Visage: Fade To Grey – The Singles Collection Through The Years part 2

Polydor | UK | LP | 1984 | POLDS 5117

Visage: Fade To Grey The Singles Collection UK mixed Ltd. Ed. LP [1984]

  1. Fade To Grey [extended version]
  2. Mind Of A Toy
  3. Visage
  4. We Move [remix]
  5. Tar
  6. Der Amboss
  7. In The Year 2525 [remix]
  8. The Anvil [remix]
  9. Night Train [remix]
  10. Pleasure Boys [remix]
  11. Damned Don’t Cry

The album discussed yesterday was the US pressing, which I bought on release. The LP also was issued in the UK, but the subsequent year saw a unique variant hitting the UK marketplace. Polydor UK released a limited edition dance mix album featuring an extra track, “Der Amboss;” a German language remix of “The Anvil.”

This was an album that I was blissfully unaware of for ages. Had I only known, this would have been in the Record Cell from day one, but it took correspondence with other Visage fans in the early 90s before news of this puppy crossed my threshold. I traded a cassette of the insanely rare Steve Strange “Bolan-Esq” solo 7″ from 1991 for a tape of this from another fan. It remained until last decade until I found an affordable copy of my very own.

What makes the album unique is that the songs are segued together by the band with John Luongo as a Dj mix for continuous club play. I’d like to say how the result differs from the earlier album version but I’m embarrassed to admit that it’s still in the “to be remastered” slush pile. Since I no longer have any discretionary free time, this vexes me… sorely! But the story doesn’t end here. We next turn our attention to Germany.

Polydor | GER | CD | 1991 | 815 347-2

Visage: Fade To Grey The Singles Collection GER CD [1991]

  1. Fade To Grey [US 12″ remix]
  2. Mind Of A Toy
  3. Visage
  4. We Move [remix]
  5. Tar
  6. In The Year 2525 [remix]
  7. The Anvil [remix]
  8. Night Train [remix]
  9. Pleasure Boys [remix]
  10. Damned Don’t Cry [7″ ver.]

By the late 80s, I certainly had the US CD release of the debut album by Visage at my earliest convenience. The second album, “The Anvil,” was another thing entirely. I’d heard that there was a German CD of it released at one point, but finding a copy for sale was all but impossible. In 1991, the German market moved on to “Fade To Grey – The Singles Collection” and it was a must have if only to enjoy music from “The Anvil” on CD in the comfort and safety of my own home.  But this release was a straight reissue of the original album. There would be yet another variant just two years later.

Polydor | US | CD | 1993 | 314 521 053-2

Visage: Fade To Grey The Best Of Visage US CD [1993]

  1. Fade To Grey
  2. Mind Of A Toy
  3. Visage
  4. We Move [remix]
  5. Tar
  6. In The Year 2525 [remix]
  7. The Anvil [remix]
  8. Night Train [remix]
  9. Pleasure Boys [remix]
  10. Damned Don’t Cry [7″ ver.]
  11. Love Glove
  12. Fade To Grey [Bassheads 7″ edit]

In 1993 “Fade To Grey” was dusted off and given a new mix for the rave generation.  Polydor issued a boatload of mixes on CD and 12″ and I managed to snag them all in by obsessive neurosis. It happened because the mixes were tasteful enough to include large enough swaths of the song’s DNA and melody, because by 1993 I’d pretty much had it up to here with poor quality trance/house/techno mixes. Lo and behold, the old war horse mounted a second assault on the charts, no doubt repaying Polydor many times over for the hundreds of £ in remix fees this enterprise no doubt cost them! Someone at Polydor UK must have put a bug in the ear of someone at the Polydor US offices, because they chose this time to issue “Fade To Grey” on CD in the states, but with a twist.

