Frequent commenter Echorich just told me of this. Steve Strange suddenly died of heart failure today while in the hospital. I was deeply saddened, since Steve overcame an awful lot in the best way possible. The 2013 Visage album, “Hearts + Knives,” was my favorite of that year and a textbook comeback album. It really did manage the not common trick of sounding like a Visage album recorded in 1979 but reflecting the here and now with a very different lyrical vibe from the posing and hedonism that typified all previous Visage. It was a mature and emotional record… that still sounded fantastic. Especially with the genius stroke of getting Robin Simon to play guitar [thanks Rusty]. It didn’t hurt that the band and producer were all highly talented. It’s funny. I initially bought Visage records 34 years ago because of the players from my favorite bands. The singer meant nothing to me. One by one, they all left. Then it was up to Steve alone. Now he’s gone, and there simply can’t be a Visage any more.
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