Images in Vogue
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Background information
Origin Vancouver, BC, Canada
Genre New wave, synthpop
Years active 19801991
Labels WEA Canada
Past members Dale Martindale
Don Gordon
Joe Vizvary
Glen Nelson
Gary Smith
Kevin Crompton
Ed Shaw
Derrick Gyles
Tim Welch

Images in Vogue were a Canadian new wave group formed in 1981 in Vancouver, and originally consisted of vocalist Dale Martindale, guitarist Don Gordon, synth players Joe Vizvary and Glen Nelson (joined 1982), bassist Gary Smith and percussionist Kevin Crompton.

The band were a support act for Duran Duran in 1984.

Background informationEdit

The band released four EPs before their full-length debut, 1985's In the House. Their first notable chart hit was "Lust for Love", from the 1983 self-titled EP. Gordon left the band in 1984, and was replaced by Ed Shaw.

The 'In Vogue' comes from a song of that name by Japan on their Quiet Life album. The 'Images' is what is seen around people in the modern world, always changing, always new.

Images in Vogue opened for Duran Duran in 1984. Their connection with Duran Duran went back a few years before the 1984 tour. Duran Duran performed in Vancouver at the Commodore Ballroom on The Rio Tour on 21 July 1982. Glen Nelson had recently left his band “e” and was performing as a solo artist. The manager of “e”, Gerry Barad, also worked for Perryscope, the promoters of the Duran Duran show. He got Glen the opening slot for the Duran Duran show. Gary did lights and Joe Vizvary did sound for Glen. All three got to meet the band, as well as their crew, and struck up a relationship.

Their song "In the House" won the 1986 CASBY Award for Single of the Year, with the band named Group of the Year.

Crompton left Images in Vogue in 1986, indicating that the band was too commercial for his tastes, and concentrated on his side project Skinny Puppy. Crompton was replaced by Derrick Gyles. Nelson also left the same year, and was replaced by Tim Welch.

The band considered changing its name to The Spell while recording its 1988 album, but discovered that an Australian band was already using that name. The album ended up titled as The Spell, but the band remained Images in Vogue. That album was not commercially successful, however. By June 1988, Images in Vogue could no longer count on the support of its record label and this, combined with the band's internal conflicts, influenced Gary Smith to leave the band. Images in Vogue's final concert featuring original content was at Toronto's Opera House in November 1991, after which the band unofficially split as members pursued different ventures.

Past membersEdit

  • Gary Smith - bass, synthesizer
  • Don Gordon - synthesizer, guitar
  • Joe Vizvary - synthesizer, piano
  • Kevin Crompton - drums, electronic percussion
  • Gary Johnson - vocals
  • Dale Martindale - vocals (replaced Gary J in December 1981)
  • Glen Nelson - synthesizer (joined in August 1982)
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