While life in partial lockdown means our access to live music remains nonexistent, we’re continuing to revisit our ‘From The Vault’ section to provide a momentary piece of nostalgic entertainment to see us through. Here, we explore a moment of music matchmaking as The Cure take on The Beatles.
Diving back into the archives, we’ve been reminded by one of our readers of a time when Robert Smith and the band joined a project entitled The Art of McCartney, a full record of tribute covers in appreciation of the work Paul McCartney’s solo, Beatles and Wings material. Given that today marks Macca’s birthday, we could think of no better moment to explore a collection of songs recorded in homage to his efforts.
The record, released back in November of 2014, was an idea dreamt up by producer Ralph Sall who had been working on the project for 11 long years. Not only did Sall manage to recruit The Cure for the tribute album of all tribute albums, but the producer also managed to convince the likes of Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Brian Wilson, Alice Cooper, Kiss and plenty more.
With The Cure at the forefront of everyone’s playlists at the moment given the activation surrounding their eagerly-anticipated new studio album, we decided to focus our attentions on their rendition of The Beatles number which was originally released way back in 1967.
About 15 years ago Cure frontman Robert Smith was asked by Rolling Stone what type of music influenced him as a child and, perhaps unsurprisingly, he references Macca and his band from Liverpool: “When punk came along, I found my generation’s music,” he began.
“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, I thought, ‘This is it.’ And I saw the Buzzcocks the following week, and I thought, ‘This is definitely it’.”
The song, originally released as non-album single and backed by Lennon’s ‘I Am The Walrus’, was The Beatles’ first release following the tragic and untimely death of their manager Brian Epstein. “The answer to everything is simple. It’s a song about everything and nothing,” McCartney once said of the song. “If you have black you have to have white. That’s the amazing thing about life,” he added.
Enjoy The Cure’s song about everything and nothing, below.