News July-December 2005

 

8th of December

'Ask Erasure' Updated - Read This!

The 'Ask Erasure' feature has been updated with Vince's replies to your questions.

There are some *very* exciting responses to questions about Erasure's next studio album (so much so I couldn't wait until Friday to put the answers up!), such as what technologies Vince is planning on using, and the albums general direction.

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/features/askerasure.html

(Ensure you refresh the page within your browser)

Remember questions can be submitted via the 'Contact' section of the website:

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/contact/

Friday 9th December 2005 - The Erasure Show DVD Release Party

To celebrate the forthcoming North American release of 'The Erasure Show' DVD, a release party is being held in South Florida.

"Join us as we premier the new DVD release 5 DAYS BEFORE HITTING STORES! There will be mix CDs and event posters to give away through out the night. As well as Erasure's greatest hits and videos through out our sets."

Electro-A-Go-Go! @ The Free Spirits Lounge

Collins & 21st, Miami Beach, FL 33139

For further information see the forum thread by 'aboyrobot':

EIS: http://www.erasureforum.com/viewtopic.php?p=176040#176040

Or see the following websites:

web: http://groups.myspace.com/ELECTROAGOGO

web: http://www.djmaximus3000.com/

"Abba's All Time Greatest Hits" ITV1 9pm 20 Dec

Well the description of the programme is rather odd:

"20 of the band's best-loved songs are analysed using new technology that assesses a track's hit potential, to create a scientific chart of their greatest hits."

However it is supposed to include an interview with Andy Bell.

As well as the UK, ITV1 is available across continiental Europe via the Astra 2D satellite at 28.2° East, however a large dish will be required as the transmissions are tightly focussed on the UK.

Fan Gallery

Further photos have been added to the EIS Fan Gallery.

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/gallery/fanphotos.html

Regards

Greg
Erasure Information Service

 

30th of November

Andy Bell Interview On Gaydar Radio

Andy will be doing a radio interview on the 1st Dec whilst he is in Madrid.

He will be speaking to Gaydar Radio, and the interview will go out about 4.30pm (UK time).

Gaydar Radio is available via:

Sky Digital (UK) : Channel 908

Eurobird 1 28.5'E (Europe) : 11389 V

Digital Radio (DAB) : Certain areas in the UK

Internet : www.gaydarradio.com (Windows Media Player Required)

Regards

www.andybell.com

 

30th of November

The New Erasure Album: "Union Street"

Erasure's eagerly anticipated acoustic album "Union Street" is to be released in the UK on the 3rd April 2006.

Named after the recording studio in Brooklyn where it was recorded, the album features a collection of the bands previously released songs, reinterpreted in an acoustic / country & western style.

Andy Bell revealed his thoughts about the album in an interview last year:

"I said a few years back (that) I would love to do a Country & Western album and this is kind of a half-half. It's done in the country style on some tracks and we got violins, cellos, all different kinds of instruments and it was really a pleasure to do it and rediscover some of the old songs that we thought could have been singles that never were.

It's just really different singing with acoustic instruments than singing with synthesisers. I think it's some of the best singing that I've ever done..." [erasureinfo.com]

The track listing of Union Street is as follows:

1 Boy

2 Piano Song

3 Stay With Me

4 Spiralling

5 Home

6 Tenderest Moments

7 Alien

8 Blues Away

9 How Many Times

10 Love Affair

11 Rock Me Gently

International release dates of the album are tbc.

The band are also planning a tour after the release of this album.

Star! TV

At 9pm on the 1st December, the Canadian TV channel 'Star! The Entertainment Information Station' will be showing 'Fashion Cares 2005: Bollywood Cowboy, featuring performances by Jann Arden, Feist, Erasure and many more.

This programme is simulcast on the 'Fashion Television Channel'.

web: http://www.star-tv.com/schedule/index.asp?date=12-1-2005

web: http://www.ftchannel.com/listings/index.asp?date=12-1-2005

Thanks to EIS Forum member 'marco8132' for the info!

Andy Bell Appearance In Spain

As previously mentioned in the AndyBell.com newsletter, Andy (with Philip and Chris from Manhattan Clique) will be performing in Madrid on World Aids Day this Thursday 1st December.

They will be playing a 30 minute set (approximately) at around 11.15pm.

The venue is the Sala La Riviera, Paseo De La Virgen Del Puerto S/N Madrid

Tickets are available from Tick Tack Ticket (page only works in Internet Explorer) and further information is available from Actua Música.

web: http://www.ticktackticket.com/

web: http://www.actuamusica.com/

Erasure Show DVD Slipcase

As previously mentioned, for those outside the UK who wish to have one of the Erasure Show DVD slipcases, they are available for free with *any* EIS Merchandise order. As the cheapest item available is for £1.00 (which includes P&P) that's cheaper than getting it elsewhere.

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/shop/

EIS Shop - Christmas

If you are thinking of getting any EIS Merchandise for presents etc I strongly suggest that you order them within the next 7-10 days to allow for the seasonal post etc.

I think that the EIS mugs and Andy's In_Vox CD's would make ideal gifts this year :)

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/shop/

EIS Fan Gallery Updated

Nearly 1,500 photos are now available within the EIS Fan Gallery with the recent addition of further photos.

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/gallery/fanphotos.html

Weekend Guardian (19th Nov)

Andy recently wrote about his weekend in an article for the Guardian newspaper. You may read it here:

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/news/gfx/guardian_weekend_20051119.jpg

Heaven 17 - Live Here Now Recording

For those of you that went to the Erasure Show this year, you may be familiar with 'Live Here Now' - they're the team who produced limited edition live recordings of the concerts.

Well Heaven 17 made a live appearance at The Scala in London on the 29th November, and Live Here Now have produced an official limited edition live recording of this very special event. You can order yours now at http://www.liveherenow.co.uk/artist/heaven17/

Regards

Greg
Erasure Information Service

 

23rd of November

New Erasure album - 'Union Street'

Erasure's new acoustic album 'Union Street' will be released on the 3rd of April 2006 in the UK. Release dates in other countries are still to be confirmed. The tracklisting and release info is available at Erasureinfo.com. Union Street was the name of the recording studio in New York where the album was recorded, if you were wondering!.

New Andy Bell live date

Andy will be performing at an AIDS benefit concert at 'La Riviera' in Madrid, Spain on December the 1st in honour of World AIDS Day. He will be onstage approx.11.15pm.

More info here:-

www.redcasting.com

www.actuamusica.com

Thanks to Santi for the info.

 

17th of November

Erasure Contributes to Celebrity Auction honoring World AIDS Day

BID 2 BEAT AIDS begins December 1, 2005 to benefit LIFEbeat

Celebrity-obsessed fans will have a field day come December 1, 2005 (World AIDS Day) when bidding begins on eBay for BID 2 BEAT AIDS, an auction featuring hundreds of rare autographed items from stars in music, film, theatre and television. Proceeds benefit LIFEbeat, the Music Industry Fights AIDS. Sponsors include MTV, Borders Books & Music, Sirius Satellite Radio, Yahoo! Music, Vespa and Chan Luu.

Erasure were among the first stars to contribute to the auction, and their fans will be thrilled to see several different signed items in the auction. All of these items were autographed in person by Andy Bell and Vince Clarke: an Irving Plaza concert poster, a Nightbird promo poster, a rare poster advertising an in-store appearance, the Nightbird CD, the Breathe CD single, and the Hits DVD! There is also a signed copy of a New York Post concert review.

Image of signed DVD at http://www.flickr.com/photos/bid2beataids/54761925/in/set-1009104

Always dreamed of owning the original artwork and paste-up of the cover of Joni Mitchell’s iconic album “Court and Spark?” Want to tool around town on a 2006 Vespa LX-50, signed by stars including Kanye West in the lobby of Sirius Satellite Radio? The auction is filled with these one-of-a-kind items and many others that will help you to live out your celebrity fantasies --- and at the same time, support AIDS/HIV programs that reach countless people nationwide. (A portion of the money is earmarked to help rebuild AIDS related services in the devastated Gulf Coast region.) The auction start date, December 1, coincides with the commemoration of World AIDS Day and bidding will run through December 10.

