In 1985, keyboardist Vince Clarke, having parted ways with DepecheMode and {{Yazoo}} singer Alison Moyet, took an ad out in ''Melody Maker'' magazine looking for a new singer to work with. Some 40 respondents showed up at the recording session, each performing two songs Clarke had written for the session. The second-to-last audition of the session was a shy young butcher named Andy Bell. As soon as Andy famously burst into falsetto on the chorus of "Who Needs Love Like That?", Vince knew he had found what he was looking for. They released the track almost immediately, and Erasure was born.

A SynthPop duo, Erasure's style is characterized by rich synthesizer backdrops, upbeat dance-oriented beats, Bell's soaring four-octave range, and one-man multi-part harmonies.

Bell was one of the first openly gay performers in the pop music industry, and his voice is regarded as one of the greatest in British soul. They are one of Britain's most successful pop acts, with five Number One albums and 40 Top 40 hits.

Although they are most commonly known today as "The band that wrote the song to RobotUnicornAttack".

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[[folder: Discography ]]

* ''Wonderland'' (1986)
* ''The Circus'' (1987)
* ''The Innocents'' (1988)
* ''Wild!'' (1989)
* ''Chorus'' (1991)
* ''Abba-esque'' (1992)
* ''I Say I Say I Say'' (1994)
* ''Erasure'' (1995)
* ''Cowboy'' (1997)
* ''Loveboat'' (2000)
* ''Other People's Songs'' (2003)
* ''Nightbird'' (2005)
* ''Union Street'' (2006)
* ''Light at the End of the World'' (2007)
* ''Tomorrow's World'' (2011)

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!!This band provides examples of:

* AlwaysSecondBest: Although completely overshadowed by Andy Bell and Alison Moyet, Vince is a pretty good singer himself. He initially handled lead vocals for DepecheMode, before he recruited Dave Gahan. He also sang one song, "Happy People", while with Yazoo.
** The band itself was generally loathed by the British music press, who characterised them as the poor man's PetShopBoys.
* AntiChristmasSong: "She Won't Be Home".
* BreakupSong: Most of their songs are either this or SillyLoveSongs. Examples that hit the charts: "Oh L'Amour", "Victim of Love", and "Love to Hate You".
* {{Camp}}: They absolutely ''revel'' in it. Just the tip of the iceberg: One concert involved Andy wearing a giant feather boa and being wheeled onstage in a giant swan.
* CampGay: Andy, on stage.
* CoverVersion: ''Other People's Songs'' is a whole album full, as is {{ABBA}}-esque.
** CoveredUp: "Come Up And See Me (Make Me Smile)"
* EndlessWinter: The music video for "Always" features a {{Kabuki}} style demon who was intent on creating an eternal winter. Andy Bell portrays the nature god who defeats him.
* EpicRocking: The SelfTitledAlbum brings us two examples, "Sono Luminus"(7:52), and "Rock Me Gently"(10:01). The single mix for the latter, however, shaves six minutes off of the song length.
* [[ExcitedShowTitle Excited Album Title]]: ''Wild!''. Which included the single "Drama!".
* GaiasVengeance: Arguably, "Chorus". They also covered Cerrone's "Supernature" as a B-side.
* {{Gayngst}}/ComingOutStory: "Hideaway".
-->Oh my father, why don't you talk to me now?
-->Oh my mother, do you still cry yourself to sleep?
-->Are you still proud of your little boy?
** Possibly "Run to the Sun" as well.
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Yes, straight male fans do exist. Vince used to state this in the band's early days, but gave up by the time ''ABBA-esque'' came out and [[RuleOfFun just ran with the]] {{Camp}}.
* IntercourseWithYou: "Sexuality", "Sometimes". The latter had to be performed with alternate lyrics in one TV appearance.
* LighterAndSofter: ''Cowboy'' attempted to be this to ''Erasure'', showing a return to fluffy three-minute pop songs.
* LiteralMinded: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x34icYC8zA0&ob=av2n video for ''A Little Respect'']] is this, along with a generous helping of {{Visual Pun}}s.
* LyricalDissonance: "Fingers & Thumbs". The verses and tune are fairly happy, but then you get to the chorus and realize it's about AIDS.
** Actually, Erasure takes the trope and milks it for all its worth. ''Oh L'Amour'' must be one of the most cheerful songs about... how much [[UnrequitedLove Unrequited]] LoveHurts.
* MistakenForGay: Happens to Vince all the time.
* NamesTheSame: There was an Andy Bell in {{Oasis}}; also a source of conflict when "A Little Respect" was written--Vince thought it would get confused with the Aretha Franklin classic "Respect".
* NewSoundAlbum: Basically every other one. ''Wild!'' was their first use of MIDI, ''Erasure'' was heavily influenced by prog-rock, ''Loveboat'' was their "indie" album and ''Union Street'' was entirely acoustic.
** TheyChangedItNowItSucks: Overwhelming fan reaction to ''Loveboat''--the critics, however, disagreed.
* OneWomanWail: Diamanda Galas's appearances on the ''Erasure'' album.
* PerformanceVideo: "Love to Hate You", combined with BehindTheScenesVideo.
* RhymingWithItself: "Always" - "Open your eyes, I see/Your eyes are open/Wear no disguise for me/Come into the open". Usually forgiven for its current status as CrowningMusicOfAwesome du jour.
* {{Sampling}}: Only once--"Love to Hate You" is driven by an interpolation of the riff from "I Will Survive".
* SelfTitledAlbum - Their seventh album. Ironically, it's style is quite different from their usual material.
* SillyLoveSongs: Quite a lot of them are either this or Breakup Songs.
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Wonderland'' was this to Yazoo, with Andy imitating Alison Moyet's style on some of the album tracks.
* StudioChatter: The intro to "Star".
* SynthPop
* SyntheticVoiceActor: "Video Killed The Radio Star" is sung by Vince's laptop, because Andy thought it was a stupid song and wouldn't cover it.
** The lead vocal on "Sweet, Sweet Baby" is a Speak & Spell.
* TheCoverChangesTheGender: Averted. All of their covers leave the pronouns intact, which works with songs sung by women but gives an odd effect in "Everyday".
* TheQuietOne: Vince, the archetypal "miserable keyboardist", in marked contrast to Andy's onstage flamboyance.
* VocalDissonance: Andy is a slender and kinda frail-looking blond man... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZX0VJhrw01w who sings like this.]]
* VisualPun: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiKVjS3gR88 video]] for "A Little Respect" is a visual HurricaneOfPuns.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: The music videos for "Who Needs Love Like That?" and "Take A Chance On Me" feature Vince and Andy dancing around in drag. That's not even touching on the live performances. Fortunately, Vince at least looks pretty nice in makeup.
* WordSaladLyrics: Mild examples show up here and there, due to the nature of the songwriting process. Andy makes up gibberish to sing while developing the vocals, and sometimes they just keep it.
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