Erasure ( to German: , delete ',' redemption ',' erasure ') is a British synth - pop duo consisting of Vince Clarke and Andy Bell.

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Band History

History and founding of Erasure

Vince Clarke is a synthesizer and sequencer specialist who as a founding member of Depeche Mode whose first composed hits ("New Life", " Just Can not Get Enough "). By the end of 1981, Clarke left Depeche Mode due to musical differences, to come together in 1982 for a short time with Alison Moyet for successful duo Yazoo. The first hit of the Yazoo was repeatedly gecoverte " Only You ", the Vince Clarke wrote for Depeche Mode. Dave Gahan's story According to a Vince Clarke had the band played the demo in London's Blackwing Studios. After they had heard the piece, Clarke went on a cigarette length outside. When he came back, Gahan told him that they would not pick up the pieces. After two albums and several successful singles ( "Do not Go ", "Situation ", " Nobody's Diary" ) Yazoo was disbanded because of personal differences.

There was still 1983, the project, The Assembly and the engineer Eric Radcliffe. In this collaboration album with ten different titles and ten different singers should be recorded. However, there was only the single "Never, Never " with singer Feargal Sharkey. After another short-lived collaboration in 1985 with vocalist Paul Quinn ( " One Day" ) wanted Vince Clarke take a longer-term project in attack. About an ad in Melody Maker magazine he was looking for a singer. The last of about forty candidates, was Andy Bell.

Andy Bell was exactly what Clarke's ideas: Clarke held to be rather introverted hobbyists sound in the background while Bell on stage a rather extraordinary show presented: glamorous and trashy with a up reaching into falsetto. In this mixture, they show up today for synth - pop musician extraordinary and spectacular live shows. A newspaper report paraphrased the concept of live shows again: " What could be regarded in any way as distasteful, is gratefully taken into the concept. "

1985-1994: Became one of the most successful pop duo

The duo released in 1985 his first single " Who Needs Love Like That ", a small disco success. The first hit was " Oh L' amour", also a sample taken from the first album Wonderland ( 1986). In Europe, the single, especially in Germany and France was successful in South Africa ( 2nd place) and Singapore ( 3rd place) came Erasure even for the first time in the top ten.

Erasure 's first commercial big hit was the fourth single "Sometimes", with whom she brought it 1986 each to No. 2 in the English and German charts. "Victim of Love" reached No. 1 on the 1987 U.S. Dance Charts. The second also produced by Flood album The Circus (1987 ), from which these singles were decoupled, now sold much better.

The following five albums The Innocents (1988 ), Wild! (1989 ), Chorus (1991 ), Pop! The First 20 Hits (1992) and I Say I Say I Say (1994 ) were all in England at # 1, so that Erasure in 1992 as one of the most successful British bands ever were. Produced by Stephen Hague album The Innocents and the compilation Pop! were awarded in England with triple platinum. Were extracted from these albums international hit singles such as " Ship of Fools ", "A Little Respect ", " Blue Savannah ", " Chorus ", " Love to Hate You" and " Always". In addition to her native England Erasure was especially popular in Scandinavia and South America. Thus, eg reaching "Chorus" No. 1 in Argentina and "Love to Hate You" and " Always" then appeared also in Spanish, "Amor Y Odio " and " Siempre ".

Crackers International EP with the hit " Stop! " Reached # 2 on the 1988 UK Singles Chart. The ABBA -esque EP, on which they " Lay All Your Love on Me ", " SOS ", " Take a Chance on Me " and " Voulez Vous " who covered the ABBA hits, reaching # 1 on the singles chart in 1992 in England and 2nd place in Germany, Erasure opening ceremony of a new ABBA - boom.

The " Wild! " Tour in 1989/90 was to be a ten- month long global Erfolgszug, their conclusion was that " Milton Keynes Bowl " concert on 1 September 1990, visitors in front of more than 60,000 and more than two million listeners of the live broadcast of the radio station However, BBC 1 peak of the previous tours, the " phantasmagorical Entertainment" show in 1992 with many costume changes, dancers and various stage sets in which Andy Bell drove at a swan on the stage. It was also a great success and all the concerts were sold out.

