A couple weeks ago, we marked the 20th anniversary of The Cure’s infamous middle-of-the-night 1990 pirate-radio broadcast, which Robert Smith and Co. used to premiere their yet-to-be-released remix album Mixed Up for night-owl Londoners still listening following a 2½-hour technical delay.
Perhaps less remembered is the band’s “do over” broadcast a month later; because so few people were believed to have tuned in, the Cure hosted another illicit broadcast at around 10 p.m. on Oct. 6, 1990. This time, the band took over the 101.7 FM frequency in London and brought in Denis McNamara of New York’s WDRE to host.
One of our readers, Ian Stewart, kindly provided digital audio — which can be streamed and/or downloaded via the SoundCloud embeds below — from this second “Cure FM” pirate broadcast; he says a friend in London taped the whole thing on two cassettes, although much of the music that the band played that night is edited out.
What’s left is McNamara interviewing Smith and the rest of the band about Mixed Up, the just-completed “Close To Me” (Closer Mix) video, and the album’s brand-new “Never Enough” single, among other things. There are a few songs included — Simon Gallup spins Tom Jones’ “Promise Her Anything,” while Smith picks The Only Ones’ “Another Girl, Another Planet” — and several bad “guy walks into a pub” jokes are told.
Stream or download the Oct. 6, 1990, ‘Cure FM’ broadcast after the jump…
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