The infamous Shockwaves NME Awards are back. 2009 will see the iconic music venue Brixton Academy host the rock and roll party of the year on 25 February and NME have proudly named The Cure as the recipients of Shockwaves NME Awards Godlike Genius, 2009.
Chosen by the NME this award honours those artists who have shaped the musical landscape over the years with previous winners including, Ozzy Osbourne, New Order, The Clash, Ian Brown, Primal Scream and the Manic Street Preachers.
Robert Smith, lead singer of The Cure said: “The [Godlike] Genius award is given to the band, and as a band we are honoured. I think it is a recognition of all the Cure has done over the years, so it would be pretty dumb to accept the award with a ‘Hey! Have you heard our new stuff?’ So we won’t be doing that! It’s all a question of balance… we are not going to turn up and start being weird! We’ll play some new stuff, some old stuff and some stuff from in between, trying to distil 30 years into 30 minutes!”
The Cure have produced a wealth of music over four decades, with this year marking 30 years since the release of their first album.
NME chief scribbler, Conor McNicholas, said, “For 30 years The Cure have been both uncompromising and hugely successful. They are the beating heart of indie music having penned some of the darkest albums and most sparkling British pop of their era. To still be a massive draw 30 years after you formed is a preserve of a select few bands. For all these reasons The Cure need to be recognised. Their music brings a glow to my heart, I want the new generation of music fans to have an opportunity to feel it too. They’re going to make our Awards at Brixton Academy on February 25th a very special night indeed.”
With twelve albums under their belt, the band releases the thirteenth, 4:13 Dream, on October 27 2008 on Suretone/Geffen.