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Erasure Biography

Erasure are an English synth-pop duo, consisting of singer and songwriter Andy Bell and songwriter and keyboardist Vince Clarke. They formed in London in 1985. Their debut single was "Who Needs Love Like That". From their fourth single, "Sometimes", the duo established themselves on the UK Singles Chart, becoming one of the most successful artists of the late 1980s to mid-1990s. Erasure have penned over 200 songs and have sold over 28 million albums worldwide.History Origins As a teenager, Vince Clarke was inspired to make electronic music after hearing Wirral synth band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD). He was a founding member of Depeche Mode and the sole writer of their first thr...
Erasure are an English synth-pop duo, consisting of singer and songwriter Andy Bell and songwriter and keyboardist Vince Clarke. They formed in London in 1985. Their debut single was "Who Needs Love Like That". From their fourth single, "Sometimes", the duo established themselves on the UK Singles Chart, becoming one of the most successful artists of the late 1980s to mid-1990s. Erasure have penned over 200 songs and have sold over 28 million albums worldwide.

History

Origins

As a teenager, Vince Clarke was inspired to make electronic music after hearing Wirral synth band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD). He was a founding member of Depeche Mode and the sole writer of their first three singles, including the breakthrough Top 10 hit "Just Can't Get Enough". After leaving the band in late 1981, Clarke forged a similarly notable career with the duo Yazoo (known as Yaz in the United States).

After two hit albums in as many years (1982–1983), he split with Yazoo partner Alison Moyet and formed the short-lived project The Assembly with producer Eric Radcliffe. The project spawned a UK number four hit single, "Never Never", featuring Feargal Sharkey on vocals. Clarke then released another single with vocalist Paul Quinn, "One Day". It flopped, leading Clarke to place an advertisement in Melody Maker looking for a vocalist for a new musical project. Peterborough-born Andy Bell phoned and got a call back a few days later. Bell practiced for the audition listening to Alison Moyet, Siouxsie and the Banshees and the Communards. It went well, and he was chosen. Clarke had been his hero.

Erasure's influences include OMD, Kraftwerk, Gloria Gaynor and ABBA.

Releases 1995–2007

The October 1995 release of the album Erasure marked a determined shift away from Erasure's signature three-minute synthpop to a more introspective and experimental sound. Nevertheless, it made the UK Top 15 and spawned two UK Top 20 singles, "Stay with Me" and "Fingers & Thumbs". A remixed version of "Rock Me Gently" was released only in Germany and the Czech Republic as the third single.

In spite of a return to three-minute pop songs, the 1997 album Cowboy did not restore the success of their 1986–1994 era. Cowboy enjoyed a short-lived success, peaking at number 10 in the UK but lasting only two weeks in the UK Top 40. In the U.S. Billboard charts though, it was one of their most successful records. The first single "In My Arms" reached number 13 in the UK and entered the Top 2 in the U.S. Dance chart. The second single "Don't Say Your Love Is Killing Me" made number 23 in the UK. The third single "Rain" was also only released in Germany and the Czech Republic.

In October 2000, Erasure released their ninth studio album Loveboat, co-produced with Flood, though only peaking at a lowly number 45. The first single was "Freedom", which made a brief entry into the UK Top 30. In 2001 they released a limited EP "Moon & the Sky" containing new versions of the title song, a cover of the song "Baby Love" and some acoustic versions of Loveboat songs.

The 2003 release Other People's Songs was a collection of cover versions. Its first single, a cover of Peter Gabriel's song "Solsbury Hill", reached the UK Top 10, and Erasure were invited to perform on Top of the Pops for the first time since March 1997. The second single from the album was a cover of Steve Harley's "Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)" – it made number 14 in the UK. In 2003 a new 'best of' compilation was released, called Hits! The Very Best of Erasure. Included was a new version of the 1986 song "Oh L'amour" — originally a commercial flop in the UK, this new version charted in the Top 15.

