BOB POPPINS: Robert Smith's guest vocals, 2003-2021

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Bloke from The Cure, you know the one, has released two albums with the band in the last twenty years (and abandoned several more). But in that time, he's gradually worked up a CDsworth of Featuring credits on other artist's records. In this poll, we will agree on which are the best.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Junior Jack: Da Hype (2004) 4
Crystal Castles: Not In Love (2010) 3
Blink 182: All Of This (2003) 3
CHVRCHES: How Not To Drown (2021) 3
The Twilight Sad: There's a Girl in the Corner (2015) 1
65daysofstatic: Come To Me (2011) 1
Junkie XL: Perfect Blue Sky (2003) 1
Paul Hartnoll: Please (2006) 1
Japanese Popstars: Take Forever (2011) 0
Billy Corgan: To Love Somebody (2005) 0
tweaker: Truth Is (2004) 0
Eat Static: In All Worlds (2015) 0
Gorillaz: Strange Times (2020) 0
Earl Slick: Believe (2003) 0
write-in vote 0


bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Friday, 4 June 2021 23:00 (two weeks ago) link

Listening playlist here. Direct links to songs within it:

Perfect Blue Sky (2003)
All Of This (2003)
Believe (2003)
Da Hype (2004)
Truth Is (2004)
To Love Somebody (2005, Bee Gees cover)
Please (2006)
Not In Love (2010, Platinum Blonde cover)
Take Forever (2011)
Come To Me (2011)
There's A Girl In The Corner (2015 Smith version of a 2013 song, released as a TS b-side))
In All Worlds (2015)
Strange Times (2020 - this one's a video clip)
How Not To Drown (2021 - also a video)

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Friday, 4 June 2021 23:02 (two weeks ago) link

minor quibble:

The Twilight Sad: There's a Girl in the Corner

i think this one is actually a cover version rather than a guest vocal? smith plays all the instruments on it afaict. it's good though!

building a hole (NickB), Friday, 4 June 2021 23:07 (two weeks ago) link

further listening, additional versions and autocovers for write-in consideration:

Robert Smith, Earl Slick and Mark Plati: A Forest (2003)
- released on The Cure's Join The Dots box set as a remix, this was actually another collaboration between the three I've named

Blank & Jones: A Forest (2003)
- that's right, Bob re-recorded vocals for two covers of his own classic in the same year.

paulmac: Pictures Of You (2004)
- and another one the next year, released as ostensibly a remix of a Robert Smith solo version

Faithless: Spiders, Crocodiles & Kryptonite (2004)
- wait, two more the next year: here Robbo recorded a new Lullaby vocal track so Rollo could sample it cleanly

Anik Jean: J'aurai tout essayé (2010)
- Earl Slick not only brought fellow Bowie band members Gail Ann Dorsey and Sterling Campbell to this Canadian singer's album, he brought the vocal track from Believe to duet with her French translation

8:58: Please (2006/2015)
- when the then-former Orbital bloke released Please as a single from his strings-heavy solo album, he included a ravelike mix titled "Please (Remember 1992?)". Next time Orbital split, he did an electronic-based album including a longer version of that same mix

8:58 featuring The Unthanks: A Forest
- bonus fun from the same album. no Bob

also in the playlist:

65dos: Come To Me (Wordless Version) - Japanese-only bonus track from a 2011 EP
The Twilight Sad - There's a Girl in the Corner (Live on KEXP)
Crystal Castles - Not In Love (live at Lollapalooza)
Gorillaz - Strange Timez (Song Machine Live from Kong Studio)
- audio only - video here, from a pandemic-streamed live show, and another performance of the same show, with Robert vibing a little more

The Cure & Placebo in a blind test supergrouping If Only Tonight We Could Sleep in 2004, plus two Robert + Placebo audience recordings from a few months later
Korn & The Cure with an acoustic medley of Make Me Bad and In Between Days in 2006
Bob 182 with two audience recordings from 2004
and a 1990s bonus track for NickB

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Friday, 4 June 2021 23:11 (two weeks ago) link

i kept forgetting to suggest his remix of deftones’ “teenager,” which he does not sing on, but it’s really great

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 4 June 2021 23:15 (two weeks ago) link

minor quibble:

counter-quibble: this was already annotated in the previous post :)

in the other thread, Ned noted

What's kinda remarkable about all these heard in a heap is that -- and sequencing and more would allow for even more fun possibilities -- is that it becomes an absolutely amazing genre-hopping solo album. Reminds me of nothing so much as Sinead O'Connor's collaborations compilation, which is a deeply underrated collection.

Across the last 30 years, he's released enough solo-recorded covers to make a bonus disc for this compilation (Robert Smith: Together & Alone?) - I'd definitely put Girl On The Corner on the second disc if that happened, but since this one was recorded for a Twilight Sad release, I reckon it qualifies for poll purposes.

