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In 1985, keyboardist Vince Clarke, having parted ways with Depeche Mode 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 Synth Pop 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 Robot Unicorn Attack".Discography
The Circus (1987)
The Innocents (1988)
I Say I Say I Say (1994)
Other People's Songs (2003)
Union Street (2006)
Light at the End of the World (2007)
Tomorrow's World (2011)
This band provides examples of:
Always Second Best: Although completely overshadowed by Andy Bell and Alison Moyet, Vince is a pretty good singer himself. He initially handled lead vocals for Depeche Mode, 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 Pet Shop Boys.
Wholesome Crossdresser: 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.
Word Salad Lyrics: 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.