THE CATERPILLAR 1984
Shot in the Great Conservatory of Syon Park, this video features the band performing in the glass house filled with butterflies and plant life. Robert Smith’s gothic style in dressing is striking as he delivers the song with dexterity.
CLOSE TO ME 1985
Furniture flies off cliffs, puppets fight each other at the hands of playful band members and the whole band is immersed in water by the songs end. Almost every shot in this video is a close up, intensifying the deepness behind the lyrical meaning.
THE LOVECATS 1986
The camera follows front man Robert Smith around a trashy house filled with tones of cats whilst his fellow band mates jam out on their instruments in this carefree, obscure video.
A FOREST 1987
This moody early single uses monotony as a driving force as the band perform live under darkness with neon green lighting. Psychedelic shots of a forest in inverted colour break up the penetrating stair of Smith into the lens, almost unrecognisable without makeup.
This Joy Division-esk video brings the bands image back to its roots of dark concentrated close up shots of the band dressed in black with emotionless faces.
WHY CAN’T I BE YOU 1987
Beginning with a dance routine in a glitzy TV studio, this video is an intense visual assault progressing into strobe lighting, close ups of huge red lips and a dancer in a humpty dumpty costume. Robert Smith’s image is developing into the theatrical display he became known for.
The cobweb covered Robert Smith lays in bed wearing makeup reminiscent of Edward Scissorhands as he stares passionately through window panes of glass smashed into a spider web. Looking back at him, the rest of the band are decorated as ghostly cavalry members, playing their instruments in this disturbing theatrical video.
FRIDAY I’M IN LOVE 1993
The band rush downstairs into a basement adorned with old junk including a rocking horse to pick up their instruments and hash through ‘Friday I’m in Love’. Bubbles fly through the air whilst the backdrop changes from a beach to a Victorian street and on to a cloudy sky whilst props fly into the frame. It all ends in a huge party with Smith in a strait jacket!
BOYS DON’T CRY 1993
This video features three young boys performing the song whilst shadows of the real band are displayed as their backdrop. Robert Smith haunts the young singer with piercing red eyes reminiscent of a 1930’s German film noir.
KILLING AN ARAB 1997
This daunting black and white video begins with an old man staring piercingly at a boat on the harbour. It develops into a short film following the man as he lights a cigarette and walks to a snow covered beach and gazes out to see three Arabs on camel back.