Visage ‎– Beat Boy (12″)

The 1984 track which featured Fairlight from Art Of Noise’s J.J. By this time Visage comprised of the Barnacle Brothers, Dave Formula, Andy Barnett, Rusty and Strange

After not hearing it for ages it does sound quite similar to Queen’s “Radio Ga Ga” in places. The Ure sounding guitar and sampled bass keep it driving forward. Weird metal percussion and samplers and a weakish vocal performance make it sound dated. Dare I say over produced by Alan Moulder and Clive Martin. Were they trying too hard. ? The stripped down “Dance Dub” is an improvement, less noodling guitar and more space for the electronics.

Polydor ‎– POSPX 709


A Beat Boy (Dance Mix) 7:19
B Beat Boy (Dance Dub) 5:23

2 thoughts on “Visage ‎– Beat Boy (12″)”

  1. How quickly they’ve lost their way! Clearly Rusty was neither writer nor producer and Steve’s a nonentity without Midge’s guidance. Only one decent song on that LP (the last one), others are barely listenable (except for disparate bits here and there). Truly a “face flat to the ground” fall, if there ever was one. Still, at least Strange Cruise LP is worse (though I don’t know whether it’s a compliment).

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