News 2002

 

31st of December

Bits of news

There's a new interview with Andy available at remembertheeighties.com

Erasure are the 86th most successful band/artist of all time according to the latest edition of 'The Guinness Book Of Hit Singles'. This is based on the number of weeks spent in the Top 75 UK singles charts. They have spent just over 200 weeks in the Top 75!

There's a very good review of the new album in the latest issue of Record Collector magazine (UK)

 

24th of December

Christmas message from Andy and Vince!

Mute and Jonny EIS have both posted on ISay about this special christmas message from Vince and Andy!. To view it (I only get sound and moving pictures using the Real video 28k option, so if you were having problems with the 56k one like me, try that!) you'll need Realplayer or Windows media player. You can get free versions from the following sites:-

http://www.real.com

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/download/default.asp

Click on one of the links below to view the message!

RealVideo

ISDN quality

RealVideo

56k modem quality

RealVideo

28k modem quality

Windows Media

ISDN quality

Windows Media

56k modem quality

Windows Media

28k modem quality

And if Andy and Vince are reading this, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you too!.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone!. Thanks for visiting the site this year and thanks also to all the people who've sent me emails and signed the guestbook. I really appreciate it. Remember if you hear Solsbury Hill on the radio to ring/email them and tell them how much you like the song!. And if you don't hear it, ring/email them and ask them "why aren't you playing it, you silly person?"...er, actually no, don't do that!. Just say something like "please play it!". Best to be polite! (it is Christmas, after all! ;). It was heard on Radio 2 today! (the UK's most listened to radio station!).

 

21st of December

'Solsbury Hill' added to Radio 2 playlist

Erasure's new single will be on Radio 2's 'C' list from next week, and will be on the 'B' list from January 6th.

Please note that the Erasure Information Service will be closed until January 2nd; any developments over the intervening time will be posted to the website news section.

News from the latest EIS update

 

17th of December

Erasure Christmas concert

Here's the set list for the Christmas concert last Friday:

Alien
In My Arms
Blue Savannah
Ship Of Fools
Can't Help Falling In Love
Chains Of Love
Breath Of Life
Oh L'amour
Always
Love To Hate You
Victim Of Love
A Little Respect

Q+A's with Andy and Vince (questions asked by Jonny EIS)

True Love Ways
You Surround Me
Piano Song
Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime
You've Lost That Loving Feeling
Chorus
Goodnight

Encore:
Solsbury Hill
Sometimes
Stop!

The concert was a big success. The whole concert was filmed and footage from it will be used for the Solsbury Hill video (that's for the UK - the video for the US is the original Vince Clarke directed one which was rejected by Erasure's UK record company - Andy described himself in a recent radio interview as looking like a haggard old drag queen in it!!, so look out for that if you're in the US!). No idea which video the rest of the world will be getting. I'm hoping to have some pictures here soon. There are already pictures available at Craig's Erasure page (click on tour2002), Keith Orbell's site, Darren Wood's site and Petra's Erasure Page.

 

17th of December

Erasure - When Will I See You Again & Walking In The Rain

RealAudio clips of two more tracks from the forthcoming Erasure album, 'Other People's Songs', are now *exclusively* available at our website: www.erasureinfo.com

The tracks are 'When Will I See You Again', a hit for The Three Degress, and 'Walking In The Rain', a Phil Spector wall-of-sound production for The Ronettes.

To hear then, click on the track names, and then select the audio quality according to the speed of your internet connection.

RealAudio clips of two 'Solsbury Hill' b-sides, two remixes of 'Solsbury Hill', plus four other album tracks are also available.

www.erasureinfo.com is now hosted on a dedicated server for faster loading times.

Remember to pre-order 'Solsbury Hill'

Erasure's new single, 'Solsbury Hill', is meeting with some resistance in the shops. Retailers are not convinced that this is a major release with a chance of getting into the top twenty. They are, of course, wrong. But there is only one way to convince them of this.

We need more fans to get out to the shops and pre-order the single. It makes a *huge* difference; if a shop gets several pre-orders for a single, they'll order in extra stock, which will in turn mean more shelf space. And it's a fact that the more copies are on sale, the more copies the single will shift. And it's also a fact that if people *don't* order the single in advance then the shops may not have any copies in stock *at all*. And because it's only on sale for one week, there won't be another opporunity to order it.

I cannot overstate how important it is that this release does well. It deserves every success but we just can't take that success for granted. And lots of decisions, like whether any further Erasure singles will be released, depend on 'Solsbury Hill' getting a decent chart placing

We can easily do it. If every UK resident on this mailing list pre-ordered all three formats of the single, it would be guaranteed a top twenty chart position.

Retailers think that people don't care about Erasure. But we can prove them wrong. All it needs is for Erasure's fans to play their part.

The catalogue numbers for the three CDs are:

Solsbury Hill - CD MUTE 275
Solsbury Hill remixes - LCD MUTE 275
Solsbruy Hill DVD - DVD MUTE 275

The CDs are released by Mute Records Limited and distributed by Vital. Please help, because it is Erasure's fans who will make this release a success.

Christmas Concert Photos

Just a brief note to thank everyone who attended and made the event such a success. Thanks in particular to Shaun Connon, Andy Whittle, the staff at the Sanctuary, Manhattan Clique and to Squirt, Jo, Dom, Neil and Darren.

More information and Frequently Asked Questions on the concert will follow. If you have any photos from the concert, I would love to see them and add them to the web site. Please either email them as .jpg attachments no larger than 800 x 600, or send URL details of where they might be found.

News from the latest erasureinfo update.

 

9th of December

Erasure competition at TOTP2

Top Of The Pops 2's website has a competition to win a pair of tickets to Friday's Christmas gig. Be quick if you'd like to enter, as the competition closes tomorrow! (the 10th). Click here to enter.

New Erasure interview

I've added the first part of an interview Andy and Vince did with Southern FM (Brighton radio station) to the audio section of erasurette. The second part of the interview will be added very soon. Thanks loads to Fernanda for recording and sending me the interview.

 

9th of December

Erasure - Make Me Smile [Come Up And See Me] & Everyday

RealAudio clips of two more tracks from the forthcoming Erasure album, 'Other People's Songs', are now * exclusively * available at our website: www.erasureinfo.com

The tracks are 'Make Me Smile [Come Up And See Me]', originally a hit for Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, and Buddy Holly's 'Everyday'.

To hear them, click on the track names, and then select the audio quality according to the speed of your internet connection. Details of 'Other People's Songs' and 'Solsbury Hill' are now also available in the 'discography' section.

RealAudio clips of the b-sides 'Tell It To Me', 'Ave Marie', two re-mixes of 'Solsbury Hill', plus the album tracks 'Solsbury Hill' and 'Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime' are also available.

North American 'Solsbury Hill' release

The release of the maxi-single 'Solsbury Hill' in North America has been brought forward and is now scheduled for * 14th January *. The North American CD single brings together all of the tracks from the three UK CD releases.

