It would be pretty impossible to adequately describe the influence The Cure has had on me. It seems so obvious. As a teenager, some of my most fraught emotional moments were soundtracked by the band. In moments of desperate emotional turmoil (as adolescent years are often rife with), the music saw me through and stabilized me. However alone or marginalized or disconnected I felt, they were there. So today, 30+ years later, they are being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In honor of the occasion, I am releasing our cover of “Fight.”
As is my custom when releasing a cover, I will donate any proceeds generated by the song, this time to The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The song is not a call for violence, but rather a call to maintain your spirit when it feels like all the world is against you. To fight back against the pressure to succumb. As a kid, this song served that function to me, so I am singing it for others.
On this track, bass is provided by my longtime collaborator Bryan Leighty. Cover photography by Areej Adel. Both are dear friends.