Erasureis an English pop duo band which was formed in 1985 by Vince Clarke (keyboard player) and Andy Bell (vocalist). Their debut single, Who Needs Love Like That, was released in 1985. They became one of the most successful groups in the late 1980's and 1990's. The duo had 24 consecutive Top 20 hits in the U. K. Between 1986 to 1997. By 2007 they had 34 of their 40 singles hit the Top 40 chart. 17 of them hit the Top 10 charts. The duo had great success in not only the U. K. But also in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Japan. They have sold over 25 million copies of their albums, to date.
Vince Clarke had a writing talent which he had used previously used when he was with the group called Depeche Mode and also the group Yazoo. Some of their albums were Circus, The Innocents, Wild!, Chorus, I Say I Say I Say, Erasure, Loveboat, and Nightbird. Their music had quite a diversity to it. They had catchy pop tunes that people enjoyed. Vince was the solo writer for the first three singles for The Depeche Mode. After he left the band in 1981, he was equally successful with the duo called Yazoo. He split up with Alison Moyet from Yazoo after two album releases in as many years. He formed The Assembly , with Eric Radcliffe. Together they had a hit single which reached number 4 on the U. K. Chart. The song was called, Never, Never and it featured Feargal Sharkey as the vocalist. Clarke then released another single with vocalist, Paul Quinn, and it was called, One Day. That single was not successful. He then selected Andy Bell as a vocalist and together they had success as Erasure. The duo’s first three singles flopped in the commercial area but their third one called, Oh L’amour, charted in Australia and some European countries. Their fourth single called, Sometimes, finally got the duo noticed in the U. K. In 1986. The song reached number 2 on the charts and stayed there for many weeks on the Top 40 chart in the U. K.. This turned out to be just the beginning of a long list of hits for the duo. Their album, The Circus, which produced the single, Sometimes, reached platinum status. Other hit singles from the album were, It Doesn’t have To Be, Victim Of Love, and The Circus. The album stayed on the charts for over a year. The duo’s third album, The Innocents, which was released in 1988, was their real breakthrough. The album reached number 1 in the U. K. As soon as it was released, then returned a year later to the top of the chart and eventually went triple platinum. The album also went platinum in the U. S. And had 2 Top 20 hit singles from it. They were Chains of Love and A Little Respect. The duo had 5 successful consecutive number one albums with The Innocents being the first in the list.
The duo released a total of 16 albums, 8 compilations, 20 live albums and box sets, 43 singles, and 6 video DVDs.
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