Fade To Grey by Visage (1980)

This eighties synth classic was taken from Visage's self-titled debut album.

This was the follow-up to Visage's first non-album single "Tar" which became a huge hit (making the top ten in the UK and several other countries, and reaching no.1 in Germany and Switzerland) and was quickly followed by the release of their self-titled debut album.

Frontman Steve Strange entered the limelight again during November 2006 working as a hairdresser on the BBC's Children In Need show Celebrity Scissorhands. He won the show (mainly because of his awful haircuts) and appeared on it again in 2007 and in 2008.

Founder members Steve Strange (previously with The Photons) and Rusty Egan started out hosting club nights during the late 70s, before creating the band The Rich Kids. Eventually, Midge Ure would join the line-up, along with Ultravox keyboard player Billy Currie and three members of the post-punk band Magazine and re-named themselves Visage.

The band reformed in 2004, but the only original member in the line-up is Steve Strange, although Strange and Egan appeared in Living TV's Pop Goes the Band in 2009, the first time the duo had been together for 20 years.

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The Damned Don't Cry (1982)
This was Visage's fifth single release and fourth Top 40 hit, reaching #11 in the UK. It featured a similar ambience to Fade to Grey (it almost has the same melody, too!) and was the first single from the second album The Anvil.

The follow-up single Night Train (also from The Anvil album) reached #12 in the UK singles charts.



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Visage - Visage (1981)

The title track from the debut album reached #21 in 1981 and was the last song to be released from the album.