The Cure in Orange

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The Cure in Orange
Video by The Cure
Released October 1987
Recorded August 1986
Genre Post-punk, gothic rock, alternative rock
Length 94:46

The Cure in Orange is a concert film by British rock group The Cure.[1] It is viewed as being as an essential document of the Cure at their mid-late 1980s peak by fans of the group.

Plot Description[edit]

This concert film follows British rock group The Cure through their performance at the classic Théâtre antique d'Orange in the French countryside (Orange, Vaucluse), on August 9 and 10, 1986. Band members Robert Smith (Vocals & guitar), Simon Gallup (Bass guitar), Porl Thompson (Keyboards, guitar and saxophone), Boris Williams (Drums), and Lol Tolhurst (Keyboards) make their way through 23 songs. At the start of the concert, Gallup pulls off Smith's wig to reveal a new closely cropped hairstyle.

DVD release[edit]

Smith has mentioned on the band's official website that The Cure in Orange will be released on DVD sometime in 2010 (It is now 2014 - still no update),[2] as it was only made available on VHS and Laserdisc. The US edition of the Laserdisc suffers from the audio and video being significantly out of sync. It is unknown whether it will also be released on Blu-Ray, like The Cure's more recent release, Trilogy.

Programme[edit]

  • "Introduction", Recording of "Relax", from the album Blue Sunshine by "The Glove"
  • "Shake Dog Shake"
  • "Piggy in the Mirror"
  • "Play for Today"
  • "A Strange Day"
  • "Primary"
  • "Kyoto Song"
  • "Charlotte Sometimes"
  • "Inbetween Days"
  • "The Walk"
  • "A Night Like This"
  • "Push"
  • "One Hundred Years"
  • "A Forest"
  • "Sinking"
  • "Close to Me"
  • "Let's Go to Bed"
  • "Six Different Ways"
  • "Three Imaginary Boys"
  • "Boys Don't Cry"
  • "Faith"
  • "Give Me It"
  • "10:15 Saturday Night"
  • "Killing an Arab"
  • "Sweet Talking Guy" (Performed by The Chiffons over credits.)

Critical reception[edit]

Time Out London described it as "An astonishingly lavish production number for one of the world's less dynamic live bands, rendered noteworthy by its setting against the magnificent backdrop of an ancient amphitheatre [...] for Cure fans this is as perfect and cinematographically compelling a record of a gig as could be asked for. For the rest of us, it's a bit of a yawn."[3] AllMusic Gave This Video 4 Stars Of 5 saying: "the mixing and recording of the show is pristine and would have made an excellent live album...With performance highlights including fantastic versions of "Primary," "A Night Like This," "A Forest," and "Faith," Orange is ample testimony to both the Cure's excellence and Pope's ability to showcase them at their best."

References[edit]

  1. ^ Donnelly, Kevin J. (2001). Pop Music in British Cinema: A Chronicle. BFI Pub. ISBN 0851708633. 
  2. ^ Smith, Robert (8 October 2009). "'DISINTEGRATION' COMES OF AGE?!!". thecure.com: News blog. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "The Cure in Orange | Review, Synopsis, Book Tickets, Showtimes, Movie Release Date | Time Out London". timeout.com. Retrieved April 18, 2013. 

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