Steve Strange of eighties New Romantic electro pop outfit Visage has died of a heart attack in a hospital in Egypt, representatives of the family told the BBC this morning. Visage is best known for its monumental 1981 hit ‘Fade to Grey’.
The track is often cited as a major influence on early Detroit techno and electro, along with the tough B-side ‘Frequency 7’. Strange also managed the Blitz Club in Soho, a focal point for the New Romantic movement that includes groups like Duran Duran and Ultravox.
Visage released three albums in the early eighties before splitting up in 1984 and returned in 2013 with a new album called ‘Hearts and Knives’. Two months ago the band released ‘Orchestral’, a new album containing twelve Visage songs remade with a symphony orchestra. A single of the orchestral version of ‘Fade To Grey’ was released ahead of the album in November.