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Erasure

Following the disbandment of the short-lived synth pop group Yazoo, former Depeche Mode member Vince Clarke formed Erasure in 1985 with singer Andy Bell. Like Yaz and Depeche Mode, Erasure were a synth-based group, but they had stronger dance inclinations, as well as a sharper, more accessible sense of pop songcraft, than either of Clarke's previous bands. Furthermore, Erasure had the flamboyantly eccentric Andy Bell -- one of the first openly gay performers in pop music -- as their focal point. Bell's keening, high voice and exaggerated sense of theatrically became the band's defining image. In their native Britain, Erasure were successful from their inception. After a few years, the duo achieved commercial success in America with 1988's "Chains of Love," but they remained, in essence, a cult band on both sides of the Atlantic, cultivating a dedicated fan base over the course of their career.

Before forming Erasure, Clarke was one of the founding members of the groundbreaking synth pop outfit Depeche Mode. He left after recording only one album with the group, choosing to form Yaz with Alison Moyet instead. After Yaz released two albums, Moyet left to pursue a solo career. Clarke participated in a short-lived alliance with vocalist Feargal Sharkey and producer Eric Radcliffe called the Assembly in 1984. Following a single with vocalist Paul Quinn, he decided to form Erasure. Clarke placed an advertisement for vocalists within a British music newspaper and received over 40 demo tapes, from which Bell was selected as his partner.

Released in 1986, Erasure's first album, Wonderland, received poor reviews and weak sales upon its release. The duo quickly followed the album with "Sometimes," a preview from their forthcoming second album. "Sometimes" reached number two on the U.K. charts, beginning a string of successful singles that would run into the '90s. The Circus, the group's second album, was released in the spring of 1987 and peaked at number six on the U.K. charts. The Innocents, Erasure's third album, became their first number one album in Britain upon its release in 1988. The album featured the group's first American hit, "Chains of Love," which reached number 12 in the U.S.; its follow-up, "A Little Respect," peaked at number 14 in America. At the end of 1988, Erasure released the Crackers International EP, which reached number two in Britain.

