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Sunday Line Up
The last time Blancmange did a major interview, it was 1986 and they had just been chased down a motorway by a group of girls. This was not an uncommon experience for Neil Arthur and Stephen Luscombe, the two members of the duo who, along with Human League, Soft Cell, Depeche Mode, Yazoo and OMD, made edgy but accessible synthpop with croony vocals the de rigueur sound of the early-to-mid-80s. Why were the pair being chased by said gaggle of excitable young women? Because at the time – i.e. between 1982 and 1985 – Blancmange had seven top 40 hits (including the world music flavoured slice of electro-pop "Living On The Ceiling", "Blind Vision" and "Don’t Tell Me") and two top 40 albums and they were bona fide, if unlikely, pop stars; ubiquitous during the synthpop / new romantic era. Although the pair ended the group, they never left the music industry and in 2010 reformed going on to make a new album together – Blanc Burn – with all the same electronic integrity and chart-friendly melodies of the 80s but exploring the darker recesses of the human condition.