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Pete Wentz loves Robert Smith -- The Fall Out Boy singer chats with the Cure frontman

Here's what happened when Fall Out Boy star — and Robert Smith fan — Pete Wentz, 27, dialed up the 47-year-old frontman for the Cure (whose Festival 2005 DVD hits stores in December).

PETE WENTZ: [Fall Out Boy] is at that early stage where bands are fiercely competitive with each other, and when another band gets an award we see it as a shot to ourselves. How important were the other bands in the scene at the time?

ROBERT SMITH: When Simple Minds got on Top of the Pops and when Echo & the Bunnymen [were doing well], I remember thinking, ''We're going to be the band that's left behind,'' which is quite funny, because as it turns out, we weren't. But that's a natural part of any artistic field. You can't help but occasionally look up and around.

WENTZ: You had giant pop hits and you had ''cult'' favorites. Did it bother you at times when certain songs were gigantic?

SMITH: We had such an awful long time to get well-known. [When] it happened, though, I found it very uncomfortable. For a long time, I didn't like certain songs [such as Friday I'm in Love] because I thought, ''You're to blame, you bastard. You made me popular.''

WENTZ: You're obviously an idol of mine. Who did you look up to?

SMITH: I suppose David Bowie. In fact, I did something similar to this with him in the '90s, where a London radio station would have people interview their heroes. I interviewed Bowie, and I got incredibly drunk before it and started arguing with him. It was one of the most awful days I've ever had in my life.

Originally posted Nov 24, 2006 Published in issue #909 Dec 01, 2006 Order article reprints

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