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Simon Gallup
Gallup performing in 2011
Gallup performing in 2011
Background information
Birth nameSimon Johnathon Gallup
Born (1960-06-01) 1 June 1960 (age 63)
Duxhurst, Surrey, England
OriginSurrey, England
Genres Post-punk, gothic rock, new wave, alternative rock
Years active1975–present

Simon Johnathon Gallup [1] (born 1 June 1960) is an English musician who is best known as bassist for The Cure, which he first joined in 1979 and for which he has played through most of the band's history. Gallup is the second longest-serving member of the band after group leader Robert Smith. [2]


Early years

Gallup was born in Duxhurst, Surrey, and his family soon moved to Horley. Starting in 1976 he frequented the music scene in nearby Crawley, where his older brother Ric worked in a record shop and knew many local musicians. [3] In 1977, Gallup formed the punk band Lockjaw, which later evolved into the post-punk band the Magazine Spies (also known as Mag/Spys). [4] Those bands frequently played and socialized with early versions of The Cure. [2]

In late 1979, Gallup participated in the short-lived Cure side project Cult Hero. [5] A short time later, original Cure bassist Michael Dempsey left the band, and Gallup was recruited as his replacement. [6] Gallup played on the albums Seventeen Seconds, Faith, and Pornography; and on the second of those he began to play keyboards occasionally in addition to his full-time bass duties. [7]

Departure from the Cure

During the tour supporting the Pornography album in 1982, band relations within the Cure became contentious. After a performance in Strasbourg, France on 27 May 1982, Gallup and Robert Smith got into a fistfight reportedly over a disputed bar tab. [2] The tour continued, and at another performance in Brussels, Belgium on 11 June, the band invited roadie Gary Biddles (a friend of Gallup's) on stage to sing one song, during which Biddles criticized the other members Smith and Lol Tolhurst. This further exacerbated tensions among the members of the band. [8]

Gallup soon left the Cure and did not speak to Robert Smith again for about 18 months. [9] Gallup and Biddles formed a new band called The Cry, which evolved into Fools Dance by 1983. That band recorded an early EP featuring Gallup that was not released until 1985. He sang on the track "The Ring", the only released recording in which he ever performed lead vocals. [10]

Return to the Cure

In late 1984, Biddles brokered a reconciliation between Gallup and Smith. [8] The Cure was in need of a bassist after the departure of Phil Thornalley, and Smith invited Gallup to rejoin the band. [11] [12] Biddles later reformed Fools Dance with a new lineup, while Gallup has remained with the Cure ever since. [2]

In 1992, Gallup was stricken with pleurisy and had to take a medical leave of absence from the Cure for several months. [2] This caused him to miss several dates of the tour for the Wish album, at which time bassist Roberto Soave filled in temporarily. [13] Gallup's son Eden became a member of the Cure's road crew and has occasionally filled in during gigs when his father was unable to appear for personal reasons. [14] In 2019, Gallup was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Cure. [15]

In an unexplained incident in August 2021, Gallup announced on Facebook that he had left the Cure after 37 years, stating that he "just got fed up of betrayal." [16] The Cure made no official statement about Gallup's departure, and he later deleted the Facebook post. In October 2021, Gallup issued another Facebook post to clarify that he is still a member of the band. [17]

Personal life

Gallup's older brother David Gallup was the manager for his early band Lockjaw. [2] His other brother Ric Gallup has created promotional artwork for Lockjaw, the Magazine Spies, and the Cure; and created the short independent film Carnage Visors which the Cure showed at concerts in 1981. [3]

Simon Gallup's first marriage was to Carolé Joy Thompson in 1987; they had two children together before they divorced. In 1988, Gallup was best man at Robert Smith's wedding. Gallup married his second wife Sarah in 1997, and they have two children together. [2]




  • Radio Call Sign, The Young Ones (1977), – 7" single
  • Journalist Jive, A Doong A Doong A, I'm A Virgin (1978), – 7" single

The Magazine Spies

  • Life Blood, Bombs (1980), – Split 7" single with The Obtainers

The Cure

Fools Dance

  • Fools Dance (1985) – EP


  1. ^ "ACE Repertory". ASCAP. Retrieved 16 May 2023.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Price, Simon (2023). Curepedia: An A-Z of The Cure. New York, NY: William Morrow. pp. 150–154. ISBN  978-0-06-306864-3.
  3. ^ a b Price, pp. 149-150.
  4. ^ Barbarian, L.; Sutherland, Steve; Smith, Robert (1988). Ten Imaginary Years. Zomba Books. p. 120. ISBN  0-946391-87-4.
  5. ^ Price, pp. 76-77.
  6. ^ Uncut, ed. (2016). "The Cure". The Ultimate Music Guide. pp. 14–17.
  7. ^ Uncut, pp. 24-27.
  8. ^ a b Price, p. 29.
  9. ^ Jeff Apter (5 November 2009). Never Enough: The Story of The Cure. Omnibus Press. p. 171. ISBN  9780857120243.
  10. ^ Price, pp. 134-135.
  11. ^ Apter, p. 208.
  12. ^ Sutherland, Steve (17 August 1985). "A Suitable Case for Treatment". Melody Maker.
  13. ^ Price, p. 339.
  14. ^ Price, p. 149.
  15. ^ Grow, Kory (30 March 2019). "Read Cure Frontman Robert Smith's Gracious Rock Hall Induction Speech". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 4 February 2024.
  16. ^ O'Connor, Roisin (15 August 2021). "The Cure bassist Simon Gallup appears to quit band: 'Got fed up of betrayal'". The Independent. Retrieved 15 August 2021.
  17. ^ "Simon Gallup confirms he has re-joined the Cure". NME. 15 October 2021.
  18. ^ a b c "Simon Gallup: A Cure for the Common Bass". Bass Player magazine, October 2004 (archived at Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  19. ^ "Vault : Simon Gallup Ultra Spitfire Bass". Schecter Guitars. Retrieved 25 February 2018.

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