Special offer with amazon.com

From 12th December, you can pre-order Erasure's Other People's Songs and hear the entire album in your personal digital jukebox before it is released.

For details on how to pre-order, click here

For those in the UK, please note that sales through amazon.com do * not * count towards the UK album chart, whereas sales through amazon.co.uk to UK addresses * do * count.

New Andy Bell interview

Andy Bell has recently been interviewed by 'Skrufff'; the conversation can be found here

Erasure's new album has also been previewed by London listings magazines 'What's On' and 'Time Out'.

Info from the latest EIS Update

 

Erasure - Christmas Concert interview

Erasure's performance at the concert this Friday will include a question-and-answer session with the band half-way through, where the band will answer questions put to them by the fans. If you have a question for Vince or Andy, please email it to me (Jonny@eisinfo.demon.co.uk) with the subject line 'Christmas Questions'.

The question can be about Erasure's career, their music, or life in general. Anything you like really, within reason. This is your chance to ask them that burning question that has haunted you day and night.

A list of the most interesting, bizarre and exciting questions will be compiled for the concert, and Erasure will then decide which to use in the show.

Everyone whose question is used will also receive a special prize.

Please note: One question per person. Please try to phrase the questions so that they won't have 'yes' or 'no' answers. Any questions which are along the lines of 'When are you going to play a concert in [insert city/country of choice]?' will be disregarded.

Erasure - Christmas Concert details

Thankfully, it looks like most of the missing tickets are now reaching people. However, some people will have been contacted by TicketMaster and informed that they will collect their tickets from the venue box office. If this applies to you, please note that the box office will be open from * 6pm * [an hour before the doors open, at * 7pm * ]. You will need to present your booking confirmation number and the credit card with which the booking was made.

I've had quite a few people contacting the EIS offering spare tickets; I've compiled a list of people who are after spares, and if you'd like to be added to it [or have some spare tickets], please email me with the subject line 'Spare tickets'.

We will be selling a variety of exclusive and fabulous Erasure t-shirts at the event. On the night, we will only be accepting payment made in * cash * and will be unable to process credit cards, cheques, or 'discounts' or 'merchandise credit'. However, all of the merchandise available on the night will be available by mail order from the website in the new year.

Website update

The website now includes a 'links' section, two new and previously unpublished press photos have been added to the 'photos' section, and an Erasure Information Service exclusive Vince Clarke audio track - 'What A Wonderful World' - has been added to the 'discography' section. The track is something of a precursor to his work on 'Other People's Songs'.

Info from the latest EIS Update

 

6th of December

Win Erasure Christmas concert tickets!

Thanks to Simon from Rainbownetwork.com for this info:

Hi there

Just a quick email to let you know that we have a last minute competition to win two pairs of tickets to Erasure's Birmingham gig on December 13

Click here to enter!

 

3rd of December

Erasure - Christmas Concert Tickets

This is a follow-up to the previous update from the EIS:

Regarding enquiries for missing tickets.

If and only if you have booked tickets with Ticketmaster for the Christmas Concert show on December 13th, but have *not* received them, you should email: csm.cancelled@ticketmaster.co.uk

The above email address is the best way of contacting TicketMaster for enquiries regarding missing tickets *only*.

Important note:

If you have any *other* enquiries, please do *not* use the above phone number or email address, as the people running it are dealing solely with getting people's tickets to them. But unfortunately they are currently getting bogged down with lots of calls and email unrelated to missing tickets.

So, if you have a query about tickets which isn't, "I haven't received them yet, where are they?", then please do *not* use the above email address or phone number, but instead call TicketMaster on 0870 4000 700.

And if you have a query about some other aspect of the concert, or Erasure, then please email me: jonny@eisinfo.demon.co.uk

Please also note that the concert has *sold out* and no more tickets are going to be made available.

 

Erasure - Christmas Concert Tickets

It seems that many people have not yet received their tickets for the Christmas Concert on December 13th.

TicketMaster are eager to get the situation sorted and have assigned a couple of members of staff to deal with all the enquiries.

If you have booked but *not* received tickets, you should email: csm.cancelled@ticketmaster.co.uk

To make processing your tickets as easy as possible, use the subject line 'Erasure' and try to include as many relevant details as possible: your booking confirmation number, your name and address et cetera.

The above email address is the *best* way of contacting TicketMaster. However, if you can't email, then you can phone 0161 2281953 and ask for Mark Spur or Rosie Horrad.

Please pass on this information to anyone you know who has booked for tickets but who might not have received this message.

Hopefully this means people in the UK will start to receive their tickets through the post shortly, and those outside the UK can be reassured - and guaranteed - that they will be able to attend the show, and they will collect their tickets on the night before the doors open/whilst they queue/as they enter the venue, and no-one will end up at the back of the queue. But please email the above address to check the situation.

With regards to people who have exchanged/re-allocated tickets that haven't physically arrived, there should be no problem for someone else to collect them on the night if they give the order confirmation number and details. However, I'd appreciate it if anyone who is in this situation could let me know beforehand so that this can be organised as smoothly as possible.

I hope this sets people's minds at rest, particularly those people who will be travelling a long way to the show, and everyone who has already booked travel and hotels. You will all get in to the gig, you will all have a fantastic time, and I promise you, you have nothing nothing nothing to worry about. Nothing is going to be allowed to spoil your enjoyment of this event.

Info from Jonny EIS

 

2nd of December

New Andy interviews

Listen to a recent radio interview with Andy on Lincs FM - available on erasure.org. There's also a new interview with Andy (written in German) at www.re-flexion.de and erasure.de

Vote for Erasure!

Virgin Radio are having a poll to find the Top100 great British artists. It'd be great if Erasure could get in the chart. Please click the picture below to vote (you must be in the UK).

Vote for Erasure!

 

2nd of December

Erasure - Solsbury Hill remixes

RealAudio clips of two of the remixes from the forthcoming 'Solsbury Hill' CDs are now exclusively available at the website: www.erasureinfo.com

The tracks are 'Solsbury Hill [Manhattan Clique Extended Remix]', a mix which utilises certain elements from previous Erasure remixes, and 'Solsbury Hill [Radio Mix]', mixed by Kylie Minogue producer Mike Spencer.

To hear them, click on 'Solsbury Hill' below the album and single images and then click on the relevant mix, and then select the audio quality according to the speed of your internet connection.

RealAudio clips of the b-sides 'Tell It To Me', 'Ave Marie', plus the single 'Solsbury Hill' and the album track 'Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime' are also available.

The remaining tracks from the 3 CD singles will be uploaded in Feburary, so if you want to hear them before then, you'll have to buy the singles.

Erasure - Christmas Concert

I've heard from many people who have not received their tickets for this concert yet. I am currently in contact with TicketMaster and expect to be able to make an announcement on how this situation will be resolved in the next couple of days.

