MIDGE URE needs no introduction as one of the UK’s most highly regarded songwriters and musicians. Having become fascinated by KRAFTWERK when they hit the UK charts with ‘Autobahn’ in 1975, he purchased his first synth, a Yamaha CS50 in 1977.
Best known for his involvement in ULTRAVOX and VISAGE, The Electricity Club looks back at MIDGE URE’s great adventure in electronic music via this twenty track Beginner’s Guide, with a restriction of one track per album / project… Continue Reading ›
By the time that VISAGE’s second album ‘The Anvil’ came out in Spring 1982, things were very different for the cast who had produced the eponymous debut started in 1979, and which in early 1981 spawned the massive European hit ‘Fade To Grey’.
In many respects, it was unsurprising that ‘The Anvil’ appeared to lack the focus of its predecessor, but it was still a very good record. The synthesized European romanticism that had dominated the ‘Visage’ debut was omnipresent, especially with the lavish monochromatic Helmut Newton cover photograph. But a funkier perspective had been introduced to proceedings. Continue Reading ›
STEVE STRANGE, lead vocalist of VISAGE and the face of the New Romantic movement has sadly passed away, aged 55.
A statement on the VISAGE Facebook page said: “We are extremely saddened to announce that Steve Strange died at 11.15 local time on Thursday 12th February, in Sharm El Sheik International Hospital, Egypt. Steve died in his sleep, of Heart Failure. Steve's family, band members and friends are all distraught at this sudden news of his untimely death...” Continue Reading ›
With the well received returns of ULTRAVOX and DURAN DURAN in the last few years, it was inevitable VISAGE would resurrect themselves.
Originally a synthesized collective comprising of Midge Ure, Rusty Egan, Billy Currie, Dave Formula and the late John McGeoch, it was fronted by the face of the New Romantic scene, Steve Strange. But on this new album, only Strange remains. Rusty Egan was involved in the early stages of ‘Hearts & Knives’, but departed due to creative differences Continue Reading ›
Original New Romantic vocalist STEVE STRANGE of VISAGE fame is synonymous with one of the most flamboyant stylistic images; he defined and inspired an era.
He’s a figurehead that not only created a legend with the masterminding of the Blitz Club (along with DJ Rusty Egan, also of VISAGE), he also became tantamount with a movement centred around the highly emotive, electronic based music that loaned itself to strong visuals. Continue Reading ›