Thursday, 12 February 2015

Steve Strange

I was shocked to hear of the death of Steve Strange when I got home tonight. The Visage Facebook page posted the following today:

We are extremely saddened to announce that Steve Strange died at 11.15 local time on Thursday 12th February, in Sharm El Sheik International Hospital, Egypt. Steve died in his sleep, of Heart Failure. Steve's family, band members and friends are all distraught at this sudden news of his untimely death. Steve’s family request privacy at this extremely difficult time.

Steve will, of course, always be remembered for 'Fade To Grey', the first New Romantic hit after he helped to create the genre so long ago. He was in the video for David Bowie's 'Ashes to Ashes' and his Blitz club was the place to be in the early 80s in Soho. Needless to say I never went.

Steve came and went over the years and the last time I saw him was when he was in that reality TV hairdressing show on BBC3 a few years ago where he was the 'style consultant'. Before that I saw him played as a character in Boy George's 'Taboo' with their love-hate rivalry and depiction of the highs of the early '80s through to the disappointments of the later '80s.

Steve was only eight months older than me and he became so successful so young - where do you go after that high? Being actively sought out by Bowie must have been a thing. Being a leader in the biggest scene of the '80s and courted by all must have been an ego boost. Coming down after all that must have been awful but at least he kept getting back up. Steve Strange clearly doesn't do fading. 

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