Having not released a record since 1986 and seemingly missed the boat for the eighties revival by half a decade or more, one could be forgiven for thinking Blancmange had completely disassociated themselves with the music industry and all its trappings. While more peripheral figures than leading lights of the new romantic scene such as Soft Cell, Yazoo or The Human League, the duo of Neil Arthur and Stephen Luscombe undoubtedly helped pave the way for bands like the Pet Shop Boys while the new breed of post-millennial artists like La Roux and Fischerspooner have cited their music as having a pivotal influence in their own career development.
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