Crackers International

It’s been nearly 30 years since Vince Clarke discovered Andy Bell via an advert in Melody Maker. Still going strong, Erasure were as entertaining as ever last Friday on the Atlantic City stop of their current world tour.

My buddy and I arrived as Erasure took to the stage; quite surprisingly, their set started just after 9:00 PM—the time printed on the ticket. The flamboyant Mr. Bell looked and sounded wonderful, and can still pull a few fancy moves at 50. Mr. Clarke added a contemporary sheen to arrangements of older songs, as well as playing acoustic guitar on a couple of selections. The duo performed four tracks from “The Violet Flame” amid a generous helping of hit singles. While small, The Music Box wasn’t an ideal venue—a general admission theater would have been more conducive to dancing. However, the audience was enthusiastic and warmly receptive to Erasure’s merry melodies, both old and new.

With no stage set, a modest light show, and two background singers, Erasure proved that quality songwriting and earnest showmanship trump shallowness and spectacle any day.


01 Stop!
02 The Hardest Part
03 Stop! (12″ Remix)
04 Knocking On Your Door
05 She Won’t Be Home
06 Knocking On Your Door (12″ Remix)

INFO > The “Crackers International” EP was a perfect Christmas present from Erasure in 1988. The US edition omits Clarke and Bell’s version of traditional English carol, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, which features on the limited UK CD single.

NOTE > You can download an unreleased Justin Strauss remix of “Stop!” on Soundcloud.

HELP > Would someone kindly share the 3:05 cold end edit of “Stop!” from the UK CD?

Posted on September 29, 2014, in Erasure, SHELF. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. just sent the track to you)

    and thank you for a review, nice to know they’re good and in form.

  2. Thank you Andrei and Junior :-)

  3. I’m seeing them next Saturday here in Los Angeles. Thanks for the review!

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