Robert Smith talks the impact of The Cure’s ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ on gender norms

Smith saw how the song still resonates today

The Cure frontman Robert Smith has talked about how the band’s hit track “Boys Don’t Cry” continues challenging gender norms.

Smith revealed that he was shocked at the modern importance of the track after he witnessed the audience at their renowned Glastonbury 2019 headlining set. “I was singing [‘Boys Don’t Cry’] at Glastonbury and I realized that it has a very contemporary resonance with all the rainbow stripes and stuff flying in the crowd,” Smith explained to the Rolling Stone. “When I was growing up, there was peer pressure on you to conform to be a certain way.”

The artpop artist went on to discuss what it was like to be a British boy at the time. “You’re encouraged not to show your emotion to any degree. And I couldn’t help but show my emotions when I was younger. I never found it awkward showing my emotions. I couldn’t really continue without showing my emotions; you’d have to be a pretty boring singer to do that.”