Every item comes with a certificate of authenticity, and was obtained directly from the performers, their agents, their labels, their studios, or other professionals in the industry. Bidders can be assured that they’re getting the real deal!

BID 2 BEAT AIDS will kick off on eBay on December 1, 2005 at 3:00 PM time EST (noon PST), and will run through the same time December 10. You can do a search for LIFEBEAT or BID 2 BEAT AIDS. The seller name is Bid2BeatAIDS.

For more on the auction, visit www.Bid2BeatAIDS.com

For more on the charity, hit www.Lifebeat.org.

Thanks to Chipspin for the info.

 

5th of November

The Erasure Show DVD

UPDATE: To view the hidden extra on your DVD player, go to the bonus menu, highlight the arrow, press left, down, up, left and press ok/enter. This info is written on the side of the EIS DVD slipcase.

If you're having difficulty finding the hidden extra on the DVD, try using Windows Media Player to view it. If you don't know where it is yet, go to the bonus section and click the leaf in the bottom row, 3rd from the left. I have no idea how to do that using a DVD player but try clicking different arrow keys to highlight it. Personally, I didn't have much success!. Nor did I have any luck clicking the leaf using PowerDVD on my PC, but Windows media player worked just fine. It's only a picture gallery and the concert playing in the background, but it's still nice to find it, isn't it?!. Download Windows media player here if you don't have it.

 

4th of November

Additional Andy Dates

Two additional dates have been added for Andy's DJ tour - Los Angeles and New York.

See http://www.erasureinfo.com/tour/ for full details.

Vince's Head Gear - Competition Results

This was the question:

Q: The first article of this EIS Newsletter (giving details of the DVD) mentions six Erasure songs that was performed during the Erasure Show.

What are the six songs that are mentioned? (hint - one of them is hidden).

And the answer:

A: Sometimes.

Here is how you get the answer:

Clue 1) "...mentions six Erasure songs" - six songs have been mentioned - therefore the answer is the title of an actual song.

Clue 2) "...performed during the Erasure Show" - that should have narrowed it down quite a lot. The set lists from many of the Erasure Shows are available on the EIS site, as well as the track listing of the Erasure Show DVD.

Clue 3) "one of them is hidden" - so the song title is hidden. Is it the DVD Easter Egg, as that was mentioned? (See clue 4).

Clue 4) "It will be interesting to read your reviews of the DVD..."- this was a link to the EIS Forum where people have revealed what the DVD Easter Egg actually is, and reading these posts one can determine that it is not a song. Plus I wouldn't expect you to purchase a DVD in order to enter a competition.

Therefore the name must be mentioned within the EIS Newsletter itself. A common answer was "Treasure" (hidden within the URL of the E-Card) however that wasn't performed on the tour (see clue 2), and ignores the instructions within the question (see clue 5).

Clue 5) "first article of this EIS Newsletter mentions six Erasure songs" - this is an explicit instruction drawing your attention to the first nine paragraphs of the newsletter, and that the song is mentioned within that.

Clue 6) "Start of..." - a slightly obscure clue, but the opening sentence hints to look at the start / beginning.

Taking all the above into account, if you take the beginning letter that started each paragraph:

Start

Out

Much

Extra

The

It

Mute

Every

Slipcases

It spells out "Sometimes".

Congratulations to Peter Rohde from Denmark who wins Vince's head gear and the rather odd polystyrene head it is kept on!

Goldfrapp - New Single Out Now

For those of you that purchased Goldfrapp's last single "Ooh La La" (which Andy & Manhattan Clique provided a mix for) you may be interested to know that Goldfrapp have a new single out in the UK this week titled "Number 1".

It's available from the usual high street music stores and online via:

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000BJ7CBU/

iTunes: http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewArtist?artistId=20135455&s=143444

And they have a rather interesting "Pooch & Tuck" online game available!

http://www.goldfrapp.co.uk/poochandtuck/

Regards

Greg
Erasure Information Service

 

1st of November

'The Erasure Show - Live In Cologne DVD' Out Now! (North America - 13 Dec 2005)

Start of the week and another e-mail newsletter!

Out now in the UK and Europe is 'The Erasure Show - Live in Cologne' DVD.

Much anticipated by fans, the 'Live in Cologne' DVD was filmed on the band's incredible tour earlier this year, described by The Independent as "magical and cinematic".

Extra material on the DVD includes three live tracks from Copenhagen (recorded in 2003), an exclusive interview with the band, a Making of... documentary, the videos for 'Breathe', 'Don't Say You Love Me' and 'All This Time Still Falling Out Of Love' plus a hidden Easter Egg.

The DVD includes many live performances of the singles from their latest album Nightbird, plus favourites such as 'A Little Respect' and 'Oh L'Amour'.

It will be interesting to read your reviews of the DVD - feel free to publish them on the Erasure forum here : http://www.erasureforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=7853

Mute Bank have of course the DVD available via mail order: http://www.mute.com/releases/viewRelease.jsp?showPrices=true&id=2636931

Every Erasure Show DVD sold by Mute Bank will include a slipcase (whilst slipcase stocks last).

Slipcases for the DVD will be sent out at the end of this week for those who have signed up via the EIS to receive them.

'The Erasure Show - Live In Cologne DVD' E-Card

An Erasure Show themed e-card is available for you to send to friends here:

E-Card: http://www.erasureinfo.com/treasure/ecards/erasureshow.html

Addtional clips from the DVD are available as part of the e-card.

Competition - Win Vince's Head Gear!

To celebrate the release of the Erasure Show DVD, you can win the head gear as worn by Vince during the Erasure Show tour!

Here is a picture of the prize: http://www.erasureinfo.com/news/gfx/vinceshead.jpg

All you have to do is answer the following question:

Q: The first article of this EIS Newsletter (giving details of the DVD) mentions six Erasure songs that was performed during the Erasure Show.

What are the six songs that are mentioned? (hint - one of them is hidden).

Note:

* Send your answer (with your full name and postal address) to competition@erasureinfo.com

* Any entries which are incomplete (no name, address etc) or sent to the wrong e-mail address will be void.

* Only one entry per person.

* Closing date for entries is Monday 7th Nov 2005

* No cash alternatives for the prize.

Good luck!

Recheduled - Andy's Philadelphia DJ Gig

The previously annouced Philadelphia DJ Gig by Andy on Wed 2 Nov 2005 is to be recheduled and will not happen on this date.

Regards

Greg
Erasure Information Service

 

21st of October

Crazy 12" Vinyl

The 12" vinyl of Crazy is available this week in the UK. The track listing is:

1 Crazy (King Roc Remix)

2 Crazy (Cicada Dub)*

* Exclusive mix not available on the previous 3 format release (2CD & DVD).

If you can't find it in your local store, online retailers such as HMV have it available for order:

HMV: http://www.hmv.co.uk/hmvweb/displayProductDetails.do?sku=423726

Manhattan Clique T-Shirts

Those that went to the recent Electrogogo show (at Madame Jojo's) will have seen the Manhattan Clique promo t-shirts on sale (as worn by Andy).

A number of these t-shirts are now available for purchase via the Manhattan Clique website, and for a limited time, they will also come with a free hour-long DJ mix CD that was made recently of some of Manhattan Cliques favourite new electro tunes.

MC: http://www.manhattanclique.com/shop/

LIVE: Andy Bell - Rainbow Attitude Expo - Paris (Sat 22 Oct)

Andy Bell has been confirmed to appear live at the Rainbow Attitude Salon in Paris at 4.45pm, Saturday 22nd October where he will perform songs from his stunning solo album 'Electric Blue'.

This will be followed by a signing session on the Tribu Move magazine stand.

For further details visit the Rainbow Attitude website.

