Erasure discography

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Erasure discography

Vince Clarke & Andy Bell, 1989 (Photo by David Scheinmann)
Releases
Studio albums 16
Live albums 5
Compilation albums 8
EPs 7
Singles 41
Video albums 13
Music videos 43
Tribute and cover albums 2

This is the discography of British synthpop duo Erasure, consisting of keyboardist Vince Clarke and singer Andy Bell.

From 1986 to 2007, Erasure achieved 24 consecutive Top 40 hits in the UK, while having 3 Top 20 hits in the US (on the Billboard Hot 100): "A Little Respect", "Chains of Love", and "Always".

By 2009, 34 of their 45 singles and 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.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Chart Positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK
[1]
AUT
[2]
DEN
[3]
GER
[4]
NED
[5]
NZ
[6]
NOR
[7]
SWE
[8]
SWI
[9]
US
[10]
Wonderland
  • Released: June 1986
  • Label: Mute
71 20 13
The Circus
  • Released: March 1987
  • Label: Mute
6 16 40 12 9 190
The Innocents
  • Released: April 1988
  • Label: Mute
1 8 50 18 13 15 49
Wild!
  • Released: October 1989
  • Label: Mute
1 16 20 24 57
  • UK: 2× Platinum[11]
Chorus
  • Released: October 1991
  • Label: Mute
1 5 15 14 21 29
I Say I Say I Say
  • Released: May 1994
  • Label: Mute
1 2 6 85 3 17 18
Erasure
  • Released: October 1995
  • Label: Mute
14 33 87 26 82
Cowboy
  • Released: March 1997
  • Label: Mute
10 27 34 19 43
Loveboat
  • Released: October 2000
  • Label: Mute
45 48 57
Other People's Songs
  • Released: January 2003
  • Label: Mute
17 31 17 138
Nightbird
  • Released: January 2005
  • Label: Mute
27 25 22 34 154
Union Street
  • Released: April 2006
  • Label: Mute
Light at the End of the World
  • Released: May 2007
  • Label: Mute
29 42 127
Tomorrow's World
  • Released: October 2011
  • Label: Mute
29 20 35 61
Snow Globe
  • Released: November 2013
  • Label: Mute
49 100
The Violet Flame
  • Released: September 2014
  • Label: Mute
20 5 41 37 48
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Chart Positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK
[1]
AUT
[2]
CAN
[13]
GER
[4]
NZ
[6]
NOR
[7]
SWE
[8]
SWI
[9]
US
[10]
US Dance
[14]
The Two Ring Circus
  • Released: November 1987
  • Label: Mute
186
Pop! The First 20 Hits
  • Released: November 1992
  • Label: Mute
1 4 40 12 40 15 18 112
Hits! The Very Best of Erasure
  • Released: October 2003
  • Label: Rhino/EMI
15 54 7
Total Pop! The First 40 Hits
  • Released: February 2009
  • Label: Mute
21
Pop2! The Second 20 Hits
  • Released: February 2009
  • Label: Mute
Essential
  • Released: March 2012
  • Label: Mute
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]

Year Single Chart Position Certifications
UK
[16]
AUT
[17]
BEL
[18]
GER
[19]
IRE
[20]
NED
[21]
NZ
[22]
SWE
[23]
SWI
[24]
US
[25]
1988 Crackers International 2 16 18 2 49 40 15 73
1991 Am I Right? EP 15 21 9
1992 Abba-esque 1 1 4 2 1 4 42 1 3 85
Am I Right? EP (re-mix) 22
1994 I Love Saturday
1997 Rain: Plus
2001 Moon and the Sky: Plus
2006 Boy EP
2007 Storm Chaser EP
2009 Pop! Remixed
Erasure.Club
Phantom Bride EP

Singles[edit]

1985-1999[edit]

