Iconic singer Robert Smith of The Cure slammed Radiohead, saying he disagreed with their decision to make ‘In Rainbows’ a pay-what-you-like download.
The Cure have risen from their origins as a scratchy post-punk group to become genuine goth rock legends.
The band released their thirteenth studio album at the end of last year, and their standing in the United States remains high enough to propel four singles into the Top 40 at the same time.
In a new interview with The Times Smith claimed he disagreed with Radiohead’s industry busting plan. “The Radiohead experiment of paying what you want — I disagreed violently with that.”
“You can’t allow other people to put a price on what you do, otherwise you don’t consider what you do to have any value at all, and that’s nonsense.”
“If I put a value on my music and no one’s prepared to pay that, then more fool me, but the idea that the value is created by the consumer is an idiot plan, it can’t work.”
Continuing on a theme, Smith went on to criticise illegal downloading. “It’s almost silly in a tragic way. There’s a strange reluctance on the part of the majors (to tackle it). Their artists suffer hugely from illegal downloading: they don’t sell legal units so the label doesn’t really have to pay them. But the label is owned by a parent company some way down the chain that owns the internet service provider. That side of it is very murky.”