BLANCMANGE Blancmange are an English synthpop band who came to prominence with a string of hits in the early to mid-1980s.

Blancmange was formed in Harrow, Middlesex, UK in 1979 by singer Neil Arthur and instrumentalists Stephen Luscombe and Laurence Stevens. Stevens left shortly after the band was formed, and Arthur and Luscombe continued as a duo. The duo released their first EP, Irene and Mavis, the following year, but their first real exposure came via a track on the seminal Some Bizzare Album, alongside fellow acts Soft Cell and Depeche Mode. This led to them signing a recording contract with London Records.

The duo found minor success with their 1982 double A-sided single, "God's Kitchen"/"I've Seen The Word", which peaked at no. 65 in the UK. This was followed by "Feel Me", which peaked at no. 46. Later that year, they broke through with "Living on the Ceiling", which reached no. 7 in the UK Singles Chart. Their debut album, Happy Families, also reached the top 30.

Further hits followed with "Waves" (no. 19), "Blind Vision" (no. 10), "That's Love That It Is" (no. 33) and "Don't Tell Me" (no. 8), while their second album Mange Tout also reached no. 8 in the UK Albums Chart. In 1984, Blancmange covered ABBA's single "The Day Before You Came", which reached no. 22 in the UK (slightly higher than Abba's original less than two years earlier).

Following a gap of a quarter of a century, Blancmange released their fourth studio album, Blanc Burn, in March 2011.

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