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There are at least two artists sharing the name Visage:

1) Visage is a British band formed in 1978 by Steve Strange (former member of the band Moors Murderers) and Rusty Egan (previously the drummer for The Rich Kids).

Initially, the band was comprised of Steve Strange, Rusty Egan and Midge Ure (also previously of The Rich Kids). Also in there, and credited as a co-writer of FADE TO GREY was Chris Payne,a member of Gary Numan’s band. The trio recorded a demo which included a cover of the Zager And Evans hit “In the Year 2525”. Ultravox’s multi-instrumentalist Billy Currie and the core of band Magazine – bassist Barry Adamson, guitarist John McGeoch, and keyboardist Dave Formula – joined the studio-only band later. Visage signed to Radar Records and released their first single, “Tar” (which was originally composed whilst Strange was in The Photons), in September of 1979. The single failed to chart, but the band managed to secure a deal with a larger record company, Polydor, the following year.

1980 saw the release of their second single, “Fade to Grey”. The single became a huge hit (making the top ten in the UK and topping the chart in several other countries) and was quickly followed by the release of their self-titled debut album which was also a chart success.

After further Top 40 hits with “Mind of a Toy” and the title track “Visage”, Strange struggled to reunite the band’s members again to record a second album because of their commitments with their respective bands (Ure and Currie with Ultravox; Formula and Adamson with Magazine; and McGeoch with Siouxsie and the Banshees).


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