In the meantime, you should contact Ticketmaster, rather than the EIS, with any specific enquiries. According to Ticketmaster, all of the tickets were sent out approximately three weeks ago.

I can, however, reassure everyone who has bought and paid for a ticket that they will be able to attend the event, even if we end up having to distribute replacements to people in the queue outside. Alteratively, they may be collected from the venue box office before the doors open or as you walk in. You may be asked to provide the confirmation number given when you booked the ticket[s]. But hopefully it will not come to that.

Cameras are permitted in the venue on the understanding that all the best photos are made available to the Erasure Information Service to use on the website. Video and audio recording is not permitted, and will be unnecessary as the show is going to be professionally filmed and recorded

Info taken from the latest EIS update

 

25th of November

Erasure - Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime

A RealAudio clip of the second track from the forthcoming 'Other People's Songs' album is now exclusively available at: www.erasureinfo.com

To hear it, click on 'Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime' and then select the audio quality according to the speed of your internet connection. It's a stripped-down, very funky, modern reworking of the classic orignally recorded by The Korgis. A RealAudio clip of the fabulous new single, 'Solsbury Hill', is also available.

Erasure - Solsbury Hill sleeve artwork

The sleeve artwork for all three formats of the new single are now also available at www.erasureinfo.com Click on the thumbnails for larger versions.

Pre-ordering the UK release

We want Erasure to get the highest possible chart placing with 'Solsbury Hill'. That's why it is being deleted from sale after one week; we want to encourage everyone to grab the single, in all three formats, in that one week.

The only way to guarantee you get all three formats of this release will be by pre-ordering all three formats of the single with your local high street record shop.

We are building a sense of excitement about this new single.

You can help make this happen. Erasure's fans are their greatest asset. That means you.

When you pre-order the single, talk to the shop assistant. Ask them if they know about the new Erasure single. Ask them about the different formats. Ask them whether it is true that it is only going to be available for one week. If they don't know about it, tell them about it.

And then, after you have done this, go to all the other record shops in your area, and pre-order all three formats of the single there, too. Ask about the single, the formats, the availability. This will make a real difference.

If a shop assistant has three or four different people asking about the new Erasure single in the space of one day, they will remember it. They will realise that there are a lot of Erasure fans out there. They will realise how enthusiastic people are about this new single.

Go in tomorrow. And then go in again next week, and the week after. Keep on asking. Keep on spreading the word about this great new single.

And don't forget to phone up your local radio stations and politely request they play 'Solsbury Hill', the new single from Erasure, because you've heard great things about it from your friends and would like to hear it. If they don't play it... give it a couple of days, and then phone again. And if they do play it... phone them up and say you really enjoyed that song they just played about 'the hill', ask them who it was by, and ask them to play it again.

News taken form the latest EIS update

 

22nd of November

Erasure - The Other Tour - Extra Date

Due to overwhelming demand, Erasure will now play *two* nights at the London Astoria with an extra date added on *Saturday the 22nd of February*.

Erasure Plus Special Guests - The Other Tour

February 2003:

Sun 9 Norwich UEA [01603 508 050]

Mon 10 Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall [01303 253 193]

Wed 12 Grimsby Auditorium [01472 311 311]

Thu 13 Preston Guildhall [01772 258 858]

Fri 14 Middlesbrough Town Hall [01642 242 561]

Sun 16 Glasgow Barrowland [0141 332 4400]

Mon 17 York Barbican [01904 656 688]

Tue 18 Derby Assembly Rooms [01332 255 800]

Fri 21 London Astoria [020 7344 0044]

Sat 22 London Astoria [020 7344 0044]

Tickets for all shows are 18 pounds, except London which is 20 pounds.

Tickets are available from venues and all the usual agents [subject to a booking fee].

24hr credit card hotline: [0870 400 0688]

Or book online at: www.cclive.co.uk/erasure

Promotional artwork for the tour can be found at: http://www.erasureinfo.com/tour.jpg

Please note that these are currently the *only* announced Erasure tour dates and there are currently no plans for Erasure to tour in North America or elsewhere.

Andy Bell interview in Gay Times

Andy Bell and his partner Paul Hickey are interviewed in the current issue of 'Gay Times', cover date December 2002 [Graham Norton on the cover]. The interview discusses their relationship, Paul's illness two years ago and his subsequent recovery. The magazine is available from most good UK newsagents, and can also be ordered on-line from: http://www.gaytimes.co.uk/gt/

The interview with Andy Bell presented at www.e-lectric.de is now also available in English at www.erasure.org

News from the latest EIS update

 

22nd of November

Erasure - Address Details Required

The following is an email update from the EIS:

If you are currently living in the UK, we would appreciate it if you could email us with your current address details. In the next month, we will be sending out a *free Erasure gift* to everyone on our postal mailing list, and, being generous souls, we would naturally like the gift to go out to as many Erasure fans as possible.

Please email your details to: <jonny@eisinfo.demon.co.uk> with 'new address' in the subject line.

Note: To make sure you receive the *free Erasure gift*, please send your details to me no later than *1st December 2002*.

If you were formerly a subscription-paying member of the EIS, or have ordered merchandise from us in the past few years, then you will already be on the postal mailing list. However, if you've changed your address, we'll need your new details. Please email them to: <jonny@eisinfo.demon.co.uk> with 'change of address' in the subject line.

If you believe you might be on our postal mailing list and would not like to receive free Erasure gifts, please email me your address details with 'remove' in the subject line.

A form to enter address details will also be added to the 'subscribe' section of the official Erasure website: www.erasureinfo.com

We will be making provision for the *free Erasure gift* to be made available to Erasure fans outside the UK in the new year. However, we would appreciate it if we only received address details from fans within the UK at the moment.

 

18th of November

Exclusive audio clips on erasureinfo.com

Erasure - Tell It To Me & Ave Maria

Sound RealAudio clips of two tracks from the forthcoming 'Solsbury Hill' CD are now exclusively available first at: www.erasureinfo.com

To hear them, click on the words 'Solsbury Hill' [below the thumbnail of the album] and then on the highlighted song titles.

A brand new publicity photo is also now available in the 'photos' section

News from the latest erasureinfo update

 

e-lectric interview

There's a new interview with Andy and Vince (in German) available at www.e-lectric.de

Luckily, if you don't speak German, there's an English translation of the Andy interview available at www.whigfield.tk Thanks to Jens Hoehner for the info.

 

14th of November

Erasure - The Other Tour

Tickets are on sale now for Erasure's first UK tour for over 5 years!.