Rainbow Attitude : http://www.rainbowattitude.com/

Regards

Greg
www.andybell.com

 

20th of October

LIVE: Andy Bell - Rainbow Attitude Expo - Paris (Sat 22 Oct)

Andy Bell has been confirmed to appear live at the Rainbow Attitude Salon in Paris at 4.45pm, Saturday 22nd October where he will perform songs from his stunning solo album 'Electric Blue'.

This will be followed by a signing session on the Tribu Move magazine stand.

For further details visit the Rainbow Attitude website.

Rainbow Attitude : http://www.rainbowattitude.com/

LIVE: Erasure - Twelfth Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Gala - Palm Springs (Sat 4 Feb 2006)

The Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards, the largest, most highly anticipated gala in the desert's social season, will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2006 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Proceeds benefit Desert AIDS Project.

With the cabaret theme, "An elegant evening with Barbara Cook, with a special performance by Erasure," the event promises to be another unforgettable classic Steve Chase.

"The Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards is the single largest fundraiser for Desert AIDS Project, allowing us to continue to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic," note co-chairs Tim Hanlon and Bill Jones. "We are extraordinarily pleased to be a part of bringing an event of this caliber to the valley."

In addition to the performances by Barbara Cook and Erasure, the evening features cocktails, dinner and silent and live auctions.

Tickets are $375 each, and can be obtained by calling 760-323-2118, ext. 249.

Desert AIDS Project : http://www.desertaidsproject.org/

Steve Chase Awards : http://www.desertaidsproject.org/stevechase/index.html

Palm Springs Convention Center: http://www.palmspringscc.com/

LIVE: Other DJ / Live Performances

Please check the 'live' section of the EIS website for details of the other forthcoming DJ / live performances.

EIS : http://www.erasureinfo.com/tour/

DVD: The Erasure Show Live In Cologne

The forthcoming "The Erasure Show Live In Cologne" DVD is available for pre-ordering via a variety of online retailers.

Those from *outside* the UK who order the DVD via Mute Bank will receive the DVD slipcase (whilst stocks last) with their order.

Mute Bank

Amazon.co.uk

HMV.co.uk

Amazon.com

Amazon.de

DVD: The Erasure Show Clips

There are some 30sec clips of 'I Bet You're Mad At Me' and 'Rapture' from the Erasure show DVD available on the front page of the EIS website. (Note - the clips look a bit squished - however the DVD itself looks fine!)

Another clip will be added next week!

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/

COMPETITION: Win Vince Head Gear!

I'm actually going to run this competition next week - however I'd thought I'd show you now what the prize will be!

Picture: http://www.erasureinfo.com/news/gfx/vinceshead.jpg

EIS: 'Ask Erasure' Updated

Vince has answered a further selection of your questions, revealing when Andy and Vince may start writing the next Erasure album, and his favourite Erasure covers.

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/features/askerasure.html

EIS Website Forum Server Move

The EIS website and forum have moved this week to a new higher spec server. In addition, the EIS Forum now has its own url: www.erasureforum.com.

If you receive e-mail notifications from the forum (i.e. to notify you of replies / PM's) these are now sent from forum@erasureforum.com so please adjust any spam filters.

I'm also requesting feedback regarding the EIS Forum - for further details follow the link below.

EIS Forum: http://www.erasureforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=7788

Regards

Greg
Erasure Information Service

 

15th of October

Electric Blue On iTunes

Electric Blue is now available for download via the UK / European and US iTunes stores. The regional mixes of Crazy are also available via their respective regional iTunes stores.

Links are available here: http://www.andybell.com/music/index.html

AL + AL interview

An interview with AL + AL has been added, along with exclusive photos from the video shoot.

http://www.andybell.com/extras/index.html

Live Dates

All currently confirmed DJ / live performance dates featuring Andy are available here: http://www.andybell.com/livedates/index.html

Tickets for the Avalon, Los Angeles event (Mon 7th Nov) are available from: http://www.boxofficetickets.com/ (do a search for 'Avalon')

Amazon - Electric Blue Vinyl

Amazon should now be shipping the vinyl edition of Electric Blue.

Regards

Greg
www.andybell.com

 

13th of October

Erasure Show DVD - North American Release

The North American (NTSC) release for the forthcoming "The Erasure Show - Live in Cologne" DVD has been confirmed by Mute North America as the 13th December 2005.

Several online retailers are already taking pre-orders for the UK / European edition (release date 31st Oct).

Andy - DJ / Live Dates

Details of Andy's forthcoming DJ / live appearances are listed here - *note* this has been updated in the last hour (Austin venue change): EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/tour/

Erasure Show DVD Slipcase

I can confirm that Mute UK are producing a slipcase for the forthcoming Erasure Show DVD. If you are within the UK or Ireland and haven't yet submitted your postal address details to receive one, then you have until the end of Friday (14th) to do so.

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/register/postalupdates.html

Those that are outside the UK & Ireland will be able to get one free with *any* EIS merchandise item in a few weeks time. (See the EIS shop for previous slipcases).

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/shop/

Ask Erasure Updated

Andy has just sent the latest answers to your questions, and these are now up within the Ask Erasure section.

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/features/askerasure.html (ensure you refresh the page in your browser)

Questions can be submitted here: EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/contact/

Ear To The Ground Updated

The rumours / speculation page has been updated.

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/news/eartotheground.html

EIS Website Updates

The EIS Gallery has had photos from Andy's recent live performances added.

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/gallery/fanphotos.html

In addition, several mixes have been added to the Fan Mixes pages.

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/treasure/fanmixes.html

Alison Moyet Links

Apologies - posted the wrong Real Media links for the Alison Moyet interview last time - here are all the links again.

Real Media (Broadband)

http://exodus.interoutemediaservices.com/deliverMedia.asp?id=68530f7b-3dee-4910-9256-025e13d32657&delivery=stream

Real Media (Modem)

http://exodus.interoutemediaservices.com/deliverMedia.asp?id=ecc11c23-94b9-46dc-88bd-ff2ff78b890c&delivery=stream

Windows Media (Broadband)

http://exodus.interoutemediaservices.com/deliverMedia.asp?id=ce192252-6b9c-4267-a859-24570d20176b&delivery=stream

Window Media (Modem)

http://exodus.interoutemediaservices.com/deliverMedia.asp?id=8e1b0eea-41ff-4de0-96cf-f7189f0df1da&delivery=stream

Vote For The EIS

There are just five days left to vote for the EIS for the "Best Music Website" award - all people voting will be entered in a prize draw.

BT Yahoo: http://www.btyahoo.com/dma/vote?web=3007

Regards

Greg
Erasure Information Service

 

13th of October

A Dirty Little Business DVD

I received this email from Len Richmond, writer and director of 'A Dirty Little Business'.

'Well, I too am an Erasure fan, and to my amazement I managed to talk Vince Clark into writing an original musical score for my independent film, "A Dirty Little Business". Then Andy Bell agreed to make his film debut in the movie (doing a cameo as a porno director). I just wanted to let all their fans know that, at long last, the film is out on DVD in America. It's available online from SamGoody, BestBuy, Amazon, and all the usual suspects. Vince wrote a truly great score, Check it out!'.

Click here to buy from Cduniverse for only $7.49!

 

6th of October

'Electric Blue' Out Now

As if you didn't know already, Andy's album 'Electric Blue' is out now on CD (UK, Germany and the US) & Ltd Ed blue vinyl, and it has been receiving some great reviews.

If you have had problems finding the album in your local store, could you e-mail me the name and location of the store you tried? (just reply to this newsletter - newsletter@andybell.com ) as quite a few places are selling out.

Over on the EIS Forum, many people are posting their reviews of the album, so once you've had a listen (or two!) post your review, it's interesting to read people's opinions: Reviews: http://www.erasureinfo.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7679

'Electric Blue' iTunes US

Electric Blue is also now available via the US iTunes store:

iTunes: http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?s=143441&playListId=81105043&s=143441

Kino International Photos

Thorsten Bott has kindly sent in many photos from Andy's recent performance at Kino International (Berlin) which can be viewed here: http://www.erasureinfo.com/gallery/fanphotos.html

Cheers!

