May 21, 2017
Episode 18: Erasure - Wonderland (1986) Part 1
This week's episode is timed to coincide with the brand new release from Erasure, titled World Be Gone. But rather than discussing the new album, Brian and Sarah go back 31 years, to the debut album from the synthpop duo of Vince Clarke and Andy Bell.
Part 1: Background
By 1986, Vince Clarke-- or at least his music-- is familiar to many in the UK, having had chart successes as a founding member of Depeche Mode, Yazoo, and The Assembly. Brian provides a little more information on Vince's musical history, even before the Depeche Mode days. Sarah tells us about newcomer Andy Bell and how he and Vince came to form Erasure. Then the two discuss the making of Wonderland, the singles associated with it, and the rather surprising chart positions of both the album and the singles.
Part 2: Personal History
Did either Brian or Sarah own the actual album or cassette of Wonderland back in the day? The answer may surprise you. Also, Brian provides another reason why it was a good time to discuss this album-- and it has to do with the weather!
Part 3: Track by Track
Both the US and UK versions of Wonderland contain five tracks on the first side, but the track listing is different. Brian and Sarah grew up with the US version, so they review those songs. During that conversation, we learn the hosts have differing opinions on the types of drum sounds they prefer. They both have thoughts on which songs have similarities to Yazoo songs. They also delve into the more serious topic of sexuality in the 1980s and the different ways it was approached by artists at the time. And finally, much to Brian's surprise, Sarah reveals she's not always that impressed with Andy Bell's vocals. But both Brian and Sarah agree on the silliness of the two videos they discuss!
Who Needs Love Like That
Cry So Easy
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