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Robert Smith Slams Radiohead

Aging goth rockers do not look kindly on young(ish) whippersnappers giving albums away for free. As Robert Smith readies The Cure for a headline performance at this year’s Coachella, he has spoken out about Radiohead’s policy of introducing a pay-what-you-like scale during the initial release of In Rainbows.

“The Radiohead experiment of paying what you want - I disagreed violently with that,” he said. “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.” Smith has had an uneasy time with the world of downloads, branding the 2008 iTunes release of his own Hypnagogic States EP a rip off.

Smith continues: "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." The idiot plan worked just fine for Radiohead, and hasn’t exactly gained industry wide prominence, so it’s a mystery why this issue has suddenly raised Smith’s ire. Perhaps the relatively low sales of the recent Cure album 4:13 Dream have worried him about the future of the industry? [MusicRadar]


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Fat, sad clowns are funny.

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maybe the music can still have value to the musician even if he's not charging 17 dollars for it? like a personal sense of fulfillment in making it?

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does pouting = violent disagreement?

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I really hope that when I get old I'm not this cranky.

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wonder what he thinks of lady sov's video:

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I just downloaded every single record by The Cure and then deleted it...just because I can.

I tink i'll go out and buy "In Rainbows" again.

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What's up with Smith's face in that photo?

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What's up with Smith's face...all of the time?

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lol good point.

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His first comment is pretty valid. It's OK to criticize Radiohead, especially if you're from a superior band(overall but not at its height). It's a little sad though cause you know little thommy worshiped The Cure when he was younger. What's The Cure on? Their 17th album? Radiohead's on it's 7th? Wonder what Thom and co. will do/look like in 10+ years...

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I think Thomme's eye will be sagging down past his chin by then.


ALl good points, dukkookim.

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It is ABSOLUTELY ridiculous to accuse Robert Smith of bashing on Radiohead as a result of some sort of bitterness toward his own record sales.
The Cure has been an incredibly successful band, and I'd be beyond suprised if he needed to worry about it.
He has a point; art, if valued, should be priced at what the artist thinks it's worth. It's clear that this is an issue he's addressing as an artist, rather than attacking a random band and blindly failing for an excuse in some sort of a temper tantrum. And I don't believe that he would be bitter towards someone who was likely paid one cent per download.

Oh, and, for those people who are on here bashing his looks.
Let's see you performing on stage for hundreds of screaming women once you reach 50. Can you pull off smeared lipstick?
I didn't think so.


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