Instead of the sturdy US 12″ mix of “Fade To Grey,” the 7″ edit was used instead. This “freed up space on the CD” to add two more tracks to the flow. “Love Glove” was a welcome addition to the mix since the largely reviled third Visage album, “Beat Boy” never crossed the digital threshold. It’s certainly got its [severe] ups and downs, but the lead off single “Love Glove” was certainly well worth hearing again on CD. I always found it ironic that when Duran Duran were issuing their most Visage-like single, the homoerotic “The Wild Boys,” Visage themselves were releasing their most Duran Duran-like single, “Love Glove.” It’s haunting melody surely marks it as the most gorgeous single ever about fisting*. Finally, the 7″ edit of the Bassheads mix of “Fade To Grey” was added and it doesn’t do the chestnut any damage at all. Finally, we could stop buying Visage comps on CD now, right?

Next: Wrong!

* Midge Ure maintains this in his autobiography, “If I Was.” Naive me. I thought it was just about safe sex and male prostitution.

 

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11 Responses to Visage: Fade To Grey – The Singles Collection Through The Years part 2

  1. Echorich says:

    Love your Visage/Duran observation. By the third album, Strange/Visage was certainly pushing for some mainstream love. As for the Love Glove-fisting issue, I believe Midge is on the right track. Love Glove certainly does stand out in the latter period for Visage. It has a kind of epic quality about it. It stands strong lined up with it’s contemporaries, but I feel for the most part the album let this beatiful single down. Much of the album is watered down Japan and Ultravox. Maybe Bill Nelson should have lent his talents to Visage rather than Gary Numan. By the way Gary Barnacle’s wiki page is one of the most amazing pages I have had the pleasure to peruse. He has worked with literally EVERYONE.

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    • postpunkmonk says:

      Echorich – Bill Nelson and Visage. Hmm. Considering where Steve Strange was at in his head, it could have been even more disastrous than “Warriors!” Gary Barnacle I’ve only had the pleasure of seeing live once, when he played sax for Elvis Costello’s tragic “Goodbye Cruel World” tour! His injection of Leisure Process DNA into Visage [along with the sturdy Rusty Egan] is what saved it from total disaster. I just scoped that Wikipedia entry! It makes my head hurt just to see all of those links.

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  2. Echorich says:

    Love Glove original video – pretty rare : http://youtu.be/ZlpkveCH1VI

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    • postpunkmonk says:

      Echorich – Stop commenting! I’m tired and have to go to bed now! Save some for tomorrow.

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    • postpunkmonk says:

      Echorich – Interesting to see the real “Love Glove” video. I couldn’t help but notice Dianne Brill in the cast. Surely you have some DB anecdotes from your checkered NYC past? I always wondered why the Visage video album, which I’ve owned on laserdisc for a quarter century, had the substitution. I was aware that it was not the actual video, but until now, I never even thought to search for the real thing. Yeah, Steve’s hand gestures add plenty of subtext. He looks pretty creepy in that clip. The heavy makeup surely had its sell-by date by 1984!

      About that Visage laserdisc. It has been by far the most-watched LD in my collection. Every time I’ve watched it, I always had to pinch myself that I was actually seeing what it contained. Owning it has always felt like a privilege.

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      • Echorich says:

        I am giving Beat Boy another try based on some of your comments… Having listened to Love Glove a number of times in the last two days, I believe it deserves reassessment.

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        • postpunkmonk says:

          Echorich – It’s not the Alpha and Omega, but really, the only track that totally bites is “Casualty.” Too bad it’s number two in the program. It tends to kill the buzz really up front. “Can You Hear Me” is surprisingly good. 2/4 for the Visage Rock GPA®.

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  3. chas_m says:

    You’ve said all that needs be said, you two, so I’ll just add that I once referred to this cover as “William Hartnell as a Blitz Boy!”

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  4. jt says:

    Where is all of this talk of fisting coming from?
    “Love glove” is slang for a condom.
    Just re-read the lyrics, and there is nothing in them that even hints of fisting.
    Prostitution maybe – talk of cheques, and gold, and payment – but fisting?
    Where?

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    • postpunkmonk says:

      jt – Hey, I thought the same all of these years but I’m just repeating what Midge Ure said in his autobio as shown below.

      If you’ve watched the real “Love Glove” video as provided in the comment from Echorich, you’ll notice that Steve suggests a common Italian hand gesture that roughly translates as “uppa you ess…” as my very Italian father used to say.

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