THE CURE – CUT HERE

The Cure's Robert Smith wrote "Cut Here" in memory of his close friend Billy Mackenzie (The Associates) who committed suicide in 1997. Likewise, I'd like to dedicate this gorgeously sad song to two of my besties who passed away last month: Ayip and Gusde Sutama. Rest in power, brothers.
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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.

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Rudolf Dethu

Rudolf Dethu

Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.
Rudolf Dethu

Rudolf Dethu

Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.

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