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Steve Strange , real name Steven John Harrington (Porthcawl, Wales, May 28, 1959 – Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, February 12, 2015) , Was the leader and singer of the electronic music band Visage, and one of the representatives of the musical movement called new romantic, to which this group also belonged together with Culture Club, Japan, Ultravox, Duran Duran and many others with the influence of glam rockers of the seventies like David Bowie or Roxy Music. After the separation of Visage and facing a strong addiction to drugs and a series of crises, Strange, reformed, reunited this band.
Born in Porthcawl, South Wales, on May 28, 1959. At age 15 he left home (after being expelled from school, where he could not bear to see his hair dyed, noticing his tastes for the Glam Rock), and, from there, he left Wales, heading to London.
Upon arriving in London, he worked for Malcolm McLaren, manager of the Sex Pistols, and met Glen Matlock, bassist of that band. He designed posters, choreographed videos and worked in several nightclubs, including the Blitz, which was a meeting place for several New Romantics artists such as Spandau Ballet or Culture Club. In 1980 appeared in the video of Ashes To Ashes of David Bowie. He did not feel any attraction for punk, although Billy Idol offered to integrate his band Generation X.
When arriving in London, a person attracted him to the idea of forming a band with the name of The Moors Murderers, which he formed, at the beginning with the punk model Sue Catwoman, but at first for a session of photos for a magazine, I wanted to photograph a fake punk band. Without Catwoman, Strange decided to take the job more seriously, and regrouped the band with Chrissie Hynde (of Johnny Moped), Vince Ely (of The Unwanted) and The Kid (ex-Adam and the Ants). The band showed controversy because its name brought allusion to the murderers of children, Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, and they touched a called song “Free Hindley” (“Free to Hindley”), in reference to Myra Hindley, that then was alive and in prison. The response to this was of violent expressions of the people; On one occasion, Strange and bassist Tex, who replaced The Kid, were beaten on the street. The band split in 1978.
Immediately, Strange, he joined The Photons, a power-pop band that also included The Kid and Vince Ely. Ely, a little later, would be part of The Psychedelic Furs.
Separated from The Photons, he created the group Visage in 1978 along with guitarist and keyboardist Midge Ure and drummer Rusty Egan, members of The Rich Kids. The three record a series of demos and release what would be their first single “In The Years 2525”, a cover of Zager & amp; Evans. Then, in 1979, keyboardist Billy Currie of Ultravox, guitarist John McGeoch, bassist Barry Adamson and keyboardist Dave Formula, members of Magazine. Thus, in September of that year they released the single “Tar”.
The successful launch of their first album (Visage) and the single Fade To Gray in 1980 allowed Strange to be the highest representative of the new romantic movement before Boy George in Culture Club. After that, McGeoch, who did not consider the project a serious thing, decided not to continue. The group recorded The Anvil, which was also successful. Then Ure and Adamson left, the first because he had differences with him. Although the group played music in the studio, while Strange performed alone in programs to promote his songs, he decided that it was time for Visage to perform concerts.
For the year 1984 he took with the rest of Visage an album called Beat Boy, which did not have the same success. That same year Visage dissolves.
The following plans and problems
After Visage, Strange formed a short-lived band called Strange Cruise with Wendy Wu. The album that this band released failed and after a while it was disbanded.
In 1985 he went to Ibiza, Spain to be part of the Trance movement.
He suffered drug addiction problems. He also had them personal after the death of the singer of INXS, Michael Hutchence, of whom he was a close friend.
More positive changes
In 2002, he released his autobiography called Blized !, named after the club where he began his plans for fame (Blitz).
Reformed Visage, as Visage mark II with new musicians and was touring with it.
Steve Strange died on February 12, 2015, as a result of a heart attack.
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