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Encyclopedia > Laurence Tolhurst
Lol Tolhurst

Lol Tolhurst circa 2004
Background information
Birth name Laurence Andrew Tolhurst
Also known as Lol Tolhurst
Born February 3, 1959 (1959-02-03) (age 48)
Origin Horley, England
Genre(s) Punk rock
Post-punk
Gothic rock
Alternative rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instrument(s) Drums, Keyboard
Associated
acts
The Cure
Presence
Levinhurst
Malice
Easy Cure
Website http://www.thecure.com/
http://www.levinhurst.com/

Laurence "Lol" Tolhurst (born Laurence Andrew Tolhurst, 3 February 1959, in Horley, Surrey, England) is a founding member and former drummer/keyboardist for the UK goth rock band, The Cure. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Horley is a town in Surrey, England, situated south of the twin towns of Reigate, and Redhill and immediately to the north of Gatwick Airport. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto)1 Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Monarch Queen Elizabeth II... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... 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 (sometimes called goth rock or simply goth) is a genre of rock music that originated during the late 1970s. ... Alternative rock (also called alternative music or simply alternative; known primarily in the UK as indie) 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). ... Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ... The Cure are an English rock band that formed in Crawley, Sussex in 1976. ... Presence was a short-lived British rock band formed by Gary Biddles (a former roadie for The Cure) with Lol Tolhurst. ... Levinhurst is an electronic band formed by Lol Tolhurst, a founding member of The Cure, and his wife Cindy Levinson. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into The Cure. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into The Cure. ... is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Horley is a town in Surrey, England, situated south of the twin towns of Reigate, and Redhill and immediately to the north of Gatwick Airport. ... Not to be confused with Surry. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto)1 Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Monarch Queen Elizabeth II... A drummer in Action A drummer is a person who plays the drums, particularly the drum kit, marching percussion, or hand drums. ... A keyboardist is a musician who plays keyboard instruments. ... This article is about notable bands within the goth scene. ... In music, a band is a company of musicians, or musical ensemble, usually popular or folk, playing parts of or improvising a musical arrangement on different musical instruments. ... The Cure are an English rock band that formed in Crawley, Sussex in 1976. ...

Contents

Early Years

Lol is the fifth of six children born to William and Daphne Tolhurst; he has three brothers (Roger, Nigel, and John) and two sisters (Jane and Barbara).[1] Tolhurst was five years old when he first met Robert Smith at St. Francis Primary and Junior Schools, and thus began a friendship that would culminate in the formation of The Cure. Lol has been married twice. He married his first wife Lydia some time in 1989 and they had one son together, but they have since divorced.[2] Since then, Lol has married Cindy Levinson with whom he has formed an electronic band called Levinhurst. For other persons named Robert Smith, see Robert Smith (disambiguation). ... The Cure are an English rock band that formed in Crawley, Sussex in 1976. ... Levinhurst is an electronic band formed by Lol Tolhurst, a founding member of The Cure, and his wife Cindy Levinson. ...


The Cure

Tolhurst is one of the Cures co founders, and as a drummer he helped write and record the albums Three Imaginary Boys, Boys Don't Cry, Seventeen Seconds, Faith and Pornography. After the Pornography tour in 1982 Tolhurst assumed keyboard duties. “Sound recorder” redirects here. ... An album or record album is a collection of related audio or music tracks distributed to the public. ... Three Imaginary Boys is English rock band The Cures debut album. ... This article is about the album by The Cure. ... Seventeen Seconds is the second studio album by The Cure, released in April, 1980 by Fiction Records. ... Faith is the fourth album by British alternative rock band The Cure, released in 1981 (see 1981 in music). ... Pornography is the fourth studio album by British alternative rock band The Cure, originally released in 1982 and re-mastered and re-released in 2005. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ...


Throughout 1986 and 1987, Tolhurst began to participate in excessive alcohol and drug use, often making him unable to perform, forcing the band to often ask Psychedelic Furs keyboardist Roger O'Donnell to substitute his role. It is unclear what (if anything) Tolhurst contributed to the band's post-Pornography recordings. However, it is assumed that he did not contribute any writing or instrumentation to any of the tracks on the Disintegration album, yet he was given the credit of "other instruments" in the record's liner notes. In early 1989, the rest of the band decided that they had enough and convinced Smith to fire Tolhurst. This paved the way for O'Donnell to fill in the empty slot permanently. Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... The Psychedelic Furs are an influential British post-punk band founded in the late 1970s. ... Roger ODonnell (born October 29, 1955) is an Anglo-Irish musician best known for his work with bands; The Cure, Psychedelic Furs, the Thompson Twins and Berlin. ... Disintegration is the eighth studio album by rock band The Cure, released in 1989. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ...


