For today’s Wayback Wednesday, we take a look back at an album that came out this week (if you lived in the UK) back in 1987, Erasure’s Circus. Those of us in the US had to wait until July.
Erasure is yet another brilliant musical endeavor of Vince Clarke – founder of both Depeche Mode and Yaz. This time he teamed up with Andy Bell after Bell answered an ad Vince placed in Melody Maker magazine looking for a vocalist and the rest is history! Circus was Erasure’s second album and considered to be what launched them in the UK after churning out 4 hit singles: Sometimes, It Doesn’t Have to Be, Victim of Love and The Circus. The album didn’t fare so well in the US despite having two hits on the Billboard Dance Music charts. In fact, it was their next album The Innocents that was their breakthrough in the US, thanks to songs like A Little Respect and Chains of Love. But back to Circus. The Circus tour would be the first time I saw Erasure live, thanks to my dorm suitemate freshman year of college. (Shout out to Towson State University Tower A 1986 peeps!!) Zanny was from New York and definitely ahead of the curve, music wise. We both loved Yaz and when she played me stuff from Vince Clarke’s new band, I was hooked! We then endured a slightly scary hurricane like rain soaked ride to the old 9:30 Club in May of ’87 to check out the band. The show was amazing. I’ve seen them many times since then but that one remains my favorite Erasure show.
Last year, during the ACL Fest in Austin, I ran into Vince Clarke outside ofthe club he was DJing at. Super cool dude and while I was to shy to ask him for a pic, I did manage to snap one while he was chatting with some other fans.
From 1987’s Circus, here is Sometimes: