Cowboy is an album recorded by Erasure in 1997 and released by Mute Records in the UK. In the U.S., it was released by Madonna's former label Maverick Records. Cowboy was produced by Gareth Jones and Neil McLellan and marked the band's return to more simplistic three-minute synthpop music.
After disappointing sales and chart placing of their last studio album Erasure, Cowboy returned the duo to the top ten of the UK album chart and it contained three singles (two of which hit the UK top thirty). In the U.S., Cowboy greatly improved Erasure's Billboard 200 peak over their previous album and first single "In My Arms" gave them another Hot 100 entry. Sales also improved in Germany, where Cowboy peaked at number thirty-four.
The album contained eleven Vince Clarke/Andy Bell originals in its UK version. For its U.S. release the album artwork was changed slightly and two bonus tracks were added: a cover version of Blondie's "Rapture" (with Clarke providing the rap); and a version of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David song "Magic Moments" that Erasure had contributed to the Lord of Illusions soundtrack.
Erasure embarked on another major tour of the UK and U.S. to promote this album, in their trademark style it contained elaborate stage settings and costumes (including Clarke dressed as a guitar-playing cactus).
*Tracie Ackerman – Vocals (bckgr)
*Jordan Bailey – Vocals (bckgr)
*Andy Bell – Voices
*Andy Caine – Vocals (bckgr)
*Vince Clarke – Multi Instruments
*Graham Dominy – Assistant Engineer
*Larimie Garcia – Design
*Luke Gifford – Engineer
*George Holt – Engineer
*Gareth Jones – Producer
*Neil McLellan – Producer
*Kevin Reagan – Design
*Sam Smith – Vocals (bckgr)
*Mark "Spike" Stent – Mixing
*Darren Tai – Assistant Engineer
*Paul Walton – Assistant Engineer
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Erasure are an English synthpop duo, consisting of songwriter and keyboardist Vince Clarke and singer Andy Bell. Erasure entered the music scene in 1985 with their debut single "Who Needs Love Like That". Following the release of their fourth single "Sometimes", the duo established themselves on the UK Singles Chart and became one of the most successful artists of the late-1980s and early-1990s.
From 1986 to 1997, Erasure achieved twenty-four consecutive Top 20 hits in the UK, while their Top 20 hits in the USA (on the Billboard Hot 100) included "A Little Respect", "Chains of Love" and "Always". By 2009, 34 of their 45 singles & EPs (of which 8 out of the 45 were not chart eligible in the UK) had made the UK Top 40, with 17 climbing into the Top 10. Labelled "the definitive synthpop superstars",http the duo is most popular in their native UK and Mainland Europe (especially Germany, Denmark and Sweden) and also in South America (especially in Argentina, Chile and Peru). To date, Erasure has sold over 25 million albums worldwide.
The band also enjoys popularity within the LGBT community, as its openly gay singer, Andy Bell, has become a gay icon.
Vince Clarke was a founding member of Depeche Mode and sole writer of their first three singles (including the breakthrough Top 10 hit "Just Can't Get Enough"). After leaving the band in late-1981, Clarke forged an equally successful career with the duo Yazoo (known as Yaz in the U.S.). After two hit albums in as many years (1982–1983), he split with Yazoo partner Alison Moyet and briefly formed The Assembly with producer Eric Radcliffe. The project spawned a UK number four hit single, "Never Never," featuring Feargal Sharkey on vocals. Clarke then released another single with vocalist Paul Quinn, "One Day." It flopped, leading Clarke to place an advertisement in Melody Maker looking for a vocalist for a new musical project. He selected Peterborough-born Andy Bell.
The origins of the band's name are unclear. One possible explanation is that in 1985, a Mute technician is believed to have accidentally written "erasure" on a demo tape for "Who Needs Love Like That" submitted by Clarke and Bell. At the time, the duo still hadn't chosen a name for themselves, and when they rescued the tape, they decided upon Erasure.
Beginnings and international success: 1985-1994
Erasure's first three singles were commercial failures in the UK, although the third, "Oh L'amour", charted well in Australia and a few European countries (especially in France, where it still remains Erasure's only hit to date). Their debut album, Wonderland, was mostly recorded in 1985 and released in June 1986. Although it only made the UK Top 75, it made a sizeable impact in Germany, making the Top 20.
It was with the release of their fourth single, "Sometimes", that Erasure finally received recognition in the UK in late 1986. The song peaked at number two and spent many weeks in the UK Top 40, marking the beginning of a long string of major hits for the duo. The single's parent album, The Circus, was released in March 1987 and reached number six and turned platinum in the UK with three additional hit singles: "It Doesn't Have To Be", "Victim of Love" and "The Circus". The album remained on the charts for over a year.
