Legendary frontman Robert is a huge fan of the Scots indie group and revealed to Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite he had been impressed by them when the two rocks bands toured together.
After Stuart told them about the admission, The Twilight Sad sent Robert a personalised copy of their most recent album – the critically acclaimed Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave – and a correspondence ensued.
That led to the incredible collaboration and stunning version of the song There’s A Girl In The Corner.
The Twilight Sad frontman James Graham, who is also the quintet’s main songwriter, said: “Mogwai had toured with The Cure and later Stuart from Mogwai emailed Robert.
“He told him to check out this band The Twilight Sad and that he might like them. Robert got back to him, saying, ‘I’ve already got all their albums. I’m a massive fan’.
“Stuart told us about it and we were all astonished he had even heard of us. He’s a global icon.
“We got Robert’s contact details and sent him some records, including the new album – before it was released.
“That he was a fan was amazing to us because The Cure are one of the reasons we started the band.
“He got back to us to say he loved it and we were all over the moon.”
The Twilight Sad’s guitarist Andy MacFarlane decided to go a step further by asking Robert to guest on one of their songs and the band admit they were gobsmacked when he agreed.
James said: “We were thinking what to do about our new single and Andy chanced his arm by contacting Robert to ask if he would be interested in doing one of our songs.
“The band had just finished an acoustic set at Mono in Glasgow and were driving back when Andy showed us an email from Robert saying he would like to cover a song.
“We’d asked him to cover the single It Never Was The Same but he asked if he could do There’s A Girl In My Corner. We said he could do whatever he wanted.
“We were in a state of disbelief the whole time because we never thought it was possible that it could happen.”
If The Twilight Sad – who recently performed an exclusive Live At Dingwall’s at-home session – thought
the collaboration might fall through, they needn’t have as Robert kept to his world.
James said: “Andy and Robert kept emailing back and forth. The email of the song came through when we were in San Francisco. We sat in our van and listened to him singing our song. Hearing Robert sing the words I wrote in my bedroom is something I’ll never forget. I can’t believe it has happened.
“I’ve been listening to it every day – it is an amazing feeling to hear him sing our song.”
The track, which you can hear online, is a limited edition double A-sided single and will be released as a digital download on June 15.
James said: “We’re all really excited and I can’t wait for people to hear it. I don’t know what we expected but he has gone far above what I ever thought it would sound like. We all love it.
“We’re hoping to meet him soon to thank him in person because doing this for the band is the biggest thing that has happened to us.
“He is a massive influence on what we do and to have his seal of approval is mindblowing.”