks, a weekly, Sunday night post-punk-oriented dance event at the Echo in L.A. The event takes place August 22. Here's the link to the Part Time Punks website:" (Thanks Amorn and Griffith)

Disintegration Deluxe US sales

Update 2: 964 sold in its 4th week. 12,206 total sales to date. (Thanks Friend of CoF)

Update: This week's sales figures - 1,541 sold in its 3rd week. Total sales are now 11,242. And here's how sales break down along formats - 8,268 on CD, 1,735 downloads, and 1,239 on vinyl.
Also, here are the totals for the other deluxe editions (2 disc editions only, doesn't include the single disc versions) so far:
Three Imaginary Boys (2004) - 31,622
Seventeen Seconds (2005) - 15,257
Faith (2005) - 16,103
Pornography (2005) - 21,085
The Top (2006) - 7,615
Head On The Door (2006) - 13,853
Kiss Me (2006)- 18,750.
So, as FoC says, given the lack of any real promotion at all, Disintegration is off to a pretty solid start.
(Thanks Friend of CoF)

Figures from last week - 3,001 sold in its 2nd week. Total sales are now 9,695. (Thanks Friend of CoF)

Disintegration Deluxe #7 on Quietus list

Disintegration Deluxe is #7 on The Quietus' list of Best Compilations, Reissues & Live Albums Of 2010 So Far.
(Thanks Darrell)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Comic artist needed

Anyone interested in helping James with this? "I’m writing and launching a web comic called THE PUTTO. However, I have an eight page story which finishes with a rather big twist involving a Cure record that I’m looking for an illustrator for! I’m wondering if there are any big Cure fans with some skills in comic book illustrating that may wish to come on board?"
Check the comments section for more details.

Monday, July 5, 2010

More Cure on BBC iPlayer

"Mark Sutherland profiles Robert Smith and the Cure in the third part of 6 Music's The Alternative 80s. Available until 12:32am Thursday 8th July 2010" (Thanks JC)

Entreat vs. Entreat Plus

"The Cure 24.07.1989 London - Wembley Arena. 30 second comparisons of the 1989 mix vs. the 2010 mix. It's pretty obvious, the effects of digial mixing vs. real faders, outboard gear, tape masters, recording trends in general & 35+ years of loud music. For educational purposes only." (Thanks Michael)

Friday, July 2, 2010

Andy Anderson interview

Wow, so nice to hear from Andy again! Read the interview at A Pink Dream. (Thanks Toberr)
And check out Andy on his MySpace page. (Thanks Lindsey)

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Interpol pre-order bonus

If you pre-order Interpol's new album from Matador, you get a free poster and an Interpol 45 adapter, and you have a chance to win a silkscreen print that will be given away each day.

Roger update

From Roger on Twitter: "Finally back in the studio working on another electronic Moog album. Just warming up so thought I would post the stuff that comes out...Its got a random title At Last Its Grey and here it is... I'll try and do one a day for a while until I get serious!"

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Cure voted 8th best at Glastonbury

The Cure's 1990 show was voted 8th best in Glastonbury history. Read the full story in the comments. (Thanks Andy)
Videos from the show - Shake Dog Shake / A Strange Day / A Night Like This / Catch / Pictures of You / Fascination Street / Lullaby / Dressing Up / Same Deep Water As You / Lament / Just Like Heaven / The Walk / Primary / Inbetween Days.
(Thanks Lane/CureFM)
Get the Never Enough bootleg of the show here - Part 1 / 2 or here - Part 1 / 2. (Thanks T.U.B.E.)

Disintegration Deluxe in the charts

US - entered the Billboard Top 200 at #92, out (2nd week).
1st week sales were 5,197 (the lion’s share of which was on physical CD). An additional 1,471 digital downloads were sold during the previous two weeks, bringing total sales to 6,668 so far. (Thanks Friend of CoF)
US - enters the Billboard Top Catalog albums at #4, out (2nd week).
Italy - entered at #47, out (2nd week).
Germany - entered at #61, out (2nd week).
Belgium - entered at #41, out (2nd week).
France - entered at #90, #137 (2nd week), #170 (3rd week), out (4th week).
UK - entered at #68, out (2nd week).
(Thanks Bob, Peter, Lindsey and Aaron)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

New Interpol dates in North America

Update 4: Nov. 5th in NYC at United Palace Theatre. Tickets on sale July 1st at 10am.

Pittsburgh - Success / Summer Well / C'mere / Lights
Buffalo - Success / Narc / NYC / Summer Well

Update 3: Matador says the album release has been pushed up a week to Sept. 7th, and confirms that more US dates will be added this Autumn. (Thanks coslive)

Update 2:
Listen to the new songs, 'Success' and 'Summer Well', from the Rochester show, and download the complete show here - Part 1 / Part 2.

