Andy Bell (singer)

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Andy Bell
Bell performing with Erasure at Delamere Forest in Cheshire, England, 2011
Bell performing with Erasure at Delamere Forest in Cheshire, England, 2011
Background information
Birth nameAndrew Ivan Bell
Born (1964-04-25) 25 April 1964 (age 59)
OriginDogsthorpe, Peterborough, England
Years active1983–present
Member ofErasure

Andrew Ivan Bell (born 25 April 1964)[1] is an English singer and songwriter. He is best known as the lead vocalist of the synth-pop duo Erasure. The band achieved mainstream success (receiving a Brit Award for Best British Group) and are popular within the LGBT community, for whom the openly gay Bell has become an icon.[2]

Erasure have penned over 200 songs and have sold over 25 million albums worldwide.[3][4] They have achieved five consecutive number ones on the UK Albums Chart. Hit singles include "A Little Respect", "Sometimes" and "Always". Bell is known for his soulful voice and flamboyant stage persona, which contrast with bandmate Vince Clarke's low-key, deadpan demeanour.

His solo career includes the studio albums Electric Blue (2005), Non-Stop (2010), and iPop (2014).

Early life[edit]

Bell grew up in the Dogsthorpe[citation needed] area of Peterborough. His family still reside in the city and surrounding areas such as Market Deeping.[citation needed] Bell was educated at the King's School in the city.[5][6]


In 1985, during a period in which he worked selling women's shoes and was performing in a band called the Void, he responded to a newspaper advertisement for a singer. Vince Clarke had been Bell's "hero"; Bell was successful in his audition and together they formed the group Erasure.

Bell sang the role of Montresor in the opera The Fall of the House of Usher by Peter Hammill and Judge Smith, released in 1991 and reissued with a new recording in 1999.

Bell's first solo studio album was announced in July 2005. He signed a worldwide solo recording contract with Sanctuary Records, and announced details of his debut album, released on 3 October 2005 and entitled Electric Blue. The album featured fourteen tracks, including three duets, with Claudia Brücken of Propaganda and Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters.

The first single, "Crazy", released on 26 September 2005, included club remixes from his Erasure partner Vince Clarke, plus Cicada, MHC and King Roc. Electric Blue was co-written and recorded throughout 2004 and 2005 with Manhattan Clique (Philip Larsen and Chris Smith) who have worked with Erasure, Moby, the B-52s, Stereophonics and Goldfrapp.

Bell released his second solo studio album, Non-Stop, on 7 June 2010.[7] It was co-written and co-produced by Bell and Pascal Gabriel, who previously remixed "It Doesn't Have to Be" for Erasure. It also features a collaboration with Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction.

Using the pseudonym Mimó, Bell released two Pascal Gabriel-produced singles on Mute Records: "Running Out" (2009)[8] and "Will You Be There?" (2010)[9] prior to his second solo album.[10] The name, used as a "tribute to good friend Tomeau Mimó", was not used on any subsequent solo releases, as a legal block was issued against Bell by another artist already using the Mimó name.[11] Both songs appear on Non-Stop[7] and have since been re-branded as Andy Bell.

In June 2011, he appeared on the second season of ITV series Popstar to Operastar and finished in fifth place.

On 26 July 2023, Claire Richards released a cover of the 1978 ABBA single "Summer Night City", in collaboration with Bell on co-lead vocals, as the second single from Richards' second studio album Euphoria.[12]


Bell has also donated time and made recordings for charities. These include Ferry Aid's cover of "Let It Be" (1987); a cover of Cole Porter's "Too Darn Hot", that was included in 1990s Red Hot + Blue album to raise funds for AIDS and HIV research; re-making Lene Lovich's "Rage" alongside her to be included in PETA's album (1991) in favour of a wildlife campaign; and performing twice on Big Spender's Red Hot and Dance events to support various AIDS projects (in both December 1994 and November 2004). Bell also performed on the True Colours Tour 2008.