Erasure's 2005 album Nightbird's first single, "Breathe", reached number 4 in the UK charts (their first Top 5 hit in more than a decade) and achieved the number 1 position on the U.S. Dance Chart, 18 years after their first chart-topper.

The next single, "Don't Say You Love Me", which made the UK Top 15, enabled purchasers to configure their own remixes of the single through the band's website, with each variant of the song limited to a single download. The third single was a double A-side, features new versions of "Here I Go Impossible Again"/"All This Time Still Falling Out of Love".

Union Street was a 2006 side-project which featured a collection of previously released album tracks that the band re-interpreted in an acoustic/country & western style. The album was named after the recording studio in Brooklyn where it was recorded.[citation needed]

Erasure in concert in Brooklyn in 2007

The duo then released a more 'dance-oriented' album than some of their more recent work. Titled Light at the End of the World, the album was produced by Gareth Jones and was released on 21 May 2007 in the UK, and in North America the following day. The album was preceded by its first single "I Could Fall in Love with You", which peaked at 21 the UK Chart. A second single, "Sunday Girl", was released in June. and made number 33 in the UK. The album was supported by the Light at the End of the World Live tour. The Storm Chaser EP included an exclusive B-side "Early Bird", a duet with Cyndi Lauper.

Releases 2009–present

Total Pop! The First 40 Hits, a collection of Erasure's first 40 hits plus a new remix of "Always" by Jeremy Wheatley, was released on 23 February 2009. The compilation fractionally missed the UK Top 20, reaching number 21.

On 10 August 2009, Erasure released a six-track EP of classic remixes entitled Erasure.Club.

To celebrate 21 years since its release, the album The Innocents was remastered and re-released on 26 October 2009.

Andy Bell released his second studio album, Non-Stop, on 7 June 2010.

In February and March 2010, the song "Always" enjoyed an unexpected peak of popularity among flash-game players for its prominent role as the soundtrack of the Adult Swim game Robot Unicorn Attack.

Vince Clarke has stated in radio interviews that the band want to complete the concept album of nursery rhymes that they have been working on for some time. On 16 December 2010, Erasure's official website announced a new studio album planned for release in summer 2011 to be produced by Frankmusik. Also, a world tour was announced (including the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Florida, in March 2011 and the Total Pop! Forest Tour of the UK in June and July 2011) with current dates including stops in Europe and South America.

Erasure played a 27-date US and Canada tour, as well as at Estadio Monumental in Lima, Peru on 18 August. The Tomorrow's World Tour began on 31 August 2011 in Tampa, continuing through September, and finished in Seattle on 6 October 2011. The UK and European leg of the Tomorrow's World tour began on 12 October 2011 in Leicester, UK, continuing through to 14 November 2011 in Dresden, Germany.

A music video of the Erasure song "Fill Us with Fire"

On 20 June 2011, it was confirmed via their official website that their new studio album was to be called Tomorrow's World. This album was released on 3 October 2011 (11 October 2011 in the US). The first single from the album was "When I Start To (Break It All Down)". The album reached number 29 in the UK, number 35 in Germany and number 61 in the US. The second single from Tomorrow's World, "Be with You", peaked in the top 10 on the US Hot Dance Club Songs, making it their highest peak since "Breathe" in 2005. The third and final single from the album Fill Us with Fire was released on 12 March 2012.

Erasure toured internationally in 2011; it was one of their longest tours and included visits to some places for the first time, including Russia and Ukraine. They also did a whole South American Tour, including two shows in Buenos Aires, where they last performed in 1997 during the Cowboy Tour.

Vince Clarke & Andy Bell on stage, 2011

On 11 November 2013, Erasure released their first holiday album, Snow Globe. The first single from the album was a cover of the 1973 Steeleye Span track "Gaudete" which was available as a digital download from 28 October, in advance of the single's full release as a CD and download bundle on 9 December. The track was available in the US on 29 October.