Greg
www.andybell.com

 

3rd of October

Electric Blue out today!

Andy's debut solo album is out today! (tomorrow in North America). Remember to go and buy it as it really is excellent! :-). Click here for all the release details

Crazy chart positions

Andy's solo single 'Crazy' debuted at number 35 in the UK singles chart yesterday (aarrghhhh!! - sorry, I'm just a little disappointed with that!) and number 4 in the Indie charts.

 

1st of October

US Maxi Single Details

The 'Crazy' maxi single will be available in North American stores from next week (Oct 4th).

The track listing is as follows:

- Crazy Maxi Single (Sanctuary Records US)

1. Crazy (MHC Stateside Remix)

2. Crazy (MHC Stateside Dub)

3. Crazy (MHC Alternative Stateside Remix)

4. Crazy (Original Radio Edit)

5. Crazy (Cicada Vocal Remix)

6. Crazy (King Roc Remix)

7. Crazy (Vince Clarke Remix)

8. Crazy (MHC Master Mix)

9. Crazy Video

Amazon.com have the maxi single available for order here:

web: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000B7HZJ6/

US Crazy E-Card

To help promote the forthcoming Crazy maxi single, Sanctuary US have produced an e-card (as did Sanctuary UK a couple of weeks ago) which you can access here: web: http://www.andybell.com/ecard/

Feel free to send it on to as many people as you think would like it.

Cheers!

Greg
www.andybell.com

 

1st of October

Alison Moyet - BBC Breakfast News

OK this isn't Erasure related, however I thought it would be interesting for you guys. Alison Moyet was on BBC's morning news programme 'Breakfast' today promoting her new DVD 'One Blue Voice'. If you missed it, a video stream is available below, in Real and Windows Media formats. It's worth watching for the short clip of Yazoo which shows a very young looking Vince!

- Real Media -

Broadband: http://exodus.interoutemediaservices.com/?id=6378dcc8-8b8c-4008-9ef0-32e0867e2743&delivery=stream

Dialup: http://exodus.interoutemediaservices.com/?id=6378dcc8-8b8c-4008-9ef0-32e0867e2743&delivery=stream

- Windows Media -

Broadband: http://exodus.interoutemediaservices.com/?id=ce192252-6b9c-4267-a859-24570d20176b&delivery=stream

Dialup: http://exodus.interoutemediaservices.com/?id=8e1b0eea-41ff-4de0-96cf-f7189f0df1da&delivery=stream

Andy - Channel 4 website interview

A brief (and rather odd) interview with Andy is featured on the Channel 4 website.

web: http://www.channel4.com/music/features/A/andybellqa.html

(Thanks to 'gavinh' from the EIS forum for this info)

Vote For The EIS Website

I have a huge favour to ask you....

Voting is currently taking place for the "BT Digital Music Awards 2005", and there is a "People's Choice Award" for the Best Music Website.

Therefore it would be great if you could support the EIS and vote for the EIS website - just follow the link below:

Web: http://www.btyahoo.com/dma/vote?web=3007

There is also an "Artist Of The Year" award, and Erasure can be voted for here: web: http://www.btyahoo.com/dma05/artist_ofthe_year.html

For some reason they are listed twice on the voting page - hopefully that will get sorted.

(And whilst you're there, please vote for Erasurette in the unofficial music site category by clicking this link! - http://www.btyahoo.com/dma/vote?web=2387 thanks! - Jackie).

'Electric Blue' Out Today In Germany

Remember: Andy's solo album 'Electric Blue' is out today in Germany (30th Sept), the UK Monday (3rd Oct) and North American Tuesday (4th Oct).

The vinyl release of 'Electric Blue' (which is electric blue colour) is limited to only 1,000 copies and can be ordered from Amazon.co.uk.

Amazon.de: http://www.amazon.de

Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com

Vinyl: http://www.amazon.co.uk

Cheers!!!

Greg
Erasure Information Service

 

28th of September

Andy On BBC London Radio Breakfast Show

Andy will be a guest on BBC London Radios Breakfast Show this Friday 30th Sept. The Breakfast show is on air between 06.00 and 09.00 in the morning.

BBC London Radio is available via:

- 94.9FM (London Region)

- DAB Digital Radio

- Telewest Digital CH 930 (London)

- Via The Web http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/aod/london.shtml (Real Player Required)

UK Chart Midweek

I've received a few e-mails from people asking what the midweek chart position is for Crazy. At the time of writing (Wednesday) the midweek position of Crazy is number 24.

If you *are* planning to buy the Crazy single (either as the physical formats or the digital downloads via iTunes / HMV / Virgin) then it would be hugely beneficial to do so in this first week of the single release - a top 20 position is tantalisingly close at the moment!

Five News Interview

For any of you that missed Andy's interview on Five News today, a video stream is available below, in Real and Windows Media formats.

- Real Media -

Broadband: http://exodus.interoutemediaservices.com/?id=02b587a0-162e-4454-8b8a-35dd1c52e264&delivery=stream

Dialup: http://exodus.interoutemediaservices.com/?id=3b0322a3-9659-46e8-ae67-f2e1f3bdd972&delivery=stream

- Windows Media -

Broadband: http://exodus.interoutemediaservices.com/?id=8629d6c6-635a-4ab9-b0a2-278ab6eb13fa&delivery=stream

Dialup: http://exodus.interoutemediaservices.com/?id=2238f13b-65b5-455f-8005-6d8cb73f9202&delivery=stream

PA's Outside UK / Germany

Several PA appearances by Andy outside the UK / Germany are planned - more details soon.

Cheers!

Greg
www.andybell.com

 

28th of September

Further Andy Bell PAs

Several more live performances featuring Andy have been confirmed, and there are several more in the pipeline. Details of the confirmed dates are detailed below!

- Sat 8 Oct - London, Heaven

A performance of two songs, onstage at approx 1am (exact stage time to be confirmed). Tickets are available online via the Heaven web site.

web: http://www.heaven-london.com/

- Sat 15 Oct - London, KOKO

Andy will be doing a fifteen minute live performance at this Camden venue.

web: http://www.koko.uk.com/

- Sat 3 Dec - Birmingham, Nightingales

Andy will be making an appearance at the Nightingales nightclub - onstage around midnight.

web: http://www.nightingaleclub.co.uk/

Andy Bell on Five News (UK)

Andy is due for a short interview on Five News today - the diary just says he's due in the studio during the morning, so I guess it's the 11:30 show - but if not I suggest you watch the later news shows as well.

Regards

Greg
www.andybell.com

 

27th of September

Crazy out now!/ midweek chart position

Andy's new single Crazy was released yesterday. Click here for all the release details. The early midweek chart has Crazy at number 25, and apparently it's not far off a top 20 placing sales wise. Remember the UK chart is now combined half shop sales/ half downloads, so buying a digital download of the single will help sales too. All the tracks are available from itunes (you'll need to download their software first if you haven't used it before).

 

25th of September

Names Change - Clip Online

The last clip from the new single release is now online - on this occasion it's 'Names Change' from the Crazy DVD Single.

web: http://www.andybell.com/music/index.html

Crazy DVD Single

Following on from the last e-mail newsletter regarding manufacturing issues with the Crazy DVD Single, I'm glad to report that it's all be sorted now and all three formats of Crazy should be present and correct in HMV and Virgin Megastores on Monday morning.

Electric Blue Ringtones

If anyone has had problems with ordering / receiving the Electric Blue ringtones, please e-mail support@pocketgroup.co.uk with details of your phone, network and ringtone ordered.

Someone will investigate the problem and make sure that you either receive the ringtone that you ordered or you get a refund for tones that are billed but not received.

