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A Long Term Effect: Tim Pope On Four Decades Of Work With The Cure
Ned Raggett , July 8th, 2019 06:47

Our man in San Francisco Ned Raggett chats with Pope about his forthcoming Cure concert film Anniversary as well as more unusual anecdotes about his many music videos for them than you can shake a stick at. Or is that a sock?


Let's Go To Bed

"I made a few videos in London for bands like Soft Cell. I think Robert had seen them, and at that point he'd not had a good run with videos for The Cure. Although when you look at them, they are of the period, 'The Hanging Garden' and things like that. I think it comes down to time and place, doesn't it? I think that my rather evil wit came in at the point when they were ready for an evil wit. Anyway, he was stripping the band down and we went for a more clinical approach. I do remember my first meeting with him, which was in Soho, and oh my God, if only I could see film footage from this meeting. He was quite shy and very thin and he had a pair of big trousers on with glinting, golden stripes. I remember this very clearly. I used to have an eye which was a bit off-centre. And he said [in later interviews] he met this director who had an eye off-centre, with a mad shirt and his fly was undone, and he thought, "This is the guy I want to work with." So I think there was a bit of that, that I seemed to be the right person to suit the band at that moment. We kind of sat there and chewed the cud. I'm not sure how we came up with the idea, but we did, and that ended up being 'Let's Go To Bed'. The first shot I ever did with him was the opening scene. He stood the camera outside. So the profile was Lol behind him, to the camera left side. I remember him coming out with lipstick and thinking, 'Oh, this is an interesting bloke.'"