The fifth and final studio album from 80s New Romantic pioneers Visage. Featuring the studio songs that Steve Strange was working on with Visage prior to his untimely death which shocked the world in Feb 2015. Album cover art by Boy George. Launched to coincide with the inaugural â€œSteve Strangeâ€ New Romantic music festival in Wales. All Royalties from the album to be donated to the Steve Strange Statue fund. Musical contributions by Mick Macneil (Simple Minds) and Didier â€œSpaceâ€ Marouani (â€œMagic Flyâ€). The album also features a cover version of the David Bowie song â€œLoving The Alienâ€.
In September 2015 the â€œSteve Strange Collectiveâ€ organization was formed by Steveâ€™s Mother, Sister and Steves former PA Amanda Lloyd. The Steve Strange Collective is â€œAn organization to promote and celebrate the legacy of Steve Strange and the organizations and causes he was involved with.â€ They are currently involved in two major projects the first annual â€œNew Romantic Festivalâ€ in Porthcawl, Wales and A campaign to fund, design and place a statue of Steve Strange in a prominent location. All royalties from the album will be donated to the Steve Strange Statue fund.
Steve Strange & Visage began working on their follow up album to 2013 Hearts and Knives in spring 2014. With over 15 songs written and scheduled the band had recorded just over half when Steve sadly died on Feb 12th 2015. After the shock of losing their leader the band rather than leave the album uncompleted decided to persever and complete the album. The result is a lasting legacy to one of the UKs most creative music and fashion icons of recent years.
Visage began in 1978 when Steve Strange and Blitz Club partner-in-crime Rusty Egan joined forces with Midge Ure to create a futuristic, synthesizer-led group where style and fashion were matched by experimental but accessible music. The group was soon augmented with members of Magazine (John McGeoch, Dave Formula and Barry Adamson) and Billy Currie. They recorded their first single Tar with Martin Rushent at his Genetic Studio in 1979 (shortly to become the birthplace of the Human League Dare album).
Their breakthrough track â€œFade To Greyâ€ became a European hit and reached number 1 in eight countries in 1980. The band then enjoyed a series of hit singles â€œMind Of A Toyâ€, â€œNight Trainâ€ and â€œThe Anvilâ€ coming from a pair genre defying albums, the eponymous â€œVisageâ€ in 1980 and â€œThe Anvilâ€ in 1982. In 1981 Ultravox now led by Midge Ure took off and in 1982 Midge and Billy left to concentrate on what would become one of the biggest bands of the 80â€™s, Ultravox. In 1984 Visage made their 3rd album â€œBeatboyâ€. As the public face of the band Steve Strange shot to stardom throughout Europe he continued to be active in hosting club nights (The Camden Palace, Club For Heroes) and in the fashion world. In 2013 Visage returned with their 4th album â€œHearts And Knives. The album was extremely well received by critics and fans alike. The band then began a year promoting and performing comeback album â€˜Hearts And Knivesâ€™. The band performed a string of live dates across Europe and Japan. A total of 5 singles were released from the Album. In 2014 the band performed with the Prague Symphony and Czech Synthosymphonica Orchestras. The resulting â€œOrchestralâ€ album featured expansive orchestral arrangements of their classic tracks which the synthezier sounds Visage is known for blended with expansive strings, woodwinds and brass arrangements.
Visage (French for â€œFaceâ€) has always been one part music to one part style & fashion. In 1980 the explosive combination of then futurist synthesizer music, fashion, make up & gender ambiguity set the blue print for the New Romantic movement and eventually the style template of the 1980â€™s. Visage was one of the bands to evolve out of the famous night club the Blitz Club, created and hosted by Steve Strange and Rusty Egan. Other bands included Spandau Ballet and Culture Club.
Innovative style, clothing and make-up continue to be central to brand â€œSteve Strangeâ€. In a series of style looks for the album he has collaborated with designers Haus of Gaga, Sorapol, Mark Fowler and long time collaborator milliner Stephen Jones OBE. For the cover of the 5th Visage album Steve re-united with his long term friend (and part time foe) Boy George who shot the cover of the album.