Today, we travel back to 1979 where in Harrow, London, two guys named Neil Arthur and Stephen Luscombe got together to make some music. Blancmange is what they called their project. Only one year later, they released a first EP called Irene And Mavis, but it was a few months later when they participated on the seminal Some Bizzare compilation album and got some attention. No wonder with other promising bands like Soft Cell or Depeche Mode on the same compilation! Blancmange landed a deal with London Records after that.
In 1982, the first single Feel Me was already a minor hit single, but the break-through came later that year with the release of Living On The Ceiling which entered No 7 in the UK singles charts. The first album, Happy Families, followed shortly after. In 1984, Blancmange released their second album Mange Tout, including the hit singles Don’t Tell Me and Blind Vision, the latter reaching No 10 in UKs charts. Also on Mange Tout was the excellent coverversion of ABBA‘s song The Day Before You Came. For the video, they used original footage from ABBAs video version; scroll down to relive both versions!
Like many other bands at that time, Blancmange‘s fortunes started to decline as synthpop became less and less fashionable by the mid-80s. Their third album, Believe You Me, stayed in the British Charts for only two weeks, and the single What’s Your Problem only reached No 40. In 1986, Blancmange split up.
Luscombe released an album with Indian influences under the name The West India Company in 1989, and Arthur came up with his solo album Suitcase in 1994. After that, he worked as a TV- and movie-composer for BBC and others.
The band has now set up a new website and also a MySpace-profile. News is that they are currently working on new material, and you can indeed listen to a new demo on the official page and watch a clip of the two guys in the studio. No infos about the current state of the project though, but at least it’s good to see that they have also changed their haircuts! 🙂
Here are some extended mixes of their greatest hits, a mashup with Yazoo‘s Don’t Go, a nice ABBA-treat and the two videos… enjoy!
Blancmange – Feel Me (Extended Version)
Blancmange – Living On The Ceiling (12 Inch)
Blancmange – Don’t Tell Me (Original UK Extended 12 Inch)
Blancmange – Blind Vision (Extended Version)
Blancmange – The Day Before You Came (Extended Version)
Yazoo Vs. Blancmange – Don’t Go Living On The Ceiling (Dance Mix)
ABBA – The Day Before You Came
ABBA – The Day Before You Came:
Blancmange – The Day Before You Came:
oh, and about that pudding: click here! 🙂