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With apologies to Spandau Ballet, Ultravox, and even Duran Duran, this is the music that best represents the short-lived but always underrated new romantic movement. That's fitting, because Visage's frontman, Steve Strange, was the colorfully painted face of the movement, just as this album was its sound. Warming up Kraftwerk's icy Teutonic electronics with a Bowie-esque flair for fashion, Strange and the new romantics created a clubland oasis far removed from the drabness of England's early-'80s reality — and the brutality of the punk response to it. And no one conjured up that Eurodisco fantasyland better than Visage, whose "Fade to Grey" became the anthem of the outlandishly decked-out Blitz Kids congregated at Strange's club nights. With its evocative French female vocals, distant sirens and pulsing layers of synthesizers, "Fade to Grey" is genuinely haunting, the definite high point for Visage and their followers. But the band's self-titled debut is a consistently fine creation, alternating between tunes that share the eerie ambience of "Fade to Grey" ("Mind of a Toy," "Blocks on Blocks") and others that show off a more muscular brand of dance-rock (the title track, filled with thundering electronic tom-tom fills, and the sax-packed instrumental "The Dancer"). Strange and drummer/nightclub partner Rusty Egan had wisely surrounded themselves with top-level talent, primarily drawn from the bands Ultravox and Magazine, and the excellent playing of contributors like guitarists Midge Ure and John McGeoch, bassist Barry Adamson, synthesist Dave Formula, and, especially, electric violinist Billy Currie, all of whom give the album a depth unmatched by most contemporaneous techno-pop. And despite the group's frequently dramatic pose, Strange and his bandmates were hardly humorless; the first single, "Tar," is a witty anti-smoking advertisement, while the Eastwood homage "Malpaso Man" adds some incongruous cowboy twang to the dance beats. Only the closing track, the instrumental "The Steps," is inconsequential — the rest of Visage proves the new romantics left a legacy that transcends their costumes and makeup. [Note to collectors: The 1997 One Way reissue of the album adds a bonus track, the longer (and far superior) dance mix of "Fade to Grey." Opening with the tune's arresting synth-bass riff, and featuring a extended fade marked by exploding backbeats, it heightens the song's moody atmosphere, and is the way this club classic was meant to be heard.]

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New Wave / New Romantics: imprescindible

Este álbum es uno de los puntos de partida y al tiempo el clímax del movimiento llamado "New Romantic" (uno de los fenómenos más efímeros y de los que se han vertido más ríos de tinta de los 80). Todos los temas de este album son originalísimos. Se trata de un album en el que el grupo (formado por talentos tan dispares como Steve Strange, Midge Ure y Dave Formula), exploran estilos que no tienen nada que ver con el "tecno" simplista de otros grupos de la época. La conocida "Fade to grey" no tiene nada que ver con "Visage", "Tar" o la excepcional "Blocks on blocks". Y "The dancer" e una joya heavy que supera a Scorpions o AC/DC. Excepcional también "Mind of a toy", "Visa-age" y "Moon over Moscow", con arreglos y producciones muy inspiradas y con muchos valores añadidos. En resumen, es una pieza seductora, enigmática, equilibradamente sofisticada, inspirada, inspiradora e insuperable incluso por sus propios miembros.

Para saber más sobre Visage

Midge Ure cuenta en su autobiografía "If I was" (2003) los detalles de cómo se engendró este album tan especial. Le dedica solo unas páginas, pero queda claro el sorprendente y desigual proceso de gestación y producción, la actitud pusilánime, divina e inprofesional de Steve Strange; incluso el estilazo con el que Steve se pateó los platós de TV de toda Europa, creyendo que la discográfica cubría los gastos de suites & limousines & more... Una historia que auna detalles divertidos y sórdidos; hoy todo eso es leyenda. Steve publicó un libro bastante divertido rebatiendo las anécdotas de Midge. Un duo Pimpinela, en clave autobiografías. ¡No tiene pérdida!

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uno de los mejores albuns de la historia del pop electronico (new wave en los años ochenta)

Biografía

Fecha de formación: London, England, 1978

Género: Pop

Años de actividad: '70s, '80s, '00s, '10s

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,...
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