1995-2005: Crisis and Comeback

After the very popular produced by Martyn Ware album I Say I Say I Say (1994 ) they brought out several less commercially successful albums to hardly. The album Erasure (1995 ) led away from the radio-friendly 3 -minute uptempo numbers through to ballads with playful Ambient sounds and sprawling instrumental passages. The single " In My Arms " from the album Cowboy reached then at least 1997 # 2 on the U.S. dance charts. Next, for the first time produced by Flood album Loveboat, which came up with acoustic guitars and hip- hop beats, but was not even sold in North America in 2000.

From 1999 to 2001 by one all - Erasure singles were released from 1986 to 1992, including remixes and B-sides on four box sets. However, the first four box sets are now no longer available. 2001 " honored " the U.S. television series Scrubs - in the third episode of the first season ( "My Best Friend 's Mistake ", dt, "My malpractice " ) the Erasure hit " A Little Respect ". The piece is repeatedly taken up, partly interpreted by series characters themselves.

In the same year Wheatus recorded a successful cover version of "A Little Respect ". With an adaptation of Peter Gabriel 's hit " Solsbury Hill " also managed to Erasure itself again in 2003 in the playlist of radio stations and music channels, which in turn gave higher sales figures. The single, the subsequent album Other People's Songs ( only with cover versions equipped ) and the subsequent concerts were not as long wondered. 2003 finally brought Erasure with her best-of album hits! The Very Best Of Erasure their old and new hits with in the UK alone 100,000 copies sold (and thus "gold" ) back into the memory of the handset. A DVD with all music videos of the duo shows an overview of the Hit Catalog by Clarke and Bell.

With the single " Breathe" from the next album Nightbird Erasure reached 2005 again # 1 on the U.S. dance charts and # 4 on the charts in the UK and were able to build on their past successes. Even music critics could, after a few years Erasure of them mainly reaped scorn, heat again for this record. In addition to the extensive tour of the album Every concert was recorded and offered for sale for about half an hour after the concert on CD. So the fans had a live album of their "own" concert. From the show in Cologne is also a DVD available.

Since 2006: Recent Publications

On 31 March 2006, the acoustic album Union Street was released together with the single " Boy" in Germany. For this album, no new tracks were recorded, but selected so far mostly not published as a single from the album title from 1987 to 2000. These were re-arranged in a studio in New York with the musicians Steve Walsh and Jill Walsh. On their tour in April 2006, two sold-out concerts in Hamburg and Berlin were seen.

In May 2007, the album Light at the End of the World, the first single released from it, " I Could Fall in Love with You ", the # 7 on the U.S. dance charts reached on 30 March 2007. Participated in summer 2007 Erasure along with Cyndi Lauper and Debbie Harry attend the True Colors Concert Tour to benefit the Human Rights Campaign. In the late summer or fall of 2007 a ​​European tour took place, which also took the band back to Germany.

On 20 February 2009 appeared, on the basis of the published in 1992 album " Pop! The First 20 Hits ", the new compilation " Total Pop! The First 40 Hits", a double CD collection of the first 40 singles.

August 2009 was a series remixes predominantly club were only available to DJs under the name Erasure been released on a compilation CD called " Erasure Club".

2009 Celebrates 21 Year Anniversary Album "The Innocents". On this occasion there since 26 October 2009, " The Innocents 21st Anniversary Edition " CD in which the material has been digitally remastered. As a precursor to the anniversary CD Phantom Bride EP was released with new remixes of Phantom Bride and other songs.

Since the beginning of October 2009 Andy and Vince were in New York and worked on material for a new album. On 30 September 2011 the fourteenth studio album Tomorrow 's World, which was produced by Frankmusik and announced with the new single " When I Start To (Break It All Down) " was released. The album reached # 29 in the UK charts, number 35 in Germany and number 61 in the U.S.. The single " Be with You" reached # 7 on the U.S. dance charts. In 2011, Erasure on a world tour, playing, among others the first time in Russia. In addition, they played again after 1997 five concerts in Brazil and two concerts in Argentina.

On 11 November 2013, the Christmas album Snow Globe, which includes both cover of classic Christmas songs as well as new original compositions appeared. As singles " Gaudete " and "Make It Wonderful" were released.


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