Robert James Smith (born 21 April 1959) is an English singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. He is the only continuous member of the rock band The Cure, which he co-founded in 1976. He was also the lead guitarist for the band Siouxsie and the Banshees from 1982 to 1984, and was part of the short-lived group The Glove in 1983.
Smith was born in Blackpool, Lancashire to a musical family, before relocating to Horley, Surrey at age 3, and then Crawley, West Sussex at age 6. After being expelled from St Wilfrid’s Catholic School in 1977 for allegedly causing a riot during a gig with Malice, and returning shortly afterwards, Smith reformed his band into Easy Cure, soon shortened to simply The Cure.
Smith is known for his distinctive voice, guitar-playing style and strange look, the latter two of which were influential on the goth subculture that rose to prominence in the 1980s. Smith was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Cure in 2019