The Cure’s Robert Smith Collaborating with Ashlee Simpson?

In news that would only signal The Cure frontman’s sad decline into pancake-faced irrelevance, Robert Smith is rumored to be producing tracks for Ashlee Simpson‘s next album, says The Guardian. Supposedly, Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy, who’s friends with both Smith and the Simpson grrrl, hooked it up. Tim Rice-Oxley of Keane has also distanced himself from Ms. Simpson. He denies any collaboration on the band’s website. “I don’t know quite where that came from. I have been asked to do quite a lot of things in the last few months, partly in the wake of the Gwen Stefani song, which is very flattering. It’s nice to be in demand, but the Ashlee Simpson thing is not something I’m planning to do.”

Along with Keane, Kanye West will be one of the acts playing the Diana memorial concert.(NME)

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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