Erasure - The Tank, The Swan And The Balloon Live (DVD)

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When it comes to live performances, technopop bands have their work cut out for them. Since all of the music is typically pre-programmed, there isn't really any musicianship to display. A live concert amounts to little more than glorified karaoke, and who wants to pay $30 to see that? But Erasure, one of the few purveyors of electronic music to survive the '80s, has developed an approach to overcoming this obstacle that can be summed up in one word: Spectacle. The Tank, the Swan and the Balloon is the concert video from Erasure's 1992 "Phantasmagorical Entertainment Tour." This tour eschewed conventional pop music venues in favor of theatrical establishments of the variety that more commonly host touring productions of Cats. The reason for this decision becomes clear the moment singer Andy Bell makes his first entrance draped in a feather boa and riding an enormous swan while ballerinas in tutus dance "Swan Lake" to the opening "Siren Song." A song later Bell's partner, synth wizard Vince Clarke, emerges in an oversized space suit and quietly mounts a sci-fi "tank" loaded with keyboards, computers, and other electronic doodads. If Erasure were a Kevin Smith film, Clarke would be Silent Bob to Bell's garrulous Jay. The shiny-pated keyboardist makes occasional adjustments to his control panels between songs, but spends most of the concert looking as if he wishes he'd brought something to read. The show's six acts are steeped in gay camp, with flamboyantly costumed dancers paired in gender-bending combinations as a coquettish Bell presides over the proceedings in progressively more outlandish outfits. The adoring Manchester crowd cheers him on at every turn, but when he trades in his knee high silver boots, worn for the show's tribute to ABBA, to sing "Stand By Your Man" in a bottomless blue sequin cowboy get-up, some viewers may wish they were watching from the aesthetic distance of the audience instead of enduring video director David Mallet's posterior close-ups. ~ Evan Cater


Disk 1
  1. Intro
  2. Siren Song
  3. Ship of Fools
  4. Chorus
  5. Breath of Life
  6. Chains of Love
  7. Love to Hate You
  8. Joan
  9. Voulez Vous
  10. Take a Chance on Me
  11. S.O.S.
  12. Lay All Your Love on Me
  13. Am I Right?
  14. Oh L'Amour
  15. Waiting for the Day
  16. Heart of Stone
  17. Stop!
  18. The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
  19. Who Needs Love Like That
  20. Stand by Your Man
  21. The Soldier's Return
  22. Turns the Love to Anger
  23. Star
  24. Blue Savannah
  25. Over the Rainbow
  26. Love Is a Loser
  27. A Little Respect
  28. Home
  29. Perfect Stranger
  30. Sometimes
Disk 2
  1. The Tank, The Swan and the Balloon - Behind the Scenes


Produksjonsår 2004 Format DVD
Sone Sone 2 Sjanger Musikk
Antall disker 2 Undertekster Fransk, Italiensk, Spansk, Tysk
Lydformater Dolby Digital 5.1 (Engelsk) Bildeformater Fullscreen 4:3
Skuespillere Erasure Artist Erasure
Bestillingsnummer 0724354419799 Leverandør Warner Music