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United Kingdom (1985 – present)

Erasure are a duo from the United Kingdom consisting of keyboardist Vince Clarke and singer Andy Bell, both of them songwriters. After founding Depeche Mode, Yazoo and The Assembly, Clarke formed Erasure with Bell when he found the singer after placing an ad in ‘Melody Maker’.

Erasure entered the music scene in 1985 with their debut single “Who Needs Love (Like That)”. Beginning in late 1986 with the release of their single Sometimes, Erasure established themselves on the British charts; albums such as The Circus, Wild!, Chorus, I Say I Say I Say, Loveboat and Nightbird demonstrated a further diversity of sound.

The album that boosted their career tremendously was The Innocents, which was released in 1988. A Little Respect and Chains of Love both hit the Billboard Top 100. Most people will probably remember Erasure for A Little Respect, which became one of their signature songs.

Clarke formerly was a member of Depeche Mode and later had a successful career with the duo Yazoo (known as Yaz in the US). Later he split with Yazoo partner Alison Moyet and briefly formed The Assembly with producer Eric Radcliffe. After a successful Assembly single (“Never Never”), Clarke released an unsuccessful one-off single with vocalist Paul Quinn (“One Day”). He then placed a blind advertisement in Melody Maker looking for a vocalist for a new musical project. He selected Andy Bell, who was the forty-first to audition (and whose voice would often be compared to Moyet’s). From the start, their success was founded upon their songwriting skills.

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  • hitbyambulance

    get rid of Richard X...

    21 Oct 12:48am Reply
  • supertruper

    new album is amazing ♥ (3)

    10 Oct 7:51am Reply
  • m-saIami

    "New album is better than 90% of the electronic music out right now." Hahhahah !

    5 Oct 8:17pm Reply
  • ramce7878

    New album is class . Best song is Reason

    2 Oct 4:28pm Reply
  • JDonn

    new album is amazing ♥ (2)

    27 Sep 10:00am Reply
  • genavr

    new album is amazing

    22 Sep 3:59pm Reply
  • John__Lemon

    New album is better than 90% of the electronic music out right now. Pet shop boys did the same thing, came and slayed. Long live 80s synth pop! We just need a new devo album now

    22 Sep 6:44am Reply
  • fernbom

    Do they have two different songs called Paradise?

    20 Sep 12:01pm Reply
  • inchmix

    Good album: The Violet Flame. Nearly every track could be released as a single

    19 Sep 9:50am Reply
  • justlikeadream_

    I love this band c:

    9 Sep 11:25pm Reply
  • JDonn

    Elevation ♥

    31 Aug 11:44am Reply
  • FaSCoRP

    new single "Elevation" is great

    12 Aug 7:12pm Reply
  • The8Wonder

    Erasure's best 3 tracks: Drama! [Krucial Mix]; Supernature [William Orbit Mix]; Hideaway [Little Louie Vega Mix]

    7 Aug 1:18am Reply
  • The8Wonder

    Erasure's best albums: 1. The Innocents; 2. Wild; 3. The Circus; 4. Wonderland; 5. The Two Ring Circus; 6. Chorus ...All subsequent albums were either poor or had no outstanding songs on them (apart from their solitary one other good song, 'Always' [7" Mix]...Stick your dumb Yank Robot Unicorn meme up your arse, [2009 Mix] BTW).

    7 Aug 1:12am Reply
  • fernbom

    Top Listener No. 5!

    28 Jul 7:18pm Reply
  • hankthatank

    my 5000th erasure scrobble today: you surround me :)

    30 Jun 2:57am Reply
  • raphaelmg94

    Robot Unicor Attack ♥_♥

    18 Jun 7:21am Reply
  • Jezza69

    Well it's a belated happy 20th birthday to 'I Say I Say I Say' from me. (UK release: 16 May 1994). All these songs about men on the moon and running to the sun, lead me to conclude that Erasure are one of the finest acts on the planet!

    26 May 6:04pm Reply
  • ownconfusion

    OH BABY PLEEEEEEASEEEEEEE

    31 Mar 1:56pm Reply
  • DjsMix74

    A Little Respect ♥_♥

    18 Mar 10:15pm Reply
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