Visage









Visage

Visage

was a London, England based band which performed a New Romantic style of music. The band was originally formed in 1978 in order to provide dance music to be played on Steve Strange and Rusty Eganís Blitz London nightclub, located on Great Queen Street. In the beginning the band members consisted of Steve Strange, Rusty Egan, and Midge Ure. Ure and Egan began working with Strange after they left the band called, Rich Kids. Steve was a former member of the band called, The Photons. The trio recorded a demo which included the cover of Zager and Evans big hit called, In the Year 2525. Visage signed up with Radar Records in 1979, and released their first single called, Tar. The following year they released a self titled debut album, which was a good seller and got the band a lot of attention. From the album came the single called, Fade and Gray, which was a big hit. The song went to number 21 in many countries. It also marked a breakthrough in electronic music and the New Romantic movement.

Steve Strange got the group back together again, in 1981, to record their second album called, The Anvil. The album was released in 1982. The singles from the album did well but the album did not receive the success that the first album did. Midge Ure and Steve Strange could not agree on the style of music they needed to sing so Ure left the group after the second album was released. The band went on to record the song, Pleasure Boys, and released it the same year. Their last album was released two years later, in 1984, and was called, Beat Boy. The band split up after that. The album was a failure as was the two singles from it. None of then made the charts.

Steve Strange emerged again in 2002, after fighting with a heroin addiction for several years. He performed some of the Visage songs on the Here and Now Xmas Tour, which was a reunion of 1980's musicians. After the tour, Steve decided to reform the band with a new lineup and has re-mixed some of the bandís older songs and released them in the summer of 2007. Their long-deleted Visage videos VHS , were re-released in DVD in 2006. Steve recorded the first Visageís original composition which was named, In the Dark, as a part of the electronic music duo, Punk Soundcheckís debut double album, which was called, When machines Ruled the World. The album was released in 2006, in Europe. Steve Strange has also with the new Visage member, Ross Tregenza. The new song can be found for free on the Visage website and donations are being taken for the charity, Children In Need.

Visage has released a total of 6 albums and compilations, and 8 singles, during their musical career.