Blancmange achieved an interesting sound, mixing their English sensibilities with broader-based references and samples. These three albums, released between 1982 and 1985, have been remastered and expanded with 12” mixes and non-album b-sides. Living On The Ceiling, Blind Vision and Don’t Tell Me – all Top 10 hits – are among the best synth-pop singles released, and their cover of Abba’s The Day Before You Came actually charted 10 places higher than the Swedes’ version.
Trinity Mirror, September 08
Three albums now transferred to CD by synthesiser duo Blancmange who were first featured on the seminal Some Bizzare Album (1981), which also brought Depeche Mode and Soft Cell to the world’s attention.
Blancmange finally broke through in October 1982 with the incredibly commercial Living on the Ceiling and followed that up with another hit, Waves. Both of these are on Happy Families.
The duo’s second album, Mange Tout, made number eight on the LP charts and features Top Ten singles Blind Vision and Don’t Tell Me, plus an intriguing version of Abba’s The Day Before You Came. Released in 1985, Blancmange’s third album Believe You Me includes the Top 40 hit, What’s Your Problem and a bonus seven minute long megamix of Mixing on the Ceiling.
All three CDs are neatly packaged with full annotation, rare photos and the old 12” sleeves.