Category Archives: Erasure

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.

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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?

Rain

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01 Rain (Al Stone Mix)
02 In My Arms (B.B.E. Mix)
03 First Contact (Vocal Mix)
04 Rain (Live In San Francisco)
05 Sometimes (Live In Oxford)
06 Love To Hate You (Live In Oxford)
07 Rain (Jon Pleased Wimmin Vocal Mix)
08 Sometimes (John ‘00’ Fleming’s Full Vocal Club Mix)
09 In My Arms (Dekkard Vocal)
10 Rain (Blue Amazon Twisted Circles Mix)
11 First Contact (Instrumental)

INFO > With remixes galore, live recordings, and a B-side that was allegedly rejected for use in “Star Trek: First Contact”, this 1997 EP from Erasure provided great value for money.

LIVE > Later today, I’ll be traveling to Atlantic City, New Jersey to see Erasure perform to a sold-out crowd at The Borgata Hotel Casino. The dynamic duo are touring in support of their 16th studio album, “The Violet Flame.” The opening act is Brian Transeau’s new project, All Hail The Silence, featuring vocalist Christian Burns (BT also remixed Erasure’s new single, “Elevation”).

A Little Respect (The Brian McCombs Remixes)

A Little Respect

01 A Little Respect (The Brian McCombs Respectable 7″ Mix)
02 A Little Respect (The Brian McCombs Respectable 10″ Mix)
03 A Little Respect (The Brian McCombs Respectable 12″ Mix)
04 Chains Of Love (The Brian McCombs Luv’d Up Club Mix)

INFO > Louisiana-based DJ and producer Brian McCombs is quite the mixmaster and audio wizard. For the 25th anniversary of Erasure’s “A Little Respect”, Brian has crafted some cracking remixes of the duo’s classic synthpop single. His production adds a contemporary energy while staying faithful to the original tune. Bravo Brian!

Here’s the ‘Respectable 12″ Mix’:

To sample more of Mr. McComb’s talent, visit his Soundcloud page.

A Little Respect (Brian McCombs Remixes)

Blue Savannah (US Promo)

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01 Blue Savannah (7” Edit)
02 Blue Savannah (Remix Edit)
03 Blue Savannah (Out Of The Blue Mix)
04 Blue Savannah (Blue Dub)

INFO > Shep Pettibone’s remixes of “Blue Savannah” are digitally exclusive to this 1989 US promo issue.

Erasure – Blue Savannah

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“Blue Savannah”
1990 Sire Records (US)
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01. Blue Savannah (Single Version)
02. Blue Savannah (Der Deutsche Mix I)
03. Blue Savannah (Der Deutsche Mix II)
04. Runaround On The Underground
05. Blue Savannah (Mark Saunders Remix)
06. Supernature (William Orbit Mix)
07. No G.D.M. (Zeus B. Held Unfinished Mix)
08. Blue Savannah (Mark Saunders Edit)*

*Bonus track

INFO > “Blue Savannah” was the third single from Erasure’s “Wild!” album. The US CD maxi-single includes remixes by Mark Saunders and Fischerman’s Friend.

Erasure – Chains Of Love (US Promo)

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“Chains Of Love” (US Promo)
1988 Sire Records (US)
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01. Chains Of Love (7″ Remix) 03:41
02. Chains Of Love (Remix Radio Edit) 03:36
03. Chains Of Love (The Unfettered Mix) 08:26
04. Chains Of Love (Truly In Love With The Marks Bros. Mix) 07:18

INFO > “Chains Of Love” was the second UK single released from Erasure’s 1988 album, “The Innocents.” In the US, the song was the duo’s breakthrough hit, reaching 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. This promo features two digital exclusives: Shep Pettibone’s Unfettered Mix and Radio Edit. Also included are Stephen Hague’s 7″ Remix and a mix from Mark Moore and Mark McGuire.

CHAINS OF LOVE (US PROMO)

Erasure – A Little Respect (US Promo)

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“A Little Respect” (US Promo)
1988 Sire Records (US)
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01. A Little Respect (LP Version) 03:33
02. A Little Respect (Remix/Edit) 03:59
03. A Little Respect (12″ Vocal) 06:28
04. A Little Respect (12″ Remix) 06:33

INFO > After huge success with Depeche Mode and Yazoo, Vince Clarke teamed up with Andy Bell to form Erasure; the duo has issued dozens of hit singles and albums since debuting in 1985. In addition to Mark Saunders’ 12″ Remix, this US promo of Erasure’s tenth single, “A Little Respect”, includes two digital exclusives: Justin Strauss’ edit and 12″ Vocal mix.

A LITTLE RESPECT (US PROMO)