Jacques Aumont s’interroge sur le rôle, suspect, qu’ont joué des arts éminemment humanistes de la représentation, dans le sentiment tout actuel d’une déréliction du visage et de l’humain. …
Polydor/Universal’s The Face: The Very Best Of Visage collects 15 tracks from the early-'80s synth pop supergroup (featuring members of Magazine, Ultravox, and The Rich Kids), including four versions of their international smash, "Fade to Grey." Longtime listeners who picked up 1993’s Fade to Grey: The Singles Collection will find much of the same here (minus fan favorite “Beat Boy”), but the remixes – which range from excellent (“Fade to Grey" [Michael Gray Mix 2009]) to just passable (“Fade to Grey" [Lee Mortimer Remix 2009]) – and the ultra-hot, club-ready mastering job should entice those who have yet to add these over the top electro-pop legends to their MP3 collections.
Although Visage existed largely in the shadow of their more popular sister group, Ultravox, they nevertheless became one of the defining groups of the New Romantic movement with their synth pop classic, "Fade to Grey." After weathering several personnel changes, Visage released their final album, BEAT BOY, in 1984, to muted commercial and critical response. While not reaching the mesmerizing heights of their earlier work, the album shows the band branching out into a more live-rock sound, incorporating guitars and drums along with their more familiar synth washes and electronic pulses.
Visage are a British New Wave band. Formed in 1978, the band became closely linked to the burgeoning New Romantic fashion movement of the early 1980s. Founder members Steve Strange and Rusty Egan were hosting club nights at Blitz nightclub in Great Queen Street, 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."
Visage is the eponymous debut album from the British pop group Visage, recorded at Genetic Sound Studios in Reading and released by Polydor Records on 10 November 1980. The album reached #13 in the UK and was certified "Silver" by the British Phonographic Industry in March 1981.