Simon Gallup Poster

Quotes (30)

  • [on why he left The Cure] "It's just basically that Robert and I are both really arrogant bastards, and it got to such an extreme. I suppose you just can't have two egocentrics in a band, and Robert was sort of 'the main man.'"
  • [Asked if he is a compulsive liar] How can you answer this? If I said no, how would you know I'm not a liar?
  • [Asked what was the best advice he's ever been given; citing his mother] 'Try plugging the hoover in first, Simon.'
  • [Asked to describe himself in 13 words] Hunched, stuttering, rude, impatient, moody, erratic, drunk, rashed up, gullibles travels, very happy.
  • [Listing his phobias] Rats, spiders, heights, toads, frogs, Lol (former bandmate Laurence 'Lol' Tolhurst). Well, mainly Lol.
  • [Asked what he fantasizes about] Being a person that people like.
  • [Asked what characteristics he thinks he has inherited from his parents] Hoovering.
  • [Asked if he has ever seen a ghost] This one I'm not sure about, but when I was about four I remember a hand coming out of a wardrobe and it was trying to do a puppet show.
  • [Asked if he can sing] After a fashion.
  • [1994; asked what he would do if son Eden suddenly decided to support Spurs] Send him back to the womb.
  • [Asked if he has ever seen an UFO] Well yes, but no one ever believed me, but it was on the Brighton Road and it left a rainbow vapour trail. And this was before I'd tried any drugs.
  • [Asked if there is anything he would like to get off his chest at the end of an interview] This rash.
  • [Asked if there is one piece of criticism that sticks in his mind] Yes. 'You are not very good at hoovering, Simon' by Peg Gallup, 1960.
  • [Asked if he considers himself to be too sensitive] No, but too defensive.
  • [Asked if there is one thing he can't live without] No. ... I think I might have lied because I can't be bothered to think.
  • [Asked if he is health-conscious] Yes and no. I don't eat health food but I cycle a fair bit, the Silk Cut factory is quite a way from here.
  • [1995; asked if he has any new hobbies] Yes, vagrancy.
  • [on Kurt Cobain's death] It affected me much more than I thought something like that could.
  • [Asked if it was really him who sang lead on the Fools Dance song 'The Ring'] Afraid so!
  • [Asked if he's ever been arrested, and if so, why] Yes. At Gatwick Airport, and they had a look down my trousers and couldn't find nothing, in more ways than one.
  • [Asked how he reacts to rejection] I don't think anybody likes rejection.
  • [Asked if he has murderous instincts] Against child molesters. Yes.
  • [as a reporter mentions Oasis being a critical and commercial success] Aren't they just a bit too much like The Rutles for liking, though?
  • [Asked which of the festivals The Cure played in 1995 was his favourite] Tourhout. We played and acted in a very Cure way, i.e. upsetting professional bands and not knowing what we did wrong/right to offend them.
  • [Asked what is the first thing he does when he wakes up] After much deliberation I have been informed by different people that a) I scratch my bollocks, or b) I have a piss. I was going to say that I do sit-ups but apparently I'm a slob.
  • [Asked if he thinks England has lost its identity] This is one for the NME.
  • There's something about Boris [Williams] that's dignified.
  • [Asked which is his favourite species of fish] In batter.
  • [May 1992; asked what he wishes for shortly before the release of The Cure's 'Wish' album] World peace! And I'm serious.
  • [Asked which other bands playing at festivals with The Cure during the summer of 1995 he liked] Oh let's be honest, no one.