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Encyclopedia > Boris Williams
Boris Williams
Background information
Birth name Boris Peter Bransby Williams
Born April 24, 1957 (age 49)
Origin Versailles, France
Genre(s) Punk rock
Post-punk
Gothic rock
Alternative rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instrument(s) Drums
Associated
acts
The Cure
Thompson Twins
Website http://www.thecure.com/

Boris Peter Bransby-Williams (born April 24, 1957 in Versailles, France) is an English drummer best known for his work with The Cure (1984-1994). He had previously worked with various artists, including the Thompson Twins, Kim Wilde and Tomato City. April 24 is the 114th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (115th in leap years). ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Versailles (pronounced , in French), formerly the de facto capital of the kingdom of France, is now a wealthy suburb of Paris and is still an important administrative and judicial center. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Post punk generally refers to the particularly fertile and creative period following the initial punk rock explosion. During the first wave of punk, roughly spanning 1976-1983, bands such as The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Ramones and The Damned began to challenge the current styles and conventions of rock... Gothic rock (also called goth rock or goth) is a genre of rock music that originated during the late 1970s. ... Alternative rock (also called alternative music[1] or simply alternative) is a genre of rock music that emerged in the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Thompson Twins were an English New Wave/pop band normally associated with the 1980s. ... Versailles (pronounced , in French), formerly the de facto capital of the kingdom of France, is now a wealthy suburb of Paris and is still an important administrative and judicial center. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Thompson Twins are a British band which emerged in the 1980s in the immediate aftermath of New Romanticism, scoring a string of hits and conquering the USA in the process. ... Kim Wilde Kim Wilde (born Kimberley Smith, 18 November 1960 in Chiswick, West London) is an English pop singer, professional gardener, and pop cultural figure. ...


Williams first joined The Cure in 1984 (First gig in November 7th in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA), replacing Andy Anderson on drums. During his tenure, Williams helped The Cure reach their critical and commercial peak recording the studio albums The Head on the Door, Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, Disintegration, and Wish. He also appeared on the live albums Entreat, Paris, and Show as well as the videos for Staring At The Sea, The Cure in Orange, Picture Show, Galore and Greatest Hits. He also helped record the re-release album Mixed Up. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Andy Anderson was born in London, England on January 30th, 1951. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Head on the Door is an album by British alternative rock band The Cure, released in 1985 (see 1985 in music). ... Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me is the seventh studio album by British alternative rock band The Cure, released in 1987 (see 1987 in music). ... Disintegration (album) Disintegration (physics This is a disambiguation page — a list of articles associated with the same title. ... Wish is the ninth studio album by British alternative rock band The Cure, released in 1992 (see 1992 in music). ... Entreat is a live album by The Cure, recorded live in the Wembley Arena in London in July 1989. ... Paris is a live album recorded by The Cure in 1992 during their Wish tour, but released in 1993. ... Show is a live album by The Cure, released in 1993 but recorded live in Auburn Hills in 1992 during the hugely popular Wish tour over 2 nights. ... The Cure in Orange Rating: NR Running Time: 113 Minutes Directed by: Tim Pope Plot Description This musical documentary follows British rock group The Cure through their performance at the classic Theater Antique DOrange in the French countryside. ... Galore is a 1997 album by The Cure. ... Greatest Hits is a 2001 album by The Cure. ... Mixed Up is The Cures 10th album which was released in November 1990. ...


Williams is regarded by most fans as The Cure's definitive drummer. Some of his most innovative drumming can be heard on the songs "Six Different Ways" from The Head on the Door, "Icing Sugar" from Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me, "Closedown" from Disintegration, "Open" and "From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea" from Wish. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Head on the Door is an album by British alternative rock band The Cure, released in 1985 (see 1985 in music). ... Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me is the seventh studio album by British alternative rock band The Cure, released in 1987 (see 1987 in music). ... Disintegration (album) Disintegration (physics This is a disambiguation page — a list of articles associated with the same title. ... Wish is the ninth studio album by British alternative rock band The Cure, released in 1992 (see 1992 in music). ...


Williams left the band in 1993. His last concert was on June 13th in Finsbury Park at a benefit concert for London's XFM radio station. Williams then started another band called Babacar with his girlfriend Finsbury Park is a place in London, at the junction of the London Boroughs of Islington, Haringey and Hackney. ... Xfm is a commercial radio station in the United Kingdom. ...

 Caroline Crawley, formerly of Shelleyan Orphan, whom he had met when her band supported The Cure on the Disintegration tour. He briefly reunited with The Cure for the acoustic recording of their Greatest Hits compilation in 2001, but he did not rejoin them officially. He was also present at some of the sessions for the Cure's 2004 album, simply titled The Cure. Ever since Porl Thompson officially rejoined The Cure in 2005, many fans have posted messages on the Internet calling on Boris to do the same. Many Cure fans consider Williams to be one of the most important members of the band along with Robert Smith, Simon Gallup and Porl Thompson. 
The Cure
Robert Smith | Porl Thompson | Simon Gallup | Jason Cooper
The Cure personnel
Discography
Studio albums: Three Imaginary Boys | Seventeen Seconds | Faith | Pornography | The Top | The Head on the Door | Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me | Disintegration | Wish | Wild Mood Swings | Bloodflowers | The Cure
Live albums: Concert | Entreat | Paris | Show | Trilogy | Festival 2005
Compilations: Boys Don't Cry | Japanese Whispers | Standing on a Beach / Staring at the Sea | Mixed Up | Galore | Greatest Hits | Join the Dots
EPs: Half an Octopuss & Quadpus | Lost Wishes | Five Swing Live
Singles: "Killing an Arab" | "Boys Don't Cry" | "Jumping Someone Else's Train" | "A Forest" | "Primary" | "Charlotte Sometimes" | "A Single" | "Let's Go to Bed" | "The Walk" | "The Lovecats" | "The Caterpillar" | "In Between Days" | "Close to Me" | "Why Can't I Be You?" | "Catch" | "Just Like Heaven" | "Hot Hot Hot!!!" | "Fascination Street" | "Lullaby" | "Lovesong" | "Pictures of You" | "Never Enough" | "Close to Me (Closest Mix)" | "High" | "Friday I'm in Love" | "A Letter to Elise" | "The 13th" | "Mint Car" | "Gone!" | "Strange Attraction" | "Wrong Number" | "Cut Here" | "End of the World" | "Taking Off" & "alt.end"
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