On 27 May 2014, Erasure announced their sixteenth studio album for a 22 September 2014 release, a 10-track record titled The Violet Flame. Released on 22 September 2014 and produced by Richard X, it entered the UK Albums Chart at number 20, giving the duo their first Top 20 album since Other People's Songs in 2003.

In October 2015, in order to celebrate their 30 years in the music industry, Erasure released an updated version of "Sometimes" as a single and a new compilation album entitled Always: The Very Best of Erasure. Release dates were 23 October and 30 October 2015.

On 29 July 2016 Erasure announced that they would be continuing their special series of releases to mark their 30th anniversary with the autumn release of an anthology box-set entitled From Moscow to Mars.

On 23 February 2017 Erasure announced that their seventeenth studio album would be titled World Be Gone and would be released via Mute on 19 May 2017. To mark the release the band would headline three UK shows at Glasgow's O2 Academy on 27 May 2017, Manchester's Albert Hall on 28 May 2017 and London's Roundhouse on 29 May 2017 before embarking on a four-month European tour as special guests of Robbie Williams in June, July, August and September.

In March 2018, the album World Beyond was announced, a re-recording of Erasure's previous year's World Be Gone in a post-classical garb. It was recorded in ten days by Andy Bell and seven musicians from the Brussels-based ensemble Echo Collective. Erasure's album World Beyond then debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Classical Albums and Classical Crossover Albums charts dated 24 March 2018.

On 21 August 2020, Erasure released their eighteenth studio album, The Neon. The album was a UK number 4 and was preceded by the single, "Hey Now (Think I Got a Feeling)", first heard on BBC Radio 2's The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show. The band has stated that they tried to go back to their original sounds. Clarke has used some of his older synths and Bell described the new album as "going back to the beginning".

On 13 May 2021 Erasure announced the release of "Secrets", a new single available as a one-track stream or download ahead of a new album, The Neon Remixed. The album will be released on 30 July and will feature "Secrets" plus 17 brand-new remixes. The band will tour the UK in October 2021.



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Erasure Discography

  • 1986AlbumWonderland
  • 1987AlbumThe Circus
  • 1987AlbumThe Two Ring Circus
  • 1988AlbumThe Innocents
  • 1989EPCrackers International
  • 1989AlbumWild!
  • 1991AlbumChorus
  • 1992EPAbba-Esque
  • 1992AlbumErasure: Pop Deluxe Box (Audio Version)
  • 1992AlbumPop! - The First 20 Hits
  • 1994AlbumI Say, I Say, I Say
  • 1995AlbumErasure
  • 1997AlbumCowboy
  • 1997SingleDon't Say You Love Me (Jeremy Wheatley Single Mix)
  • 2000AlbumLoveboat
  • 2003AlbumOther People's Songs
  • 2005SingleHere I Go Impossible Again / All This Time Still Falling Out of Love
  • 2005AlbumNightbird
  • 2005EPRhino Hi-Five: Erasure
  • 2006AlbumUnion Street
  • 2007AlbumOn the Road To Nashville (Live)
  • 2007AlbumStorm Chaser EP
  • 2011AlbumBe With You
  • 2011AlbumTomorrow's World
  • 2011EPWhen I Start To (Break It All Down)
  • 2012AlbumFill Us With Fire
  • 2013AlbumGaudete
  • 2013AlbumSnow Globe
  • 2014AlbumElevation
  • 2014AlbumReason
  • 2014AlbumThe Violet Flame
  • 2015AlbumSacred
  • 2017AlbumJust a Little Love, Pt. 2
  • 2017AlbumWorld Be Gone
  • 2017AlbumWorld Be Gone (Maxi Single)
  • 2018AlbumWorld Beyond (feat. Echo Collective)
  • 2019AlbumI Could Fall in Love With You
  • 2019EPSunday Girl
  • 2020AlbumThe Neon
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