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Strange Cruises Back
on 6 May 2013
"Shameless Fashion",the new Visage single, transports me back to the beginning of the 80s, I was 15 and every record I heard seemed to be a classic. This isn't the bright synthy pop of "Mind Of A Toy" and "Fade To Grey" but the bold dark pop of its follow-up "The Anvil". Now like then Strange uses slabs of guitar and riffs to drive the synth beat along. The first two Visage albums were light and dark; the second was harder, meaner and moodier, both in subject and execution. "Shameless Fashion" could easily be from the "Anvil" sessions.
Steve's voice doesn't seem to have the range it once had - or maybe the verses are a little low for him - but that aside this really is vintage Visage. All the ingredients are there.
I was pleased to hear Graham Norton play this on his show on Saturday and he was spot on when he said that old Visage fans may think that it's an old unreleased track. It's that authentic, that Visage. Stunning.
Welcome back Steve, we've missed you.