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Gallup performing in 2012
|Birth name||Simon Jonathon Gallup|
|Born||1 June 1960|
|Genres||Post-punk, gothic rock, New Wave, alternative rock|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, keyboards, vocals, guitar|
|Associated acts||Lockjaw (1976-1978)
The Magazine Spies (1978-1979)
The Cure (1979-1982), (1985-present)
Fools Dance (1983-1984)
Fender Precision Bass
Fender Jazz Bass
Epiphone Jack Casady Bass
Simon Jonathon Gallup (born 1 June 1960) is an English musician and bassist of the post-punk band The Cure.
Born in Duxhurst, Surrey, Simon is the youngest of six children born to Bob and Peg Gallup. His siblings are Stuart, David, Duncan, Monica, and Ric. After moving to Horley, Surrey in 1961 he attended Horley Infants and Junior Schools between 1961 and 1971, followed by Horley Balcombe Road Comprehensive from 1971-1976. Between 1976 and 1978 he worked in a plastics factory and became the bass player for local punk band Lockjaw, who later evolved into The Magazine Spies (1979–1980), also known as The Mag/Spys. Lockjaw and The Mag/Spys played regular live shows with Easy Cure and later The Cure between 1977 and 1979, and after collaborating in the studio on the Cult Hero recording sessions in October 1979, both Gallup and keyboardist Matthieu Hartley left The Mag/Spys to join The Cure. Former Mag/Spys Gallup, Hartley and Stuart Curran later performed together under the name of The Cry and later Fools Dance during Gallup’s hiatus from The Cure between 1982 and 1984.
Gallup first joined The Cure in 1979, replacing Michael Dempsey on bass guitar. He also has been credited for occasionally playing the keyboard, particularly after Matthieu Hartley's departure in 1980; he took over keyboard lines for many of the songs that Hartley played. Examples of songs he played keyboard on live include "At Night", "A Forest", "A Strange Day" and "Pornography". During "Cold" he multi-tasked playing bass guitar and bass pedals. On the Swing Tour in 1996, he played acoustic 12-string guitar on "This is a Lie". On the Dream Tour in 2000 he played a Fender Bass VI on "There Is No If". He is also credited with singing lead vocals for a demo for "Violin Song." Gallup first performed on the Cure albums that make up "The Dark Trilogy": Seventeen Seconds, Faith, and Pornography.
During the Pornography Tour in 1982, a series of incidents prompted Gallup to leave The Cure, including an incident when he got into a fist fight with Robert Smith at a nightclub reportedly over a bar-tab. Gallup left the band and started The Cry with Gary Biddles and Matthieu Hartley. Their first gig was at the Covent Garden Rock Garden on 19 April 1983. They later changed their name to Fools Dance, which released two EPs - Fools Dance and They'll Never Know. Biddles sang most of the songs that were released by this band, Gallup sang on one called "The Ring". When asked why he left The Cure, he said, "It's just basically that Robert and I are both really arrogant bastards, and it got to such an extreme. I suppose you just can't have two egocentrics in a band, and Robert was sort of 'the main man.'"
In 1984, Smith asked Gallup to return to The Cure, an offer which he accepted. Since then, the two of them have remained on good terms. Gallup also served as best man at Smith's wedding in 1988.
In late 1992, Gallup again took a brief break from the band during the Wish Tour after he had to be transported to hospital, suffering from pleurisy after being ill for several months. During this time, he was replaced on bass by former Associates and Shelleyan Orphan member Roberto Soave.
Gallup is the second longest serving member of The Cure, which has led to him being referred to as Robert Smith's right-hand man. He performed on every album except Three Imaginary Boys/Boys Don't Cry, Japanese Whispers, The Top, and Concert.
- Simon's favourite bass is his Gibson Thunderbird. In 2004 Gibson created a special red Thunderbird bass for Simon Gallup, to celebrate his 25th year as the bassist for The Cure.
- He has also played Fender Precision, Fender Jazz, Rickenbacker 4001, MusicMan Stingray, Washburn AB10 acoustic, Kramer Acoustic, custom Dick Knight, Epiphone Jack Casady and Eccleshall 335 basses live.
