A very young Robert Smith from the Cure. Robert James Smith (born 21 April 1959) is an English musician. He is the lead singer, guitarist, lyricist and principal songwriter of the rock band The Cure, and its only constant member since its formation in 1976. NY Rock describes him as "pop culture's unkempt poster child of doom and gloom." "A lot of journalists give me a hard time about how I look, but I've never met a journalist I'd rather look like."