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I Signed Johnny Hates Jazz, But I Didn't Remember" Rusty Egan 2022

Rusty Egan is a British musician, DJ, and club promoter born in London, England, on September 19, 1957. He is perhaps best known for being one of the pioneers of the New Romantic movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s, which helped shape the sound and style of British pop music.

Egan began his career in the late 1970s as a drummer for the punk rock band The Rich Kids, featuring Glen Matlock, formerly of the Sex Pistols. In 1978, Egan and his friend Steve Strange founded the Blitz club in London's Covent Garden, which quickly became the epicentre of the New Romantic scene. The club's patrons included influential music, fashion, and art figures, such as David Bowie, Boy George, and Vivienne Westwood.

Egan's DJ sets at the Blitz were renowned for their eclectic mix of new wave, punk, electronic, and disco music. He also played a significant role in developing electronic dance music, mainly through his work with the synthpop duo Visage, which he co-founded with Midge Ure in 1979. Visage's self-titled debut album, released in 1980, included the hit single "Fade to Grey," which became an international hit and helped popularize electronic music.

In addition to his work with Visage, Egan has collaborated with numerous other musicians and producers, including David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Mick Jagger, and Tony Visconti. He has also released several solo albums, including "Welcome to the Dancefloor" (2017) and "Ballet Dancer" (2021).

Throughout his career, Egan has remained active as a DJ and promoter, performing at clubs and festivals worldwide. He has also continued to champion new and emerging artists and has been credited with helping to launch the careers of several musicians and bands.

Overall, Rusty Egan's contributions to music and club culture have been significant, and he remains an influential figure in the British music scene.

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