Erasure's third album, The Innocents, was released in April 1988. Preceded by the Top 10 single "Ship of Fools", the album hit number one in the UK on its initial release and returned to the summit a year later, eventually going triple platinum. It also turned platinum in the U.S., generating two Top 20 hits in "Chains of Love" and "A Little Respect". Bell has said being so open about his sexuality meant they only remained an underground dance act in the US telling spin magazine 'If I'd never said I was gay I think erasure would've taken off years ago in America'.
Clarke explained to Kirk of Melody Maker magazine 'It came back to us that people in the record company in New York were saying it was really bad that Andy was making it plain he was gay because they were worried 'it would affect our sales'. In the UK they remained a mainstream pop act. The Innocents was the first of five consecutive number one albums for Erasure in the UK, including the greatest hits compilation Pop! The First 20 Hits. In November 1988, the Crackers International EP, led by the song "Stop!", hit number two in the UK singles chart. The albums Wild! (1989) and Chorus (1991) both contained four Top 20 singles and were major sellers.
Crackers International was bettered in 1992 by another EP, Abba-esque, covering four ABBA hits, which became Erasure's first (and to date only) number one in the UK Singles Chart. It featured a memorable video of the duo dressed in ABBA outfits, and was one of the principal drivers of the ABBA revival scene in the 1990s. Also in 1990, Erasure contributed the song "Too Darn Hot" to the Cole Porter tribute album "Red Hot + Blue" produced by the Red Hot Organization. Later that year, a singles compilation, Pop! - the First 20 Hits, also hit number one and went triple platinum, featuring all the band's singles released from 1985 to 1992. In 1994, Erasure released I Say I Say I Say, their fifth consecutive number one in the UK Albums Chart. Its first single, "Always", became the band's third Top 20 hit in the United States and became their final UK Top 5 hit until 2005.
The October 1995 release of the album Erasure marked a determined shift away from Erasure's signature three-minute synth-pop to a more introspective and experimental sound. Nevertheless, it made the UK Top 15 and spawned two UK Top 20 singles, "Stay With Me" and "Fingers & Thumbs". In spite of a return to three-minute pop songs, the 1997 album Cowboy did not restore the success of their 1986-1994 era. Cowboy enjoyed a short-lived success, peaking at number ten in the UK but lasting only two weeks in the UK Top 40.
In October 2000, Erasure released their ninth studio album Loveboat, co-produced with Flood, though only peaking at a lowly number 45. Only one single was released, "Freedom", which made a brief entry into the UK Top 30. The 2003 release Other People's Songs was a collection of cover versions;, Peter Gabriel's song "Solsbury Hill" reached the UK Top 10 the second single from the album was a cover of Steve Harley's make me smile(come up and see me) it made No 14 in the charts
Erasure were invited to perform on Top of the Pops for the first time since March 1997.., Erasure official site
Erasure's 2005 album Nightbirds first single, "Breathe", reached number four in the UK charts (their first Top 5 hit in more than a decade) and achieved the number one position on the U.S. Dance Chart, eighteen years after their first chart-topper. The next single, "Don't Say You Love Me", which made the UK Top 15, enabled purchasers to configure their own remixes of the single through the band's website, with each variant of the song limited to a single download. the final single from the album here I go impossible again/all this time still falling out of love
made No 25 though original sales showed it reached No 20 but due to the introduction of digital downloads charted lower.
Union Street was a 2006 side-project which featured a collection of previously released album tracks that the band reinterpreted in an acoustic/country & western style. The album was named after the recording studio in Brooklyn where it was recorded.
Erasure-andy-vince-wolfgangs-np.jpg200pxthumbrightAndy Bell and Vince Clarke in 1986
The duo then released a more 'dance-oriented' album than some of their more recent work. Titled Light at the End of the World, the album was produced by Gareth Jones and was released on 21 May 2007 in the UK, and in North America the following day. 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. 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 is 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 wants 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 6 and 16 December 2010, Erasure's official website announced a brand new studio album planned for release in summer 2011, a world tour (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).
Tour dates have also been announced in Dublin, Berlin, Copenhagen, Hamburg & Moscow for June and July 2011 via their official website.
*The Circus (1987)
*The Innocents (1988)
*I Say I Say I Say (1994)
*Other People's Songs (2003)
* Union Street (2006)
*Light at the End of the World (2007)
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