Erasure's fourth album, Wild!, appeared in 1989, and like its predecessor, it reached number one in the U.K., as did its successor, 1991's Chorus. Erasure released the Abba-esque EP, a tribute to the Swedish pop group ABBA, in 1992; it became their first number one single in the U.K. Later that year, Erasure released a compilation of their British singles, Pop! The First 20 Hits. Two years later, the duo released its fifth album, I Say I Say I Say, which featured the hit single "Always," their first American hit since 1988. Erasure's eponymous sixth album was released in the fall of 1995. It was followed in the spring of 1997 by Cowboy. Loveboat surfaced three years later. The all-covers Other People's Songs appeared in 2003, the same year as the oddly chosen compilation Hits! Before the release of 2005's "return to form" album Nightbird, Bell revealed he was HIV positive and had been since June of 1998. The 2006 album Union Street found the duo unplugging and re-recording old album tracks and B-sides with acoustic instruments. A tour with a full band supported the album and was documented on the 2007 live release On the Road to Nashville. Later in the year the return-to-form album Light at the End of the World arrived. Tomorrow's World followed in 2011 with the duo handing production over to Frankmusik, whose previous work included Lady Gaga and the Pet Shop Boys. In 2013 they released Snow Globe, a holiday album featuring new songs from the duo along with some classic Christmas carols. A return to their club-oriented work of their earlier years, the dancefloor-ready album The Violet Flame followed in 2014 with production from Richard X. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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cindymgonzal e s 1 6
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I Love this Song..As I Listen, Chills Begin to Appear in Every Ounce of My Body..Slowly Reaching In and Connecting it's Rhythmic Tonal Sounds to My Heart. Then It's Like Im In LOVE Again :S
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Great band/duo with a crapload of great songs despite their overt homosexualit y . Vince is an insane melody maker who makes writing melodies and songs look easy. Brilliant guy. Andy Bell was a great vocalist whose vocals were more appealing in the '80s era and probably not so much now. Can't say enough good things about these two English characters with the exception of that homosexualit y comment. And, yes, Aaron Baker, OMD is another great band, not to mention Pet Shop Boys.
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Imso into omd I haved always loved them anybody who loves this ban can call me I'm interested to find out who else went into OMD seems like nobody I meet anywhere is my number is 208 919 2840 I know I'm going to find somebody great from Pandora who's in the same music I am music speaks of the real hopes and desires of the soul
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I love this song! !
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Working grave shift right now and this song came on and gave me instant energy!!!!!
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i LOVE TO HATE u! I love to love this song!
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here a little fact not many know Erasure did a cover of a Perry Combs song called Magic Moments it a rare song covered by them
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here a little fact not many know Erasure did a cover of a Perry Combs song called Magic Moments it a rare song covered by them
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rpunj
Always think of my kids when I hear this song.
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Can't help but be positive when I hear this song:)
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Always amazing...al w a y s . Hope to make the Vegas show!
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If loving Erasure makes me gay, then pass that bag of dicks please!
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Saw The purple flame tour when they were in Miami!!! Great!! Brought back yesteryear!! Hydroplaned me back to the greatest times of my life. How are I yearn for those years!!!
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i just saw their show in houston tx and he still has a voice and puts on an awesome show
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Wow
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I just saw Erasure perform for the first time the other night. They were excellent! Put on a terrific show. I did not realize how many songs I recognized.
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ebeets1
This song makes me think of Scrubs. Great episode. Not as good as Boston air band, but still good...
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I thought that one of the pet shop boys were in this group ...
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I miss the 80's so much! I had so much fun going to clubs enjoying the music and dancing. I wish I could relive those times again for just one more time!
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This song respect, takes me back to a place when time was more peaceful. And everything seam magical. I really miss those times :-). :-)
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It's funny how the Erasure singer sounded exactly like Alison Moyet even though they are different genders. I wish Yazoo would have made more albums. They were awesome.
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80's #1

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you like erasure, you will love my band The Electronic S**ts
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A LITTLE respect, pwease? :)
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a1yayoo
should know them better sounds great this one song
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Great Club music from the 80's
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LOVE ERASURE!!!GR E A T MUSIC! 80'S WILL ALWAYS BE THE BEST FOREVER!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Saw Erasure in London in 2008(?). Great show. Have always loved them. Played Pop! over and over.
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Hmmhmmhmm... :D
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One of the girls I loved used to dance her soul off to this song. My heart was hers, at for awhile. But as we all know, a little is sometimes all we need.
Just like respect
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I loved the 80's. What a memorable decade!!!
Peace.
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The Wild Tour was the best concert show ever.
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lafores_d
Love the Scrubs Episode where all the workers at Sacred Heart sing Erasure!!! Classic Song & Classic Show!
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Takes me back to my high school days
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Surprisingly good. I typically only care for metal, myself.
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yoopoo0
Don't read this cuz it actually works. You will get kissed on the berates possible Friday by your dream love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if u don't post this on at least 3 songs u will die in 2 days.
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Great song
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These guys just cannot make a bad song. Timeless.
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Ahhh, nothing like a little respect:)
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Saw them in Long Island in the late 80s.
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mccombs9
"Always", awesome Erasure tune. Andy Bell can really croon.
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b2189
I now realize why I thought Erasure was a combo of Depeche Mode and Yaz!
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They knew I was gay before I did !
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This guys were ahead of their time, i allways like to listen to their music.
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How great is it that Depeche Mode and Erasure were once joined together? How about a reunion tour with OMD, New Order and Pet Shop Boys?!?
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A guilty pleasure of mine, these guys ARE FRICKIN FABULOUS. Soo good. I try to let people get a taste of my music preference, and I always get a nasty look from em.
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my metalhead brother tried to impress a chick by taking her to an Erasure show in the early 90s with no knowledge of what they were like whatsoever.. . . I certainly wasn't going to ruin the surprise for him.
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Erasure is the best ever - accept no substitute
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