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"I had no desire to be famous; I just wanted to make the greatest music ever made. I didn't want anyone to know who I was."

Robert Smith

Born: April 21, 1959

Occupation: Musician

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A lot of journalists give me a hard time about how I look, but I've never met a journalist I'd rather look like.

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I'd rather spend my time looking at the sky than listening to Whitney Houston.

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I've always spent more time with a smile on my face than not, but the thing is, I don't write about it.

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Refusing to grow up is like refusing to accept your limitations. That's why I don't think we'll ever grow up.

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If I put a value on my music, and no one's prepared to pay that, then more fool me, but the idea that the value is created by the consumer is an idiot plan; it can't work.

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But everyone I know reaches a point where they throw out their arms and go beserk for a while; otherwise you never know what your limits are. I was just trying to find mine.

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It's only people that aren't goths that think the Cure are a goth band.

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I married somebody who likes the way I look. If I changed my hair every year, and I reinvented myself in time-honoured pop fashion, I think understandably the person I'm married to would grow slightly...

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I do a job I really, really love and I kind of have fun with. People think you can't be grown up unless you're moaning about your job.

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Robert Smith

I think the rock'n'roll myth of living on the edge is a pile of crap.

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Sometimes I'll get to the end of a song, open my eyes and there's all these faces peering at me. It's quite horrifying.

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I had no desire to be famous; I just wanted to make the greatest music ever made. I didn't want anyone to know who I was.

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My whole life I've played music for my own personal enjoyment and the idea of it becoming a machine or a business is just horrible.

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I have never liked Morrissey, and I still don't. I think it's hilarious, actually, what things I've heard about him, what he's really like, and his public persona is so different. He's such an actor.

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No, come to think of it, I don't think the Cure will end, but I can make up an ending if you want me to.

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Robert Smith

The idea of reinvention has always seemed bizarre to me.

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Robert Smith

You don't really know a song until you play it live.

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Each time I play a song it seems more real.

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I lose myself in music because I can't be bothered explaining what I feel to anyone else around me.

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Robert Smith

If any of our songs ever did make it on the top ten, I'd disband the group immediately.

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Robert Smith

Performing doesn't come that naturally to me, even though I've done it for years.

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Robert Smith

When we started I wasn't the singer. I was the drunk rhythm guitarist who wrote all these weird songs.

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I've never regretted not having children. My mindset in that regard has been constant. I objected to being born, and I refuse to impose life on someone else.

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I honestly don't class myself as a songwriter. I've got 'musician' written on my passport. That's even funnier.

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I look thuggish when I shave my head and wear big boots. I walk into a newsagent and people think I'm going to jump the counter.

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Robert Smith

I never liked Queen. I can honestly say I hated Queen and everything that they did.

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I don't dislike my peers because they're still around and remind me of what I'm doing. I never liked them anyway. I never liked U2, the things they've done over the years.

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Robert Smith

Anyone can rehearse and play constantly any song in the world.

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Robert Smith

I am very self-conscious a lot of the time.

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Robert Smith

I became an adult in an extreme way. I was recently sorting some old photographs and I found another.

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Robert Smith

I don't want The Cure to fizzle out doing 45-minute shows of greatest hits. That would be awful for our legacy.

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I still frequent my parents' house. I go there to escape, back to the bedroom that I grew up in. Just to sit there and feel small.

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I think that if you become a parent, you stop being a child, and your position in relation to your parents changes.

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I think, at heart, unless you discover faith in something else, something other, it's very hard to shake the thing that you're adrift alone.

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I wouldn't want to think people doted on us, hung on every word, or wanted to look like us.

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Robert Smith

I write with a pen and paper. Never on a laptop.

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I'm not a morose person; it's just that my best songs reflect on the sadder aspects of life.

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I've discovered special makeup by a company called M.A.C. You could wear it on the surface of the sun and it wouldn't move.

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In some cases, I quite like irritating people who need to be irritated.

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Robert Smith

It's really easy to slide into a depression fueled by the pointlessness of existence.

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Living, it's awful for me.

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Robert Smith

Nobody notices me. Nobody thinks I'm me. But then I look less like me than most of the people coming to our concerts.

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Robert Smith

Perhaps not as badly applied and not as obvious, but for thousands of years, people have worn makeup on stage.

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Robert Smith

Reading is something I've really missed, not being able to enter people's worlds.

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There's no hope of me becoming completely relaxed on stage. If I did, I'd sit down and doze off.

