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Blancmange

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(1979 – 1987, 2006 – present)

Blancmange was formed in Harrow in Greater London by vocalist Neil Arthur (born on 15 August 1958, in Darwen, Lancashire) and instrumentalist Stephen Luscombe (born on 29 October 1954, in Hillingdon, Middlesex). After the 1979 creation of the group, named for the popular sugary dessert, they released their first EP, titled ‘Irene & Mavis’, the following year. Blancmange had their first real notable exposure via a track on the seminal ‘Some Bizarre’ compilation album, alongside fellow acts Soft Cell and Depeche Mode.

This led to them signing a deal with London Records. Blancmange supported Nash The Slash on a London club tour in October and November 1980. Nash introduced the band to the Virgin subsidiary record label DinDisc, but they were ultimately signed by London Records, in 1982.

Their first success was the “Talking Heads” influenced single “Feel Me”, a minor hit in 1982, but later that year they broke through with the single “Living On The Ceiling”, which made Number 7 in the UK singles chart. Their debut album, “Happy Families” (which featured a sleeve painting in the style of Louis Wain) also reached the top 30.

Further hits followed with “Waves”, “Blind Vision”, “That’s Love That It Is” and “Don’t Tell Me”, all of which reached the top 40, with “Don’t Tell Me” even making no.8 in the UK, while their second album “Mange Tout” reached the top 10.

In 1984, Blancmange covered “ABBA’s” single “The Day Before You Came”, which reached No 22 in the UK (slightly higher than Abba’s original less than two years earlier). The bands’ 1985 single and video for “Lose Your Love” featured in the 1986 Walt Disney film “Flight of the Navigator”.

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