- Simon uses the following Boss guitar effect pedals: BF-2 Flanger, CE-5 Chorus Ensemble, MT-2 Distortion, DD-3 Digital Delay and NS-2 Noise Suppressor.
- Simon Gallup is a supporter of Reading Football Club and draped a team flag over his amp while playing in Sydney and Melbourne Australia during the band's 2007 Australasian tour. He also draped a Reading F.C flag over his amp at Coachella 2009, during the set at Bestival 2011, Isle of Wight, during Reading Festival in 2012 and at Lollapalooza 2013 in Chicago.
- Radio Call Sign, The Young Ones (1977), - 7" Single
- Journalist Jive, A Doong A Doong A, I'm A Virgin (1978), - 7" Single
- The Mag/Spys
- Life Blood, Bombs (1980), - Split 7" single with The Obtainers
- The Cure
- Seventeen Seconds (1980)
- Faith (1981)
- Pornography (1982)
- The Head on the Door (1985)
- Standing on a Beach (1986)
- Staring at the Sea (1986), VHS
- The Cure in Orange (1986), VHS
- Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me (1987)
- Disintegration (1989)
- Mixed Up (1990)
- Entreat (1991)
- Picture Show (1991), VHS
- The Cure Play Out (1992), VHS
- Wish (1992)
- Paris (1993)
- Show (1993)
- Wild Mood Swings (1996)
- Galore (1997)
- Bloodflowers (2000)
- Greatest Hits (2001)
- Trilogy (2003), DVD
- Join the Dots: B-Sides & Rarities 1978–2001 (The Fiction Years) (2004)
- The Cure (2004)
- Festival 2005 (2005), DVD
- 4:13 Dream (2008)
- Fools Dance
→ See Fools Dance discography
Simon’s older brother David Gallup was the manager for Lockjaw, while Ric Gallup was responsible for the promotional artwork of Lockjaw, The Mag/Spys, and (following Porl Thompson’s departure from the original Easy Cure line-up) early art and design for The Cure, including the ‘drop C’ logo used on the band’s early posters and record covers. Ric also founded the Dance Fools Dance label, which released The Mag/Spys’ only split-single release in 1980 (from the earlier Cult Hero sessions), and produced the animated short film Carnage Visors, which featured a soundtrack by The Cure and was screened in place of an opening band during The Cure’s Picture Tour in 1981. Ric also designed promotional materials for Fools Dance, and was responsible for the band’s lighting on tour. Since the mid-1980s he has also been the regular lighting designer/director for And Also The Trees.
Simon Gallup’s first marriage was to Carol Thompson, a former secretary who had also contributed backing vocals to the Mag/Spys recordings in 1979. They had two children together, Eden (born 18 March 1990) and Lily, before they divorced. Simon married his second wife Sarah in December 1997, and they have at least one child together, named Evangeline ‘Evie’ Gallup (born 20 November 1998). According to The Cure’s Chain of Flowers Newsletter, the title to The Mission’s 2001 single Evangeline was dedicated by Wayne Hussey to Evie Gallup, although the lyrics were “about someone else altogether”. Gallup’s eldest son Eden, who also goes by the name Ed Vendetta, is the frontman and lead guitarist for rock band Violet Vendetta, formed in 2004. Citing The Cure and Guns N’ Roses as influences, since 2006 Violet Vendetta have released one EP and two full-length albums. Eden also plays lead guitar in In Tyler We Trust, based on the Brad Pitt film 'Fight Club', 'ITWT' are a more contemporary rock band who play regular shows in London and the South East of England.
- Barbarian, Sutherland, Smith, The Cure: Ten Imaginary Years, Zomba Books, 1987, p. 120. ISBN 0-946391-87-4
- Barbarian, Sutherland, Smith, The Cure: Ten Imaginary Years, Zomba Books, 1987. ISBN 0-946391-87-4
- "Fools Dance", 7 September 2007
- Bob hitched shock; August 1988
-  "Simon Gallups Off!"
- , Simon Gallup: A Cure for the Common Bass
- Cure News Archive – October 2001 @ Chainofflowers.com
- Violet Vendetta on Facebook
- In Tyler We Trust on Facebook