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.
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.
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.
A Diamond In The Mind
Runtime: 1 hr 35 minFilmed at the MEN Arena in Manchester on December 16th 2011, this stunning Duran Duran live show is the perfect combination of great music, amazing visuals and iconic style which has been the band’s trademark throughout their career. Following the release of their acclaimed “All You Need Is Now” album, this concert combines new songs from that release with their classic hits. Whether in the studio or the live arena, Duran Duran are masters of their craft and this latest concert bursts with energy and oozes class in the way that only they can.
Runtime: 48 minBryan Ferry has always coupled his own songwriting with a great reputation as an interpreter of other peoples songs. His latest album Dylanesque sees him reinventing a selection of his favorite Bob Dylan songs in the unique Ferry style. Dylanesque Live: The London Sessions shows him performing all the tracks from the album live in the studio and also features insights from Bryan on his thoughts regarding the different tracks and why he chose them.
Live at the Royal Albert Hall (20th Anniversary Concert)
Runtime: 1 hr 35 minLive at the Royal Albert Hall finds Culture Club celebrating its 20th anniversary with an infectious and expansive grandeur, all while basking in the love of adoring fans. The show actually starts with a great joke on the audience: Boy George, looking not a day over 20, glides onstage in his once-trademark derby and beaded hair extensions, delivering a warm and welcome vocal on "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" The startled crowd soon realizes he's an impersonator. The real, fortysomething George O'Dowd, looking a lot less androgynous and a tad thicker than in New Romantics days, smiles self-deprecatingly and launches into a pleasing set of white soul ("Cold Shoulder," "Miss Me Blind"), stark gospel ("That's the Way"), stirring raga-rock ("Bow Down Mister"), and even a classic (a lovely cover of Bowie's "Starman," complete with audience participation and muscular guitar by Roy Hay).