Hailing from Rotherham in South Yorkshire, Vision were the brainchild of keyboard player Andy Beaumont. In 1982 Paul Statham (B-Movie) temporarily joined Vision as guitarist at the bequest of vocalist Russell Bonnell, who was a friend of his from Nottingham. Paul appears on their debut single “Lucifer’s Friend” which came out on the Sheffield based MVM label. It was a cult classic in clubs across Europe and soon established Vision as one to watch. However before long Paul headed back to the B-Movie ranks whilst Vision carried on with an ever-changing cast of musicians. They released numerous singles on the PRT imprint during the mid-eighties but disappeared at the end of that decade.
The debut single “Lucifer’s Friend” went to #1 in Italy but only managed #108 in the UK. The follow-up single “Love Dance” fared slightly better, reaching #74 in the UK.
In 1984, the band recorded their third single “Tears Idle Tears”, written by Gary Steadman (Classix Nouveaux) and Jeremy Cousins, the track was remixed by Martin Rushent for the 12″ single release which also added a re-recording of their initial hit “Lucifer’s Friend”.
Tears Idle Tears (Extended Version) 7:15
Lucifer’s Friend (Extended Version) 5:00