Blancmange

Blancmange

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British Synth-pop duo, formed in London 1979 and consisting of Neil Arthur & Stephen Luscombe. Had a string of hits through the early 1980s with songs such as "Living On The Ceiling", "Waves", "Blind Vision" and "Don't Tell Me". However, the band found their popularity waning by the mid-80s. The poor performance of their third album "Believe You Me" led the band to split in 1986. The band reformed in 2006 and released a new album in 2011.
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Blancmange Discography

Albums

KSAC 8552 Blancmange Happy Families (Album) London Records KSAC 8552 UK 1982 Sell This Version
CN 4141/S Blancmange / Hot Chocolate Blancmange / Hot Chocolate - In Concert-297(LP) BBC Transcription Services CN 4141/S UK 1983 Sell This Version
810 235-1 Blancmange Mange Tout (Album, Comp) London Records, London Records 810 235-1 Portugal 1984 Sell This Version
CN 4403/S Blancmange In Concert-333(LP) BBC Transcription Services CN 4403/S UK 1984 Sell This Version
LONLP 10, 820301 - 1 Blancmange Believe You Me (Album) London Records, London Records LONLP 10, 820301 - 1 Greece 1985 Sell This Version
PRPCD075 Blancmange Blanc Burn (Album) Proper Records (2) PRPCD075 UK 2011 Sell This Version
BCR0002 Blancmange Happy Families Too... (Album) Blanc Check Records BCR0002 UK 2013 Sell This Version
CDXBRED650 Blancmange Semi Detached (Album) Cherry Red CDXBRED650 UK 2015 Sell This Version
BCR003CD Blancmange Nil By Mouth (Album) Blanc Check Records BCR003CD Europe 2015 Sell This Version
BCR004CD Blancmange Commuter 23 (Album) Blanc Check Records BCR004CD UK 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Blancmange Irene & Mavis (EP) Not On Label none UK 1980 Sell This Version
DMD 389 Blancmange Living On The Ceiling / Feel Me (Single) London Records DMD 389 US 1982 Sell This Version
6.13484 AC Blancmange I've Seen The Word / God's Kitchen (Single) London Records, London Records 6.13484 AC Germany 1982 Sell This Version
BLANX 3 Blancmange Living On The Ceiling (Single, Maxi) London Records BLANX 3 UK 1982 Sell This Version
BLANC 2 Blancmange Feel Me (Single) London Records BLANC 2 UK 1982 Sell This Version
LYN 11183/84 The Passage / Blancmange The Passage / Blancmange - Born Every Minute / Living On The Ceiling / Sad Day(Flexi, 7", Smplr) Melody Maker LYN 11183/84 UK 1982 Sell This Version
DMD 626 Blancmange Blind Vision (Single, Maxi) London Records DMD 626 US 1982 Sell This Version
S07P 1029 Blancmange Waves / Living On The Ceiling (Single) London Records, PolyGram Records Pty. Limited S07P 1029 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
6.13778 Blancmange Waves (Single, Maxi) London Records, London Records 6.13778 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
BLANC 6, 810 227-7 Blancmange That's Love, That It Is (Single, Maxi, EP) London Records, London Records BLANC 6, 810 227-7 UK 1983 Sell This Version
882 006-7 Blancmange The Day Before You Came (Single, Maxi, EP) London Records, London Records 882 006-7 Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
820 035-7 Blancmange Don't Tell Me (Single, Maxi, EP) London Records 820 035-7 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
882 073-7 Blancmange What's Your Problem (Single, Maxi) London Records 882 073-7 France 1985 Sell This Version
6.20513 Blancmange Lose Your Love (Single, Maxi) London Records 6.20513 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
0-20412, 9 20412-0 A Blancmange / West India Company Blancmange / West India Company - Lose Your Love / Ave Maria (Maxi) Sire, Sire 0-20412, 9 20412-0 A US 1985 Sell This Version

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Crijevo

Crijevo

July 29, 2004
edited over 11 years ago
Blancmange were less aware of pop with 'Irene & Mavis' which was recorded in 1979 and stopped right there. A six track EP, rather experimental, echoing Cabaret Voltaire more than Depeche Mode in their sound. Originally a three piece (at first called 'L360' or something) with drummer Laurence Stevens (strange enough, the guy with the same name designed later record sleeves for Eurythmics, I wonder). 'Irene & Mavis' proves a collectible obscurity, omitted even from these pages as a mention - a combination of weird noise ('Disco A-Bomb-Bomb', 'Overspreading Art Genius, 'Modichy In Aneration') and a potential piss-take over ska bands ('Concentration Baby'). A slight hint of what was about to happen, came in a synth-pop tune 'Just Another Spectre', a moody instrumental giving much thought to the duo's first proper vynil exposure with semi-legendary V/A sampler 'Some Bizzare' (a track 'Sad Day'). After this Blancmange took more conventional, often surprisingly innovative step towards pop - 'Happy Families', their debut albums still stands as the most essential of the lot - 'Mange Tout' and 'Believe You Me' provoked mixed response and despite a number of impressive hits the duo split starting solo projects. Neil Arthur returned sometime in the 90s with Fortran 5 on their excellent single 'Persian Blues'...

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