(active 1985 - present) U.K.
Andy Bell & David Clarke
Erasure were formed in 1985 after Andy answered an ad placed by Vince in UK music paper "Melody Maker". Andy was the 42nd person to audition. After a slow start - their first 3 singles Who Needs Love (Like That), Heavenly Action and Oh L'Amour only reached numbers 55, 100 and 85 respectively! Erasure had their first hit with Sometimes, which reached number 2 in the UK chart in late 1986.
Since then, they have had 16 top 10 singles (including one number 1, their ABBA covers EP "ABBA-Esque" in 1992) and 5 number 1 albums. So far in 2003 they have had another Top 10 with their cover of Solsbury Hill, and released a cover-versions album Other People's Songs. They have also completed their first tour for 6 years, "The Other Tour", performing shows in the UK, North America, Germany and Denmark.