Full list of dates here, and the video for 'Lights' has just been posted for downloading or watch it here.

Not on the list yet, but here are 2 confirmed shows for later in the year:
Oct. 16th - Mexico City (Capital Festival)
Oct. 29th, 30th or 31st - New Orleans, LA. (Voodoo Fest)

Monday, June 21, 2010

Still no Disintegration in Australia?

Update: In stock now at JB HIFI. (Thanks Ben)

What's the problem? First the shipment was delayed, now it's on back order? Come on, Universal, get it together!
"Take the June 18th date down. The latest from the stores is it's been put on back order as the record company has now run out of stock...among other stories. I've heard so many of them now. None of them really have the faintest idea what is going on. Can anybody shed some light as to what the hell has happened?!?? I wonder what RS would say about this if he got wind of it?" (Thanks notherbob)

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Cure picnic 2010

"This year the 7th UK annual picnic for Cure fans will be taking place on Sunday 1st August from 1pm. More info here."
(Thanks Lee-Anne)

Friday, June 18, 2010

Slow Rhino

And what's up with Rhino? Has anyone received their order from the Rhino shop yet?
Update: Looks like most orders started arriving this week.

Another Porl guitar for sale soon

A couple of the guitars mentioned in the original post are still available, and now another should be coming soon: "Just picked up one of the Corsair Sunbursts - v nice guitar. Great guys in the shop - one of them gave me the heads up that they'll shortly be getting one of Porl's vintage Fenders through their doors. Also hinted that it will be pricey..." (Thanks mr. Pinkeyes)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Disintegration Deluxe US vinyl out now

Just a reminder that the US vinyl version of Disintegration Deluxe has officially been released today. Might also be another chance to pick up a poster if you missed them last week.

"The vinyl is $21.99 in Denver at Twist and Shout. You can also get a poster with your purchase." (Thanks Jimhb)

New Interpol on Sept. 14th

Pitchfork reports that Interpol's new self-titled album will be out on Sept. 14th, and that the band have returned to their former record label, Matador.

NME Best Album of the 80s

NME is having another of their endless polls. This one is for Best Album of the 80s. You can vote for 3 Cure Albums - Pornography, Head on the Door, and Disintegration. (Thanks Marco)

Friday, June 11, 2010

Cure in Rock Band 3, too

Update: Some footage of 'Just Like Heaven' in this trailer.

Last week we found out that 'Fascination Street' will be in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, and now word comes that 'Just Like Heaven' will be included in Rock Band 3. This will also be the first game to include keyboard parts, so here's your chance to be a virtual Roger or Lol. : ) Check out the demo video here.

Shawn playing some Cure on WBNY tonight

"In celebration of the release of the deluxe remaster of The Cure's 'Disintegration', I'll be playing a few songs featured on there and the online disc 'Alternative Rarities 1988-1989' during my show tonight on 91.3 WBNY in Buffalo, NY, which normally runs from 11pm-1am ET on Friday nights, but will go an extra hour tonight to accommodate those tracks. I'll be playing one each hour, in addition to other good music which you may enjoy, so listen in if you can either on the radio, or online. I'll be recording the show and posting it online shortly thereafter, so if you can't hear it live, you can listen later. I hope that you enjoy the show!"
(Thanks Shawn)

Posters at Amoeba Music

"Wanted to let you know that Amoeba Music in Hollywood still has lithograph posters and I was able to ask and receive an extra one for my girlfriend." (Thanks AndytheCurefan)

Porl's guitars for sale

Some of Porl's guitars are for sale through Chandler Guitars.
Schecter 12 String Black Diamond Series Ex-Cure £450
Schecter 12 String Ultra-XII Ex-Cure Black £525
Schecter 6 String White Diamond Series Ex-Cure £450
Schecter Corsair Bigsby Sunburst Ex-Cure £695
Schecter Corsair Bigsby Sunburst Ex-Cure £695
(Thanks Justine)

"Porl playing the same model black 12 string as he has for sale. This is from the Pearl show, playing pictures of you, i think..." (Thanks J.)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Posters at Newbury Comics

"FYI for folks in New England, some of the Newbury Comics locations do indeed have the posters. E.G. the Natick location still has about 10 or 12 posters left and they are rolled, not folded. In fact when I got mine there they gave me 2 extra posters because a couple previous purchasers didn't want them. If anybody wants them I'm happy to mail them for the price of the postage."
(Thanks Justin)

Update: "Stopped by the Nashua, NH location today. Out of CDs (was told that they're getting another shipment within the next few days), but they gave me a poster. Didn't see how many were left, but they're there." (Thanks Jocelyn)

Prayer Tour L.A. interview and live clips

Charlie has posted another clip from the Prayer Tour. This one is a KNBC Los Angeles interview with Robert, and includes live clips from the Dodger Stadium show. (Thanks Whiteraven)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Disintegration poster with Amazon orders?

