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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?


Never Enough

"You can see me at the start of this video. I'm the head that spits out the money. I was starting to appear in a lot of these videos like 'Friday I'm In Love'. This one had a dark atmosphere. I liked that video because they were becoming a bit of a freak show at that point. They [were almost seen as] sex symbols, so I think the idea was to make them into an end-of-the-pier freak show if you like. It's a particular south coast of England vibe, which was very much part of The Cure. I just whacked the music up very loud and had them perform in this enclosed space, which was fun. I have a very specific anecdote about Boris, it's the only time I've nearly had violence on a Cure shoot. He was cooped up at the back of that little room, which was about a metre square. I remember he launched himself at me at one point and held me by the neck against the studio wall and said, 'What's the point in me coming to these fucking videos? I'm not even in them.' And he was right to a degree! I should see him tomorrow; apparently he's coming to Glastonbury, so that'll be very nice to see him."