Easter Special with Steve Strange and Rusty Egan

Electronic music enthusiast and Wall Of Sound label boss Mark Jones hosts a special bank holiday edition of 'Back To The Phuture', celebrating the new romantic sounds from the synth pioneers to the present day.

Monday 5 April 2010

BBC 6 Music - Monday 5 April 2010 21:00 - Alongside classic tunes from Ultravox and the Human League and new music from Hurts and Ali Love, Mark talks to Visage frontman and club promoter Steve Strange about the part he played in the movement. Best known for their hit single 'Fade To Grey', Visage have been celebrating their 30th anniversary with a brand new 'Best Of' compilation and series of new cutting edge club mixes.

In this in depth interview, Steve tells Mark about founding of the infamous Blitz club, appearing in David Bowie's video for Ashes to Ashes and putting on gigs by Depeche Mode and Spandau Ballet at the Camden Palace, as well as picking tracks which inspired him from T Rex, Grace Jones and Roxy Music.

In the final hour of the show, there's a guest mix from Steve's former partner in Visage and Blitz club DJ Rusty Egan including music from Gary Numan, Kraftwerk and Duran Duran.

Rusty Egan:

Rusty Egan was the drummer for the British new wave band, The Rich Kids. They were founded by former Sex Pistol, Glen Matlock, bass guitarist and backing vocals, occasional lead vocals; with Steve New guitarist and backing vocals, occasional lead vocals; and fronted by Midge Ure guitarist, lead vocals and occasional backing vocals, and keyboards player, from their inception in March 1977 to their disbanding in December 1978.

He continued working with Ure, and later collaborated with The Misfits, The Skids, Shock, and Visage. However, Egan did not return to Visage for its reunion at the end of the 1990s.

He was the DJ at Blitz, the influential New Romantic nightclub in London where he worked with Steve Strange from 1979 until 1981. Whilst there, he introduced Germany's (Kraftwerk), the Japanese (Yellow Magic Orchestra) and British (Eno, Ultravox, Landscape) electronica/synthpop to the British club scene, almost single-handedly putting together the soundtrack for the New Romantic movement.

Steve Strange:

Steve Strange is a Welsh pop singer, best known as the lead singer and frontman of the 1980s pop group Visage. Since the late 1970s he has also been a prominent nightclub host and promoter.

In the late 1970s, prior to their success with Visage, Strange and Visage partner Rusty Egan began to make a name for themselves as a nightclub host and DJ respectively at "Blitz" in London. Adhering to Strange's strict door policy of admitting only the weird and wonderful, the club took off and became an essential location in the rise of what would become the New Romantic movement.

Following this, Strange and Egan then ran the Camden Palace nightclub (now Koko) for two years, which became one of the most famous venues of the era, attracting major celebrities on a regular basis.

Track list:

The Human League - Sound Of The Crowd
Goldfrapp - Rocket
Visage - Visage
Landscape - Norman Bates
Spandau Ballet - The Freeze (Special mix)
Hurts - Better Than Love
Ultravox - All Stood Still
Japan - Life In Tokyo
Scars - All About You
Ali Love - Smoke And Mirrors
Classix Nouveaux - Inside Outside
Villa Nah - Runnin’ On
David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes
Visage - Fade To Grey
Marc Bolan - Ride A White Swan
David Bowie - John, I’m Only Dancing
Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel - Come Up And See Me
The Normal - Warm Leatherette
Grace Jones - La Vie En Rose
Roxy Music - The In Crowd
Talking Heads - Road To Nowhere
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Peek-A-Boo
Fischerspooner - Emerge
Rusty Egan In The Mix
Warriors - Theme Track
The Human League - Hard Times
Kraftwerk - Das Model
Giorgio Moroder - The Chase
Ultravox - Slow Motion
Roxy Music - Love Is The Drug
Gary Numan - Cars
Simple Minds - I Travel (Extended mix)
New Order - Temptation
Talk Talk - Talk Talk (Demo version)
Lori and the Chameleons - Unknown
Telex - Moscow Disko (Extended French mix)
Rockets - Space Rock
Soft Cell - Memorabilia
Duran Duran - Girls On Film (Nite Version)
Visage - Mind Of A Toy


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