Boris Williams

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Boris Williams
Birth name Boris Peter Bransby Williams
Born (1957-04-24) 24 April 1957 (age 59)
Origin Versailles, France
Genres Punk rock, post punk, gothic rock, alternative rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums, percussion
Associated acts The Cure, Thompson Twins, Strawberry Switchblade, Shelleyan Orphan, Babacar
Website www.thecure.com

Boris Peter Bransby Williams (born 24 April 1957) is an English drummer best known for his extensive work with The Cure (1984–1994).

Biography[edit]

Born in Versailles, France, he had previously worked with various artists, including Thompson Twins, Kim Wilde, Strawberry Switchblade and Tomato City. Williams is one of seven children; he has two brothers - Michael and Morgan - and four sisters - Juliet, Caroline, Mira, and Sarah. Williams dated Caroline Crawley, lead singer of Shelleyan Orphan.

Williams first joined The Cure in 1984 (first gig on 7 November in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA), replacing Andy Anderson, who was fired for destroying a hotel room. During his tenure, Williams helped The Cure reach their critical and commercial peak recording the studio albums The Head on the Door, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Disintegration, and Wish.

He also appeared on the live albums Entreat, Paris, and Show as well as the videos for Staring at the Sea, The Cure in Orange, Picture Show, Galore and Greatest Hits. He helped record the re-remixes album Mixed Up.

Williams' drumming style is often referred to by drummers as 'Linear' as it follows regular cycles with repetitive rhythmic themes, patterns and fills. Some of his most innovative drumming can be heard on the songs "Six Different Ways" and "Sinking" from The Head on the Door, "Icing Sugar", "The Kiss", "Torture" and "If Only Tonight We Could Sleep" from Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, "Closedown", "Fascination Street", "Prayers for Rain" and "Last Dance" from Disintegration, "Open" "Cut" and "From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea" from Wish.

Notable Williams fills that are instantly identifiable and set up the rhythmic theme for the song can be easily heard in the reoccurring fills in "In Between Days" from The Head on the Door, "Just Like Heaven" from Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me

Williams left the band in 1994. His last concert was on 13 June 1993 in Finsbury Park at a benefit concert for London's XFM radio station. He started another band called Babacar with his then-girlfriend Caroline Crawley. He briefly reunited with The Cure for the acoustic recording of their Greatest Hits compilation in 2001, but he did not rejoin them officially. He was also present at some of the sessions for the Cure's 2004 album, simply titled The Cure.

Discography[edit]

The Cure
Thompson Twins
Strawberry Switchblade
  • Strawberry Switchblade (1985)[2]
Robbie Nevil
Ian McCulloch

Drums on "The White Hotel" and "Proud to Fall"

Shelleyan Orphan
  • Humroot (1992)[4]
  • We Have Everything We Need (2008)[5]
Babacar

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Quick Step and Side Kick". Artistdirect.com. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Strawberry Switchblade". Artistdirect.com. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Candleland
  4. ^ "Humroot". Artistdirect.com. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "We Have Everything We Need Credits". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 

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