From the Stacks

From The Stacks: Visage, “The Damned Don’t Cry” (Test Pressing)

Visage never really made a dent in the U.S. market.

Not that Americans didn’t jump on the synthpop bandwagon. The Human League, Gary Numan, and A Flock Of Seagulls all enjoyed big success stateside, but when Visage dropped “The Damned Don’t Cry” in March 1982, not even Midge Ure’s beautiful video could garner the heavy rotation of the aforementioned artists.


The same cannot be said of Visage’s native England, where “The Damned Don’t Cry” just barely missed the top ten. It turned out to be sort of a swansong: Visage only eked out one more album, 1984’s critical and commercial failure Beat Boy, before calling it quits in 1985.

Pricing on this one is a little challenging, as there aren’t a whole bunch of “The Damned Don’t Cry” test pressings floating around. The commercially released 12-inch single goes for around ten bucks, so we’ll tack a five dollar premium onto that for a test pressing and call it a day at $15. Happy hunting.

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