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Friday, March 20, 2015

The Visual Vastness of Visage's Steve Strange

Among the news that stunned me recently was the death of musician and Visage frontman Steve Strange (Stephen John Harrington in real life). He's an icon of the 1980s, when synthpop and androgynous looks ruled. He died of a heart attack on February 12, 2015 in Egypt.

Strange was an influential figure in 80s music as the look and feel of the New Romantic movement is partly attributed to him. While he was a singer, most of his work contributing to the new wave music scene was behind the scenes, as he was also a promoter. He managed a club, the Blitz, where bands like Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran and ABC played before becoming famous. Boy George (George O'Dowd in real life) was a cloakroom employee at the club before making it big.

Just look at this visual style based on pictures taken from the article and other sources. He was a fashion icon, though I wonder who was behind his visual style and designs.

His is among the best coffins I've ever seen, one which reflects the personality of the person inside.

In retrospect, here's the classic video of Fade to Grey, which demonstrated his visual style.

I've wondered what his costume was in this video. Was it a Freemason uniform?

It also strikes me how old other former 80s stars look - especially Martin Fry of ABC (just look at the article linked above to see).

Well, they'll all die soon. But at least there's a legacy left.

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