Sometimes (Erasure song)

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Single by Erasure
from the album The Circus
B-side "Sexuality", "Say What"
Released 6 October 1986
Format 12", 7", CD
Recorded 1985-1986
Genre Synthpop, new wave
Length 3:38
Label Mute (UK), Sire (US)
Writer(s) Vince Clarke, Andy Bell
Producer(s) Flood
Erasure singles chronology
"Oh L'amour"
"It Doesn't Have To Be"

"Sometimes" is a song by British synthpop duo Erasure, released in October 1986 as their fourth single overall.

After three commercial flops from their debut album Wonderland, "Sometimes" became Erasure's first bonafide hit, peaking at number one in South Africa, number two in their native United Kingdom and in Germany, and becoming a huge international hit. The song became Erasure's second Top 5 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, where it charted alongside "It Doesn't Have to Be" and peaked at number four.

Written by band members Vince Clarke and Andy Bell, "Sometimes" typifies the Erasure "sound" — an uptempo, dance-oriented pop tune accentuated by Clarke's analogue synthesizers and Bell's lyrics about being in love. The music video showcases Erasure on a building rooftop — Clarke playing an acoustic guitar and Bell singing — as they weave through white sheets hanging from a laundry line; near the end of the video rain starts to fall on the duo.

"Sometimes" spent seventeen weeks in the UK singles chart — the duo's longest chart run for a single in that country — and was included on Erasure's second album The Circus, released six months later in March 1987.

Music Video[edit]

The video shows the band on top of a skyscraper surrounded by white sheets hanging on washing lines before it starts to rain.

Track listings[edit]

7" single (MUTE51)[edit]

  1. "Sometimes"
  2. "Sexuality" (Single Mix)

12" single (12MUTE51)[edit]

  1. "Sometimes" (12" Mix)
  2. "Sexuality" (12" Mix)
  3. "Say What" (Remix)

Limited 12" single (L12MUTE 51)[edit]

  1. "Sometimes" (Shiver Mix)
  2. "Sexuality" (Private Mix)
  3. "Senseless" (Remix)

12" single (Sire 20614-0)[edit]

  1. "Sometimes" (Extended Mix) 5:22
  2. "Sometimes" (Shiver Mix) 7:30
  3. "It Doesn't Have To Be" (The Boop Oopa Doo Mix) 7:12
  4. "Sexuality" (Private Mix) 6:04

Cassette single (CMUTE51)[edit]

  1. "Sometimes"
  2. "Sexuality" (Single Mix)
  3. "Who Needs Love Like That"
  4. "Heavenly Action"
  5. "Oh L'amour"

CD single (CDMUTE51)[edit]

  1. "Sometimes"
  2. "Sexuality" (Single Mix)
  3. "Sometimes" (12" Mix)
  4. "Sexuality" (12" Mix)
  5. "Say What" (Remix)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[citation needed] 50
Austrian Singles Chart[1] 10
Belgian Singles Chart[citation needed] 2
Dutch Singles Chart[2] 2
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[3] 5
French Singles Chart[4] 39
German Singles Chart[5] 2
Irish Singles Chart[6] 3
Italian Singles Chart[7] 22
New Zealand Singles Chart[8] 15
Spain (AFYVE)[9] 1
South African Singles Chart[10] 1
Swedish Singles Chart[11] 20
Swiss Singles Chart[12] 3
UK Singles Chart[13] 2
U.S. Billboard Dance/Club Play Singles Chart[14] 4
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales Chart[15] 37


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