Visage (song)

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"Visage"
Visage single (Griffin).jpeg
Cover variant by Brian Griffin
Single by Visage
from the album Visage
B-side ""Second Steps""
Released 29 June 1981
Format 7", 12"
Recorded Genetic Studios, 1980
Genre Synthpop, new wave
Length 3:51
Label Polydor
Songwriter(s) Steve Strange, Midge Ure, Billy Currie, John McGeoch, Rusty Egan, Dave Formula
Producer(s) Midge Ure, Visage
Visage singles chronology
"Mind of a Toy"
(1981)
"Visage"
(1981)
"The Damned Don't Cry"
(1982)
Alternative single cover
Cover variant by Robyn Beeche
Cover variant by Robyn Beeche

"Visage" is the fourth single by the British pop group Visage, released by Polydor Records on 29 June 1981. It is the title track from Visage's eponymous debut album. The single peaked at no.21 in the UK Singles Chart.

Cover and music video[edit]

Cover variant by John Timbers

In the UK, the single was available in three different covers, each featuring vocalist Steve Strange, by photographers John Timbers, Robyn Beeche and Brian Griffin.

The music video for the single was the first of two Visage videos directed by Midge Ure. The video includes footage shot at the legendary Blitz nightclub in London's Covent Garden, which was the focal point of the New Romantic scene in the early 1980s. It was included on the Visage video album in 1986.[1] A then-unknown Jacquie O'Sullivan (who would join Bananarama in the late 80's) appears briefly at the beginning of the video as one of The Blitz's customers on the bar counter.

Track listing[edit]

  • 7" single (1981)[2]
A. "Visage" – 3:51
B. "Second Steps" – 5:00
  • 12" single (1981)[3]
A. "Visage" (Dance Mix) – 6:01
B. "Second Steps" – 5:30

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Germany[4] 41
Ireland[5] 22
United Kingdom[6] 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Visage - Visage (VHS) at Discogs". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  2. ^ "Visage - Visage (Vinyl) at Discogs". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
  3. ^ "Visage - Visage (Dance Mix) (Vinyl) at Discogs". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
  4. ^ "Visage Single-Chartverfolgung". www.musicline.de (in German). Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  5. ^ "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". www.irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  6. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Visage by Visage Search". The Official Charts Company. 6 May 2013.