Erasure Plus Special Guests - The Other Tour

February 2003:

Sun 9 Norwich UEA [01603 508 050]

Mon 10 Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall [01303 253 193]

Wed 12 Grimsby Auditorium [01472 311 311]

Thu 13 Preston Guildhall [01772 258 858]

Fri 14 Middlesbrough Town Hall [01642 242 561]

Sun 16 Glasgow Barrowland [0141 332 4400]

Mon 17 York Barbican [01904 656 688]

Tue 18 Derby Assembly Rooms [01332 255 800]

Fri 21 London Astoria [020 7344 0044]

Tickets for all shows are 18 pounds, except London which is 20 pounds.

Tickets are available from venues and all the usual agents [subject to a booking fee].

24hr credit card hotline: [0870 400 0688]

Or book online at: www.ticketmaster.co.uk

Promotional artwork for the tour can be found at: http://www.erasureinfo.com/tour.jpg

Please note that these are currently the *only* announced Erasure tour dates and there are currently no plans for Erasure to tour in North America or elsewhere.

Info from the latest erasureinfo update

 

12th of November

Erasure - Other People's Songs

The cover artwork for the new album is now exclusively available first at: www.erasureinfo.com Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

Erasure: Christmas Concert

This concert has now *sold out*.

Erasure: Christmas Concert

Date: Friday 13th December

Venue: Sanctuary, 78 Digbeth High Street, Birmingham

In advance of their forthcoming UK tour ['The Other Tour'], Erasure will be playing their first full-length concert exclusively for members of the Erasure Information Service. This will be their first proper concert for exactly five years, since their last EIS concert, 'An Evening With Erasure'. The set will include the live debuts of tracks from their new album, 'Other People's Songs', as well as a selection of greatest hits.

Doors open at *7pm*, with the concert followed by an Erasure-based club night running until 2am. In addition, there will be video presentations, competitions, merchandise stalls and playbacks of the new album. The whole event is included in the admission fee. There is *not* a support band. Admission is strictly by ticket only.

News from an erasureinfo update

(As you may know, EIS members were asked not to post information about this concert on websites, message boards etc.. until it was sold out, which is why I haven't mentioned it until now - Jackie)

 

8th of November

Erasure - Solsbury Hill

Released USA and Canada: 28th January 2003

Following it's UK release on the 6th January 2003, the brand new Erasure single, 'Solsbury Hill' will be released by Mute North America on the 28th of January 2003.

Released on 1 CD, the single will bring together the 8 tracks from the 3 UK single releases, including mixes of 'Solsbury Hill' by Dave Bascombe, Kylie Minogue producer Mike Spencer and Gareth Jones, an exclusive version of 'Ave Maria', two exclusive new Erasure-penned tracks, 'Tell It To Me' and 'Searching' and a cover of the Buggles hit, 'Video Killed The Radio Star' mixed by Gareth Jones, plus 'Dr Jeckyll and Mistress Hyde', a short film directed by Vince Clarke and starring Andy Bell as a homicidal transvestite.

Tracklisting:

CD:

1 Solsbury Hill - Radio Mix

2 Solsbury Hill - Dave Bascombe mix

3 Tell It To Me

4 Searching

5 Video Killed The Radio Star - 37B Mix

6 Solsbury Hill - 37B Mix

7 Solsbury Hill - Manhattan Clique Extended remix

8 Ave Maria

[Enhanced CD ROM content:]

Short film - Dr Jeckyll and Mistress Hyde

 

Pre-ordering the UK release

Mute Bank will not be selling the UK CD releases of 'Solsbury Hill' by mail order, as we want all of the the sales to be concentrated on UK high street record shops that contribute to the UK charts - sales through Mute Bank don't register towards the charts, unfortunately.

We want Erasure to get the highest possible chart placing with this single. That's why it is being deleted from sale after one week; we want to encourage everyone to buy the single, in all three formats, in that one week.

The only way to guarantee you get all three formats of this release will be by pre-ordering all three formats of the single with your local high street record shop.

We want to create a sense of excitement about this new single. You can help make this happen. Erasure's fans are their greatest asset.

When you pre-order the single, talk to the shop assistant. Ask them if they know about the new Erasure single. Ask them about the different formats. Ask them whether it is true that it is only going to be available for one week.

And then, after you have done this, go to all the other record shops in your area, and pre-order all three formats of the single there, too. Ask about the single, the formats, the availability.

This will make a real difference. If a shop assistant has three or four different people asking about the new Erasure single in the space of one day, they will remember it. They will realise that there are a lot of Erasure fans out there. They will realise how excited people are about this new single.

Go in tomorrow. And then go in again next week, and the week after. Keep on asking. Keep on spreading the word about this great new single that you want to buy.

And don't forget to phone up your local radio stations and politely request they play 'Solsbury Hill', the new single from Erasure, because you've heard great things about it from your friends and would like to hear it. If they don't play it... give it a couple of days, and then phone again. And if they do play it... phone them up and say you really enjoyed that song they just played about 'the hill', ask them who it was by, and ask them to play it again.

We recommend that the best way for those outside the UK to get hold of this release is for them to contact family or friends inside the UK and get them to pre-order the CD singles on their behalf. The more people who place orders for the singles with UK high street record shops, the better. It will all count towards Erasure's final chart placing.

If you are outside the UK, ordering the release from an online retailer will *not* count.

Note also that the UK 'Solsbury Hill' DVD single is region '0' i.e. will play on DVD players worldwide.

All news taken from the latest erasureinfo.com update

 

4th of November

Erasure - Solsbury Hill

Released UK: 6th January 2003

Vince Clarke and Andy Bell, one of the most successful and original pop duos of all time, return with a brand new Erasure single, 'Solsbury Hill', on the 6th of January 2003.

'Solsbury Hill', a version of the Peter Gabriel classic, is the first single to be lifted from their new album, "Other People's Songs", the follow-up to 2000's acclaimed "Loveboat".

Released on 2 CDs and DVD and available for *one week only*, the single was recorded with Gareth Jones, also known for his work with Depeche Mode.

CD1 features the album version of 'Solsbury Hill' mixed by Dave Bascombe and two exclusive new Erasure-penned tracks, 'Tell It To Me' and 'Searching', while CD2 features 'Solsbury Hill' mixed by Gareth Jones and Manhattan Clique together with an exclusive version of 'Ave Maria'. The DVD single features Kylie Minogue producer Mike Spencer's mix of 'Solsbury Hill', a cover of the Buggles hit, 'Video Killed The Radio Star' mixed by Gareth Jones, plus 'Dr Jeckyll and Mistress Hyde', a short DVD film directed by Vince Clarke and starring Andy Bell as a homicidal transvestite.

Tracklisting:

CD1:

Solsbury Hill - Dave Bascombe mix

Tell It To Me

Searching

CD2:

Solsbury Hill - 37B Mix

Solsbury Hill - Manhattan Clique Extended remix

Ave Maria

DVD:

Solsbury Hill - Radio Mix

Video Killed The Radio Star - 37B Mix

Short film - Dr Jeckyll and Mistress Hyde

If you're in the UK, you may like to pre-order the singles from your local record shop to be sure of getting a copy on the day of release and to help Erasure secure a high chart placing. If you're not in the UK, you may like to ask someone in the UK to pre-order the singles for you, to make sure you don't miss out on this exciting release.

