Sunday, April 17, 2011

Profile Playlist: Robert Smith - The Cure - Singer, Songwriter

Robert James Smith (born on April 21, 1959) is an English guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. He is the lead singer, guitar player and principal songwriter of the rock band The Cure, and its only constant member since its founding in 1976. NY Rock calls him "pop culture's unkempt poster child of doom and gloom", and describes his songs as "sombre introspection over lush, brooding guitars". Besides guitar, Smith plays the 6-string bass and keyboards. His distinctive and intricate guitar playing and innovative use of flanging, chorusing and phasing effects has led him to be considered a pioneer guitarist in the new wave, indie and rock genres. He also played in the band Siouxsie and the Banshees. He is also known for his appearance - big hair, black clothes, smudged red lipstick and black eyeliner - as well as his distinctive voice.

When The Cure was first formed, Smith did not intend to become the lead vocalist; he only began singing after the original singer left and the group could not find a suitable replacement. From the late 1970s and into the 1980s, Smith composed some of The Cure's songs on a Hammond organ with a built-in tape recorder, including a complete demo of the song "10:15 Saturday Night".

Smith has written or co-written the bulk of the band's music and lyrics over its 30 year lifespan. With Lol Tolhurst, Smith wrote such songs as "The Lovecats", "Let's Go to Bed", and "The Walk". He wrote the album The Top between stints as Siouxsie and the Banshees' guitarist. Smith has co-produced most of the band's material.



The Cure - Lovesong live @Music Planet 2Nite

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