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Visage

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, a former member of the punk band the Moors Murderers, as well as DJ Rusty Egan, onetime 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 Radar 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, but after releasing 1982's The Anvil, Visage began to disintegrate: first Ure exited to focus all of his energies on fronting Ultravox, then Currie and Formula broke ranks as well. 1984's Beat Boys was the group's final recording, although a remixed "Fade to Grey" was a U.K. Top 40 hit during the early '90s. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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The father of the New Romantic scene which we Americans missed out on. Amazing still is the fact that this man's music not heard much till he faded into grey influenced everything we have heard since. Ironic, Such great talent never acknowledged . Hey Steve you ROCK!!!!!!!! !
musclecat67
Fade to Gray...great song!
In the year 2525? :P
Futurama did a funny verson of this in an episode
Visage
@TRON I was your first homo erotic experience
i had my first homo erotic experience to this music
hyphywyphymu z i k
visage almost like mcisage www.mcisage. c o m
No mention of the Blitz Club? Strange and Boy George were big figures there, more so than Billy's -- or so I vaguely remember.
garomaalo70
one of my favorite songs
Viva La Visage! One of my all time favs. I wish they had released more.
chingachkook
On of my first albums. Time flys...
Fade to gray....FADE TO GRAY !!!
What a amazing song !
Nah, I'm 20 and I love them. "Fade to Grey" and Ultravox!'s "The Voice" got me into New Wave.
"Visage emerged in 1978" gee... I'm old.

Great music.

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