So I thought, 'If I can get away with that, I can be the singer.' I've worked on that basis ever since.
Between 1978–79, Smith composed and recorded demo versions of some of the Cure's definitive early songs on his sister Janet's Hammond organ with a built-in tape recorder, including " Saturday Night".
" One rock biographer (Jeff Apter) maintains that the guitar Smith received for Christmas of 1972 was from his parents, and equates this item with Smith's notorious Woolworth's 'Top 20' guitar, later used on many of the Cure's earliest recordings.
Smith described Notre Dame Middle School as "a very free-thinking establishment" with an experimental approach; a freedom he claimed to have abused.
I always ended up thinking, 'I could do better than this.' ...
I mean, I hated my voice, but I didn't hate it more than I hated everyone else's voice ...
I did three 'A' levels – failed biology miserably, scraped through French and got a 'B' in English.
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Tolhurst also sang on a cover of "Wild Thing" at Malice's early shows, O'Toole remained Easy Cure's steady front man for several months while the group played the local pub circuit, "building up an enormous local following", and was even the singer on the home demo tapes that landed them their first recording contract with Hansa Records.
When we started, and were playing in pubs, I wasn't the singer ...
On one occasion, Smith said that he wore a black velvet dress to Notre Dame and kept it on all day "because the teachers just thought 'oh, it's a phase he's going through, he's got some personality crisis, let's help him through it'." According to Smith "four other kids" beat him up after school, although Jeff Apter notes that Smith has given several conflicting versions of the story.