July 28, 1990
Regarding Leslie Carr's July 7 letter about Mike Boehm's review of Erasure's concert: I also attended that concert, and while I agree that Erasure put on a good show, I disagree completely that singer Andy Bell's homosexuality wasn't an issue. Having seen Erasure when they opened for Duran Duran in 1987, I was aware of Bell's flamboyant stage antics, but I considered his sexuality secondary to his dynamic performance. However, I was somewhat unprepared for the audience that Erasure drew as a headline act. In my opinion, their show was not a case of a straight audience lowering their guard to enjoy a gay performer; it was more like a gay pride festival.
August 8, 1988 |
Is Andy Bell, the singing half of the English electro-pop duo Erasure, the successor to James Dean? On Friday at the Hollywood Palladium he looked more like Liza Minnelli in "Cabaret," what with his skin-tight black-sequined lederhosen outfit.
March 19, 2003 |
Erasure created the expected synth-pop spectacle on Monday at the Mayan. The veteran dance duo's Victorian drawing-room set and period costumes underscored the drama of its pulsating disco numbers and heart-throbbing ballads, while not entirely masking their limitations. Although more popular in their native England, instrumentalist Vince Clarke and singer Andy Bell have been American cult heroes since their late-'80s hits "Chains of Love" and "A Little Respect."
February 2, 2003 |
Erasure "Other People's Songs" (Mute) ** 1/2 Singer Andy Bell knows all there is to know about the crying game. At least the vocal half of this veteran British dance-pop duo sure sounds as if he does on the best of Erasure's quirky new collection of covers. From widely disparate sources, the songs are generally about keeping that romantic torch ablaze, a favorite subject for Bell and his music-making partner, Vince Clarke.
July 7, 1990
After reading your review of the Erasure concert ("Capering Andy Bell Leads Erasure Through Zesty Evening" by Mike Boehm, Calendar June 18), I was pretty upset. For me and for three good friends of mine, this was our first concert, and we were very excited. Naturally, our hopes were high for this concert, and Erasure proved very quickly to be a very enthusiastic group. The four of us, as well as many others at the concert, knew of the two men's homosexuality. That had absolutely no effect whatsoever on our feelings toward the music or the band.
April 20, 1986 |
"WONDERLAND." Erasure. Sire. Vince Clarke, formerly of Depeche Mode, Yazoo and the Assembly, has acquired the bad habit of changing partners without making alterations in his music. As one-half of Erasure, Clarke continues to produce articulated, synth-pop dance music that was refreshing several years ago but has now grown very stale. Helping him out this time is newcomer Andy Bell, who does a good impersonation of Alison Moyet (Clarke's partner in Yazoo).