Personal life[edit]

Bell is openly gay, and has had long-time partners. The first, Paul M. Hickey,[13] died on 11 April 2012 at the age of 62.[14] In January 2013, Bell married his subsequent partner Stephen Moss.[15]

On 17 December 2004, Bell publicly announced that he has been HIV-positive since 1998.[16] In a 2007 interview, he remarked that there is a complacency among gay men about HIV:

There are definitely HIV-positive people who meet other HIV-positive men, and like still having unprotected sex. I think it must be quite hard for young gay men because there is so much for them now to do — there are so many saunas and stuff like that for them to go to, and it's so easy to get it.[17]

Bell has avascular necrosis. He has had both hips replaced, which keeps him from "pogoing around" in more recent performances.[17]

Solo discography[edit]


Shelter featuring Andy Bell albums[edit]

  • 2014: iPop with Shelter (CD/digital) - iTunes UK Pop Album Chart No. 47[citation needed]
    • 2015: iPop Deluxe with Shelter (CD/vinyl/digital)

Torsten stage and music series and remixes[edit]


  • 2005: "Crazy" - UK No. 35,[19] U.S. Dance No. 3
  • 2006: "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" - UK No. 96
  • 2009: "Running Out" (as Mimó)
  • 2010: "Will You Be There?" (as Mimó) - U.S. Dance No. 27
  • 2010: "Call on Me"
  • 2010: "Non-Stop"
  • 2013: "Breathing Love" (with Isaac Junkie) (CD Part 1/CD Part 2)
  • 2014: "Aftermath (Here We Go)" (with Dave Aude) - U.S. Dance No. 1[20]
  • 2014: "Beautiful" (with Shelter)
  • 2014: "I Don't Like"
  • 2014: "Friend" (with Shelter)
  • 2014: "Fountain of Youth"
  • 2015: "Weston-Super-Mare"
  • 2016: "True Original" (with Dave Aude)
  • 2016: "My Precious One"
  • 2016: "Queercore" (Matt Pop Remix)
  • 2016: "We Were Singing Along to Liza" (Shelter Remix)
  • 2017: "Runaway" (with Dave Aude)
  • 2023" "Summer Night City" (with Claire Richards)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "BIOGRAPHY | Andy Bell (Erasure)". Retrieved 20 June 2023.
  2. ^ "Erasure gay icon Andy Bell talks with O&AN". 1 April 2006. Archived from the original on 5 June 2009. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  3. ^ "ERASURE New Single "Elevation" Remixed by BT". 25 August 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  4. ^ Simpson, Dave (30 July 2014), "Andy Bell: 'I'd had enough of being bullied'", The Guardian
  5. ^ Lamy, Joel (24 July 2016). "School 'owes debt' to inspirational teacher". Peterborough Telegraph. Peterborough Today. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  6. ^ "CLAIM: Anger over 'scary city' jibe by star". Peterborough Telegraph. Peterborough Today. 21 October 2003. Archived from the original on 17 June 2018. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Andy Bell Official Website". Andy Bell. Archived from the original on 26 July 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2010.
  8. ^ "MiMó – Running Out". Retrieved 15 December 2010.
  9. ^ "MiMó – Will You Be There?". Retrieved 15 December 2010.
  10. ^ "(Erasure) Official Website". Andy Bell. Archived from the original on 26 July 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2010.
  11. ^ "Erasure (Andy Bell & Vince Clarke) The Official Website". Archived from the original on 22 November 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2010.
  12. ^ "Claire Richards teams up with Erasure's Andy Bell on storming cover of ABBA's Summer Night City". Retro Pop. 26 July 2023. Retrieved 26 July 2023.
  13. ^ Harrington, Richard (29 April 2005). "Erasure's Edge: Still Sharp". The Washington Post. Retrieved 15 December 2010. One of the first openly gay pop stars, Bell used to cover Tammy Wynette's "Stand by Your Man" sporting bell-bottom cowboy chaps with the backsides cut out, long before Prince or Christina Aguilera struck that ex-pose... Spain (where Bell lives with his partner of 20 years, Paul Hickey)[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "Sometimes - A Life of Love, Loss & Erasure". Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  15. ^ Jamieson, Teddy (1 August 2014). "Erasure's Andy Bell on his Fringe show, finding love again and living with HIV". The Herald. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  16. ^ Vineyard, Jennifer (14 December 2004). "Erasure Singer Andy Bell Says He's HIV-Positive". MTV. Retrieved 15 December 2010.
  17. ^ a b Pool, Hannah (26 July 2007). "Question time: Erasure singer Andy Bell". The Guardian. London.
  18. ^ "Chart Log UK – Weekly Updates Sales 2010".
  19. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 52. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  20. ^ "Hot Dance Club Songs". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 9 August 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2014.

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