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|Born||8 November 1957|
|Genres||Post-punk, gothic rock, new wave, alternative rock, psychedelic rock, lo-fi, experimental|
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, musician, poet, artist|
|Instruments||Guitar, bass guitar, synthesizer, keyboard, piano, saxophone, kazoo, banjo, vocals|
|Associated acts||The Cure|
Page and Plant
Thompson was a member (alongside Robert Smith, Michael Dempsey and Lol Tolhurst) of the Easy Cure, which was a precursor to The Cure. Thompson left Easy Cure to go to art college; his style did not mesh well with Smith's approach to songwriting. Thompson went on to become of member of The Exotic Pandas and occasionally played with The Glove, a collaboration between Siouxsie and the Banshees' Steven Severin and Smith. Thompson rejoined his bandmates in The Cure in 1983, initially playing saxophone on several tracks that would appear on the group's 1984 album, The Top. During the Top tour, he expanded his instrumental contributions to include keyboard as well as guitar, also continuing to perform with The Glove when they appeared on television. Over time, Thompson became known principally as a guitarist in the band.
In 1994, Thompson left The Cure to play with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin during the Page and Plant tour of 1995. He also played with Babacar, a band formed by long-time Cure drummer Boris Williams. Later, Thompson formed another project called Quietly Torn. Thompson continued working with Robert Plant, joining the singer's group for the 2002 release Dreamland.
In June 2005 Thompson rejoined The Cure, and was with the band for the recording of the live DVD The Cure: Festival 2005; for the recording of the band's 13th studio album, 4:13 Dream; and for the band's 2007-2008 4Tour.
In 2007, Schecter Guitars released a Pearl Thompson Signature model featuring graphics by the British artist Kev Grey. The guitar was featured in the book 108 Rock Star Guitars by photographer Lisa S. Johnson.
As an artist
Thompson and background designer Andy Vella were the co-founders of Parched Art. Parched Art produced many of the record sleeves found on The Cure's albums. The most recognisable record sleeves were primarily drawn, painted, or photographed by Thompson.
In 2002, Thompson also had an exhibition of paintings in Cornwall, UK and Canada titled "100% SKY".
In March 2015, Thompson's first US painting exhibition of abstract landscape paintings was held at Mr MusicHead Art Gallery on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. The exhibition was entitled "...Through the eyes of birds". The work was inspired by remote Malibu canyons and desert landscapes. Also in 2015, Thompson announced that he would focus his endeavors on his art work.
- The Cure
- Three Imaginary Boys (1979) (Disc 2 of 2004 deluxe issue only)
- The Top (1984)
- Concert (1984)
- The Cure Live in Japan (1984) VHS
- The Head on the Door (1985)
- Standing on a Beach (1986)
- The Cure in Orange (1986), VHS
- Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me (1987)
- Disintegration (1989)
- Mixed Up (1990)
- Entreat (1990)
- Wish (1992)
- Show (1993)
- Paris (1993)
- Galore (1997)
- Greatest Hits (2001)
- Festival 2005 (2005), DVD
- 4:13 Dream (2008)
- Page and Plant
- Robert Plant
- Dreamland (2002)
- Shelleyan Orphan
- Humroot (1992)
- Babacar (1998)
- "The Cure Guitarist Pearl Thompson's Art Goes on Display". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Ten Imaginary Years - ISBN 0-946391-87-4
- "Triviahead: Can anyone rival the Fall for lineup changes?". the Guardian. 9 February 2007. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
- "Porl Thompson | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
- "Figure 2: The Bayesian Inference (BI) phylogenetic trees of T9SS protein components (PorK, PorL, PorM, and PorN)". dx.doi.org. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
- "The Cure 2007". picturesofyou.us. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
- Patrin, Nate (18 August 2016). Gonjasufi - Callus (review), Pitchfork
- lorenashleigh (2 May 2013). "Parched Art". LorenAshleigh. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
- "Andy Vella design interview". Retrieved 31 January 2021.
- (8 March 2015). The Cure Star Legally Changes His Name As He Leaves The Music World For Art, Contact Music
- (23 September 2014). Ex-Cure star to exhibit art for the first time, Express
- Davroy, Gabrielle (10 April 2016). Let's Talk About Sex : Porl Thompson The Cure, RTBF