Robert Smith “Never Understood” Morrissey Feud

The two have since patched things up...

The Cure frontman Robert Smith says he "never understood" his feud with Morrissey.

The two duked it out in the music press during the 80s, with Morrissey labelling The Cure "crap" in one interview.

The tit-for-tat insults continued, until Robert Smith at one point said: “If Morrissey says not to eat meat, then I’m going to eat meat; that’s how much I hate Morrissey."

Recently, though, Morrissey seemed to mellow. In an interview on Morrissey Central, he commented:

“Oh, I never make my regrets small … if I can help it. Oh. Umm. Robert Smith. I said some terrible things about him 35 years ago … but I didn’t mean them … I was just being very Grange Hill. It’s great when you can blame everything on Tourette’s syndrome.”

Chatting to NME, Robert Smith was asked if he had spotted those comments. He replied:

“It was brought to my attention, yeah. It was slightly odd as I haven’t really had it at the forefront of my consciousness over the last 20 or 30 years. I don’t know. Even at the time I never quite understood what the problem was. It’s far from important now.”

The Cure are currently working on a new album, with Robert Smith also reflecting on his stint at Meltdown curator.

The Southbank Centre based festival included performances from Nine Inch Nails, Mogwai, and more, but the frontman initially had his sights set on some other international icons.

"I approached The Rolling Stones first because I thought if I could get them then I could get anyone, but they said that they were playing Twickenham. So I suggested that they play this as a warm-up and they said no. I also asked Paul McCartney at the same time but he was playing North America. I asked Neil Young the same day as well but he had no intention to come over to England to play a theatre."

"So then I thought I’d get hold of more contemporary artists and people that I knew. The thread that runs through them all, apart from that I love them all, is that they’re all very unique live."

The Cure will release their new DVD THE CURE 40 LIVE – CURÆTION-25 + ANNIVERSARY this month – it was recorded at their 40th birthday show in London's Hyde Park.

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