Visage

Visage

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Pioneers of the New Romantic movement, the synth pop group Visage emerged in 1978 from the London club Blitz, a neo-glam nightspot which stood in stark contrast to the prevailing punk mentality of the moment. Spearheading Blitz's ultra-chic clientele were Steve Strange and DJ Rusty Egan, one time drummer with the Rich Kids. Seeking to record music of their own to fit in with the club's regular playlist (a steady diet of David Bowie, Kraftwerk, and Roxy Music). Strange and Egan were offered studio time by another Rich Kids alum, guitarist Midge Ure. In late 1978, this trio recorded a demo which yielded the first Visage single, an aptly futuristic cover of Zager & Evans' "In the Year 2525."

Adding Ultravox keyboardist Billy Currie as well as three members of Magazine -- bassist Barry Adamson, guitarist John McGeoch, and keyboardist Dave Formula -- Visage signed to Martin Rushent's Genetic Records to release "Tar" in September 1979, followed a year later by their self-titled debut LP. The album yielded a major single in "Fade to Grey," an instant club classic which heralded synth pop's imminent commercial breakthrough. The follow-up, "Mind of a Toy," was a Top 20 hit. Next came their sophomore album, 1982's The Anvil. Midge, John, dave and Billy left in 1983. Beat Boy was Visages 1984 release, the band now consisting of Steve Strange, Rusty Egan, Steve Barnacle and Gary Barnacle. In 2013 Visage returned with the line up of Steve Strange and Steve Barnacle with new members Robin Simon (ex Ultravox Guitarist) and Lauren Duvall (on vocals).

Steve Strange died on the 12th February 2015.
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Visage Discography Tracks

Albums

Visage Visage (Album) Polydor, Polydor US 1980 Sell This Version
Visage The Anvil (Album, MiniAlbum) Polydor Portugal 1982 Sell This Version
Visage Beat Boy (Album) Polydor, Polydor Greece 1984 Sell This Version
Visage Hearts And Knives (Album) Blitz Club Records Asia 2013 Sell This Version
Visage Orchestral (Album) August Day UK 2014 Sell This Version
Visage Demons To Diamonds (Album, EP) Pylon Records (2), August Day UK & US 2015 Sell This Version
Visage Darkness To Diamond (Album) August Day, August Day UK 2016 Sell This Version
Visage The Wild Life (The Best Of, 1978 To 2015) (Album, Comp) Steve Strange Collective UK 2016 Sell This Version
Visage The Wild Life (The Best Of Extended Versions And Remixes - 1978 To 2015) (Album) Steve Strange Collective UK 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Visage Tar (Single) Radar Records (5), Genetic Records (2) France 1979 Sell This Version
PRO 512 THP Orchestra / Visage THP Orchestra / Visage - Good To Me / Tar(12", Promo) Atlantic, Genetic Records (2) PRO 512 France 1979 Sell This Version
2738/2-A DJ 00601 Visage In The Year 2525(7", S/Sided, Single, W/Lbl) EMI 2738/2-A DJ 00601 UK & Europe 1979 Sell This Version
Visage Fade To Grey (Single, Maxi) Polydor, Polydor US 1980 Sell This Version
Visage Visage (Single, Maxi) Polydor UK 1981 Sell This Version
Visage Mind Of A Toy (Single, Maxi) Polydor UK 1981 Sell This Version
7DM 0024 Visage Moon Over Moscow(7") Polydor 7DM 0024 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
Visage Visage (EP, MiniAlbum) Polydor, Polydor US 1981 Sell This Version
AS 5000 588 Visage / Suzi Quatro Visage / Suzi Quatro - Fade To Grey / Lipstick(7", Promo) Polydor, Dreamland Records AS 5000 588 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
Visage Pleasure Boys (Single) Polydor UK 1982 Sell This Version
Visage Night Train (Single, Maxi) Polydor, Polydor France 1982 Sell This Version
Visage The Anvil (Single) Polydor UK 1982 Sell This Version
Visage The Damned Don't Cry (Single, Maxi) Polydor, Polydor UK 1982 Sell This Version
AS 5000 613 Visage / J.J. Cale Visage / J.J. Cale - The Damned Don't Cry / City Girls(7", Single, Promo) Polydor, Mercury AS 5000 613 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
7DM 0069 Visage Whispers(7", Single) Polydor 7DM 0069 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
BOY3 Visage Casualty(12", Maxi, Promo) Polydor BOY3 Germany 1983 Sell This Version

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TheEverlastingFather

TheEverlastingFather

February 2, 2015
The first Visage album is an absolute "synth pop, new wave" classic, there's not a bad track on it. The following albums were pretty good but they never hit the heights of that first album again.
siart

siart

March 4, 2002
edited over 5 years ago
Visage were an early '80's electronic supergroup. Fronted by club kid Steve Strange, the band was made up of various members of Ultravox, and also featured guitarist John McGeoch and bassist Barry Adamson. They broke onto the scene with the "Fade To Grey" 45, and continued to have a few more hits over the next few years. They were a big part of the Futurist/New Romantic scene that included Spandau Ballet,Duran Duran,Talk Talk etc...

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