Website update

You can now listen to a 1-minute clip of the album version of 'Solsbury Hill' in streaming RealAudio at the official Erasure website: www.erasureinfo.com

Simply click on 'Solsbury Hill' and then select the bitrate according to your internet connection. If you don't have RealPlayer, you can download it for free from www.real.com

To hear the song in full, phone your local radio station and request it.

The site now includes commentary from Vince and Andy on the tracks from 'Other People's Songs'. Streaming RealAudio clips of the other album tracks will follow over the coming weeks.

Erasure Regional Radio Promotion

Today, Vince and Andy will be interviewed on Real Radio (Glasgow), Clyde One (Glasgow), Forth One (Edinburgh) and Metro (Newcastle). Tomorrow they will be heard on Aire FM (Leeds), Pulse (Bradford), Galaxy 102 (Manchester) and Key 103 (Manchester).

All news form the latest EIS update

 

2nd of November

Erasureinfo.com

Check out the official Erasure site (www.erasureinfo.com) where it's currently being updated. The main page features artwork from the inlay of the new album!.

Erasure Regional Radio Promotion

Vince and Andy will be appearing on the following radio stations over the next week. If you're served by one of these radio stations, and would like to hear the new single, 'Solsbury Hill', we recommend you call up the station and politely request it.

Monday 4th November

Real Radio (Glasgow)

Clyde One (Glasgow)

Forth One (Edinburgh)

Metro (Newcastle)

Tuesday 5th November

Aire FM (Leeds)

Pulse (Bradford)

Galaxy 102 (Manchester)

Key 103 (Manchester) *

Channel M TV (Manchester)

Wednesday 6th November

Signal One (Stoke-On-Trent)

Heart 100.7 (Birmingham)

Mercia (Coventry)

BBC Wales (Cardiff)

Thursday 7th November

Red Dragon FM (Cardiff)

Real Radio (Cardiff) *

Star (Bristol)

2Ten (Reading)

Friday 8th November

Southern FM (Brighton)

Wave 105 (Fareham)

Power FM (Fareham)

2CR (Bournemouth) *

* Appearances are still provisional and To Be Confirmed.

News from erasureinfo.com

 

30th of October

NEW ARTICLE FROM ROLLINGSTONE.COM

Click here to read the article. Mentions they have tentatively scheduled some US tour dates for May. Also appears to feature a new picture of Andy and Vince!.

 

29th of October

NEW ARTICLE FROM BILLBOARD.COM

Thanks to Andy Marx for sending me this.

Erasure Tackles 'Other People's Songs'

Veteran synth-dance-pop group Erasure will release an album of covers Jan. 28 via Mute North America. Dubbed "Other People's Songs," the duo's 12-track set features songs by Peter Gabriel, Buddy Holly, and the Righteous Brothers, among others.

"I was already thinking that there are so many songs out there I would love to do as a singer," the group's Andy Bell said of the album's impetus in a statement. "So part of it was coming from the perspective of being a singer who loves great songs."

What began as a possible Bell solo project -- that, in part, stemmed from a somewhat troubling penchant for singing karaoke in clubs while visiting his parents in Peterborough, England -- changed when Erasure-mate Vince Clarke showed similar enthusiasm for a project of covers that would reach further than the group's four-song 1992 EP "ABBA-esque."

"I think 'Other People's Songs' is a bit more serious than the 'ABBA-esque' thing," Clarke explained. "That was going to be an album as well, in the first place, but we were pretty glad that we didn't do that ... It just seems this album is not so throw-away as the ABBA thing."

Among the songs tackled by Erasure: Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill," the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" and "Ebb Tide," and the Walker Brothers' "Walking in the Rain." Of the latter, Bell said the song "just gave me goose bumps when I first heard it. I thought we could do a really good dance version of this, but now it's kind of like, it's not hip-hop, it's two-step."

Other covers include Buddy Holly's "True Love Ways" and "Everyday," the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star," Elvis Presley's "I Can't Help Falling In Love," and songs by Cockney Rebel and Korgis. The collection was co-produced by Gareth Jones, who handled similar chores on several past Erasure albums, including 1989's "Wild!," 1995's "Erasure," and 1997's "Cowboy," and has worked extensively with Depeche Mode.

Re-energized by the project, Bell and Clarke are already working on their next self-penned Erasure studio project. After avoiding substantial touring in recent years, the group plans to hit the road sometime in 2003. A theme of Edwardian dress will likely be incorporated, "to honor the era when the gramophone was invented," according to the statement, with costume changes that will bring the group up to the present day.

"I feel more positive, lots of interesting things are going on, so I think if you've got a good sprit, then touring isn't as bad," Clarke said. "I just feel like I need to be out there because I'm a performer and I really miss it," Bell added. "And it'll stop me [from] doing karaoke in Peterborough."

Here is the "Other People's Songs" track list (original artist in parentheses):

"Solsbury Hill" (Peter Gabriel)

"Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime" (Korgis)

"Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)" (Cockney Rebel)

"Everyday" (Buddy Holly)

"When Will I See You Again" (the O'Jays)

"Walking in the Rain" (Walker Brothers)

"True Love Ways" (Buddy Holly)

"Ebb Tide" (Righteous Brothers)

"Can't Help Falling in Love" (Elvis Presley)

"You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" (Righteous Brothers)

"Goodnight" (Cliff Eberhardt)

"Video Killed the Radio Star" (the Buggles)

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

 

26th of October

NEW ALBUM AND SINGLE RELEASE DETAILS!!

Erasure - Other People's Songs

Released UK and worldwide: 27th January 2003

"Other People's Songs" is Vince Clarke and Andy Bell's tenth studio album, and features the duo's unique take on some of their favourite songs. Recorded over the last year with Gareth Jones, best known for his work with Depeche Mode, the album includes a diverse selection of tracks originally made famous by the likes of Buggles, Cockney Rebel, Buddy Holly, The Righteous Brothers and The Korgis.

Tracklisting:

1] Solsbury Hill
2] Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime
3] Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)
4] Everyday
5] When Will I See You Again
6] Walking In The Rain
7] True Love Ways
8] Ebb Tide
9] Can't Help Falling In Love
10] You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
11] Goodnight
12] Video Killed The Radio Star

News from erasureinfo.com

You may be wondering where the cover of the Erasure song is, after it was mentioned in an interview with Vince and Gareth Jones they'd be re-making one of their own songs for the album. Well, according to Jonny EIS, posting on the ISayISayISay Yahoo Group yesterday, a cover of an Erasure classic was definitely started, but it's unknown how far they got with recording it before they decided not to use it on the album. But there's a good chance that some of the songs recorded and considered for the album will turn up as B-sides.

Of course, it kind of ruins the poll I was having on Erasurette about which Erasure song fans would most like them to re-make! - never mind eh? *lol*. But thanks to everyone who voted... there were nearly 1400 votes!. The joint most popular songs were Oh L'amour and Perfect Stranger.

 

Erasure - Solsbury Hill

Released UK: 6th January 2003

'Solsbury Hill', a version of the Peter Gabriel classic, will be the first single to be taken from the album.

If you're in the UK, you may like to pre-order the single from your local record shop to be sure of getting a copy on the day of release and to help Erasure secure a high chart placing.

Details of Erasure's first UK tour for five years will be announced shortly...

News taken form the latest erasureinfo.com update

 

9th of October

Erasure Releases New Album Through Mute North America

Email from Mute North America

8 October 2002

Mute North America is proud to announce the new album by Erasure will be released in February 2003. Erasure has been part of the Mute UK roster for fifteen years, and this is the first Erasure album for Mute North America. This album will coincide with the worldwide release through Mute and its licensees.

Entitled, Other People's Songs, the new album, the follow up to 2000's UK import-only album, Loveboat, will feature a selection of the duo's favorite cover versions and was recorded over the last year with Gareth Jones, best known for his work with Depeche Mode.

"Erasure are musical mavericks and continue to be leaders of song craftsmanship. Mute North America is delighted to work with such well respected musicians like Andy Bell and Vince Clarke," responds Mark Fotiadis, General Manager of Mute North America.

 

7th of October

"OTHER PEOPLE'S SONGS" - NORTH AMERICAN RELEASE

Mute North America are proud to announce that they will be releasing the new album by Erasure in February 2003. Erasure has been part of the Mute UK roster for fifteen years and this is the first Erasure album for Mute North America.

The North American release of the album will be simultaneous with its release worldwide through Mute and its licensees.

News from the latest erasureinfo.com update

 

5th of October

NEW ERASURETTE COMPETITION COMING SOON!!

Stay tuned for a "bumper" Erasure giveaway featuring postcards, pictures, badges, fanzines, plus some bits of ta.. er, other quality Erasure items...

 

NEW ALBUM AND UK TOUR PLANS ANNOUNCED!!

ERASURE - "OTHER PEOPLE'S SONGS"

The brand new album from Vince Clarke and Andy Bell, due for release on Mute in February 2003. The album features a selection of cover versions of the duo's favourite songs and was recorded over the last year with producer Gareth Jones [the co-producer of 'Wild!', 'Erasure' and 'Cowboy']. The tracklisting has not yet been finalised, but the album is likely to include versions of 'Ave Maria', 'Ebb Tide', 'Solsbury Hill', 'When Will I See You Again', 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling' and a reworking of one Erasure classic. Dave Bascombe [who mixed 'Chorus', parts of 'Erasure' and the recent cover of 'A Little Respect' by Wheatus] has worked on some of the tracks.

More details will follow shortly. In addition, we will shortly be pleased to announce Erasure's plans for their first UK tour in five years.

News from an erasureinfo.com update

If you're wondering why it's taken me three days to add this exciting Erasure news, it's because I was on holiday last week with no internet access. So I'm probably the last E fan to know about this! ;-)

 

12th of September

NEW ALBUM NEWS FROM GARETH JONES' SITE

The following news is from producer Gareth Jones' website:

"Dave Bascombe is currently doing some great mixes for us, and i may do a few mixes myself, if there are any left for me to do:-)".

Also, according to his management's website, Martyn Phillips (producer of the 'Chorus' album) is programming the new album.

 

22nd of July

"LOST" ERASURE FILM DISCOVERED!

You may remember a few years back (around the time Cowboy was released to be precise) Erasure mentioned a film they'd been involved with called 'Good Vibrations', featuring a soundtrack by Vince and a brief cameo role by Andy as a porn director!. Well, the film's been found, under a new title 'A Dirty Little Business'. This film isn't as dodgy as it sounds, btw, it's actually a romantic comedy!. It only seems to be available from www.play.com, for £4.99 on Region 2 DVD. This means it will only play on European or multi-region DVD players. Below are two screen shots from the film - thanks to UnclePeter42 for these.

During the closing credits, Love Affair (from the Cowboy album) is played. This version sounds slightly different, especially the backing vocals which are a lot more prominent. The film is also listed in The Internet Movie Database, with the different title 'Merchants Of Venus'.

 

3rd of July

HAPPY BIRTHDAY VINCE!

Happy birthday to Vince who is 42 today!. If you like, you can leave a birthday message for Vince in my message board.

ERASURE MUSICAL RUMOURS

This is an update from Jonny EIS regarding the recent Erasure musical rumours on the internet and in some UK "news"papers:-

"You may have recently read the news that Erasure are trying to get financial backing for a musical, in which Andy will play a man 'coming to terms with his sexuality during the late 80s' with Alison Moyet playing his mother.

This news came as something of a surprise to the EIS. Because Erasure have no plans at present whatsoever to do a musical.

The report is nothing more than a combination of chinese whispers, wishful thinking and people getting their wires well and truly crossed. It first appearance was on PopBitch, an email-based 'gossip' sheet.

Even if Erasure were to one day put together a stage musical, the chances that it would have exactly the same plot as The Pet Shop Boys musical 'Closer To Heaven' seem particularly remote. And although it's a beautiful idea, the thought of Alison Moyet playing Andy's mother is also somewhat mind-boggling...

No, I'm afraid it will still be a while before we see Andy Bell on stage singing Erasure songs.

What is rather amusing is that this report has since been repeated in The Guardian and The Sunday People. However, the suggestion that the journalists on those papers would simply lift articles wholesale from PopBitch without even bothering to verify their facts with Erasure's record company is utterly unthinkable (yes, this is sarcasm! *lol* - Jackie). If Erasure were, one day, to put together a stage musical, you would hear about it here, first.

Erasure are currently putting the finishing touches to their 'covers' album, which should be completed ready for a release early next year."

 

29th of May

ALBUM NEWS FROM GARETH JONES' SITE

There's another new update about the covers album at producer Gareth Jones' website:- "you can't hold a good man down - Andy keeps coming up with new tracks to do, and we have just completed one more classic, with one more to finish in June."

 

27th of May

NEW ALBUM PROGRESS

Vince, Andy and Gareth have reconvened to record more material for their forthcoming album of cover versions. The band's intention is to record more songs than are necessary and to only use the strongest tracks for the album. It looks as though work will continue into the late/summer early autumn, which means that - all going to plan - the album will be released at some point early in 2003. Until the album is finished - and Erasure aren't working to a precise deadline - it won't be added to Mute's release schedule.

As and when more details become available, we'll send out updates.

MUTE RECORDS PURCHASED BY EMI

Mute Records was recently acquired by EMI Recorded Music.

Although there are no guarantees in the music business, there is no immediate danger of any of Mute's roster being dropped from the label. Daniel Miller remains personally responsible for Mute's output, and he has shown absolutely no inclination of dropping Erasure. Similarly, I can't imagine any circumstances under which Erasure would not wish their association with Mute to continue, as Mute and Daniel Miller have been extremely supportive of Erasure and Vince in the past.

This deal secures Mute's prospects for the forseeable future, and this new partnership means that Mute's projects and artists will have some of EMI's additional resources and expertise at their disposal. Whether or not this will include Erasure it is impossible to speculate; I wouldn't expect anyone to make any decisions about what sort of promotion Erasure warrants until their new album is completed.

This does not affect Erasure's contract with Maverick, who remain their licensee in the USA.

Mute's press release detailing the deal can be found here

ANDY BELL ON VH1

Andy Bell will be appearing on VH-1 [UK] as part of their '100 Greatest Men In Music' which begins this evening [May 27th] at 7pm and continues for the rest of this week. I'm afraid I don't know exactly where Andy is in the top 100.

ERASURE INTERVIEW

Jonathan Miller's interview with Vince Clarke and Gareth Jones about the new album, as published in Dutch keyboard magazine 'Interface', can be found in the 'Features' section of his website

VINCE CLARKE AND MARTYN WARE PROVIDE GALLERY THEME

Vince Clarke and Martyn Ware - the 'Illustrious Company' - have recently put together a new 3-dimensional piece of music to accompany an exhibition by Cathy de Monchaux [the artist shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1998]. According to the press release; 'The room used for the exhibition contains three-dimensional sound that envelopes and moves around you like an invisible play. The air is heavy with the sound of whispering ghosts and sung incantations to prayer from around the world. The effect is extraordinarily moving as the layers of sound alternately sooth and alarm. With Strange objects and drawings inhabiting the corners and walls it becomes a place of serenity and calm in a space which could possible be seen as a tomb or a raft of safety from the world outside."

The exhibition takes place at Home, 1 Hoxton Street, London. It is open every Thursday and Friday from 11am to 6pm until the 28th June. For more details on this exhibition, and other 'Illustrious Company' projects, click here

NEW VINCE CLARKE SOUNDTRACK

An animated short-film with an original soundtrack by Vince Clarke can now be viewed on: cinemanow.com The film can be found in the 'Animation' section and is a parody of MTV's 'Real World' entitled 'Biblical New World'. This film is the latest in a series of collaborations with writer and director Tonya Hurley. For more details on her other work and films - many of which feature exclusive music by Vince - visit: tonyahurleyproductions.com

NEW YAZOO TRIBUTE ALBUM

A new tribute album to Vince's former band, 'Yazoo', is released today. The album is entitled 'Nobody's Diary - A Tribute To Yazoo'. It can be ordered from cdstreet.com

The tracklisting is:

1. Science Park: " Winter Kills"
2. Brain Garden featuring Allison Mayer: "Situation"
3. Soviet: "In My Room"
4. Empire State Human: "Bad Connection"
5. Ganymede: "Don't Go"
6. Strange Angels: "Ode to Boy"
7. Vivid Suspense: "Winter Kills"
8. The Agency: "Walk Away From Love"
9. Cosmicity: "Nobody's Diary"
10. Marianne Nowottny: "I Before E Except After C"
11. Electrosquad: "Only You"
12. Macando: "And On"
13. Blind Before Dawn: "Too Pieces"
14. Steve Adams: "Midnight"
15. Exhibition: "Nobody's Diary"
16. Spray: "Don't Go"
17. Jimmy Harris: "Knocking for a Good Time"
18. davidmahr: "Mr. Blue"
19. Elevated Sins: "Winter Kills"

More details on the album can be found here

All news taken from the latest EIS Update

 

12th of May

EMI buys Mute for £23 million - An Update

Good news on the Erasure front:

This was posted by Jonny EIS on the ISayISayISay discussion group yesterday. "Although there are no guarantees in the music business, there is no immediate danger of any of Mute's roster being dropped from the label. Daniel Miller remains very much in charge and responsible for Mute's output, and he has shown absolutely no inclination of dropping Erasure; quite the opposite, in fact." Phew, thank goodness for that then, etc...

Bad news on the Erasure front:

"the new album is still quite a way off [unfortunately]" Oh noooooo!, tut, etc...

 

11th of May

EMI buys Mute for £23 million

This news is from ananova.com:-

"EMI is buying the independent record company Mute for £23 million.

It will also pay up to £19 million, depending on performance, over a period of four years. Mute is home to acts including Moby, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Depeche Mode, Erasure and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. EMI says the acquisition extends an existing licensing relationship that Mute has had with its Virgin Records offshoot for more than 15 years. Mute's executive chairman Daniel Miller will continue to be responsible for the company's global activities."

Not sure what to make of this. I don't really understand these things. I did a web search for more info but only came up with recent stories about EMI - none of them very positive (ie: losing money etc..). We know how artists are dropped from major labels if their sales aren't up to scratch. On the other hand, as Daniel Miller's still in charge, hopefully Mute can continue as it is and it won't be EMI making the decisions (Hm..) And is it a coincidence that they've bought Mute just as Moby's about to release a new album?. His last one was the biggest selling album in the UK in 2000. Anyway, hopefully they'll be more news about it soon, as to whether this affects Erasure at all.

 

18th of April

NEW ALBUM UPDATE

There's another new update about the covers album at producer Gareth Jones' website:- "we are back in the studio tomorrow for a few days finishing off bits and pieces before passing everything on to be mixed by an expert :-)".

 

19th of March

ALBUM NEWS FROM GARETH JONES' SITE

There's a new update about the covers album at producer Gareth Jones' website, as follows:- "Been back in the studio with Andy working on "Ave Maria" (Gounod's arrangement) and "Ebb Tide" . Beautiful". Faberoony!

VINCE'S STUDIO/NEW PICS

I've scanned a couple of pictures of Vince's studio 37B from the new issue of Future Music. Click here to view them. There's also a new picture of Vince from the magazine in my picture gallery, together with 7 new pics I've added to the 1987-88 and 88 sections of the gallery.

 

13th of March

VINCE CLARKE & MARTYN WARE GO NUCLEAR

Vince Clarke and Martyn Ware's music production company, The Illustrious Company, have been commissioned to compose surround sound music for an 'Immersion Cinema' at the Sellafield Visitor Centre, which is currently being re-vamped by the Science Museum. At the cinema, each viewer will have their own touch-screen console, enabling them to interact with the giant screen. The film takes the form of a review of existing energy sources, the pros and cons of nuclear power and a non-partisan discourse on the future options available, using game technology and state-of-the-art computer graphics.

