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Last Updated: Friday, 10 September, 2004, 12:04 GMT 13:04 UK
New Romantic Steve helps the old
Steve Strange and the band DV8
Ageless classic: Visage's hit Fade to Grey is given a 2004 sound
Eighties pop star Steve Strange has remixed his biggest hit, Fade to Grey, to help campaign against age discrimination at work.

The 45-year-old former leading light of the New Romantics has teamed up with a young band in his native Wales to cut an upbeat version of the Visage song.

The four members of DV8 have an average age of 19.

Their record is in support of Age Positive - the UK government's campaign to promote age diversity.

The band's members, Rob, Gav, Maxine and Gemma, are described as key youth campaigners for the campaign.

It should be the person that matters and not how old they are
The members of DV8

In a joint statement, they said: "We, as young people, feel very passionate about the issue of age discrimination and would like to help in any way to raise awareness of the Age Positive campaign.

"It should be the person that matters and not how old they are.

Steve Strange in the 1980s
Not grey: Steve Strange in his New Romantic heyday
"We are very pleased to be able to have the opportunity to record Fade To Grey, a track that was a winner the first time around with the legendary Steve Strange.

Music producer

"Steve's great and it was fun to be able to meet him. Hopefully we will achieve the same success that he experienced during his career."

Strange, from Porthcawl, south Wales, whose real name is Steven Harrington, had a top ten hit with Fade To Grey in 1980 and was a fixture on the London pop scene of the decade.

He is now working as a music producer and DJ.

A survey by Age Positive found that 15% of people questioned in Wales felt that they had encountered some form of discrimination in the workplace, with one fifth saying that it was because of their age.

It claims UK employers could be exposing themselves to up to 73bn worth of legal claims if they are not fully prepared for new age legislation, due to come into force in 2006.




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