Smith, however, never liked the goth label. By the early '80s, Smith was writing catchier, pop-friendly songs like "Let's Go to Bed," and went on to write hits like "Just Like Heaven" and "Friday I'm in Love." The Cure's best-selling album, "Disintegration," was released in 1989, and included "Lovesong" and "Fascination Street."
In recent years, Smith has collaborated with musician Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, and the bands Korn and Blink-182.
But The Cure goes on. Smith, Simon Gallup, Jason Cooper and Porl Thompson are currently in the studio finishing off their latest album, which is scheduled for release in spring 2008. It will be The Cure's 13th studio release, and is expected to be a double CD package. The band also has a 2008 tour in the works.
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According to Siouxsie and the Banshees bassist Steven Severin, Smith first used Siouxsie Sioux's lipstick after using opium. However, Smith claims that he has worn makeup since he was young.
"South Park" creator and Cure fan Trey Parker asked Smith to voice himself in the show's first season episode called "Mecha-Streisand," where he took down a mechanical Barbra Streisand. At the episode's conclusion, Smith walked away triumphantly, and Kyle Broflovski shouted, "'Disintegration' is the best album ever!"
Smith and Morrissey, lead singer of The Smiths, were mutual enemies in the '80s and '90s, with Smith once quoted as saying, "If Morrissey says don't eat meat, then I'll eat meat, because I hate Morrissey." It's reported the two get along much better these days.
Morrissey — born Steven Patrick Morrissey, in Manchester, England, to Irish immigrants — and Johnny Marr formed The Smiths in 1982, regarded by many as one of the most influential bands of the post-punk '80s.
Like Smith of The Cure, Morrissey was known for his dark, yet witty, lyrics in songs like "Girlfriend in a Coma" and "Bigmouth Strikes Again." The Smiths broke up in 1987, but not before putting out five best-selling albums and 14 top singles, and inspiring a devoted, if cultish, fan base, especially for Morrissey.
After The Smiths broke up, Morrissey continued with a successful solo career. He also piqued fans' interest about his ambiguous sexuality.
Some people say his lyrics point to the singer being gay, but Morrissey's own reticence on the subject has also raised questions. A 1984 article in Rolling Stone magazine said that Morrissey "admits he's gay." Morrissey responded that was news to him.
In interviews, the singer has said he is asexual and celibate, though in recent years, he has referred to a relationship (without naming the person's gender) and said he is no longer celibate.
It's been reported, but not confirmed, that Morrissey will release a new album in 2008.
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Morrissey has been a vegetarian since he was 11 years old, and is a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Morrissey has been involved in a number of celebrity feuds over the years. Besides his mutual antipathy with Cure leader Smith, and ongoing battles with former band mates, Morrissey recently criticized fellow performers who made it big in the '80s — Madonna and George Michael.
While performing at a PETA benefit show in Virginia in July, Morrissey commented on Madonna's adoption of a boy from Malawi: "I wouldn't be surprised if she made that African boy she adopted into a coat, and wore him for 15 minutes, then threw it away."
Of Michael, Morrissey said, rather cryptically, in a 1991 Details magazine profile: "If George Michael had to live my life for five minutes, he'd strangle himself with the nearest piece of cord."