Year Single Chart Position Certifications Album
UK
[16]
AUT
[17]
BEL
[18]
GER
[19]
IRE
[20]
NED
[21]
NZ
[22]
SWE
[23]
SWI
[24]
US
[29]
1985 "Who Needs Love Like That" 55 23 Wonderland
"Heavenly Action"
1986 "Oh L'amour" 16 25 15
"Sometimes" 2 10 2 2 3 2 15 20 3 The Circus
1987 "It Doesn't Have To Be" 12 17 16 19 34 19
"Victim of Love" 7 26 7 22
"The Circus" 6 30 6
1988 "Ship of Fools" 6 9 6 12 The Innocents
"Chains of Love" 11 18 6 85 31 16 12
"River Deep Mountain High" 44
"A Little Respect" 4 34 7 24 28 14
"Stop!" A 97 Crackers International
1989 "Drama!" 4 12 5 35 15 Wild!
"You Surround Me" 15 38 10
1990 "Blue Savannah" 3 12 3 48
"Star" 11 33 11
1991 "Chorus" 3 20 17 4 72 37 10 83 Chorus
"Love to Hate You" 4 6 15 19 5 49 4 17
1992 "Breath of Life" 8 25 44 8
"Who Needs Love (Like That)" (Remix) 10 18 27 8 31 Pop! The First 20 Hits
1994 "Always" 4 2 19 5 1 2 23 20 I Say I Say I Say
"Run to the Sun" 6 39 49 19 19
"I Love Saturday" 20 69 34
1995 "Stay with Me" 15 13 Erasure
"Fingers & Thumbs (Cold Summer's Day)" 20 69
1996 "Rock Me Gently"
1997 "In My Arms" 13 40 76 12 55 Cowboy
"Don't Say Your Love Is Killing Me" 23 89 26
"Rain Plus" B
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
  • A "Stop!", part of Crackers International EP, charted on its own in The US.
  • B "Rain Plus" was ineligible to chart in The UK due to its track count and length.

2000-Present[edit]

Year Single Chart Position Certifications Album
UK
[16]
CAN
[30]
DEN
[31]
FIN
[32]
GER
[19]
IRE
[20]
ROM
[33]
SWE
[23]
US Club Play
[34]
US Dance Sales
[35]
2000 "Freedom" 27 80 51 Loveboat
2001 "Moon & the Sky"
2003 "Solsbury Hill" 10 7 29 39 2 Other People's Songs
"Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)" 14 19 58
"Oh L'amour" (Remix) 13 7 10 Hits! The Very Best Of Erasure
2005 "Breathe" 4 1 35 30 43 33 1 1 Nightbird
"Don't Say You Love Me" 15 8 12 69 26 2
"Here I Go Impossible Again" 25 69
"All This Time Still Falling Out of Love"
2006 "Boy" 17 Union Street
2007 "I Could Fall in Love with You" 21 4 11 69 7 1 Light at the End of the World
"Sunday Girl" 33 8 76 1
2009 "Always" (2009 Remix) Total Pop! - The First 40 Hits
"Phantom Bride" (2009 Remaster) The Innocents
2010 "A Little Respect" (HMI Redux) (digital only charity single)
2011 "When I Start To (Break It All Down)" 25 Tomorrow's World
"Be with You" 7
2012 "Fill Us with Fire"
2013 "Gaudete" 18 Snow Globe
2014 "Make it Wonderful"
"Elevation" 3 The Violet Flame
"Reason"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Video[edit]

Video albums[edit]

Year Title Details Format
1987 Live at the Seaside 1987 The Circus Tour VHS
1989 Innocents Live 1988 The Innocents Tour VHS
1990 Wild! Live 1989 Wild! Tour VHS/Laser Disc
1992 ABBA-esque Music videos from ABBA-esque EP VHS
Pop! The First 20 Hits Compilation of music videos from 1985–1992 VHS
1993 The Tank, the Swan & the Balloon 1992 Phantasmagorical Tour VHS
1996 Erasure 1995-1996 Compilation of music videos from 1995–1996 VHS
1998 Tiny Tour 1996 Tiny Tour VHS
2003 Sanctuary - The EIS Christmas Concert 2002 2002 Fan Club Christmas Gig DVD
Hits! the Videos Compilation of music videos from 1985–2003 DVD
2004 The Tank, the Swan & the Balloon 1992 Phantasmagorical Tour DVD (re-release)
2005 The Erasure Show - Live in Cologne 2005 The Erasure Show Tour DVD
2007 On the Road to Nashville 2006 Acoustic Tour DVD + CD
2008 Live at the Royal Albert Hall 2007 Light at the End of the World Tour DVD