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Friday, 4 June 2021 23:20 (two weeks ago) link

added Brad's asterisk to the playlist

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Friday, 4 June 2021 23:24 (two weeks ago) link

fair enough! i only heard his version of john martyn's 'small hours' recently, that one's been growing on me too

building a hole (NickB), Friday, 4 June 2021 23:26 (two weeks ago) link

also added bcz I forgot: Robert's own remix of the Japanese Popstars track

which can also be found in DJP's Spotify playlist for the poll

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Friday, 4 June 2021 23:29 (two weeks ago) link

yeh his version of ‘small hours’ is great, impossible song to cover and he pulls it off - very fond of ‘pirate ships’ as well, both feel like they point towards a RS solo LP that could be really beautiful - sparse but warm and late night intimate

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Saturday, 5 June 2021 01:01 (two weeks ago) link

there is a RS solo album on the way but it's "an hour of noise" so probably the opposite of that

ufo, Saturday, 5 June 2021 02:08 (two weeks ago) link

there is a RS solo album on the way but it's "an hour of noise"

― ufo, Friday, June 4, 2021 7:08 PM

the cure came out in 2004 though.

things repeat forever and there never is a remedy (Austin), Saturday, 5 June 2021 03:36 (two weeks ago) link

“Da Hype” is amazing.

Mr. Snrub, Saturday, 5 June 2021 11:12 (two weeks ago) link

I like the way Snrub thinks.

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Saturday, 5 June 2021 19:57 (two weeks ago) link

there is a RS solo album on the way but it's "an hour of noise" so probably the opposite of that

yeah sure there is, I'll file that next to all my other RS solo albums

bovarism, Saturday, 5 June 2021 21:28 (two weeks ago) link

Some of these sound like Patrick Wolf songs in the end. Unfamiliar with most before this poll, and I liked Perfect Blue Sky the most.

butyrate humbucker bobbins (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 7 June 2021 14:28 (two weeks ago) link

I love this new one with CHVRCHES so much, possibly because it reminds me of a particular late-90s sound crossing between alt-rock, electro-pop and big beat (Smashing Pumpkins' 'Adore' and 'Ultra' by Depeche Mode especially). I started making a playlist to complement it https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4K8WgL7iYM8OAKZMgpfdIq?si=52d605d9bd354821

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Monday, 7 June 2021 15:00 (two weeks ago) link

I guess I should have been paying a lot more attention to The Twilight Sad and 65daysofsummer over the years, huh

80's hair metal , and good praise music ! (DJP), Monday, 7 June 2021 15:29 (two weeks ago) link

65dos rule

intern at pelican brief consulting (Simon H.), Monday, 7 June 2021 15:33 (two weeks ago) link

I haven't followed the Twilight Sad too closely because at some point it began to feel like diminishing returns, but No One Can Ever Know is glorious the whole way through. I guess they specialise in a kind of oddly stirring dourness, but that one seemed to have a bit more hot blood pumping round its veins than some of the other stuff I've heard

building a hole (NickB), Monday, 7 June 2021 15:44 (two weeks ago) link

i think this one is actually a cover version rather than a guest vocal? smith plays all the instruments on it afaict. it's good though!

Yeah, I had to look this up because I've listened to that Twilight Sad album a hundred times and never heard Bob on it. Turns out he covered "There's a Girl in the Corner" and Twilight Sad released it as a B-side to one of their other singles from the record.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 7 June 2021 15:55 (two weeks ago) link

I wish I’d said that

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Monday, 7 June 2021 19:40 (two weeks ago) link

These posts are actually covers of your post

butyrate humbucker bobbins (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 7 June 2021 19:52 (two weeks ago) link

you did not guest type them i think?

butyrate humbucker bobbins (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 7 June 2021 19:52 (two weeks ago) link

sorry sic, I did not see your note in the playlist post, scanned right past it!

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 7 June 2021 20:08 (two weeks ago) link

:)

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Monday, 7 June 2021 20:19 (two weeks ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 10 June 2021 00:01 (one week ago) link

i was able to listen to Dan's playlist, voting Crystal Castles.

Bee OK, Thursday, 10 June 2021 01:30 (one week ago) link

Chvrches one sounds like a direct followup to Crystal Castles, which does not feel like it was eleven years ago

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Thursday, 10 June 2021 09:16 (one week ago) link

This thread is closing today.

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Thursday, 10 June 2021 19:00 (one week ago) link

Sicstem

butyrate humbucker bobbins (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 10 June 2021 19:10 (one week ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 11 June 2021 00:01 (one week ago) link

markers has two socks?

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Friday, 11 June 2021 00:07 (one week ago) link

the initial results were a bit different: BOB POPPINS: Robert Smith's guest vocals, 2003-2021

Bee OK, Friday, 11 June 2021 03:07 (one week ago) link

Spoiled ballots, changed via satellite rays from Italy.

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Friday, 11 June 2021 04:29 (one week ago) link


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