is the second album from British pop group Visage
, released in March 1982. The album reached #6 in the UK and was certified "Silver" by the British Phonographic Industry in April 1982.
This album sparked a brief controversy at the time of its release for being named after New York
's famous gay club.
The only musician of the first album line-up that didn't participate in this album's recording was John McGeoch
. McGeoch commented in an interview : "One time I was in Spain at the same time as Visage were recording the second album in London
. Rusty wanted me to put a guitar solo on something or other but I only had one day off and there was no way that I could fly home on my one day off. Rusty is not a man to be put off by such things and he was actually trying to put together a satellite linkup from Madrid
for this one guitar part. Not surprisingly it didn't come off but I was sorry not to have been as involved on The Anvil
as I had been on the first album".The Anvil
was also the last Visage project to feature Ultravox
frontman Midge Ure
who left the band after its release.
The original vinyl release of The Anvil
came in an embossed/textured sleeve (considered as deluxe packaging for the time), and a limited number of copies came with a free poster of Steve Strange
posing in front of a hotel with a number of models (the same models can be seen on the cover of the single The Damned Don't Cry
The album saw a re-release on the CD... Read More