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24 September 2014
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As Mr. Strange embarks on the Here & Now tour and a 'Fade To Grey' re-release TOTP spoke glam, breakdowns and addictions...

You’re on the ‘80s Here & Now tour? Is it sad novelty act time or the start of a comeback?
Steve: I wasn’t going to do it but I had such a good response from fans on the Visage website from people who’d bought my book (Blitzed) and I realised that fans were still out there. We’re also re-releasing 'Fade To Grey' with a 'God Made Me Hardcore' remix that's really good. I’m quite excited by it. This tour is for the fans.

Is pop music better or worse now than in the ‘80s?
Steve: Mainly, it's a load of crap. I don’t think there’s anything as pioneering now as there was in the ‘80s. I think Visage and that whole Blitz scene was incredibly pioneering. No one was doing what we were doing. A lot of stuff today, that whole electro-clash thing, is influenced by us.

Pop Idol TV? Devil spawn or a genuine hotbed of creative talent?
Steve: Pop Idol is a load of crap. It’s manufactured rubbish. I think there’ll be a reaction against it soon. I think there’ll be a grass roots rebellion with lots of kids discovering music, art and creativity for themselves. I’m running a new club in London called Moon Over London, which showcases new acts, not just bands but young artists, poets, etc.

What’s your biggest regret about how your career was handled?
Steve: I’ve two main regrets. The first is changing my management when I did. If I hadn’t done it I may have prolonged my career. The other is the heroin addiction. I don’t blame anybody. I led myself into it.

How did your heroin addiction start?
  Steve: It was just the pressure of work. My schedule meant I’d have to be in three countries in one day doing promotion for Visage and I was trying to run the Camden Palace at the same time. At first I was using cocaine just to keep me going. I was always anti-heroin but I remember I was modelling for Jean Paul Gaultier and at the after show party I was offered heroin and that was the start of the slide.

Were you embarrassed by the shoplifting Teletubby incident? (Steve was charged with stealing a Teletubby doll from a shop in Wales during his heroin addiction).
Steve: Well it was a cry for help really. I was in the middle of a nervous breakdown at the time. I got help through a holistic healing centre in London eventually. They basically saved my life and weened me off the drug. I remember the Big Breakfast asking my probation officer if I would come on the show to talk about it and I said yeah. I asked if £50 was OK for my appearance fee. How the mighty had fallen!

  Simply Red  
  "That's a bit supermarket, isn't it. I'm not making that many bottles. "  
  Robin Gibb  
  "There's been great moments both as a songwriter and as a performer."  
  Paul Roberts - The Stranglers  
  "We certainly weren't going to call ourselves The Bay City Rollers."  
  Lisa Stansfield  
  "I just thought, how many times do I have to sing this song?"  
  Soft Cell  
  "I think it's the only time that a banjo's been played in the Ministry of Sound."  
  "Agnetha said she liked it. If I met them I would curtsey."  
  "We really surprised lots of people by simply hanging in there."  
  Kim Wilde  
  "I used to be really jealous of Claire Grogan...I thought she was gorgeous."  
  "Failure was not an option, we were materialistic and greed was good."  
  Human League  
  "We did a US tour with Culture Club and Howard Jones...solely for the cash."  
  Altered Images  
  "Women were treated as a bit of a novelty in the music business in 1981."  
  Belle Stars  
  "The pop music lark just seems like a lifetime away now."  
  Steve Strange  
  "Look, you’re playing me like a bitchy queen and I’m not like that."  
  Five Star  
  "We all grew up wanting to be famous and we lived our dream..."  
  Phillip from Ruby Flipper  
  "At my age, I'd find it difficult to get my legs where they used to go..."  
  Glen Campbell  
  "I got to work with literally everyone in the business; Nat King Cole, Sinatra..."  
  David Gray  
  "Lots of tension in the camp. We're battling Gareth Gates for the No.1 spot"  
  Robert Palmer  
  "There's this homegenised force feeding of what is hip."  
  "I think George manipulated our relationship for publicity"  
  Tom Jones  
  "I'm pulling all my old jewellery out now and comparing my rings with Wyclef"  
  Ruth From Pan's People  
  "I could show you dozens of times I forgot the moves..."  
  Badly Drawn Boy  
  "Everybody has to do what everybody else does in order to have a hit single"  
  John Otway  
  "I think the music business is probably not happy with what we've done..."  
  Jimmy Cliff  
  "I look at someone like Ms Dynamite, I come away with a positive feeling."  
  Human League  
  "We wouldn't trust anyone that didn't wear eyeliner."  
  Status Quo  
  "I probably went about four or five years with a pair of stage jeans"  
  Gary Numan  
  "There are so many things in my past that you could make fun of."  
  McAlmont and Butler  
  "We were big enough to get over any-thing that may have been exchanged."  
  Primal Scream  
  "The producer at the time told us we'd never work again."  
  "I prefer miming, I prefer if we weren’t playing live."  

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