The Cure's Robert Smith

With The Cure rumored to be preparing Trilogy/Reflections-like concerts featuring performances of The Top alongside The Head on the Door and Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, we devote this week’s Vintage Video to a long-lost relic of the Top era: the band’s 90-minute “Live in Japan” concert film, which documents its Oct. 17, 1984, at a performance in Tokyo and was released the following year on VHS and Betamax in Japan only.

Like the better-known “The Cure in Orange,” the “Live in Japan” film has never been released on DVD, nor was it widely available in the U.S. It captures the short-lived lineup that found frontman Robert Smith backed by drummer Andy Anderson, guitarist Porl Thompson, keyboardist Lol Tolhurst and bassist Phil Thornalley.

Watch the full film below via basetapes:



Setlist: The Cure, “Live in Japan”

1. “Shake Dog Shake”
2. “Play For Today”
3. “Primary”
4. “Wailing Wall”
5. “The Empty World”
6. “The Hanging Garden”
7. “The Walk”
8. “One Hundred Years”
9. “Give Me It”
10. “A Forest”
11. “The Top”
12. “Charlotte Sometimes”
13. “Let’s Go To Bed”
14. “The Caterpillar”
15. “Boys Don’t Cry”
16. “10.15 Saturday Night”
17. “Killing An Arab”
18. “The Lovecats”






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