Anyone can make ugly music, but Marc Almond often makes beautiful music about ugliness. He pioneered Synth Pop with Soft Cell in the 1980s, and has spent the years since on a long, dark trip -- and he wouldn't have it any other way. Instead of simply achieving gay poster-boy status as a successfully out star, Almond mined his dark and often campy obsessions for material. Throwing his commercial instincts to the dogs, he embraced the music of Scott Walker and the twisted writings of Jean Genet and George Bataille. Still a name with the electronic and Goth crowds (he wears black trousers), he has released startling albums that range from Disco to The Stars We Are's orchestral pop to Mother Fist's bleak acoustic Cabaret. With 1999's Open All Night, Almond finally found a good balance between his mainstream and avant-garde interests.
Marc Almond Concert Films
Live At The Lokerse Feesten 2000
Runtime: 1 hr 12 minMarc Almond shot to prominence in 1981 as the front man and face of the synth pop duo Soft Cell when their dance-orientated debut single, Tainted Love became a major hit worldwide. This film captures him in excellent form during his 2000 European Tour filmed at The Lokerse Feesten in Belgium.
Marc Almond Top Tracks
Live in Lyon
Runtime: 1 hr 39 minFrom his earliest recordings with Roxy Music at the beginning of the 1970s, Bryan Ferry has taken his place as one of the most iconic and innovative musicians and songwriters to emerge in popular music. Ferry's "Olympia" tour traveled the world in 2011, including this spectacular performance filmed on July 25 at the ancient Roman amphitheatre in Lyon, France as part of the Nuits de Fourviere Festival. The show features tracks from across Ferry's 40 year career including classic Roxy Music songs, solo hits and his renowned interpretations of other writer's material all delivered with the style and panache that is uniquely Bryan Ferry.
The Reformation Tour 2009: Live at the O2
Runtime: 1 hr 59 minIn 2009 Spandau Ballet's first tour together for almost 20 years saw the triumphant return of one of the UK's most successful and best loved bands. Filmed during their sell out concerts at London's O2 Arena, Tony, John, Gary, Martin and Steve return with a vengeance in The Reformation Tour that brought 100,000 fans to their feet. From classic hits including Gold, True, Through The Barricades, To Cut A Long Story Short and Chant No 1 to Once More and With The Pride from their new album, Spandau Ballet Live at The O2 proves that it was absolutely worth the wait.
Classic Album: Rio
Runtime: 52 minThis latest addition to the acclaimed Classic Albums series takes us to the early eighties and the release of Duran Duran's second album "Rio". Released against a backdrop of riots, record unemployment, and the Falklands War, this optimistic and celebratory album would generate a string of hit singles and groundbreaking videos and catapult Duran Duran to global stardom. This documentary tells the story behind the writing, recording, and subsequent success of the album through newly filmed interviews, musical demonstrations, and both new and archive performances.
Live In Sydney
Runtime: 1 hr 13 minCulture Club were one of the most successful British acts of the eighties and this concert from Australia captures them at the height of their fame in 1984, at which point their album Colour By Numbers had reached the No.1 spot in over fifty countries and racked up sales in the millions. Performing hit after hit in front of a wildly enthusiastic audience, this program perfectly captures the sheer spectacle and excitement of Culture Club live.
Live at the Enmore
Runtime: 1 hr 51 minFor over 30 years, Gary Numan has moved effortlessly from one genre to another, all the while creating something instantly recognizable as his alone. In this spectacular concert we filmed in Sydney, he plays his entire 1979 album The Pleasure Principle, and it’s astonishing to remember that it was recorded with no guitars whatsoever. Today those same songs are delivered with a fierce determination, and it’s easy to see how the sheer symphonic power of those early chords lay the foundation for the industrial goth-metal of later songs like Jagged and Halo.