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Steve Strange (born Steven John Harrington on 28 May 1959 in Newbridge, South Wales; died 12 February 2015) was a British pop singer, best remembered as the lead singer and frontman of the 1980s pop group Visage. Since the late 1970s, he was also a prominent nightclub host and promoter.

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In mid-1977 Strange formed the punk band The Moors Murderers along with future Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde. The band also included drummer Vince Ely (later with The Psychedelic Furs) and drummer Nicky Headon (later with The Clash). They recorded a song called “Free Hindley”. After a number of gigs, the band split up around early 1978.

Later he briefly joined the punk/new wave band The Photons, from Liverpool, as vocalist and co-songwriter in 1978 at the behest of David Littler (ex The Spitfire Boys). The band were managed by Punk impresario Andy Czezowski.

Steve Strange was also imortalised by the fellow punk band Combat 84 in their song “Poseur”, in 1982.

Shortly after leaving The Photons and now using the alias “Steve Strange”, he formed Visage with then Rich Kids members Rusty Egan and Midge Ure. Intended as a studio-based project, they signed to the small label Radar Records and released their first single “Tar” in 1979. The single was not a success, but the following year, Strange appeared in the video for David Bowie’s no.1 hit “Ashes To Ashes”, a song which helped to propel the burgeoning New Romantic movement into the mainstream. Later that year, Visage signed a new record deal with the major label Polydor and released their second single, “Fade to Grey”. The single became a top 10 hit in the UK and topped the charts in several other countries.

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