“Fade to grey” was one of the most iconic songs back in the 80s recorded by Visage, a band fronted by Steve Strange and which help providing the soundtrack for the New Romantic or Blitz movement which marked the London nightlife 30 years ago in clubs like the Blitz, the Fridge or Camden Palace. “Mind of a toy”, “The damned don’t cry”, “Malpaso man” or “Whispers” were some of the songs recorded by the band and which were meant to stay.
But the world hasn’t heard from him for years, aside from some occasional parties he attended and/organised in England, particularly in London, marking a shy return of the new romantics to life, particularly in the last two years. These parties were there to bring back somehow the spirit of the Blitz, a club inspired by electronic music and David Bowie looks .
But Visage promised to come back in 2013. The band has just announced a new line up comprising Steve Strange, Steve Barnacle, Robin Simon (ex Ultravox) and Lauren Duval and a new album to be released in the Spring. Hence, and considering the role of Steve Strange as a true master of ceremony and the relevance of some of his songs and taking into account the attendance and acceptance of live acts by Heaven 17 and BEF, Human League or ABC, the music that marked a whole generation may be here to stay and make a comeback, with new music variations and not sheer revival, we hope.
There he was every single night waving goodbye at the cars and the people passing by. He was nearly 80 and taking to the street and waving goodbye was a way to fight his own solitude. Good looking, with cool spectacles, he was an extremely polite person. Born and raised in a wealthy family he was someone accustomed to interact with people. The rest of the story is there for you and me to imagine. But those who drove by, especially at night, on their way to the clubs of central Lisbon, will always remember him as he reminded young people they should not drink while driving. No one was indifferent to this man standing tall in that square.People talked to him and he was good at talking to people in a city where, like so many modern cites, people do not seem to have time to stop and talk to each other. And one day new came out that he had died and out of the blue two hundred people headed to that very same square where he used to stand and all waved goodbye, as he did, to everyone passing by. It was a good way to pay tribute to this man who, by waving goodbye, reminded everyone of the need to say Hi!!.
Carlos Tomé Sousa