1989 Erasure – A Little Respect
Vince Clarke played keyboards for several groups before joining Composition of Sound in 1980. The band changed its name to Depeche Mode and began recording a series of successful singles. Vince left the group in late 1981 and formed Yazoo with Alison Moyet.
After a pair of albums, the group separated in 1983, and Vince formed The Assembly with sound engineer Eric Radcliffe. That group had a #4 single on the UK charts before splitting up.
Vince ran an ad in Melody Maker, looking for a vocalist for a new project. Singer/songwriter Andy Bell idolized Vince. He answered the ad and eventually passed an audition. The duo named their new group Erasure and released their first album in 1986. Their three singles from the album did not fare well, but their next single (Sometimes) reached #2 or #3 in six countries, including the UK.
Several more top ten singles in the UK followed, although the duo did not reach the US charts until their third album.
Their single Chains of Love peaked at #12 on the US Hot 100 in 1988. The single also broke into the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, where it peaked at #4.
Their next single, A Little Respect, reached #14 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.
By 1997, the pair had seven more top ten singles in the UK but only had one more top forty single in the US. Chart success then eluded the group for a half-dozen years.
In 2003, they recorded an album entitled Other People’s Song. The lead single from the album was a remake of Peter Gabriel’s first solo single, Solsbury Hill.
Erasure’s version of the song returned them to the UK top ten and also reached #2 on the US Dance/Electronic Singles Sales chart. The group had a few more minor hits in the UK but had a string of top ten hits in the US on the dance charts, including three number one records between 2003 and 2015.
The group continues to release new music, including the single Secrets in 2021.
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