Competition Time

As you know, Andy, Chris and Philip will be celebrating the release of 'Electric Blue' with a special gig at London's Electrogogo club night at Madam JoJos in Soho on Thursday 6th October.

This will be their second ever live show (they kick off in Berlin next weekend) and they'll be playing songs from the album which is released on 3rd October. Claudia Brucken will be also performing a couple of tracks with them. DJs on the night include Mark Moore from S-Express, and the fantastic Knights will be supporting them.

The event is nearly sold out (see link below to buy tickets online), so how about a competition where the first is a pair of tickets for the event, plus a meet & greet with Andy, Chris and Philip?

Thought you might quite like that!

All you have to do is to answer the following question:

q: At what time of the day was Andy born?

Send your answer, complete with your full name and address to: email: competition@andybell.com

Enteries must be received by midday 30th September.

Tickets: http://eee-uk.net/eeetickets/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=ELECTROGOGO

Regards

Greg
www.andybell.com

 

25th of September

The Erasure Show - Live in Cologne Artwork

The artwork for the forthcoming "The Erasure Show - Live in Cologne" is available within the EIS News section.

The UK release date is set for the 31st October 2005.

I've enquired about a North American (NTSC) release and was told such a release "is likely" but I have no further information regarding this.

The releases page has had some minor updates regarding this DVD, with info about audio options / 16x9 ratios / subtitle languages etc.

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/news/

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/releases/dvds/erasureshow.html

BTW for those in the UK & Ireland that haven't registered their postal address to receive the *possible* slipcase for the 'Erasure Show' DVD - you're running out of time. If a slipcase is produced then the cut off time for registrations is approaching.

Important: there does need to be a sufficient quantity of registrations to make it worth while for Mute UK to produce these promotional items.

For those outside UK & Ireland, then spare slipcases are provided free with any EIS merchandise order (to cover p&p) if requested.

Postal Registration: http://www.erasureinfo.com/register/postalupdates.html

EIS Shop: http://www.erasureinfo.com/shop/

Andy's New Single - Released Monday (UK)

Andy's fabulous new single "Crazy" is out in the UK this Monday 26th Sept on three formats (2 CDs & 1 DVD). A vinyl release of the single will follow a few weeks later.

Sanctuary Records have produced a micro-site which features the video for 'Crazy', as well as clips from Andy's album "Electric Blue".

Feel free to e-mail the url of this micro-site to friends who you think would like the new single.

Micro-site: http://www.sanctuaryrecords.co.uk/andybell/

Ear To The Ground - Updated

The rumour / speculation section of the EIS has also had some minor updates - but I'll let you guys work out what's been added!

(I'm not trying to be difficult - it's just I overwrote the old page and don't recall what changed)

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/news/eartotheground.html

Forthcoming Charity Auction

Earlier this week, the stage costumes from "The Erasure Show" were delivered to the EIS office. After I've had chance to try them on plus have checked with the band which items they wish to keep, the remaining items will be auctioned off with the proceeds going for charity.

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7592

The auction will be held online - I'm currently testing a rather fine auction add on for the EIS Forum which is probably how this is going to work. Therefore if you wish to participate in the auction then you will need an EIS Forum account.

If you are having EIS Forum login problems / have forgotten your EIS Forum password etc can you contact me ASAP (via the Contact section of the web site) so that any issues can be sorted in plenty of time. If you don't have an account then sign up now, again so any issues can be sorted out early.

Further details in a few weeks.

EIS:// http://www.erasureinfo.com/forum/

Ask Erasure Feature - Need More Questions!

I need more questions from you guys for Andy & Vince to answer for the EIS 'Ask Erasure' feature - the last batch of questions for the band were sent off today.

Please submit questions *only* via the Contact section of the web site (and pick 'Ask Erasure' as the subject).

NOTE: Sorry but any questions that have previously been answered before, or are dealt with in the "Ear To The Ground" section (see above) will be deleted - as well as "when are you next going to perform in _______" type of questions, as the response will always be "we don't know", which won't make for very exciting reading.

Have a great weekend!

Greg
Erasure Information Service

 

22nd of September

Andy Bell - Crazy

Don't forget that Crazy is out in the UK on Monday 26th September, on 2 CDs and 1 DVD!!

Crazy - 12" Vinyl Release Date

The UK release date for the Crazy 12" vinyl (mentioned in the last e-mail update) has been set for 10th Oct.

Catalogue Number: SANTW396 5050159039661

Release Date: 10th Oct 2005

Track listing:

A. Crazy [King Roc Remix]

B. Crazy [Cicada Dub]*

* Exclusive mix not on any of the first 3 formats.

Crazy DVD Issues

There has been some manufacturing difficulties with the Crazy DVD single, and therefore it will not be in HMV stores on Monday morning (26th Sept), although they will have the other two CD formats.

Virgin Megastores *will* have all three formats on the day of release and HMV should have all three formats by Tuesday.

E-Card

Sanctuary have produced a rather fine micro site / ecard to promote the new album and single, and I encourage you to forward the link to people that you think would be interested in these new releases. Links are provided to enable you to watch the complete video for Crazy (in Quicktime, Real and Windows media formats).

Here's the link!

Web: http://www.sanctuaryrecords.co.uk/andybell/

Regards

Greg
www.andybell.com

 

20th of September

Erasure Concert Clips

Several (broadband) video clips from Erasure's past gig's have been added to the EIS website (including Cowboy):

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/tour/videoclips.html

Messages Of Congratulations

Thought you might like the opportunity to leave Vince a message of congratulations via the EIS Forum - see this page for further info: EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6584&start=80

(EIS Forum account needed to post messages)

I'll pass the message onto Vince / send him the link in a few days.

Desktop Wallpaper

A few more desktop wallpapers have been added to the 'Treasure' section.

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/treasure/wallpaper.html

Andy Bell - Crazy

Just seven days to go until the UK release of Andy's new single 'Crazy'.

A Top Of The Pops appearance is almost a certainty if this single does well - so let's all get behind this release!

All three formats are available for ordering online via:

www.amazon.co.uk

www.hmv.co.uk

Regards

Greg
Erasure Information Service

 

20th of September

Seven Days To Go!

Just seven days to go until the UK release of Andy's new single 'Crazy'! See below for the full track listing of each of the three formats (with full catalogue numbers for those who wish to order the single in stores).

A Top Of The Pops appearance is almost a certainty if this single does well - so let's all get behind this release!

As the UK is getting the single release before Germany and the US (plus a greater number of mixes / b-sides) - those outside the UK may be interested in this service:

web: http://www.erasureinfo.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7529

Shaking My Soul - Clip Online

Another exclusive clip is now online! This time it's a clip of 'Shaking My Soul', which is taken from Electric Blue.

web: http://www.andybell.com/music/index.html

Electrogogo Live Performance (Thur 6th Oct) Selling Out Fast

The forthcoming live performance of Andy Bell at the Electrogogo night at Madame JoJo's is selling out fast.

Andy (and the Manhattan Clique lads) will be performing a 30-40 min live set of songs from Electric Blue - so make sure you don't miss out!

Tickets costs are: £4.00 with flyer, £6.00 on door, £7.00 online.

Tickets: http://eee-uk.net/eeetickets/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=ELECTROGOGO

The venue address is:

Madame Jojo's

8-10 Brewer Street

London

W1F 0SE

web: http://www.madamejojos.com/

International Release Dates / Track Listings

Here is a round up of the release dates / track listings of the forthcoming single / album:

## Crazy (UK Release)

- CD Single(SANXS396 5050159039609) - 26 Sept 2005

1. Crazy [Radio Edit]

2. Little Girl Lies

- Remixes CD (SANXD396 5050159039654) - 26 Sept 2005

1. Crazy [Cicada Vocal Mix]

2. Crazy [MHC Master Mix]

3. Crazy [King Roc Remix]

4. Crazy [Vince Clarke Remix]

5. Crazy [Album Version]

- DVD Single (SANDX396 5050159039692) - 26 Sept 2005

1. Crazy [Video]

2. Crazy [Acoustic]

3. Names Change

- 12" Vinyl (SANTW396 5050159039661) - Date TBC

A. Crazy [King Roc Remix]

B. Crazy [Cicada Dub]*

* Exclusive mix not on any of the first 3 formats.

