ERASURE: Vince Clarke – interviewed

Ben Hogwood writes .....

What do you get a band for their 30th birthday?

Mute Records have the answer, for they have been showering Andy Bell and Vince Clarke with gifts to celebrate their three decades together as Erasure. In that time the pair have had almost as many hit singles as you and I have had hot dinners, and in recognition Mute have pushed the boat out in spectacular style.

Not content with releasing their first 15 albums as LPs, the label have painstakingly compiled From Moscow To Mars, an anthology of the duo’s career over no fewer than 13 CDs and 200 tracks. Among the audio material are B-sides (two CDs), remixes (also two), demos, the documentary A Little Respect and footage of the Wild! tour from 1989. Also featured are bespoke playlists from Bell and Clarke, singer and instrumentalist respectively.

In celebration the latter – also of course a veteran of Yazoo and Depeche Mode, as well as .....

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