Post 'The Cure'

Following his departure from The Cure, Tolhurst and Gary Biddles - who previously worked with Simon Gallup in Fools Dance - formed the short lived band Presence, which only released one full-length album called Inside. In 1994, he sued Robert Smith and Fiction Records over royalties payments, also claiming joint ownership of the name The Cure with Smith. He eventually lost after a long legal battle.[3] Simon Johnathon Gallup is an English musician born on June 1, 1960 in Duxhurst, England, and a member of the British post-punk band The Cure. ... Fools Dance was a short-lived British rock band founded by Simon Gallup following his departure from The Cure in 1982. ... Presence was a short-lived British rock band formed by Gary Biddles (a former roadie for The Cure) with Lol Tolhurst. ... Inside (1993) was the first and only full-length album released by British rock band Presence; it was released through Smash Records, a subsidiary of Island Records. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... For other persons named Robert Smith, see Robert Smith (disambiguation). ... Fiction Records is a record label that was founded in 1978 by Chris Parry as a home for The Cure. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


In the early 2000s, Tolhurst and his wife Cindy Levinson formed a band called Levinhurst. A few months prior to the release of their debut album, Tolhurst claimed in an interview that he had reconciled with Robert Smith and that the two of them were friends again.[4] Shortly afterward, Levinhurst released their debut album, Perfect Life, in 2004. Since then, they have also released an EP called The Grey featuring a cover of The Cure's "All Cats Are Grey" - which he claimed credit for writing lyrically in another interview[5] - and two other songs. Their second album, House By The Sea, was released on 17 April 2007. Levinhurst is an electronic band formed by Lol Tolhurst, a founding member of The Cure, and his wife Cindy Levinson. ... For other persons named Robert Smith, see Robert Smith (disambiguation). ... Perfect Life is the debut album of Levinhurst, released in 2004. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Grey is an EP released by Levinhurst just a few months prior to the release of their sophomore album House By The Sea in 2007. ... All Cats Are Grey is a song by The Cure. ... House By The Sea is the sophomore album of Levinhurst, released in 2007. ... is the 107th day of the year (108th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


Discography

See The Cure discography
See Presence discography
See Levinhurst Discography
This page is a discography for the band The Cure. ... Presence was a short-lived British rock band formed by Gary Biddles (a former roadie for The Cure) with Lol Tolhurst. ... Levinhurst is an electronic band formed by Lol Tolhurst, a founding member of The Cure, and his wife Cindy Levinson. ...


Trivia

  • The song "Shiver and Shake" off Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me is based upon the other band members' frustration with Lol as he became increasingly unreliable due to his drinking and drug abuse.[6]
  • According to Robert Smith, Tolhurst did not contribute anything whatsoever to the albums Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me and Disintegration but he was credited anyway for contractual reasons.[7]
  • Tolhurst appears in the music video for 311's cover of "Lovesong".[2]
  • Tolhurst was born on the day of the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and The Big Bopper.
  • Somewhat ironic is the fact that Tolhurst went on to work with Gary Biddles, who once insulted him during a concert. Biddles is famous, or infamous, for stirring up trouble when he got on stage during a concert and started singing, "Smith's a wanker, Tolhurst's a wanker, only Simon is worth anything in this band."[8]
  • In the same interview where Tolhurst claimed that he and Robert Smith had reconciled, he also confirmed that he has a son, who was eleven years old at the time. When asked if his son showed any signs of musical talent as well, Tolhurst said he doesn't try to push it on him, but lately he (his son) had taken up the guitar and fell in love with it right away.[4]

Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me is the seventh studio album by British alternative rock band The Cure, released in 1987, this album put The Cure into the American mainstream, becoming their first album to reach the Billboard Top 40, by 1990 it had sold a million Stateside copies. ... For other persons named Robert Smith, see Robert Smith (disambiguation). ... Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me is the seventh studio album by British alternative rock band The Cure, released in 1987, this album put The Cure into the American mainstream, becoming their first album to reach the Billboard Top 40, by 1990 it had sold a million Stateside copies. ... Disintegration is the eighth studio album by rock band The Cure, released in 1989. ... A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... 311 (pronounced three eleven) is a successful band from Omaha Nebraska. ... In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Lovesong (sometimes listed as Love Song) is a modern ballad written by Robert Smith and originally released by The Cure on their Disintegration album. ... Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959), better known as Buddy Holly, was an American singer, songwriter, and a pioneer of rock and roll. ... Richard Steven Valenzuela (May 13, 1941 - February 3, 1959), better known as Ritchie Valens, was a pioneer of rock and roll and, as a Mexican-American, became the first Hispanic rock and roll star. ... Jiles Perry (J.P.) Richardson, Jr. ... A classical music concert in the Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne 2005 Kasia Kowalska concert in Warsaw A concert is a live performance, usually of music, before an audience. ... For other persons named Robert Smith, see Robert Smith (disambiguation). ...

References

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 178th day of the year (179th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 178th day of the year (179th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 178th day of the year (179th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 178th day of the year (179th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 178th day of the year (179th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 178th day of the year (179th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 178th day of the year (179th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 178th day of the year (179th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

  • Levinhurst
  • Lol's MySpace
  • Wikicure.com: All the synthesizers played by Tolhurst during The Cure period (soon all pages will be available in English).
  • Interview with Tolhurst at chaindlk.com
  • Interview with Tolhurst at Angelfire.com
  • 10 Questions with Lol Tolhurst from E.K. Wimmer's blog Earthbound
  • My Conversation with Lol Tolhurst
  • Where Do You Go From The Cure?

  Results from FactBites:
 
Laurence Tolhurst - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (621 words)
Laurence "Lol" Tolhurst (born Laurence Andrew Tolhurst on 3 February 1959 in Horley, Surrey, England) is a founding member and former drummer/keyboardist for the UK goth rock band, The Cure.
In early 1989, the rest of the band decided that they had enough, and fired Tolhurst because he was hardly contributing anything by this point.
The main reason for Tolhurst's switch to keyboards was because he couldn't play the drums for "Let's Go to Bed".
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