Punk trio BLINK 182 have slammed criticisms of their collaboration with THE CURE's Robert Smith.

The SOMETIMES stars - singer Tom DeLonge, bassist Mark Hoppus, and drummer SCOTT RAYNOR - were furious when people dubbed Smith's singing and songwriting cameo on their track ALL OF THIS pretentious, and argue they made the musical partnership to stress that despite their usual cheeky, light-hearted tunes, they are serious artists.

Delonge complains, "People were like, 'Why are you guys serious and arty now?' We always have been. I think the best musicians are the ones who have written songs that show every side of their personality.

"I think every year I become a little more complicated and a little more humble."

03/09/2004 09:09