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What it looks like—knowing what we were like at the time—it’s the kind of po-facedness that we used to adopt when we thought something was incredibly stupid. We were overwhelmed by how stupid everyone was in the record business when we first started and how drab everything was and how fixated everyone was. I think that’s how we built up this reputation for being very sullen. It was mainly through politeness, because we didn’t actually want to openly laugh at people.
The Cure’s Robert Smith on the band’s demeanor in the “10:15 Saturday Night” promotional video, 1988 BBC2 documentary That Was Then…This Is Now (via Slicing Up Eyeballs)