The Anvil (album)
|Studio album by Visage|
|Recorded||1981 at Mayfair Studios in Primrose Hill, London|
|Genre||Synthpop, new wave|
|Producer||Midge Ure, Visage|
|Visage studio album chronology|
The Anvil is the second studio album by British new wave band Visage, released in March 1982. The album reached No. 6 in the UK and was certified "Silver" by the British Phonographic Industry in April 1982.
This album sparked a brief controversy at the time of its release for being named after New York's famous gay club.
The only musician of the first album line-up that did not participate in this album's recording was John McGeoch. McGeoch commented in an interview: "One time I was in Spain [touring with Siouxsie and the Banshees] at the same time as Visage were recording the second album in London. Rusty wanted me to put a guitar solo on something or other but I only had one day off and there was no way that I could fly home on my one day off. Rusty is not a man to be put off by such things and he was actually trying to put together a satellite linkup from Madrid to London for this one guitar part. Not surprisingly it didn't come off but I was sorry not to have been as involved on The Anvil as I had been on the first album".
The original vinyl release of The Anvil came in an embossed/textured sleeve (considered as deluxe packaging for the time), and a limited number of copies (3000) came with a free poster of Steve Strange posing with a number of models at the Hôtel George-V in Paris (the poster is an extended shot of the 12" single cover of "The Damned Don't Cry").
The album saw a re-release on the CD format in 1997 with bonus tracks, though they are tracks from the 1980/1 Visage era and not that of The Anvil.
The Anvil was re-released on CD again by Cherry Red Records on 17 March 2008, containing more bonus tracks and detailed liner notes.
Original release (Polydor): POLD 5050
- "The Damned Don't Cry" – 4:43
- "Anvil (Night Club School)" – 4:39
- "Move Up" – 4:25
- "Night Train" – 4:29
- "The Horseman" – 4:41
- "Look What They've Done" – 4:49
- "Again We Love" – 4:44
- "Wild Life" – 4:24
- "Whispers" – 5:39
- "Anvil (Night Club School)" is known as "The Anvil" elsewhere, including various compilation albums and singles.
One Way Records release: OW 34518
Cherry Red Records release: CR POP 6
- Steve Strange – lead vocals
- Midge Ure – guitars, synthesizer, backing vocals
- Dave Formula – synthesizer
- Billy Currie – electric violin, synthesizer
- Rusty Egan – drums, Electronic drum, backing vocals
- Additional personnel
- Barry Adamson – bass
- Gary Barnacle – saxophone
- Perri Lister – backing vocals
- Lorraine Whitmarsh – backing vocals
- "The Damned Don't Cry" – 3:55 (March 1982) UK #11
- "Night Train" – 4:02 (June 1982) UK #12
- "The Anvil" (7" promo single – 1982) / "Der Amboss" (12" promo single – German lanuguage version of "The Anvil" – 1982)
- "Whispers" (released in Japan only – 1982)
- John McGeoch interview on ZigZag magazine, February, 1984 as reproduced in the 'Shot by Both Sides' site.