Robert James Smith (born 21 April 1959) is an English musician. He is best known as 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.

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Robert Smith
Smith performing in June 2012
Background information
Birth nameRobert James Smith
Born (1959-04-21) 21 April 1959 (age 63)
Blackpool, England
OriginCrawley, England
  • Singer
  • musician
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • bass
  • keyboards
Years active1972–present
Member ofThe Cure
Formerly of

Smith is known for his guitar-playing style, distinctive voice, and fashion sense, with the lattera pale complexion, smeared red lipstick, black eye-liner, a dishevelled nest of wiry black hair, and all-black clothesbeing 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.[1]

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