Just the other day, I was wondering, "What have The Cure been up to lately?" I would have never in a million years guessed that the answer would be: working with Ashlee Simpson. But it sounds like that's what Cure frontman Robert Smith is up to.
According to info that EW.com gleaned at South by Southwest, Smith is one of an infinite number of collaborators helping Ashlee on her next album. Oh, Robert, say it ain't so! I know you might be a little bit bonkers, and I respect that, but I trusted that you knew the difference between good music and a punk pop wannabee. Right? Right?!?
Pitchfork is speculating that this might be an April Fool's joke, but oddly, Smith seems to be something of an Ashlee fan. He reportedly came to see her onstage in Chicago, prompting her to say she'd love to work with him. What, Ashlee, after getting all blond and girly you want to do the "punk" thing again? Good luck.
Unsurprisingly, Smith is one of many collaborators rumored to be working on Simpson's next album. Daddy Joe says she's also tapping Chad Hugo of The Neptunes, Timbaland, John Legend, and Keane's Tim Rice-Oxley.