## Crazy (German Release)

- CD Single - 21 Oct 2005

1. Crazy (Radio Edit)

2. Crazy (Acoustic)

3. Crazy (Cicada Vocal Mix)

4. Crazy (MHC Master Mix)

5. Crazy (King Roc Remix)

6. Crazy (Vince Clarke Remix)

## Crazy (US Release)

Tracklisting / Release Date TBC.

## Electric Blue

- Germany CD - 30 Sept 2005

- UK CD - 3 Oct 2005

- UK Vinyl Ltd Ed - 3 Oct 2005

- USA CD - 4 Oct 2005

Andy Bell Interview / German Live Events

Erasure.de have recently published an interview with Andy in German. English translation to come later.

web: http://www.erasure.de/erasure/interview/detail.php?nr=1939

Andy will perform a short Gig at the monthly Gay Party Series Klub International in Berlin, 1st October

Location: Kino International, Karl-Marx-Allee 33, 10178 Berlin-Mitte.

Doors open: 11:00pm

Andy on stage: After midnight

Also Andy is due to appear on the Abba show, also at Berlin:

Show recording: 1st October

Doors Open: 6:30pm

Start: 8:00pm

Tickets and further information at erasure.de.

web: http://www.erasure.de/erasure/news/detail.php?nr=1965&kategorie=news

Regards

www.andybell.com

 

15th of September

New Andy Bell interview / CD review

There's a new interview with Andy (in German) available online now at discover.de: http://www.discover.de

Also a review of Andy's new solo album here: http://www.discover.de

If you can't read German, there's a translator available here at altavista.com

Thanks to Jens Hoehner for the links.

 

15th of September

"The Erasure Show - Live in Cologne" DVD

Yes!! Details for the eagerly anticipated "The Erasure Show - Live in Cologne" DVD can now be revealed!

With 25 songs from this years 'Erasure Show' performance (filmed in Cologne), 3 from the 2003 'The Other Tour' performance (filmed in Copenhagen) plus the addition of bonus material, this DVD is certainly a well rounded package.

The DVD contents is too long to list in this e-mail, therefore visit the EIS releases section for further details:

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/releases/dvds/erasureshow.html

The release date is still to be confirmed.

By the way, if you are in the UK and Ireland and haven't re-submitted your postal details for Mute UK to send you promotional material, then do so now:

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/register/postalupdates.html

EIS Gallery Updated

Some photos of Andy DJing at the Redstar event last Friday have been added to the EIS Gallery:

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/gallery/fanphotos.html

'Electric Blue' (Andy Bell) Vinyl Release

For those of you that don't subscribe to the Andybell.com mailing list (where news regarding Andy's solo work will be announced first) the forthcoming vinyl release of 'Electric Blue' will be limited to just 1,000 copies (and will be electric blue coloured!)

If you are interested in ordering the album online, Amazon.co.uk have both the vinyl and the CD formats available for pre-order:

'Electric Blue' CD (SANCD382): www.amazon.co.uk

'Electric Blue' Vinyl (SANLP382): www.amazon.co.uk

Regards

Greg
Erasure Information Service

 

9th of September

Andy Bell DJ set

Andy Bell will be playing a rare guest DJ set tonight (Friday 9th Sept) at London club night 'Pearl Necklace'. Andy will be playing a set of quality pop & electro and will be on at Midnight. Don't miss!

9pm-4am, Free B4 10pm, £5 After

Redstar

319 Camberwell Road

Camberwell Green

London

Info- 07745 812 786

Guestlist- guest@redstarbar.co.uk

Posted by Paul Knight on various Yahoo groups.

 

9th of September

New Clip Online : Crazy (Cicada Vocal Mix)

It's the turn of the Remix CD now!

Available now is a sample of 'Crazy (Cicada Vocal Mix)', which features on the Crazy Remixes CD, in Windows, Real and Quicktime media formats.

http://www.andybell.com/music/index.html

'Electric Blue' Vinyl - Limited Edition

The album 'Electric Blue' (release date 3rd October) is to be released on two formats, CD and vinyl. The vinyl edition will be electric blue coloured (of course!) and will be limited to just 1,000 copies.

If you are interested in ordering the album online, Amazon.co.uk have both the vinyl and the CD formats available for pre-order:

'Electric Blue' CD (SANCD382): www.amazon.co.uk

'Electric Blue' Vinyl (SANLP382): www.amazon.co.uk

'The Box' Music Channel

For those of you in the UK, make sure that you tune into the music channel 'The Box' this weekend (10th / 11th Sept), as they will be playing quite a few videos featuring Andy!

They will of course be playing the video for his forthcoming single 'Crazy', but they will also be playing Erasure hits 'Sometimes' and 'Lay All Your Love On Me'.

Feel free to contact 'The Box' via email at: firstplay@thebox.co.uk for requests to play 'Crazy'.

Sky Digital : 449

NTL Home : 606

Telewest : 325

web: http://www.thebox.co.uk/

Regards

www.andybell.com

 

8th of September

Important - UK & Ireland Erasure Postal Database

Mute UK's marketing department send out slipcases to promote forthcoming releases of Erasure singles to those addresses which are held on the Erasure postal database. This database is comprised of the information that is sent in from returned reply cards, addresses submitted via the EIS etc.

As you can imagine, after several years the information contained within this database has gotten stale, therefore it is being wiped and recreated.

If you are resident within the UK or Ireland and wish to continue to receive whatever promotional items that Mute send out, it is important that you add you details to this new database ASAP (there is the possibility of a slipcase being produced for the forthcoming Erasure Show DVD).

You may enter you address details here: EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/register/postalupdates.html

EIS Web Updates

There have been several updates to the EIS website over the past few days:

- Photo Gallery -

A selection of pictures from the recent BBC Radio 2 Blackpool event has been added to the fan gallery, as well as additional photos from 'The Erasure Show'.

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/gallery/fanphotos.html

- Live Appearances -

The 'Tour' section has been replaced with a new section entitled 'Live'. Okay not a huge difference, but it does now list the forthcoming live appearances by Andy.

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/tour/

- Ear To The Ground -

This is a new section that summarises all currently known information regarding future Erasure releases / tours that the band have revealed in various interviews etc.

*Important* I should point out that just because something is listed on this page doesn't mean that it is *actually* going to happen (unless otherwise noted) - projects / ideas / plans change all the time. It will be interesting to look back at this page in 12 months and see which of these projects actually happened!

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/news/eartotheground.html

Andybell.com

In a week or two, andybell.com will be running a competition to win signed promo's etc. To be eligible to enter you must be signed up to receive the andybell.com email newsletter.

You may sign up here:

AB.com: http://www.andybell.com/mailinglist/index.html

Cheers!

Greg (aka "Off Da Hook Hung Daddy")

(that makes more sense if you read this: http://www.erasureinfo.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=159608#159608 )

Erasure Information Service

 

6th of September

Radio 2 - Blackpool Illuminations

The Radio 2 website has a page where you can listen to the Blackpool Illuminations concert again, which featured two Erasure songs performed by Andy - Breathe and A Little Respect. Click here and click on Listen Again. The Erasure songs are 15 mins into the programme.

New sound clip

The Manhattan Clique site has added another sound file from Andy's new album. Click here to listen to 'Runaway', as well as other sound clips.

 

2nd of September

Claudia Brucken Interview

Claudia Brücken kindly took the time to chat about her recent work with Andy on his Electric Blue album. Also joining the chat was Paul Humphreys (who has partnered with Claudia forming the group Onetwo.)

The first part of this interview is available within the 'Extras' section of andybell.com.

