Visage: Hidden Sign UK CD 
- Hidden Sign (Album Version)
- Hidden Sign (Kim & Buran Disco Version)
- Hidden Sign (Hiem Remix)
- Hidden Sign (Extended Remix)
- Hidden Sign (Sportloto Remix)
- Hidden Sign (Kim & Buran Space Electro Remix)
- Hidden Sign (Instrumental)
- Hidden Sign (Radio Edit)
It seems like I was only raving about the “new” Visage single, “Never Enough” just a few weeks ago, and when I looked into a reported Chicago concert that PPM regular JT had mentioned last week, I discovered that the first of two mooted other singles had dropped in May while I was obviously distracted! The CD single [god love ’em for doing these] had 40 minutes of music comprised of the LP mix and 7″ edit, with a further six versions. There is the mandatory band’s own old-school “extended remix” that stretches out the track to a languorous 8:47 and will no doubt be another notch on producer John Bryan’s belt. All of the “extended remixes” of the Visage singles from this album were heart-meltingly wonderful examples of the form as rarely practiced in the last 25 years.
Fortunately, for Visage fans, the other remixes included with these singles have all been worth the time and effort and have maintained musical values we cherish even as they take the song around the block for a spin, maybe crossing the county line in the process. All done with the utmost in taste and sensitivity. We can hear the Hiem remix right now, without commitment.
It’s a clean, minimal technopop mix with new emphasis on Steve’s vocals and Robin Simon excised from the mix. It’s a good recasting of the song and I’m not worried. Simon will always be on the album mix. So I need to buy this now, but maybe I should wait a few weeks. After all, the ultimate single from “Hearts + Knives” is due to hit the street in “early August” and I can probably save a few bucks on airmail shipping. No word yet on the contents, but the band trumpets that the remix package will include an “80s electro legend.” Any guesses? Arthur Baker anyone? No matter who it turns out to be, I have already added this to the ever-growing want list.
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