Video, Vintage Video — June 29, 2017 at 6:00 am

Vintage Video: Watch The Cure’s rare, out-of-print 1984 concert film ‘Live in Japan’

The Cure's Robert Smith

For this week’s installment of Vintage Video, we’ll revisit a rarity we first shared about four years ago: The Cure’s lost relic of The Top era, a 90-minute concert film called “Live in Japan” that  documents the band’s Oct. 17, 1984, performance in Tokyo — and which was released the following year on VHS and Betamax in Japan only.

Like the better-known “The Cure in Orange,” “Live in Japan” 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.

The version we posted back in 2013 is long scrubbed from YouTube, but as Dangerous Minds points out, a fresh copy of the film has been uploaded — apparently by Anderson himself.

Watch the full concert film below.


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”





  1. Polterguys

    I have this on DVD. It’s great.

  2. This is one of the best official live releases.

  3. Geoff Welch


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