Just checking out the Rhino Facebook page, and noticed a new banner ad that links to Amazon, and says "free poster with purchase". So are Amazon orders going to include the poster, too? Or maybe only if you order from that link?
Update from Rhino: No, there isn't a poster offer from Amazon. It was a mistake, and they have now removed the "free poster" text from that ad.

Disintegration special on French radio?

"Years Go Bye on APinkDream says that there will indeed be a special Disintegration program on France Inter show by Bernard Lenoir on 2nd or 3rd June."

Update: "The program was supposed to happen Wednesday 2nd. But Hugo Cassevetti (the guest, a well-known music reporter) was on holiday! :) So it will take place next Wednesday, 9th at 22:00."
(Thanks Fabien G)

Update2: Here's what they played - Out of Mind, Pirate Ships, Plainsong (live), Lullaby (live). (Thanks Smif)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Disintegration store reports (N.A.)

Disintegration Deluxe 3 CD set officially released in North America today! Be sure to pick up a copy (or 3) this week, and help it debut higher in the charts. Vinyl has been delayed until next week.

Update 3: Bull Moose Music in Portland, ME has it on sale for $22.97. (Thanks Kenna)

Update 2: Barnes & Noble have dropped their price to $17.49. Use coupon code H9M4X4X for an additional 15% off. (Thanks Jason) Note: Looks like it was a one day deal. Back to $24.99 now.

Update: New lowest price on the set: "I got my Newbury Comics newsletter for the week showing new releases, says the 3cd of Disintegration will now be $17.99."(Thanks Lindsey)
Note: Looks like this price is in store only.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Prayer Tour audio

Soundboard compilation from Frankfurt, Bremen, and Arles.
Drammen, Norway (May 3rd, 1989) on Dime.
Hamburg, Germany (May 5th, 1989)
Heerenveen, The Netherlands (May 6th, 1989)
Bremen, Germany (May 7th, 19898) on Dime.
Hannover, Germany (May 8th, 1989) on Dime.
Essen, Germany (May 11th, 1989) on Dime.
Essen, Germany (May 11th, 1989) Dark Night CD on Dime.
Lorelei, Germany (May 13th, 1989)
Lorelei, Germany (May 13th, 1989) on Dime.
Milano, Italy (June 8th, 1989) on Dime.
Torino, Italy (June 9th, 1989)
London Wembley (July 22nd, 1989) on Dime.
London Wembley (July 23rd, 1989) on Dime.
London Wembley (July 24th, 1989)
Montreal, Canada (Aug. 25th, 1989)
Chicago, IL. (Sept. 1st, 1989)
Denver, CO. (Sept. 4th, 1989) on Dime.
Los Angeles, CA. (Sept. 8th, 1989)
Los Angeles, CA. (Sept. 8th, 1989) on Dime.
Mountain View, CA. Part 1 / Part 2 (Sept. 10th, 1989)
San Diego, CA. (Sept. 12th, 1989)
Dallas, TX. (Sept. 15th, 1989) on Dime.
Houston, TX. (Sept. 16th, 1989)
Mansfield, MA. (Sept. 23rd, 1989)
(Thanks to Dennis, Andreas and T.U.B.E. for help with this)

Friday, June 4, 2010

Disintegration Deluxe Trivia Contest

Congratulations to the winners - Robert Rice (entry #13), Joseph Lomnicky (entry #32), Stephen (entry #49).

The contest is closed and the answers have been posted. Thanks to everyone who entered. Winners will be announced by Saturday afternoon. Good luck!

We have 3 Disintegration Deluxe prize packs to give away. Answer the trivia questions correctly, and you will be entered in to the contest. Good luck, have fun and no sharing answers! : ) Unfortunately, due to Rhino's request, this is only open to fans in North America. Very sorry about that.
(Thanks again to Nikki @ Rhino Records)

Uncut reviews Disintegration Deluxe

Uncut (July 2010). (Thanks Frank)

More audio rarities and shows

Leipzig, Germany (08-04-90). (Thanks Dennis)

Wild Mood Swings demos - "I've recently converted the WMS Demos from the old site to MP3. The original quality was rather poor." (Thanks Brad)

4Tour at the Hollywood Bowl (05-31-08) - Repost of the Sirius XM broadcast from last year. (Thanks Julien)

Stuttgart 10-13-92 (Soundboard, but see comments for notes)
MP3: Part 1 - 2 - 3 - 4.
FLAC: Part 1 - 2 - 3 -4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11.
Cover: Front - Back. (Thanks Andreas)