Cure have released a GREATEST HITS album in 2001 at Fiction Records with
a new track called Cut here (or cuTHEre). This song is about Billy
MacKenzie. In this page you can read more about Billys cameo in one of
Robert Smith and his band the Cure were The Associates' label mates at Fiction Records in the early 80s. Twenty years later they have recorded a song called Cut here and released it in their GREATEST HITS album in 2001. This song is about Billy.
The song has been released as a single by Fiction. It is a fast pop song in the same vein as In between days or Friday I'm in love.
Here are some impressions about the song.
really fine song for Billy... quite moving actually... and the Club Country
chord ending is inspired
... a fantastic tribute to Billy, one of the most emotional tributes I've heard (and it isn't a slow paced ballad!!)
Here's an excerpt of an interview of Robert Smith posted by a Canadian journalist named Paul Cantin :
I kept passing on the opportunity to sit down and have a drink with him, have a chat, Smith said. I was very regretful. I had never used the words. I wrote them down to get it out of my system. I thought it might be a good opportunity to actually sing something with a bit more emotional weight. The singles are a bit glib, because I think they have a better chance of getting airplay. It is nice to sing a song that meant something, and to think it is going to be a single is a good thing. Strangely enough, it turned out to be the record company's favourite one (of the new songs).
: JAM! Showbiz
Here's an Interview from the dutch newspapper "Het Algemeen Dagblad" (Nov. 29th, 2001). Robert also talks about writing and releasing Cut Here :
Is Totally Free
by Robert Haagsma
end of the year it rains traditional cd-boxes and compilations. Also The
Cure comes with a cd full of Greatest Hits, compiled by singer Robert Smith.
are two new songs on the compilation-cd, among whom is Cut here. It's about
loss. Did you had someone in particular in mind when you wrote the song?
Robert Smith : It's about Billy MacKenzie, once the singer of The Associates. Two months before The Cure his band was contracted by our recordcompany Fiction. I knew him since 1978. We appeared on stage together and I took part at his records. He was a very good friend. In 1996 he figured in our Mint car video and we made an appointment to see eachother soon. The next thing I heared of was he killed himself. I was overwhelmed with a mix of emotions: anger, feeling of guilt and sadness. I wrote this song at that time, but I did found it too personal to put it on a regular CD. I could have changed the text into less strong words, like I did before with suchlike songs, but I still couldn't find it in my heart to do it. Now, when there's some more distance to that sad happening , it may see the light.
Copyright: Haagsma, Robert"
: Het Algemeen Dagblad
Here are the lyrics of the song :
meet again!" and I offer my hand
All dry and english slow
And you look at me and I understand
Yeah it's a look I used to know
"Three long years... and your favourite man...
Is that any way to say hello?"
And you hold me... like you'll never let me go
"Oh c'mon and and have a drink with me
Sit down and talk a while..."
"Oh I wish I could... and I will!
But now I just dont have the time..."
And over my shoulder as I walk away
I see you give that look goodbye...
I still see that look in your eye...
So dizzy Mr Busy - Too much rush to talk to Billy
All the silly frilly things have to first get done
In a minute - sometime soon - maybe next time - make it june
Until later... doesn't always come
It's so hard to think "It ends sometime
And this could be the last
I should really hear you sing again
And I should really watch you dance"
Because it's hard to think
"I'll never get another chance
To hold you... to hold you... "
But chilly Mr Dilly - Too much rush to talk to Billy
All the tizzy fizzy idiot things must get done
In a second - just hang on - all in good time - wont be long
I should've stopped to think - I should've made the time
I could've had that drink - I could've talked a while
I would've done it right - I would've moved us on
But I didn't - now it's all too late
It's over... over
And you're gone..
I miss you I miss you I miss you
I miss you I miss you I miss you so much
But how how many times can I walk away and wish "If only..."
But how many times can I talk this way and wish "If only..."
Keep on making the same mistake
Keep on aching the same heartbreak
I wish "If only..."
But "If only...."
Is a wish too late..
(Lyrics by Robert Smith - Copyright Fiction Records)
Buy the CD single at EIL
Billy's cameo in Mint car video
Billy made a cameo in the Cure's Mint car video in 1996.
There is Billy dancing and laughing about. His appearence is just after Robert and a girl take a fake car ride. The scene changes to a party and there is Billy fooling around, with a huge grin... and a dog (we can see Robert Smith stumbling on that dog in a later scene) ! He's dressed in black and wears a wig !
Hits compilation at Amazon :
amazon.co.uk : DVD or VHS
amazon.fr : DVD or VHS
amazon.de : DVD or VHS (UK import)
amazon.com : DVD or VHS
Limited-edition live EP dedicated to Billy
The Cure have dedicated a limited-edition live EP to Billy MacKenzie in 1997. The CD is called FIVE SWING LIVE. It was available in 5000 copies only from the band's web site.
The exact quote is "Dedicated to the memory of Billy MacKenzie".
There is a quote from William Wordsworth's poem "The Solitary Reaper"
music in may heart i bore, long after it was heard no more".