Founder members Steve Strange and Rusty Egan were hosting club nights at Blitz in London at the time and were eager to find new music to play, ultimately opting to create music themselves. Strange commented about the meaning of the band's name: "The meaning of Visage, apart from being French for face, is that the Vis is for the visual side of the band... and the Age is the new age in dance music. That's how I see it."
Initially, the band also included Midge Ure. Ure and Egan began working with Strange during their last days with band The Rich Kids, Strange himself just leaving the new wave band The Photons. The trio recorded a demo which included a cover of the Zager and Evans hit "In the Year 2525". Visage signed to Radar Records and released their first single, "Tar", in September 1979. The single failed to chart, but the band managed to secure a deal with a larger record company (Polydor) the following year.
1980 saw the release of their second single, "Fade to Grey". The single became a huge hit (making the top ten in the UK and topping the chart in several other countries) and was quickly followed by the release of their self-titled debut album which was also a chart success.
This is my own creation the "could have been" single fom Visage...
The Anvil (Night Club School)
Frequency 7 (Dance Mix)
The Anvil (Dance Mix)