Video, Vintage Video — July 21, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Vintage Video: The Cure on ‘That Was Then… This Is Now,’ 1988 BBC2 documentary

Twenty-two years ago, Robert Smith sat for a half-hour BBC2 documentary about The Cure that aired Aug. 8, 1988, as one of 10 installments of the series “That Was Then… This Is Now.” Shot on 16mm film, the 1988-89 series also spotlighted Pet Shop Boys, Spandau Ballet, Gary Glitter, Depeche Mode, John Lydon, Mick Jones, Joe Jackson, Martin Fry and Eddy Grant.

The playlist above features the Cure’s episode, courtesy of a Chain of Flowers reader who recently digitized the decades-old VHS tape his older brother recorded the show on, and uploaded it to YouTube. The very beginning is clipped off, and the sound gets a bit wobbly during the musical stretches — but it’s nevertheless a great find.


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