FREE: 80’s legends Visage’s Greatest Hits album Orchestral with the Prague Philharmonic
Visage today: (l-r) Steve Barnacle, Steve Strange, Lauren Duvall, Robin Simon
Big, bouffy hair, ridiculous costumes and trowelled-on make-up – and that was just the boys!
The early 1980’s heyday of the New Romantics was an extraordinary time.
Sure, it all looks a bit kitch now, but the endless waves of synth-heavy music topping the charts over the last few years owe an enormous debt to those heady days in the early 1980s when po-faced arty types created a whole new sound.
Leading the charge with the release of their self-titled album in 1980, Visage were the pioneers at the forefront of this extraordinarily influencial musical movement.
Fronted by the enigmatic Steve Strange, the band became infamous for their contributions to making The Blitz Club (AKA ‘The cradle of the New Romantic movement’) a music and style revolution.
34 years later, the music sounds as fresh as ever, but the iconic band is putting a fresh spin on the traditional Greatest Hits album format.
Their latest release Orchestral sees them performing versions of their most loved songs backed by the stunning Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and the Czech Synthosynphonica Orchestra.
“Visage is well known for machine-like synthesizer sounds but adding the warmth of 40 people and their instruments brings a new dimension to our sound,” says Steve.
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In true Visage style, the collaboration first took place at the closing ceremony for the Wolrd Ski Jump Championships in Prague. It went down such a storm that the two Steves Strange and Barnacle and new members Lauren Duvall and Robin Simon were inspired to take the creative collaboration much further into the creation of Orchestral.
“We performed on cold night at a ski resort (snow flakes and all) with a 40 piece orchestra and fireworks exploding above us,” Steve Strange recalls.
“We used the arrangements from this gig to re-record 12 Visage hits with full orchestra.”
Steve Strange in his 1980's heyday with supermodel Jasmine LeBon
The incredible new arrangements, adding in layers of strings, woodwind, brass and percussion to give these great tracks a fresh spin, include a seven minute orchestral version of Visage’s timeless breakthrough hit Fade To Grey.
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Orchestral follows the huge success last year of Visage’s fourth studio album Hearts & Knives.
The band soared back into the public consciousness with gigs around the world. It was the first time that they had taken their sound out of the studio and onto the stage. The reaction to their live show was so phenomenal that they have no plans to stop what they’ve started.