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

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

Singles & EPs

Blancmange Irene & Mavis (EP) Not On Label UK 1980 Sell This Version
Blancmange Living On The Ceiling / Feel Me (Single) London Records US 1982 Sell This Version
Blancmange I've Seen The Word / God's Kitchen (Single) London Records, London Records Germany 1982 Sell This Version
Blancmange Living On The Ceiling (Single, Maxi) London Records UK 1982 Sell This Version
Blancmange Feel Me (Single) London Records 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
Blancmange Blind Vision (Single, Maxi) London Records US 1982 Sell This Version
Blancmange Waves / Living On The Ceiling (Single) London Records, PolyGram Records Pty. Limited Japan 1983 Sell This Version
Blancmange Waves (Single, Maxi) London Records, London Records Germany 1983 Sell This Version
Blancmange That's Love, That It Is (Single, Maxi, EP) London Records, London Records UK 1983 Sell This Version
Blancmange The Day Before You Came (Single, Maxi, EP) London Records, London Records Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
Blancmange Don't Tell Me (Single, Maxi, EP) London Records Italy 1984 Sell This Version
Blancmange What's Your Problem (Single, Maxi) London Records France 1985 Sell This Version
Blancmange Lose Your Love (Single, Maxi) London Records Germany 1985 Sell This Version
Blancmange / West India Company Blancmange / West India Company - Lose Your Love / Ave Maria (Maxi) Sire, Sire US 1985 Sell This Version

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Crijevo

Crijevo

July 29, 2004
edited over 12 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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