Visage (album)

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Visage
Studio album by Visage
Released 10 November 1980
Recorded 1979–1980 at Genetic Studios, Reading, Berkshire, England
Genre Synthpop, new wave
Length 38:27
Label Polydor
Producer Midge Ure, Visage
Visage chronology
Visage
(1980)
The Anvil
(1982)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B-[2]

Visage is the eponymous debut studio album by the British new wave band Visage. It was recorded at Genetic Sound Studios in Reading, Berkshire and released by Polydor Records on 10 November 1980. The album reached No. 13 in the UK and was certified Silver by the British Phonographic Industry in March 1981. It features the hit single "Fade to Grey", which reached No. 8 on the UK Singles Chart and Top 10 positions in Europe, including No. 1 in Germany and Switzerland.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Visage, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Visage"     3:53
2. "Blocks on Blocks"     4:00
3. "The Dancer"   Midge Ure, Rusty Egan 3:40
4. "Tar"   Barry Adamson, Billy Currie, Egan, Dave Formula, John McGeoch, Steve Strange, Ure 3:32
5. "Fade to Grey"   Currie, Ure, Chris Payne 4:02
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "Malpaso Man"   4:14
7. "Mind of a Toy"   4:28
8. "Moon Over Moscow"   4:00
9. "Visa-age"   4:20
10. "The Steps"   3:14

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel
  • Barry Adamson – bass guitar (on "Visage", "Blocks on Blocks", and "Tar"), composing credits on "Tar"
  • Chris Payne – synthesizer and composing credits on "Fade to Grey"
  • Cedric Sharpley – drums, electronic drums programming on "Fade to Grey"
  • Brigitte Arens – woman's voice on "Fade to Grey"
Production
  • Visage – production, arrangement
  • John Hudson – recording, engineering, mixing

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Certification
Austria[3] 11 -
France[4] 2 Gold (100,000)[5]
Germany[6] 1 Gold (250,000)[7]
New Zealand[8] 14 -
Sweden[9] 22 -
United Kingdom[10] 13 Silver (60,000)[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dan LeRoy. "Visage – Visage : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". www.allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  2. ^ Robert Christgau. "Robert Christgau: CG: Visage". www.robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  3. ^ "Discographie Visage". austriancharts.at (in German). Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  4. ^ "Tous les Albums classés par Artiste". www.infodisc.fr (in French). Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  5. ^ "Les Certifications (Albums) du SNEP (Bilan par Artiste)". www.infodisc.fr (in French). Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  6. ^ "Suche nach "visage"". www.officialcharts.de (in German). Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  7. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank". www.musikindustrie.de (in German). Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
  8. ^ "Discography Visage". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
  9. ^ "Discography Visage". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  10. ^ "The Official Charts Company – Visage by Visage Search". The Official Charts Company. 6 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Certified Awards Search". www.bpi.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-05-31. 

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