From "Timeline Of Robert Smith's Beef With Morrissey" - Ranker:
In a 1984 issue of UK music magazine The Face, the interviewer asked Morrissey, "If I put you in a room with Robert Smith, Mark E. Smith, and a loaded Smith & Wesson, who would bite the bullet first?"
Morrissey replied, "I'd line them up so that one bullet would penetrate them simultaneously... Robert Smith is a whingebag. It's rather curious that he began wearing beads at the emergence of the Smiths and had been photographed with flowers. I expect he's quite supportive of what we do, but I've never liked the Cure... not even 'The Caterpillar.'"
In an 1989 interview with Q magazine, Smith talked to journalist Robert Sandall about his thoughts on Morrissey and the Smiths.
The Cure singer said, "He's a precious, miserable b*stard. He's all the things people think I am. Morrissey sings the same song every time he opens his mouth. At least I've got two songs, 'The Love Cats' and 'Faith.' If only people knew how easy it is to be in groups like the Smiths..."
According to various sources, at some point in the late 1980s, Smith continued to twist the blade.
Morrissey has been a staunch (and often problematic) animal rights' activist since the beginning, and Smith had this to say: "If Morrissey says not to eat meat, then I’m going to eat meat; that’s how much I hate Morrissey."
In 2018, Smith spoke with The Guardian regarding a potential new Cure album.
As Smith discussed future plans and looked back on his prolific career, he made only a passing comment on the infamous feud with Morrissey: "I never really understood it."
- Headful Of Heroes - NME (September 16, 1989)
- The Interview. A LARKS' TONGUE IN APRIL. - Morrissey Central (June 24, 2019)
British singer, songwriter, musician, producer, guitarist, and only continuous member of rock band The Cure, which he co-founded in 1976. Born 21 April 1959 in Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK.
Robert James Smith (born 21 April 1959) is an English musician. He is the lead singer, guitarist, primary songwriter, and only continuous member of the rock band the Cure, which he co-founded in 1978. He was also the lead guitarist for the band Siouxsie and the Banshees from 1982 to 1984, and was part of the short-lived group the Glove in 1983. Smith is known for his guitar-playing style, distinctive voice, and fashion sense, with the latter—a pale complexion, smeared red lipstick, black eye-liner, a dishevelled nest of wiry black hair, and all-black clothes—being highly influential on the goth subculture that rose to prominence in the 1980s. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Cure in 2019, and in its 2023 issue of the list, he was ranked the 157th greatest singer of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.
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