'I Thought It Was You' - Sound Clip

A clip of 'I Thought It Was You', the eagerly anticipated song that features Andy's duet with Jake Shears (from The Scissor Sisters) has been added to the 'Music' section.

BBC Radio 2

Make sure that you tune into BBC Radio 2 between 20:30 and 21:30 on the 2nd September to hear Andy perform live at The Blackpool Illuminations event.

BBC Radio 2 is available live via DAB digital radio, the Internet, Sky Digital, Digital Cable and Freeview. It is also possible to listen to BBC Radio 2 shows for 7 days after broadcast via the BBC Radio 2 website.

Pre-ordering 'Crazy' / 'Electric Blue'

With Andy's debut solo single and album nearing release, I would like to highlight the importance of pre-ordering and first week purchasing.

Those of you that receive the official Erasure (EIS) email newsletter will be familiar with such promptings - however the importance of a successful chart position for this new project can not be overstated. I realise it may seem obvious, however high chart placements *do* encourage further singles and subsequent live / TV appearances, something that all us fans appreciate and want more of!

So if you are able to, pre-order the album and singles in your local store to demonstrate the demand to retailers, and if you'll be buying the single and / or album then doing so in the first week of release would be great!

Regards

www.andybell.com

 

25th of August

The Box - Crazy Video

The video for 'Crazy' is to be aired this Friday (26th August) on the UK music channel 'The Box', as part of their 'First Play Friday' session - so stayed tune on the channel between 16:00 and 20:00.

The Box is available on the following platforms:

Sky Digital: 449

NTL Home: 606

Telewest: 325

Web: http://www.thebox.co.uk

'Crazy' Vince Clarke Mix

A clip of the 'Vince Clarke mix' of 'Crazy' is now online for your enjoyment! Check out the 'Music' section for details. Make sure you check out the Manhattan Clique website for further exclusive sound samples.

web: http://www.manhattanclique.com

'Crazy' Artwork

If you scroll back through the 'News' section of the website and read the news item concerning the 'Crazy' track listing - this has been updated to include the artwork for all three formats.

'Crazy' Desktop wallpaper

And speaking of the video, a selection of hi-res wallpaper based on scenes from the 'Crazy' video can be downloaded from the 'Extras' section.

Regards
www.andybell.com

 

19th of August

Andy Bell @ Redstar (9th Sept)

Andy will be DJing at the 'Pearl Necklace' night at the Redstar bar/club in Camberwell, London on the Friday 9th September.

For further info: web: Redstarbar

Andy Bell @ Madame JoJo's (6th Oct)

On Thursday 6th October, Andy Bell will be performing a live set at the 'Electrogogo' night at Madame JoJo's in London to launch his new solo album.

The club is open between 9pm and 3am. Entry is £4.00 with flyer or £6.00 on the door.

For further info:

Web: Electrogogo

Web: Madamejojos

Andy Bell's 'Electric Blue' Review

The music website 'arjan writes' has just published one of the first (if not *the* first!) reviews of Andy's forthcoming album 'Electric Blue', and is extremely positive about the album.

For the full review:

Web: www.arjanwrites.com

'Ask Erasure' Updated

After quite a long break, the 'Ask Erasure' feature is back! This month both Andy and Vince have answered a selection of your questions.

Amongst the queries answered, Andy reveals the meaning behind the song 'Crown of Thorns' and his thoughts on a Christmas album. Meanwhile Vince discusses the music he listens to these days and the possible Dolby 5.1 release of Loveboat in the near future.

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/features/askerasure.html

EIS Gallery Updated

A further 130 images have been added to the EIS Gallery, mainly the fan gallery ('The Erasure Show V', 'The Other Tour II', 'Cowboy Tour', 'The Circus Tour'), but also the 'Video Captures' section.

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/gallery/fanphotos.html

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/gallery/videocaptures.html

Digimpro Remix Competition Winner

Over the past few weeks, EIS members have been voting via the forum for their ten favourite fan mixes of 'Here I go Impossible Again' that were created using the extremely popular Digimpro remix software. These ten mixes were subsequently forwarded onto Erasure, who have chosen a final overall winner!

And that winner is: Glynns Smash Mix by Glynn Jaine, who will win an iPod and a complete set of Erasure Live Here Now CDs. The other nine finalists will each receive a choice of three Live Here Now CDs each.

As a thank you for those that took the trouble to vote in *every* round of the competition, copies of the 'Here I Go Impossible Again / All This Time Still Falling Out Of Love' radio and club promos CDs have been sent to each of you.

Visit the news section for links to audio streams of the mixes and the bands comments on the mixes.

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/news/

Digimpro: http://www.digimpro.com/

Cheers!

Greg
Erasure Information Service

 

18th of August

Andy Bell album cover and review

The website 'Arjan Writes' has posted a short review of each track on Andy's new album 'Electric Blue', plus there's a pic of the album cover!. Click here to see it.

Crazy tracklisting

The tracklisting for Andy's forthcoming solo single 'Crazy' has been revealed on his website. The single will be available on the 26th of September on 2 CDs and a DVD single.

CD1

1. Crazy (Radio Edit)
2. Little Girl Lies

CD 2

1. Crazy (Cicada Vocal Mix)
2. Crazy (MHC Master Mix)
3. Crazy (King Roc Remix)
4. Crazy (Vince Clarke Remix)
5. Crazy (Album Version)

DVD

Crazy (Video)
Crazy (Acoustic Version)
Names Change

Radio 2 Blackpool Illuminations competition

Radio 2 have a competition on their site to win VIP tickets to the switch on of the Blackpool Illuminations on Friday 2nd September (featuring a half hour set of Erasure songs from Andy and Manhattan Clique). 'One family (of four) have the opportunity to win a night in Blackpool to see the Illuminations 'Switch On'. The prize includes bed and breakfast accommodation for a family of four in the Big Blue Hotel at Blackpool Pleasure Beach plus unlimited ride wristbands for the Pleasure Beach. You will also be able to meet all the stars from the show.' Click here to enter.

 

13th of August

BBC Radio 2 Event - Blackpool 2nd September

As part of a large BBC Radio 2 event in Blackpool, Andy (with a little help from Manhattan Clique) will be performing live a selection of Erasure's greatest hits!

If you watched the video clip posted on the EIS site last week, you will understand why Vince is unavailable for the event, however Vince's influence is still felt by his choices of songs that Andy, Chris and Phil will be performing.

The venue is the 'Radio 2 Arena' near the North Pier, and they will be on stage approx 7:20 - 8:10. In addition, two songs will be performed live on BBC Radio 2.

Further details in the next EIS Update.

Web: http://www.blackpooltourism.com/illuminate.asp

(Note - the above web page only seems to work in Internet Explorer - the content doesn't appear in Firefox)

Andybell.com Update

Andy's website has been updated with a clip of 'Crazy', the first single from his forthcoming album 'Electric Blue'.

Also Amazon.co.uk have his new album available for preorder.

Web: http://www.andybell.com/

Cheers!

Greg
Erasure Information Service

 

11th of August

Blackpool Illuminations

This isn't official yet, but according to the Blackpool tourism website, Erasure will be performing on the Radio 2 stage at the switch on of this year's Blackpool Illuminations on Friday the 2nd of September. No other details at the moment.

 

11th of August

Andybell.com Website Updates

- Gallery

A selection of photos taken at a recent photo shoot for the 'Electric Blue' artwork has been added to the site. These feature Andy and the Manhattan Clique guys in silver makeup!

- Biography

Andy has written a brief biography detailing some parts of his life up to the formation of Erasure - http://www.andybell.com

Andy Bell Goldfrapp Mix Out Now

Out in UK stores (2xCD, 1DVD) and as a digital download is 'Ooh La La', the brand new single from Goldfrapp.

Andy Bell (with a little help from Manhattan Clique) has provided a rather fine mix of the single, titled 'Ooh La La - When Andy Bell Met Manhattan Clique Mix', complete with additional vocals (provided by Andy.)

