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Video Of The Day: Visage – New Romantics, The Blitz Club And HEARTS AND KNIVES.



Visage - HEARTS AND KNIVES

Steve Strange appeared on the Lorraine Kelly show on ITV earlier this week to talk about the new Visage album and amongst other things… BEIGE!

During the interview Strange discussed working with Boy George again for the upcoming summer issue of Beige, which he referred to as “the free fashionista Vogue” and apparently Kelly thinks Beige “is a very cool mag”! This kind of made our week!

As a prelude to the upcoming feature our video of the day is an introduction to Visage, The Blitz Club (the cauldron of 1980s style and fashion) and the new Visage album HEARTS AND KNIVES.

Founding fathers of the New Romantics and pioneers of the 80s sound Visage, are back with a new album. Visage began in 1978 when 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. They recorded their first single Tar with Martin Rushent at his Genetic Studio in 1978 (shortly to become the birthplace of the Human League Dare album). Their breakthrough track “Fade To Grey” became a European hit and reached number 1 in 8 countries in 1980.

Strange became the instantly recognisable face of the band and it’s no secret that he has been through his own share of highs and lows in the past 29 years. His emergence as a fashion and style icon of the 80s and beyond is one of the many highs. Steve had always believed that Visage had not yet reached its endpoint.

Slowly the circumstances and pieces started falling into place to enable a new album to come to fruition. Reconnecting with Steve Barnacle (a Visage band member from the 1984 Visage album “Beatboy”) was the first step. This was augmented when ex Ultravox guitarist Robin Simon joined into the equation bringing not only a large slice of shared musical DNA (that “Visage sound”) to the project but also his own distinctive style. Lauren Duvall was the final piece of the puzzle, joining to add not only her sultry vocal ability but also a slice of the classic Visage glamour.

The environment and interest in 80s fashion, style and music continues on unabated, as can be seen in current and upcoming exhibitions at the likes of The ICA and The V&A in London.

HEARTS AND KNIVES is out now and Visage will be playing at the Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen on 5 June.

For tickets and further information visit www.visage.cc

The summer issue of Beige will be out in the next few weeks.

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