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HELAST DANCE

VISAGE BAND MEMBER STEVE BARNACLE TALKS ABOUT THE NEW ROMANTIC ICON AND INNOVATOR STEVE STRANGE AND THE CREATION OF THE FINAL VISAGE ALBUM, DEMONS TO DIAMONDS…

Steve Strange was a man of supreme confidence, a man who enjoyed the mechanics of confrontation, loved the glamour and fun of the new romantic movement, was full of ideas in terms of make-up, fashion, music, entertainment and more but a man who admitted that he couldn’t play an instrument and wasn’t much of a singer, either. Yet he was a pioneer of the new romantic movement, played his part in the creation of synthpop via the hit single Fade To Grey, and managed to draw serious talent into his creative orbit.

“Steve often had these ideas with various people,” says Steve Barnacle, who joined Visage in 1982. “It would often go as far as a demo recording or an appearance on stage, then something else would take over and it would never see the light of day. That was usual for Steve. He didn’t have the wherewithal to take it any further – not unless someone else picked it up and ran with it.”

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The results are in! The latest issue features the Classic Pop 'Top 100 Albums of the Eighties' - as decided by our readers - including the classics of the decade, some cult favourites and a few wildcards to boot. PLUS! We give the Classic Pop verdict on David Bowie's new album 'Blackstar'… Elsewhere in the issue we investigate the classic pop of Christmas, delve into Sparks' weird and wonderful back catalogue, survey Simple Mind's classic album 'Once Upon A Time' and take a closer look at the leftfield sleeve art of John Foxx. Interviews include Visage's Steve Barnacle, Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze, Susanna Hoffs, McAlmont & Butler and modern synthpop duo Hurts.