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THE LAST DANCE

VISAGE BAND MEMBER STEVE BARNACLE TALKS ABOUT THE NEW ROMANTIC ICON AND INNOVATOR STEVE STRANGE AND RECALLS THE CREATION OF THE FINAL VISAGE ALBUM, DEMONS TO DIAMONDS…
Just one of the many faces of Stephen John Harrington, aka Steve Strange, pioneer of club culture, who died in February 2015 aged 55

Steve Strange was a man of supreme confidence, a man who enjoyed the mechanics of confrontation, loved the glamour and fun of the underground fashion scene, was full of ideas in terms of makeup, music, entertainment and more… but he frankly admitted that he couldn’t play an instrument, and he wasn’t much of a singer, either. It didn’t matter; his role was different. Strange was a pioneer of the New Romantic movement, playing his part in the creation of synthpop via the Visage hit single Fade To Grey, and managing to attract a bewildering array of seriously creative talent into his creative orbit.

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About Classic Pop

In our latest Classic Pop Presents special, we immerse ourselves in the flamboyant world of the New Romantics. From the scene's origins as an underground movement born out of the Blitz Club in Soho through to the worldwide surge of popularity that led to mainstream success for some of the major players who made their musical mark, such as Boy George, Spandau Ballet, Visage and Duran Duran. Inside we tell the story of the Godfather of the scene, Steve Strange, and explore his pioneering band Visage with the help of Blitz DJ and band member Rusty Egan and fellow band-mate Midge Ure, who moved on to front Ultravox. We chat to Spandau Ballet's Steve Norman, who guides us through the making of their game-changing debut album Journeys To Glory, plus we head up to the Midlands to the Rum Runner club, which gave rise to another of the scene's major success stories, Duran Duran. This issue has plenty more to be enjoyed, including an exploration of David Bowie's influence on the movement plus eye-opening interviews with some of the scene's faces to get their side of this fascinating era, including Toyah, Princess Julia and Mark Shaw. Raconteur, author, DJ – and Soho's Wag Club founder – Chris Sullivan shares his hilarious memories of the times, and we strut the cat-walk with Blitz Kids, fashion designer Judith Franklin and photographer Graham Smith for our New Romantic fashion feature. Also inside, there's our Top 40 Essential New Romantic playlist, the design styles and artwork of the scene's many fine releases, and all with stunning photos throughout!