Category Archives: Electronic

R.I.P. Steve Strange

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The face & singer of Visage died February 12th in Egypt, aged 55. He lived a colorful live like few others – from being a Punk in Wales, working with McLaren in London and starting a new futuristic scene with Rusty Egan at the famous Bliz Club. Visage started as a in hindsight post punk supergroup featuring members of Ultravox and Magazine and are still best known for their classic “Fade To Grey”. Steve Strange was never short in trying different outfits and living out his version of fashion which got him more recognizion than any of his musical projects …and overshadowed them in a way. David Bowie early saw the importance of the New Romantics and invited him to appear in his iconic 1980 Video “Ashes To Ashes”, in itself a very New Wave influenced and great Single.

In 1982 Helmut Newton photographed him for the artwork of the 2nd darker and underrated Album “The Anvil” and accompanying singles and it looked like nothing could stop Visage …..

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….but commercial success (and the members of Ultravox Ure & Currie) drifted away with the 3rd and disappointing slick “Beat Boy” – an insightful interview with Steve aobut this era can be found over at Electric Club. The remaining members called it quits soon after and a row of best of collections and Remixes was all to come until the 2000’s.
Steve Strange surfaced 1986 with a more rock-orientated but short-lived outfit Strange Cruise before turning his back on Music Production and returning to Club Business more or less succesfull. In his 2002 published Autobiography “Blitzed!” (Orion, UK) he revealed his struggle with Heroin Addiction and his long way back to a performing artist which he started slowly but surely with different line-up’s of Visage culminating finally in the rightly praised comeback Album “Hearts & Knives” in 2013 and a resurrection of his alliance with Rusty Egan in Blitz Club Records. After touring and releasing different singles from the Album in 2014 the new line-up issued another Album “Visage Orchestral” including a newly recorded take of “Fade To Grey” which now became his last single.

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It is save to say that the 80’s music world would have been different without him – The Human League’s Dare, Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet to name but a few owe him and the Blitz Club a lot. He brought back the colour into the post Punk Pop world – daring, searching and believing into different forms of expression and individuality.

Heavy Rotation 2014 : Walt Thisney

This is just one of many fine EP’s he published throughout the year (albeit a personal favourite)……..
The musical range as described by him is “from the 80´s inspired Synth Pop / Electro / Funk tunes to Space / Cosmic / Chill Out soundscapes, with incursion in other sound territories like Smooth Jazz / Elevator Music.”

For an overview of his busy networking activity schedule check this for a start.

Nash The Slash “So Long and Thanks for all the Fish”

from his homepage

Canadian born Nash The Slash retired a few years ago, on May 10th, aged 66 (!) this senior of independent category crushing left completely.

For a personal sum-up of his career visit nashtheslash.com, his documented output can be found here……………..

Honour him if in need for a great evening & don’t miss out on his 1980’s “Children Of The Night” as a solid starting point.

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Lo-Fi Semi Nostalgia for free… Unpaid Work

artwork by J.A.

Some stuff I intended to mention (and praise) earlier comes in form of free downloadable releases. This should have been the the first one;
In March 2012 Jim Avignon released some more of charming minimal electro pop odes as in the truest meaning of the word: Unpaid Work.

Get it while it’s up and look around there’s quite a few more to find, nearly all self-published in true DIY spirits like back in the day..

D.S.I.P. – Re-activated & Remastered Reissue(s)

Research on sleep & dreams state, experimental, ambient and relaxing sounds in great German electronic tradition.
Founded in 1989 and active until summer 1994. Re-activated in 2013.

Originally published in 1991 as C-30 via Klappstuhl Records.
Remastered in 2013 by DSIP >>>

For current projects and digging deeper into Delta Sleep Inducing Peptide visit their blog and don’t miss out on this brilliant 2013 release;

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Issued via the Batenim Netlabel.