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Famous fans say farewell to the B-52’s: ‘They got me to question my own prejudices’
After 46 years, the Athens originals are taking off for good later this year. David Byrne, Boy George and more pay tribute to one of the most unusual pop bands ever

Interviews by Dave Simpson

13, Jan, 2023 @10:56 AM

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‘It’s the songs that count’: Erasure’s Andy Bell on being out in the 80s, living with HIV and falling from fashion
Alongside Vince Clarke, the electropop pioneer has produced some brilliantly catchy and enduring songs. As the group releases a new album, the singer reflects on what happens when the hits dry up – and why he still loves performing live

Emine Saner

08, Aug, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Erasure review – a heady cocktail of corsets and classics
On the opening night of their first post-pandemic tour, the British synth-pop duo proved they haven’t lost their essence

Malcolm Jack

04, Oct, 2021 @3:23 PM

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Sarathy Korwar, Flying Lotus and FKA twigs among 2020 AIM awards winners
Independent Music awards for artists outside major label system also honour Moses Boyd, Arlo Parks, Yaeji and AJ Tracey

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

12, Aug, 2020 @8:45 PM

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On my radar: Andy Bell's cultural highlights
The Erasure singer on Catherine Deneuve, lockdown news consumption, and a shop that sells neon signs

Jude Rogers

02, Aug, 2020 @7:30 AM

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My first love song: musicians remember the soundtracks to their teenage crushes
A shaggy Texan, a firebreathing dancer, Liz Taylor … stars relive their first loves – and the tunes that bring them back

Interviews by Paul Lester

14, Feb, 2017 @7:00 AM

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Vince Clarke and Paul Hartnoll: 2Square review – electro-pop for dad-dancing

Dave Simpson

09, Jun, 2016 @9:30 PM

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Erasure: Always, The Very Best Of box set review – overlooked synth-pop masters
Two discs of hit-and-miss remixes accompany Erasure’s untouchable greatest hits on this new box set

Tim Jonze

10, Dec, 2015 @9:45 PM

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Andy Bell: this much I know
The Erasure singer, aged 50, on living with HIV, darts and predicting the future

Candice Pires

14, Mar, 2015 @2:00 PM

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Five surprise sing-alongs on the train, from Erasure to The Lion King
Fans returning home from a gig have given a spontaneous performance of A Little Respect, to the delight of the internet

Rosie Swash

16, Dec, 2014 @11:17 AM

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Erasure review – every note infused with lovelorn drama
Andy Bell’s absolute belief in the duo’s music – with its sex-on-the-dancefloor peaks and morning-after valleys – stops this tour from being a nostalgia outing, writes Caroline Sullivan

Caroline Sullivan

25, Nov, 2014 @2:10 PM

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Andy Bell: 'My bravado came from drag queens'

Like the Pet Shop Boys and Marc Almond before him, the Erasure singer is taking to the Edinburgh stage, with a cabaret show that takes him through uncharted territory, writes Mark Fisher

Mark Fisher

06, Aug, 2014 @3:34 PM

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