Vince Clarke (born Vincent John Martin; 3 July 1960) is an English synth-pop musician and songwriter. Clarke has been the main composer and musician of the band Erasure since its inception in 1985, and was previously the main songwriter of several groups, including Depeche Mode, Yazoo, and the Assembly.
In early 1985, Clarke put an ad in Melody Maker for a singer, and one applicant was Andy Bell, who was a fan of his earlier projects. He teamed with Bell to form the group Erasure, and the duo became one of the major selling acts in British music with international hits like “Oh L’amour”, “Sometimes”, “Chains of Love”, “A Little Respect”, “Drama!”, “Blue Savannah”, “Chorus”, “Love to Hate You”, “Take a Chance on Me”, and “Always”.
The band has released 16 albums to date and has enjoyed a long string of hit singles spanning their three decades together, most recently topped-off by the 2005 top five hit “Breathe” taken from their Nightbird album. In 2006, Erasure produced a country-western style acoustic album consisting of mostly non-single cuts from their previous albums. This album, Union Street was preceded by the single “Boy” originally included on their 1997 Cowboy album.
On 26 January 2007, in a video message on the official Erasure website, the band announced the release of their sixteenth (thirteenth studio) album, entitled Light at the End of the World. Released in the UK on 21 May 2007, with a US release the following day, it was preceded by the single “I Could Fall in Love with You”, released on 2 April 2007. The second single, “Sunday Girl” was subsequently released.
The album was produced by Gareth Jones and was a more “dance orientated” effort than some of their more recent work with Clarke making reference to the new material sounding potentially a bit more like Andy Bell’s 2005 solo effort Electric Blue.
Erasure went on to tour with Cyndi Lauper, Deborah Harry, Margaret Cho, and other artists, for the 2007 True Colors Tour of the United States, a tour which benefited gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender freedoms and rights. Erasure then went out on their own, headlining the “Light at the End of the World” tour in Europe and North America.
The band released a new EP, Storm Chaser, in September 2007. The EP contains nine tracks, one of them the winner of an online fan remix contest, for the track “When a Lover Leaves You”, from the Light at the End of the World album.
The Erasure album, Tomorrow’s World, was released on 3 October 2011, featuring production by Frankmusik. The album was done in two locations, Vince in his Cabin Studio in Maine composing the music and vocal arrangement, and production done by Andy in Los Angeles. The album featured three singles; When I Start To Break It All Down, Be With You, and Fill Us With Fire. A very limited edition of Tomorrow’s World box sets were issued through the EIS and gathered a bunch of remixes, demos, and videos of this project.
The Erasure Christmas album Snow Globe was released on 11 November 2013. A new collection of material was released on 22 September 2014 named The Violet Flame, featuring production by Richard X.
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