The Music Plays On — Erasure The Innocents

Vince Clarke and Andy Bell

There are albums that demarcate the moment when a band skyrockets from regional popularity to international superstardom. Erasure’s third album, The Innocents, released in 1988 was this album for this incredible duo.

Erasure is Andy Bell and Vince Clarke. Clark is a founding member of the band, Depeche Mode, and also created the bands, Yazoo, and, The Assembly. Bell answered an advertisement to audition for Clark to form a new band and won. In a recent Guardian interview, Bell was asked if he was nervous working with the well known Clarke,

Erasure has always been most popular in the UK — achieving 24 consecutive Top 40 hits there between 1986 and 2007 — and mainland Europe, particularly Germany and Scandinavia. Erasure have written over 200 songs and have sold 25 million albums worldwide.

Andy Bell is a truly gifted singer and Erasure’s songs exploit his comfort in singing in quite a large range. While Erasure lives in the synthpop sound that they helped popularize in the eighties, their musicianship and theatricality are of the highest order. They couldn’t be more different on stage. Bell, the flamboyant and charismatic lead singer, and Clarke the stoic and concentrated keyboard and guitar player. Watch this incredible live show of the album from Birmingham in 1988.

The Innocents became the first in a string of number-one albums by Erasure in the UK, turning double platinum and twenty three years after its release the album has sold a total of five million copies worldwide. It is still their best selling album.

Andy Bell was one of the first openly gay pop stars during a time when there were still many who chose to hide their sexuality. In the same Guardian interview, he responds,

Music Director of the California Symphony and Las Vegas Philharmonic

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