“Fade to Grey” is a song by the British new wave and synth-pop band Visage. The song was written by Billy Currie, Chris Payne and Midge Ure It was released on November 14, 1980 with “The Steps” on the B-side as the second single from their debut self-titled album. It became band’s most iconic track. The song is known for its atmospheric and electronic sound and its association with the New Romantic movement of the early 1980s.
“Fade to Grey” is characterized by its haunting and ethereal sound, featuring the distinctive vocals of Steve Strange and a synth-driven melody. The song’s production, with its electronic beats and atmospheric synths, was innovative for its time and contributed to its unique and enduring appeal. The lyrics of “Fade to Grey” convey a sense of mystery and detachment, and they have been open to interpretation by listeners over the years. The song’s evocative and enigmatic atmosphere, along with its catchy melody, have made it a classic of the synth-pop genre.
The music video was directed by Godley & Creme. It features Steve Strange and his friend, English DJ Julia Fodor (Princess Julia).
“Fade to Grey” was a commercial success for Visage, reaching top ten positions on music charts in various countries, including #1 in Germany and Switerzland. It remains a defining track of the New Romantic era and is celebrated for its artistic and atmospheric qualities.