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When you're on stage, the real world just drops away for that time. It's pretty intense.

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Robert Smith

Whenever I'm home, I haven't got any makeup on. But even in the studio, before I do vocals, I put makeup on.

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You can't drink on an eight hour flight, pass out, and then go onstage... well you can, but then you're Spandau Ballet.

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I never answer if someone knocks on my door and only the band and my manager have my phone number. In any case my phone doesn't ring so I never notice it. I occasionally just walk past and pick it up to...

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I really enjoy what I do, and who I'm with and where I am. Having said that, I'm not really a person of habit, because what I do in my job is travel around the world and play concerts to people, and occasionally...

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Apart from the fact that I've got a strange job, I do lead a fairly normal life. I do my own shopping. I don't feel constrained by who I am because of what I do; I often feel disappointed by my lack of...

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Both me and my wife's extended family all live within a 50-mile radius. Like me, a lot of them did time in London then started drifting back to the countryside and the sea. Perhaps it's a homing instinct.

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Every animal would rather die themselves than lose their offspring. But it's just genes, isn't it? All of our existence is spent worrying about the next generation, but we don't actually seem to get anywhere.

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Everything I do has the tinge of the finite, of my own demise. At some point you either accept death or you just keep pushing it back as you get older and older. I've accepted it.

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For a period in the '90s, I felt that the Cure was massively undervalued. But there has been a paradigm shift. There's a bunch of newer bands coming up who've grown up listening to the Cure and don't understand...

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Hendrix was the first person I had come across who seemed completely free, and when you're nine or 10, your life is entirely dominated by adults. So he represented this thing that I wanted to be. Hendrix...

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I don't care where the Cure is placed in the pantheon of rock. I don't care if we're perceived as relevant. We're never worried how we fit in. I don't even want to fit in.

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I don't find the technology threatening. A lot of people my age, my generation, find it difficult to immerse themselves. But I would never preclude the idea of using any technology if I thought it suited...

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I hardly ever listen to any of our old stuff now. Once the songs have been recorded and put on to vinyl they become someone else's entertainment, not mine.

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I just don't feel comfortable anymore with the kind of attention that I'm getting. It's purely the numbers of people that want a bit of the Cure or want a bit of me.

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I started out in the 'Cure' reflecting things that I thought were important, and it's reached a point where it takes over and becomes the thing that is important.

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I wore makeup when I was at school, and I wore makeup when glam started. I started wearing it again when punk started. I've always been drawn to wearing it. It's partly ritualistic, partly theatrical and...

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I would be more familiar with Janet Jackson than I was with the Teardrop Explodes or Joy Division, because I didn't want to listen to my competitors for fear of nicking ideas off them.

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I'd like to record somewhere really different. Rent a really big house and get a mobile in and set up in the dining room. Maybe New England; it'd be nice in September or October.

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I'm in the strange position of the world drifting away from me, but you know what? I'm actually quite content with that. It doesn't bother me in the slightest. I don't feel like, 'Oh God, I'm being left...

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I've got a Facebook page, but I've never put anything on it. I've got a presence on all the social networks, in fact, but I've never once sent a message. I'm there because, otherwise, someone's going to...

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If you acquiesce to one interview, there's always another waiting in the wings. Also if you're interviewed repeatedly, you just start repeating yourself. I don't like to do that.

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Irony is the recourse of the weak-minded wimp, I think. I hate bands that deliver their songs with knowing smiles on their faces, so that if those songs fall flat they can say 'Ah well, we never really...

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It has always seemed slightly uncomfortable, the idea of politicised musicians. Very few of them are clever enough to do it; if they're good at the political side, the music side suffers, and vice versa.

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It's really nice meeting people after a concert. Still, it's very weird to be at the center of a group of 30 people all listening to what you're saying. When that group turns into 300 people, it goes on...

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My earliest memories are sitting on the beach at Blackpool, and I know that if I went back, it would be horrible. I know what Blackpool's like - it's nothing like I imagined it was as a child.

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The very first concert I ever went to on my own was actually Rory Gallagher. In a one-month period in 1973 or '74, I saw him, Thin Lizzy and the Rolling Stones. I wasn't really a big Rory Gallagher fan,...

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There were only two times in my life when I've actually felt down about things and gotten myself into a full mental mess. One of the times was in 1982. I had a horrible time for a few months and felt pretty...

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When punk came along, I found my generation's music. I grew up listening to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd, 'cause that was what got played in the house. But when I first saw the Stranglers,...

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