Steve Strange (lead singer of British pop group "Visage") died of a heart attack in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt two days ago. He was closely linked to the New Romantic movement of the early 1980s and reached his peak with the smash hit "Fade to Grey" (which reached #8 on the UK singles chart, #1 in Germany and Switzerland and as well as the Top 5 and the Top 10 in many European countries).
Fade to Grey by Visage (1980)
Prior to his success with Visage, he co-founded the Blitz Club in London’s trendy Soho district, a venue that pioneered the New Romantic movement and gave several top U.K. acts of the 1980s — including Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet and Boy George’s Culture Club — a stepping stone on their way to global stardom. Members of all three bands expressed their condolences on social media.
After the first breakup of Visage in 1985, Strange went to Ibiza, Spain, and became an integral part of the budding trance club movement and hosting parties for celebrities such as Sylvester Stallone and Patty Brard. In those days Steve spent a summer in Patty's house on the Party island. They recorded a demo together under the name "Double Trouble" which was produced by Roger Taylor of Queen. This song has never been released (see article posted on August 21st, 2013).
Source: BBC, Telegraph, The Guardian, Wikipedia, Patty Brard's Twitter account....