Boris Peter Bransby Williams (born 24 April 1957)[1] is an English musician, best known as the drummer for The Cure from 1984-1994, and for forming the band Babacar in the late 1990s.

Boris Williams
Williams in the mid-1980s while a member of The Cure
Williams in the mid-1980s while a member of The Cure
Background information
Birth nameBoris Peter Bransby Williams
Born (1957-04-24) 24 April 1957 (age 66)
OriginVersailles, France
GenresPunk rock, post punk, gothic rock, alternative rock, pop
Instrument(s)Drums, percussion

Biography edit

Williams was born in Versailles, France, and his family later settled in Farnham in the United Kingdom. He first played in local bands with future Cure bandmate Roger O'Donnell and originally focused on jazz fusion. He then turned to alternative rock and served as a session and touring musician for Thompson Twins and Kim Wilde.[1]

In 1984, The Cure needed a new drummer in the middle of an American tour, when previous drummer Andy Anderson was suddenly fired. Williams was recommended for the position by the Cure's then-bassist/producer Phil Thornalley, who had worked with Williams while engineering the Thompson Twins album Quick Step & Side Kick. Williams learned the Cure's set list in three days, and his first performance with the band was in November 1984. He was then invited to be the band's permanent drummer, and his first album as a full-time member was The Head on the Door in 1985.[1]

Williams was present during the Cure's most successful period and is often cited by fans as the best drummer in the band's history.[2] Known for experimenting with electronic percussion and loops, Williams was a primary contributor to the band's remix album Mixed Up in 1990.[3] He was also known for his innovative drumming style, with Freaky Trigger saying: "[He] is a god among drummers due to his complete willingness to create an entire beat based on doing rolls on the various toms in his kit."[4] Williams has been cited by Billboard for his subtle but forceful drumming, "improbably stealing the show from his bandmates";[5] and critics often praise his technical and timekeeping skills.[6][7]

Williams is also credited with contributions to albums by Shelleyan Orphan, featuring his longtime partner Caroline Crawley.[8] He left the Cure for personal reasons in 1994.[1] Later in that decade, he formed the band Babacar with Crawley and various other associates of The Cure; his former Cure bandmate Porl Thompson made occasional contributions to the band. Babacar released a self-titled album in 1998.[9] Williams contributed to new acoustic versions of Cure songs that were recorded for their Greatest Hits compilation in 2001, though he did not officially rejoin the band.[10] In 2019, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Cure.[11]

Discography edit

The Cure
Thompson Twins
Strawberry Switchblade
  • Strawberry Switchblade (1985)[13]
Robbie Nevil
Ian McCulloch
Shelleyan Orphan
  • Humroot (1992)[14]
  • We Have Everything We Need (2008)[15]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d Price, Simon (2023). Curepedia: An A-Z of The Cure. New York, NY: William Morrow. pp. 415–416. ISBN 978-0-06-306864-3.
  2. ^ Price, pp. 122-125.
  3. ^ Uncut, ed. (2016). "The Cure". The Ultimate Music Guide. p. 144.
  4. ^ "THE CURE – "Cut Here"". Freaky Trigger. 16 November 2001. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  5. ^ Unterberger, Andrew (29 March 2019). "The Cure's 40 Best Songs: Critic's Picks". Billboard. Retrieved 4 February 2024.
  6. ^ "The Cure's Best Songs, Ranked". UPROXX. 18 May 2023. Retrieved 4 February 2024.
  7. ^ "The Cure's 30 Greatest Songs Ranked". Mojo. 14 November 2023. Retrieved 4 February 2024.
  8. ^ Price, p. 327.
  9. ^ Price, p. 25.
  10. ^ Price, pp. 163-164.
  11. ^ Grow, Kory (30 March 2019). "Read Cure Frontman Robert Smith's Gracious Rock Hall Induction Speech". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 4 February 2024.
  12. ^ "Quick Step and Side Kick". Archived from the original on 5 August 2011. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
  13. ^ "Strawberry Switchblade". Archived from the original on 5 August 2011. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
  14. ^ "Humroot". Archived from the original on 5 August 2011. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
  15. ^ "We Have Everything We Need Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 January 2013.

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