'Ooh La La - When Andy Bell Met Manhattan Clique Mix' is available on the DVD single, as well as iTunes (UK) and 7Digital.com for the digital download.

Regards

www.andybell.com

 

8th of August

*Exclusive* Message From Andy

I recently recorded a (very) brief message from Andy, where he talks about 'Electric Blue' and Erasure's acoustic album.

The clip is available in Windows Media (broadband) here

Real Media and dial up versions of this clip, plus transcript will be added to the EIS site by Monday.

Apologies for the poor sound quality - we were trying to be quiet so as not to disturb the photographer in the studio at the time - plus it's only about the third time I'm used a camcorder (apart from many years ago - when I used to reenact scenes from 'Doctor Who' but it's probably best not to mention that. Oops!)

Thanks to Janet btw, who was asking the questions off camera.

Ooh La La - Goldfrapp

Out in stores on Monday (2xCD, 1DVD) and available *now* as a digital download is 'Ooh La La', the brand new single from Goldfrapp.

Why is this being mentioned on an EIS newsletter?

Well Andy Bell (with a little help from Manhattan Clique) has provided a rather fine mix of the single, titled 'Ooh La La - When Andy Bell Met Manhattan Clique Mix'.

Of particular note is the additional vocals provided by Andy, which certainly enhance the mix in my eyes (well ears!)

'Ooh La La - When Andy Bell Met Manhattan Clique Mix' is available on the DVD single, as well as iTunes (UK) and 7Digital.com for the digital download.

Direct download links:

iTunes (UK Store)

7 Digital

Digimpro - Mac Issues

I understand that Mac users have been having problems accessing the 'Here I Go Impossible Again' .dl file on the recent single (LCDMUTE334).

If you are one of these Mac users, could you e-mail me and let me know?

The Mac version of the Digimpro software is available for download from the Digimpro site:

Digimpro: http://www.digimpro.com/

'Here I Go Impossible Again / All This Time'

I'm sure Erasure fans in the US don't need reminding that the third single from 'Nightbird' was released on the 26th July. I quite liked the following quote from Billboard: "Another fresh, inspired and yes signature composition that will bring grins."

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/releases/singles/hereigoimpossibleagain.html

iPod Competition

The voting for the remix competition will finish at the end of Monday 8th August. EIS Forum registrations will be enabled as soon as voting has concluded.

Looking at the stats, the mixes have been downloaded / streamed 25,000+ times so far.

Congratulations to those that have won each of the first four groups, group number five voting is taking place now.

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/treasure/comp.html

EIS Web Site Updates

- Gallery -

Some old press photos from the 'Innocents', 'Chorus' and 'Tiny Tour' era have been added to the gallery.

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/gallery/

- Fan Mixes -

A few weeks ago the 'Fan Mixes' section was updated with several more mixes. Several more are due to be added in a week or two, and when that occurs further MP3's of the older mixes will be removed.

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/treasure/fanmixes.html

- Discography -

The discography section is *finally* being revamped. Currently the album section has had details of (some) non-UK releases added, as well as direct links to iTunes and MSN Music for many of the tracks. More updates to come.

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/releases/albums.html

- Links -

Not too exciting, but several links to photographers and fan sites have been added to the links section.

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/links/

Cheers!

Greg
Erasure Information Service

 

5th of August

When Andy Bell met Manhattan Clique mix

The Andy Bell and Manhattan Clique remix of Goldfrapp's new single 'Ooh La La' is now available to download from itunes. It'll also be available on the DVD single, which is released on August the 8th.

Electric Blue

Andy's solo album 'Electric Blue', which is released on the 3rd of October, is now available to pre-order from amazon.co.uk

 

20th of July

Andy Bell album tracklisting revealed

The final master of 'Electric Blue' has been delivered to Sanctuary, and the tracklisting is now confirmed as follows:

Intro
Caught In A Spin
Crazy
Love Oneself [1]
I Thought It Was You [2]
Electric Blue
Jealous
Shaking My Soul
Runaway
I'll Never Fall In Love Again
Delicious [1]
Fantasy
See The Lights Go Out
The Rest Of Our Lives

[1] Duet with Claudia Brucken

[2] Duet with Jake Shears

The album will be released on CD, and a limited edition coloured vinyl is also being planned - in electric blue of course!

All the remixes for 'Crazy' have also now been delivered, and the boys are in the studio this week putting the final touches to their own MHC Remix. DJ club promos will be manufactured very shortly, and we will hopefully be adding some sound clips of the remixes to the sites very shortly.

The video is also well under way - it is taking over 2 months to make, and Andy, Philip and Chris will be adding their bits shortly. Have a look at the Al + Al website to get an idea of what it will be like www.alandal.co.uk

Lots more news due shortly - in the meantime, please keep coming back, as there will be lots of new info going up in the next couple of weeks.

Regards

www.andybell.com

 

15th of July

Future Retro : Rhino Records/Warner Music (USA)

Originally due for release in July, the Rhino Records / Warner Music compilation "Future Retro" is now scheduled for a September release on both vinyl and CD formats. Of particular interest is the Electrospect mix of 'A Little Respect' by Jaded Alliance.

Current US release date is the 27th September, and the track listing is available within the EIS News section.

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/news/

Digimpro Remix Voting Now On!

Voting for the best Digimpro mixes of 'Here I Go Impossible Again' is now on! See the following page for further information:

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/treasure/comp.html (I have a mix in the 1st group! - please check it out - J).

Greg
Erasure Information Service

 

1st of July

Andy Bell Signs New Record Deal

Erasure frontman Andy Bell has signed a worldwide solo recording deal with Sanctuary Records, and announced details of his debut album, which will be released on 3rd October 2005, and entitled 'Electric Blue'.

The first single release will be 'Crazy', released on September 26th. The single will come on three formats, with club remixes from Erasure partner Vince Clarke, plus Cicada, MHC and King Roc. It will also feature additional non-album tracks and the video, which is being made by the award-winning Al + Al.

The album features 14 brand new tracks, including two duets, with Claudia Brucken (of Propaganda and Act) and Jake Shears (of Scissor Sisters), and encompasses a variety of musical genres.

'Electric Blue' was co-written and recorded throughout 2004 and 2005 with Manhattan Clique (Philip Larsen & Chris Smith) who have worked with Erasure, Moby, The B-52's, Stereophonics and Goldfrapp in recent months.

Live dates are being planned for late 2005/early 2006, and the trio are also planning a series of PA's and DJ gigs around album release.

As one half of Erasure, Andy Bell has sold in excess of 20 million records worldwide, and chalked up over 30 hit singles. Latest album 'Nightbird' received huge critical acclaim, as did a recent sold-out European and North American tour.

http://www.andybell.com/

http://www.manhattanclique.com/

http://www.sanctuaryrecords.co.uk/

'LOGO' Evening Of Erasure - Wednesday 6th July

The recently launched US digital channel 'LOGO' (from MTV Networks) is dedicating an night to Erasure on Wednesday 6th July:

5:00 PM & 9:00 PM - Erasure Video Countdown (Musical)

Andy Bell and Vince Clarke present videos that inspired them, as well as their own hits.

6:00 PM & 10:00 PM - Erasure The Tank, the Swan, and the Balloon Live! (Musical) The synth-pop duo performs at Manchester Apollo Theatre.

LOGO is available via several cable/satellite providers in the US, such as Directv, Time Warner Cable and RCN cable, however I suggest you check with your local provider to confirm if they carry the channel.

LOGO : http://www.logoonline.com/

Directv : http://www.directv.com/

Time Warner Cable : http://www.directv.com/

RCN Cable : http://www.rcn.com/

(Thanks to Jason Lin for the info)

EIS Forum Poll

An interesting poll is currently running on the EIS Forum, which poses the question: "Which recent single has had the best overall range of mixes?"

EIS: http://www.erasureinfo.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7053

Cheers!

Greg
Erasure Information Service

 

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