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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?


Close To Me

"I tried to persuade the band to get in the wardrobe for me to slide them off [the cliff]. But did they listen? No. So we had to film it in the largest studio in London. Inside this little wobbling wardrobe from the day before. And I remember a couple of things from that. Cameras in those days had elastic bands to turn the 35mm film in the can. We were all in there with a handheld camera. I don't know if you've ever smelled dead hair, burnt hair. A lot of hair got sucked into the camera, and I heard screaming and it was this high-pitched sort of 'woo' sound. Lol got sucked into the camera. Then the other thing I remember was we were in this very enclosed space and you know us Brits, we like Indian food. A bad choice of menu because later in the afternoon... to me, that should be a scratch and sniff video. It was an aspect of The Cure that people don't necessarily think about - yes, they had stomachs like us too. Then I went down to the cliff the next day and were the band there? No, of course they weren't. They don't get up until midday. So I went down to the location and chucked a couple of wardrobes off the cliff. It is not an easy thing to do, especially when there is a big wind which there was on Beachy Head. There was a guy standing behind that wardrobe and that is a big suicide spot for people in the UK incidentally. We didn't necessarily want to lose our crew. I remember it was very hard to get it close enough, with this wind blowing, for it to go over. Somehow or other, we managed to do it. Then like good responsible people, we went and got a truck and pulled the wardrobes up from the bottom, and we basically then drove back to London."