Back to Canada for another criminally underrated band named Images In Vogue. This talented band formed in Vancouver in 1981. The original line-up included Dale Martindale (vocals), Don Gordon (guitar), Joe Vizvary and Glen Nelson (synthesizers), Gary Smith (bass), and Kevin Crompton (drums, percussion). Their music is classified as New Wave and embodies all that was exciting about 80’s electronica.
Images spent nearly 4 years establishing themselves by releasing singles and EPs. A single from one of their earlier EPs, “Lust for Love,” made the charts in 1983 and gave this promising band its foothold in the burgeoning 80’s New Wave music scene. Gordon left the band in 1984 and was replaced by Ed Shaw. Images finally released a full-length LP in 1985 called In the House.
More personnel changes plagued the stability of the band. Crompton left the band in 1986 to turn his attention toward the up-and-coming Skinny Puppy, and was replaced by Derrick Gyles. Nelson was the next one to leave, replaced by Tim Welch. On a brighter note, Images In Vogue were the 1986 recipients of the coveted CASBY Award for Single of the Year (“In The House”) and Group of the Year; truly a bittersweet moment in time for a group going through so much upheaval.
The band stabilized long enough to release another full-length LP called The Spell in 1988. The record did not do well, and their record company failed to support them. That, coupled with Gary Smith’s exit from the band, sealed the decision for Images to give a final concert in Toronto and disband in 1991.
Images in Vogue has a comprehensive website where you can find rare, previously unreleased music for download, along with a wealth of information on this short-lived, yet uber-talented band. Take the time to familiarize yourself with their treasure trove of music and I guarantee you’ll find yourself wondering why Images In Vogue was not a part of your vital 80’s catalogue of music.
“Lust For Love” via YouTube user jsbx5:
“In The House” via YouTube user jsbx5:
“So Careful” via YouTube user paddycakepro:
“Save It” via YouTube user jsbx5: