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AboutErasure are a synthpop duo from the United Kingdom consisting of keyboardist Vince Clarke and singer Andy Bell. After founding Depeche Mode, Yazoo and The Assembly, Clarke formed Erasure with Bell when he found the singer after placing an ad in Melody Maker. According to Songfacts, Clarke is much more reserved than the openly gay Bell, and their differences lead to a fruitful songwriting collaboration, with Bell providing lyrics for Clarke's tracks.

Erasure entered the music scene in 1985 with their debut single Who Needs Love (Like That). Beginning in late 1986 with the release of their single Sometimes, Erasure established themselves on the British charts; albums such as The Circus, Wild!, Chorus, I Say I Say I Say, Loveboat and Nightbird demonstrated a further diversity of sound.

The album that boosted their career tremendously was The Innocents, which was released in 1988. A Little Respect and Chains Of Love both hit the Billboard Top 100. Most people will probably remember Erasure for A Little Respect, which became one of their signature songs.

Clarke formerly was a member of Depeche Mode and later had a successful career with the duo Yazoo (known as Yaz in the US). Later he split with Yazoo partner Alison Moyet and briefly formed The Assembly with producer Eric Radcliffe. After a successful Assembly single ("Never Never"), Clarke released an unsuccessful one-off single with vocalist Paul Quinn ("One Day"). He then placed a blind advertisement in Melody Maker looking for a vocalist for a new musical project. He selected Andy Bell, who was the forty-first to audition (and whose voice would often be compared to Moyet's). From the start, their success was founded upon their songwriting skills. Clarke's talent for writing melodic, catchy pop songs was evident from his years with Depeche Mode and Yazoo. Bell's gifts as a lyricist and melodist added depth and character to Clarke's style (additionally, Bell was openly gay from the beginning, and he reflected this in his lyrics at a time when society as a whole was more ignorant around queer issues than it is today - making Erasure's success all the more phenomenal). As pop craftsmen, the pair's work bears comparison with that of Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, Eurythmics, OMD, Alphaville, a-ha, Roxette and other pop songwriters.

Though their productivity and record sales declined beginning in the second half of the 1990s, Erasure scored at least one Top 30 hit with the release of every new album. Few electronic bands have demonstrated the durability of Erasure.

In 2005 Erasure made a comeback with their number one position on the US Dance Chart, eighteen years after their first chart-topper. This success was mirrored in the UK with the debut single from Nightbird ("Breathe") reaching number four in the charts. Erasure also enabled fans to configure and buy their own remixes of the single 'Don't Say You Love Me' through the band website. Each variant of the song was limited to a single download.

2006 saw the release of the album Union Street, which features a collection of previously released Erasure songs that the band have reinterpreted with an acoustic / country & western style. The album is named after the recording studio in Brooklyn where it was recorded.

A new album, Light At The End Of The World, was released in 2007. The album was preceded by its first single "I Could Fall in Love with You", which marginally missed the UK Top 20. A second single, "Sunday Girl", was released in June and made No. 33 in the charts.

Total Pop! - the First 40 Hits, a collection of Erasure's first 40 hits plus a new remix of "Always" by Jeremy Wheatley, was released on 23 February 2009. The compilation fractionally missed the UK Top 20, reaching number 21.

On 10 August 2009, Erasure released a six-track EP of classic remixes entitled Erasure.Club.

To celebrate 21 years since its release, the album The Innocents was remastered and re-released on 26 October 2009.

In May 2009 came the news that the band are back working on a new Erasure album. Andy Bell released his second studio album, Non-Stop, on 7 June 2010.

In February and March 2010, the song "Always" enjoyed an unexpected peak of popularity among flash-game players for its prominent role as the soundtrack of the Adult Swim game Robot Unicorn Attack.

Vince Clarke has stated in radio interviews that the band want to complete the concept album of nursery rhymes that they have been working on for some time. However, Erasure for the past two years have been writing and preparing work on their next album of original material, and have finally announced that they will be beginning recording and production in December 2010.

On December 6 and 16, 2010, Erasure's official website announced a brand new studio album planned for release in summer 2011 to be produced by Frankmusik. Also, a world tour was announced (including the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Florida in March 2011 and the Total Pop! Forest Tour of the UK in June and July 2011) with current dates including stops in Europe and South America.

On 20 June 2011, it was confirmed via their official website that the new studio album will be called Tomorrow's World. This album was released on 3 October 2011 (11 October 2011 in the USA). The first single from the album is called "When I Start To (Break It All Down)" and debuted on the UK singles chart at number 172 on 2 October 2011. It has also been officially confirmed that the second single from Tomorrow's World will be "Be With You" (late November 2011).

Also confirmed on 20 June 2011, Erasure will play a 27-date USA & Canada tour. Erasure will play at Estadio Monumental in Lima, Peru on August, 18th. The Tomorrow's World Tour will begin on 31 August 2011 in Tampa, continuing through September, and will finish in Seattle on 6 October 2011.

The UK & European leg of the Tomorrow's World tour will begin on 12 October 2011 in Leicester, UK, continuing through to 14 November 2011 in Dresden, Germany. All tour dates and details can be found on the band's website.

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