Porl Thompson

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Pearl Thompson
Porl Thompson, The Cure, in Sweden 2007.jpg
Porl Thompson performing live with The Cure in Sweden, 2007
Background information
Birth name Paul Stephen Thompson
Also known as Porl Thompson, Pearl Thompson
Born (1957-11-08) 8 November 1957 (age 57)
Origin Wimbledon, England
Genres Gothic rock, alternative rock, post-punk, new wave
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, poet, painter, artist
Instruments Guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, piano, bass guitar, saxophone, banjo, kazoo, vocals
Years active 1976–present
Associated acts The Cure
Page and Plant
Shelleyan Orphan
Easy Cure
The Glove
Swanson's Daughter
Website pearl-thompson.simdif.com
Notable instruments
Schecter Porl Thompson Signature Model

Paul Stephen Thompson (born 8 November 1957), known for most of his professional career as Porl Thompson, is an English musician best known for his work with The Cure. He is not currently a member of the Cure, and now goes by the name Pearl Thompson.[1]

Life and work[edit]

Thompson is the oldest of four children; he has two brothers and one sister (Robert, Andrew and Carol). Thompson was married to Janet Smith, the younger sister of The Cure bandmate Robert Smith, and together they have three sons and a daughter, Darcie Thompson.

Thompson was part of the original lineup of The Cure, which also included Robert Smith, Michael Dempsey, and Lol Tolhurst when the band was first formed in 1976; however, he was dropped by the time they released their debut album, Three Imaginary Boys, in 1979 because his lead guitar style was at odds with Smith's growing preference for minimalist songwriting.[2] Formed the Exotic Pandas for a short period, He rejoined the band in 1983 on saxophone and helped record the album The Top. During the Top tour, Thompson played keyboard as well as the guitar, bass and saxophone. He also performed with The Glove when they appeared on television.[3]

Thompson performed on four more studio albums (The Head on the Door, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Disintegration and Wish) and four live albums (Concert, Entreat, Paris and Show) as well as the videos The Cure in Orange and Picture Show . He also appears on the remix album Mixed Up and the deluxe issue of Three Imaginary Boys.

Thompson left the Cure in 1994 to play with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin during the Page and Plant tour of 1995. He also played with Babacar, the band formed by Boris Williams following his departure from The Cure. Later Thompson formed his own solo project called Quietly Torn.[4]

Thompson continued working with Robert Plant again when he joined the singer's group for the 2002 release Dreamland.

In 2002, Thompson also had an exhibition of his paintings in Cornwall, UK entitled "100% SKY". A book co-written with Sarah Brittain also entitled "100% Sky" was published in conjunction with the exhibition.

He officially rejoined the band for a third time in June 2005 and recorded the live DVD, The Cure: Festival 2005 and appeared on their 13th studio album, 4:13 Dream.

In 2007 Schecter Guitars released a Porl Thompson Signature model featuring graphics by the British artist Kev Grey

Thompson also toured with The Cure for their 2007-2008 4Tour.

Up until 2012 (when Reeves Gabrels joined to assume 2nd guitar duties) Thompson had the distinction of being the only other person, besides Robert Smith, to have worked with every other member of The Cure both past and present. Although he and Matthieu Hartley were never in the same line-up, the two of them did work together on the single "I'm a Cult Hero".

Thompson and designer Andy Vella are the co-founders of Parched Art, which has produced many of the record sleeves found on The Cure albums, many of which Thompson drew or painted.

2013, now known as Pearl Thompson, collaborated with GonjaSufi in Los Angeles, California.

Thompson continues to paint and is collaborating in various artistic project.

Thompson currently lives on a houseboat in, England, UK.


The Cure
Page and Plant
Robert Plant
Shelleyan Orphan
  • Humroot (1992)[5]


  1. ^ "Moon looks like it's melting". Pearl-thompson.simdif.com. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  2. ^ Ten Imaginary Years - ISBN 0-946391-87-4
  3. ^ "The Glove: Information from". Answers.com. 2006-08-08. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  4. ^ "Quietly Torn - Porl Thompson". Picturesofyou.us. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  5. ^ "Humroot by Shelleyan Orphan @ARTISTdirect". Artistdirect.com. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 

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