Keyboard player and arranger Vince Clarke (Vincent John Martin, 3 July 1960, South Woodford, London, England) had already enjoyed success as a member of Depeche Mode, Yazoo, and the Assembly when he decided to undertake a new project in 1985. The plan was to record an album with 10 different singers, but after auditioning vocalist Andy Bell (b. 25 April 1964, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England), the duo Erasure was formed. Erasure broke into the higher regions of the UK chart in 1986 with Sometimes, which reached number 2 and was followed by It Doesnt Have To Be Me in 1987. The following month their second album, The Circus, reached the UK Top 10 and their popularity rapidly grew. In the late 80s and early 90s, memorable and infectious hits such as Victim Of Love, The Circus, Ship Of Fools, Chains Of Love, A Little Respect, Crackers International EP, Drama!,...
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