We’re starting the week off on a positive foot, blowing away those Monday blues with a reminder that The Cure can sound as jolly as The Beatles… when they really want to.
Diving back into the Far Out Vault, 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.
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 years. Not only did Sall manage to recruit The Cure for the tribute album of all tribute albums, the producer manager 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 following their momentous headline set at Glastonbury Festival 2019, we decided to focus our on their rendition of The Beatles number initially released in 1967.
About 15 years ago Cure frontman Robert Smith was asked by Rolling Stone which music influence 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 band’s 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.