Showing posts with label Visage. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Visage. Show all posts

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Pleasure boys - Visage

The early Eighties were full of colourful pop artists, and Steve Strange was among them. I had the pleasure of seeing him live on stage at the beginning of this century when he was touring with a pack of Eighties artists, and this song was on the set. I never bought the single, because it didn't cross my path and I almost forgot about it.

But, behold: suddenly I found this great UK pressing in a German second hand store while on my way from Darmstadt where I attended a conference, to home. My short visit to Mannheim suddenly became worthwhile.

My collection: 7" single no. 5939
Found: Come Back, Mannheim, September 13, 2018
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'Pleasure boys' / 'The anvil'

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Visage - Visage

'Visage' was the fourth single by Visage, released in June 1981. It is the title track from Visage's selftitled debut album, produced by Visage and Midge Ure. This single is the German pressing, which comes in a different sleeve from the UK edition.

'Visage' reached number 21 in the UK singles chart, but was unsuccessful in mainland Europe.

My collection: 7" single no. 4239
Found: Record fair, Utrecht, November 21, 2009
Cost: 0,5 euro
Tracks: 'Visage' / 'Second steps'

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Mind of a toy - Visage

After the release of the classic 'Fade to grey', Visage followed it up with this beautiful song 'Mind of a toy'. It's classic synthpop stuff, with a very bewildering end. From the first time I heard this music box play out the song, I've always thought it was a touch of genius. It was the third single taken from Visage's self-titled debut album. It peaked at number 13 in the UK, but didn't chart in the Netherlands.

My collection: 7" single no. 1608
Found: Record fair, Amsterdam, March 28, 1992
Cost: 2 guilders
Tracks: 'Mind of a toy' / 'We move'

Friday, 13 February 2009

Fade to grey (Bassheads 93 remix) - Visage

Record companies were milking their back catalogues in the late Eighties and early Nineties. It had become a proven recipe for success: take an old song, remix it and have a new chart hit. It didn't turn out so well in this case: whereas 'Fade to grey' was a top 10 hit in 1980, the 1993 remix by Bassheads only reached number 39 in the UK singles chart.

Being as interested in cover versions and remixes as I am, I always try out such releases. In this case, I was well pleased with this single. The remix updated the original music, but thankfully kept the original vocals intact. Nothing beats the original track, of course, but sometimes this is a great alternative.

My collection: 7" single no. 2037
Found: Virgin Megastore, London, October 22, 1993
Cost: 2 pounds
Tracks: 'Fade to grey (Bassheads edit)' / 'Fade to grey (7" remix)', 'Fade to grey (7" Original mix)'
Download: here
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