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Interview With the Cure's Robert Smith

Robert Smith ( search ), the mastermind behind Brit pop group  the Cure ( search ), insists his band isn't part of mainstream music, even though it has managed to sell 27 million albums in its 28-year run. Hardly the numbers you'd expect from an underground act.And though Smith has kept his distance from stardom, fame has a way of sneaking up on a man.Over the last few months, the Cure's 13th studio record, "The Cure," has charted well, and acts as divergent as  Blink-182 ( search ) and 311 have had hits covering old Cure tunes. On Saturday, the band and a cadre of like-minded acts such as Interpol and the Rapture hit New York with the Curiosa Festival.Whether Smith likes it or not, the Cure is enjoying a giant revival.Smith is often described as a dark figure in the dense world of Goth rock, but in this interview from his seaside home in England, the singer was down to earth and honest.Asked about his use of hallucinogens when he was making his famous "Pornography" album, he told The ...

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