I dedicate this gorgeously sad song to two of my besties who just passed away, last month in April: Ayip and Gusde.
Released by The Cure as a single in October 2001, Robert Smith wrote the song in memory of his close friend Billy Mackenzie, the lead singer of The Associates, who committed suicide in 1997.
Smith explained: “He was with us for the ‘Mint Car’ video. We were having a drink at a table and were supposed to meet the week after to have a drink together. Then he left and Billy’s family announced to me that he’d killed himself. Of course I had different feelings, as anyone would have when a friend commits suicide—anger, culpability, and obviously sadness. I’m happy this single means something to me, ‘cos most of the time, singles are just made for radio.”
The song title is a play on words. “Cut Here” is an anagram of “The Cure”. It also indicates that Robert Smith believed this could be The Cure’s last song.
Rest in power, brothers.