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 of 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 Visage's 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 of February, 2015.
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PD-1-6304, (2391 494) Visage — Visage Visage Visage (Album) Polydor, Polydor PD-1-6304, (2391 494) US 1980 Sell This Version
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3177 541 The Anvil — Visage Visage The Anvil (Album) Polydor 3177 541 Portugal 1982 Sell This Version
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823052-4 Beat Boy — Visage Visage Beat Boy (Album) Polydor, Polydor 823052-4 Greece 1984 Sell This Version
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none Fade To Grey Mixes 2009 — Visage Visage Fade To Grey Mixes 2009(CDr, Promo) Polydor none UK 2010 Sell This Version
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LOVECD262 Hearts And Knives — Visage Visage Hearts And Knives (Album) Blitz Club Records LOVECD262 Asia 2013 Sell This Version
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ADAY021 Orchestral — Visage Visage Orchestral (Album) August Day ADAY021 UK 2014 Sell This Version
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Pylon 39 Demons To Diamonds — Visage Visage Demons To Diamonds (Album, EP) August Day Pylon 39 UK & US 2015 Sell This Version
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ADAY025, ADAY25 Darkness To Diamond — Visage Visage Darkness To Diamond (Album) August Day, August Day ADAY025, ADAY25 UK 2016 Sell This Version
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SSC001 The Wild Life (The Best Of, 1978 To 2015) — Visage Visage The Wild Life (The Best Of, 1978 To 2015) (Album, Comp) Steve Strange Collective SSC001 UK 2016 Sell This Version
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SSC003 The Wild Life (The Best Of Extended Versions And Remixes - 1978 To 2015) — Visage Visage The Wild Life (The Best Of Extended Versions And Remixes - 1978 To 2015) (Album) Steve Strange Collective SSC003 UK 2016 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

18 106 Tar — Visage Visage Tar (Single) Radar Records (5), Genetic Records (2) 18 106 France 1979 Sell This Version
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PRO 512 Good To Me / Tar — Visage THP Orchestra / Visage THP Orchestra / Visage - Good To Me / Tar(12", Promo) Atlantic, Genetic Records (2) PRO 512 France 1979 Sell This Version
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PD 2158 Fade To Grey — Visage Visage Fade To Grey (Single, Maxi) Polydor PD 2158 US 1980 Sell This Version
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7DM0024, 7DM 0024 Moon Over Moscow = モスクワの月 — Visage Visage = ヴィサージ* Visage = ヴィサージ* - Moon Over Moscow = モスクワの月 (Single) Polydor, Polydor 7DM0024, 7DM 0024 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
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POSPX 236, 2141 330 Mind Of A Toy — Visage Visage Mind Of A Toy (Single, Maxi) Polydor POSPX 236, 2141 330 UK 1981 Sell This Version
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POSP 293 Visage — Visage Visage Visage (Single, Maxi) Polydor POSP 293 UK 1981 Sell This Version
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PX-1-501 Visage — Visage Visage Visage (EP, MiniAlbum) Polydor, Polydor PX-1-501 US 1981 Sell This Version
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AS 5000 588 Fade To Grey / Lipstick — Visage Visage / Suzi Quatro Visage / Suzi Quatro - Fade To Grey / Lipstick(7", Promo) Polydor, Dreamland Records, Inc. AS 5000 588 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
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Fi. 401, FIESTA 401 Top Hits Top Stars — Visage Maurice Starr / Visage Maurice Starr / Visage - Top Hits Top Stars(12") Fiesta (2), Fiesta (2) Fi. 401, FIESTA 401 Turkey 1981 Sell This Version
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POSPV 523 The Anvil — Visage Visage The Anvil (Single) Polydor POSPV 523 UK 1982 Sell This Version
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2095 459 Night Train — Visage Visage Night Train (Single, Maxi) Polydor, Polydor 2095 459 France 1982 Sell This Version
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POSP 390 The Damned Don't Cry — Visage Visage The Damned Don't Cry (Single, Maxi) Polydor, Polydor POSP 390 Ireland 1982 Sell This Version
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POSPX 523, 2141 659 Pleasure Boys — Visage Visage Pleasure Boys (Single) Polydor POSPX 523, 2141 659 UK 1982 Sell This Version
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AS 5000 613 The Damned Don't Cry / City Girls — Visage Visage / J.J. Cale Visage / J.J. Cale - The Damned Don't Cry / City Girls(7", Promo) Polydor, Mercury AS 5000 613 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
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7DM 0069 Whispers = ウィスパーズ — Visage Visage = ヴィサージ* Visage = ヴィサージ* - Whispers = ウィスパーズ(7", Single) Polydor 7DM 0069 Japan 1982 Sell This Version

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siart

siart

March 4, 2002
edited over 10 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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