Blancmange









Blancmange

Blancmange

was formed in 1979, in Harrow Londonby a vocalist named Neil Arthur. Neil was born on June 15, 1958 in Darwen, Lancashire, and Stephen Luscombe. Stephen was born on October 29, 1954 in Hillingdon, Middlesex, England. Stephen was an instrumentalist. The group is a British synthpop band and is well known for their great hits in the 1980's. Although their career was short-lived, they left their mark in the music world with their hits.

Blanmange released their first EP called Irene and Mavis, in 1980. They did not get much response or exposure for the album but they did with the compilation album, Bizarre, which also included artists, Soft Cell and Depeche Mode. From these, they gained a recording contract with the London Record label. Blancmange also supported Nash the Slash on a London Club tour in October and November 1980. They were introduced to the Record label, Dindisc, in 1982, but they were already obligated with London Records. The groups first minor success hit single was, Feel Me, in 1982. Then later that year they released, Living On the Ceiling, and it reached number 7 on the U. K. Singles chart. The sleeve of the Blancmange album, Happy Families, is a painting in the style of Louis Wain. In 1984 the band covered ABBAís single, The Day Before You Came, and the song reached number 22 in the U. K. Because the style of music, synthpop was becoming less and less popular, the band also declined. Their single in 1985, Whatís Your Problem, managed to reach number 40. Their album, Believe You Me, released in 1984 was on the U. K. Albums chart for only two weeks.

The group had a music video for Lose Your Love, and it was briefly shown in a scene of the Walt Disney film, Flight of the Navigator, in 1986. The Blancmange band split up in 1986. Before Stephen Luscomb was a member of the West Middlesex group before he became a member of Blancmange. After the group split up Stephen and Pandit Dinesh went on to release an album of Indian influenced music called, New Demons. The album was released under the name, The West India Company, in 1989. Neil Arthur also went on to release his solo album called, Suitcase, in 1994.

It has been announced recently on the groupís MySpace website page, that they are coming back and have reformed and are writing new songs for a new album. The group has released 1 EP called, Irene and Mavis. The singles they have released so far are, Godís Kitchen / Iíve Seen the Word (1982, Feel Me (1982, Living On the Ceiling (1982, Waves (1983), Blind Vision (1983), Thatís Love That It Is (1983), Donít tell me (1984), The Day Before You Came (1984), Whatís Your Problem (1985), and Love Your Love (1985).