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Emc=Q #006 - Steve Strange [Visage]

Emc=Q #006 - Steve Strange [Visage]

Show number six and we literally have a living legend and quite possibly the single greatest influence on youth culture in the last 40 years with us! No, it's not Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen (how dare you!).

Steve Strange is THE face of the New Romantic movement. As punk began to fade, Steve's baby The Blitz nightclub exploded, rising phoenix-like from the flames onto the drab scene of Thatcher's Britain. These new peacock punks strode out into the night, confusing the public with their androgynous looks and blurred sexual boundaries. (Boy George was the club coat checker?!)

Out of the furtive ground of The Blitz Club sprang wave after wave of million-selling bands and artists: Visage (Steve's group), Shock, Billy Idol, Spandau Ballet, Boy George, Marilyn, Ultravox and others that spread across the world...

So influential was the scene that fashion magazines The Face and ID were created specifically to cover the culture explosion. Everybody wanted a piece of the action!

But gatekeeper