This is the latest in a long line of Illustrious Company projects, which have included the 'Music For Multiple Dimensions' auditorium at the [ill-fated] National Centre for Popular Music, the CDs 'Pretentious' and 'Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle', music for launch parties for Leonardo and Sony Playstation 2, music for theatrical productions, TV shows and a ballet, and series of collaborations with young artists at Oxford University.

For more details on the Illustrious Company and their multifarious projects, click here to visit their web page.

VINCE'S SIMPLE MINDS REMIXES OUT SOON

Vince's remix of the Simple Minds' track 'Homosapien', previously mentioned in the 'News' section, has finally been scheduled for release after it failed to turn up on the 'Homosapien' single. It will now be included as a bonus track on their forthcoming single, 'Cry', due out in the UK on March 18th. The CD single comes in two formats; Vince's remix appears on the one with the bronze cover. Reportedly the remix is very much a traditional Vince's bleeps-and-bloops piece, in a style reminiscent of his work with Yazoo.

Simple Minds - 'Cry' [single]
Release date: 18th March 2002
Catalogue number: Eagle EAGXA218

Format: CD

1: Cry
2: Lead The Blind
3: Homosapien [Vince Clarke Remix]

Click here to order the single from amazon.co.uk.

In addition, in a rather surprising development, there will be a new Vince Clarke composition appearing on the new Simple Minds album [also entitled 'Cry']. The track is called 'The Floating World' and described by Simple Minds' frontman Jim Kerr thus: 'Coming from the heart of Boy Wonder, haunted by the smiling ghost of Billy McKenzie... goldfish swimming in blue pools... and the world is moving on' (excuse me??! - Jackie). The album will be released in the UK on April 1st.

Simple Minds - 'Cry' [album]
Release date: 1st April 2002
Catalogue number: Eagle EAGCD196

Formats: CD

1-11: Simple Minds tracks
12: The Floating World

click here to pre-order the album from amazon.co.uk

For more details on Simple Minds, click here

VINCE'S NEPALESE DIARY

The 'News' section of the www.erasureinfo.com website also now includes Vince's diary from his recent charity trek in Nepal.

All news from the latest EIS update.

 

4th of March

NEW ALBUM PROGRESS

Vince and Andy are due to return to their respective home studios in the next couple of weeks to continue work on their new album of cover versions. So far they have recorded about 12 songs, of which 5 or 6 will be included on the final album. Over the next two months they will be recording some more covers and re-working some of the material that has already been recorded. They are, unfortunately, not doing requests.

The album is currently being recorded at Vince's home studio, 37B, and at Andy's home studio. It is being put together as a 'collective' project with producer/creative collaborator Gareth Jones, rather than the album's recording being directed and financed by the record company.

The album should hopefully be mixed in the spring, ready for a release in mid-autumn 2002. Until the album is completed it is very difficult to say when exactly. As usual, it will be preceded by a single; again, the choice about which track will be this single will not be made until the album is finished.

Similarly, Maverick Records will not be in a position to make a decision as to whether they will release the album in the USA until they've had a chance to hear the finished article.

Erasure have not ruled out the possibility of touring to promote the album around the time of its release. However, they haven't actually ruled it in, either, though the signs are more encouraging than they have been for a long time.

More details about the album can be found in a recent interview with the Dutch synthesizer magazine Interface [issue 56], reproduced in English at the homepage of the album's producer Gareth Jones (click here and click on 'Interface' at the bottom of the page).

The interview mentions four tracks which have been recorded [three covers - 'Solsbury Hill' by Peter Gabriel, 'When Will I See You Again' by The Three Degrees, 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling' by The Righteous Brothers, and a 'reworking' of an un-named Vince Clarke/Erasure song].

However, at this stage it is by no means certain that all of these songs will be included in the finished album, as Erasure are still in the process of selecting and recording more songs. The plan has always been to record more songs than required, so that the band and Daniel Miller, producer Gareth Jones can choose only the best tracks for the album.

Until the album's tracklisting has been compiled, I've been sworn to secrecy as to which songs Erasure have recorded so far and are considering for inclusion.

Absolutely nothing should be inferred from the album's joke working title, 'R.I.P.'. There is no serious intention that the album will be Erasure's last; both Vince and Andy are already looking forward to new recording projects, both individually and together as Erasure.

VINCE INTERVIEWED IN 'FUTURE MUSIC'

The new [cover dated March] issue of 'Future Music' magazine (UK only, I think - Jackie) features a 5-page interview with Vince, concentrating on his vast collection of vintage synthesizers.

News from the latest EIS Update

 

1st of March

VOTE FOR ERASURE!

Top Of The Tops 2 are having a vote to find out people's favourite Top Of The Pops (UK music show) performance. The winners will be broadcast on TOTP2 on BBC2 on the 2nd and 3rd of April. Erasure have appeared on TOTP many times so why don't we all vote for them?!. The most memorable TOTP performance for me would be the one for Take A Chance On Me where Andy and Vince were dressed as a bride and groom (Vince was the bride of course! ;-) Click here to vote for it (if you want!). I thought it'd be good if we all voted for the same song so there's a better chance of it getting on the show.

On the subject of the TOTP website, if you click here you can watch a 30 second video clip of Erasure performing A Little Respect from 1988. Also, if you type 'Erasure' in the artist search box you'll find a nice up-to-date biography, a discography and a list of all their TOTPs appearances over the years!. I reckon they've missed a couple though. They definitely performed Fingers And Thumbs and Don't Say Your Love Is Killing Me on the show.

 

13th of February

ALBUM NEWS

There's some more news about the upcoming new album on producer Gareth Jones' website Garethjones.com :- "12 tracks of the cover versions album mixed at vince's studio. mirror ball, oil wheel and joss sticks all working. also great food! Mastering to an incredible 1/2" C37 machine. and we presented the tracks to Daniel at MUTE. hopefully we won't have to redo everything :-)". Let's hope not!!.

 

7th of January

ANDY BELL FEATURED IN ABBA DOCUMENTARY

Andy will feature in a new Abba documentary on Radio 2 (British radio station) starting on Tuesday the 8th of January at 8.30pm. It's a three part documentary so he may not feature in tomorrow night's show, but it's worth listening in just in case!. If you're not in the UK, you can listen online at www.bbc.co.uk/radio2 You'll need realplayer to listen. A free version is available here

RECENT ALBUM NEWS

A new Erasure album featuring songs from the 60s and 70s is due this year. The producer, Gareth Jones, has some news on his website GarethJones.com :- "the cover versions album is almost completely recorded now (14 songs). we have done some great backing vocals with Emma and Anna, and we will mix the record in January. Andy and Vince finished off the vocals whilst i was in Connecticut."

MOON AND THE SKY - PLUS

Moon And The Sky - Plus was released on the 10th of December 2001. For all the details click here

SINGLES BOX SETS 3 & 4

Erasure singles box sets 3 & 4 were released on the 3rd of December 2001. For all the release details click here

 

Click here for 2001 news