RIP Steve Strange

I have been driving around for two hours, trying to discern the right words to somehow describe how we all feel about losing Steve Strange today.

There are simply none.

Without Visage, and particularly Steve Strange – I just don’t know that bands like Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, and even Culture Club (some of my favorites) would have ever existed. “Fade to Grey” is the anthem for all Alternative-music-loving 80’s kids out there. I don’t think I’ve been to a New Wave, Dark Wave, Alternative music club that didn’t at least play part of the song at some point in the evening. He pioneered the music I love most in this world. A “maverick”, as Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet tweeted.

 “The oddness of hearing of Steve Strange’s death on Radio 4. The realization your childhood is now turning into an obituary parade.” – David Southwell (author), Twitter.

In the past few years, I’ve seen a few of my idols go, and each time feels sadder than the last. It’s as though when I write blogs like this one, or Daily Duranie…it’s an attempt to hold on to that very special part of my life that I loved most by my fingernails. Hearing of people like Steve Strange pass does not get any easier. We don’t get used to it, we mourn a little more each time, realizing that yes – time moves on. Life is not forever, and nothing is guaranteed.

Thank you, Steve Strange. Thank you for your brilliance and innovation, Without your forward vision, I don’t think my childhood would have been the same. The world of music will always feel your loss.



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