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
1985 "Who Needs Love (Like That)" John Scarlett-Davies
"Heavenly Action"
1986 "Oh L'Amour" Peter Hamilton/Alistair Rae
"Sometimes" Gerard de Thame
1987 "It Doesn't Have to Be"
"Victim of Love" Peter Scammell
"The Circus" Jerry Chater
1988 "Ship of Fools" Phillip Vile
"Chains of Love" Peter Christopherson
"A Little Respect
"Stop!"
1989 "Drama!" The Giblets
"You Surround Me" James Le Bon
1990 "Blue Savannah" Kevin Godley
"Star" John Maybury
1991 "Chorus" David Mallet
"Love to Hate You"
"Am I Right?" Angela Conway
1992 "Breath of Life"
"Lay All Your Love on Me" Jan Kounen
"S.O.S."
"Take a Chance on Me" Philippe Gautier
"Voulez-Vous" Jan Kounen
1994 "Always
"Run to the Sun" Nico Beyer
"I Love Saturday" Caz Gorham & Frances Dickenson
1995 "Stay with Me" Mario Cavalli
"Fingers & Thumbs (Cold Summer's Day)" Max Abbiss-Biro
1996 "Rock Me Gently"
"Sono Luminus" (Acoustic live)
1997 "In My Arms" Dick Carruthers
"In My Arms" (North American version) Geoff Moore
"Don't Say Your Love Is Killing Me" Richard Heslop
"Rain" unknown
2000 "Freedom" Vince Clarke
2003 "Solsbury Hill"
"Solsbury Hill" (Alternative version) unknown
"Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)" Jonas Odell
"Oh L'Amour" (Remix) Toma & Luc
2005 "Breathe" Christian Bevilacqua
"Don't Say You Love Me" Fizzy Eye
"All This Time Still Falling Out of Love" Uwe Flade
2007 "I Could Fall in Love with You" Justin Eisner
"I Could Fall in Love with You" (Alternative version) Estelle Rogers
"Sunday Girl" unknown

Other appearances[edit]

Below is a list of songs recorded by Erasure which are not available on Erasure LPs.

Song title Year Additional information
"Amateur Hour" 1997 Collaboration with Sparks on their 1997 album Plagiarism.
"Baby Love" 2000 Cover version of The Supremes hit, included on the UK compilation album Motown Mania. Also appears on the Moon & the Sky EP.
"Early Bird" 2007 Collaboration with Cyndi Lauper, included on True Colors Tour 2007 commemorative album.
"Looking Glass Sea" 1990 Appeared on the soundtrack to the film Dick Tracy.
"Magic Moments" 1997 Cover of a 1957 Burt Bacharach/Hal David song, popularized by Perry Como. The Erasure version first appeared on the soundtrack to the film Lord of Illusions. Released in the U.S. as a promo-only single and on the US-only version of Cowboy.
"Rage" 1991 Collaboration with Lene Lovich which appeared on the PETA benefit album Tame Yourself. "Rage" was originally a solo LP track for Lovich in 1989.
"Too Darn Hot" 1990 Cover version of the 1948 Cole Porter song from Kiss Me, Kate, included on the 1990 Porter tribute album Red Hot + Blue.
"No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" 1993 Billed as "k.d. lang & Andy Bell", this is a cover of the 1979 Donna Summer/Barbra Streisand disco duet. The pair had performed a raucous version live at the previous year's BRIT Awards. The somewhat more tame studio version was recorded with Erasure's Vince Clarke and produced by synth-pop super-producer, Stephen Hague. It appears on the 1993 movie soundtrack, Coneheads.

References[edit]

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