Visage - The Face: The Very Best Of Visage
The epitome of the one hit wonder Visage somehow managed to capture the very essence of the decade in the core of the unmistakable sleek sophistication of Fade To Grey. A rare work of true pop genius but when faced with the prospect of a greatest hits album one is tempted to ask if it is arriving on a 7” flexidisc. Tongue in cheek but not too far wide of the mark as The Very Best of Visage comes with not one, not two, not even three but four versions of their classic hit single, each barely indistinguishable from the one before it. Of the rest of the tracks there are some mildly diverting frivolities such as the OMD pastiche of ‘Mind Of A Toy’ and the inevitable Bowie homages such as ‘We Move’, packed full of squealing guitars and enigmatic lyrics. Monstrosities such as the cringeworthy ‘In The Year 2525’ should, however, be sealed in a lead lined box and dropped off the end of Penarth pier. Who needs a broad and varied canon to fall back on though when you’ve almost single handedly defined the sound and fashion of an entire decade? The world of pop music is crying out for the likes of Steve Strange and, lest we forget the crux of the matter, one great single is a million times better than ten average singles.