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Interview:
Erasure Frontman Conscious Of Image
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Erasure singer Andy Bell loves being onstage. But sometimes he doesn’t like seeing himself there after the fact.

Bell — who co-founded the British electronic pop group in 1985 with former Depeche Mode and Yazoo member Vince Clarke — says he usually “can’t really tell” what a given show looks like until he gets a chance to see filmed footage.

“You can get a feeling for it,” he explains. “It’s a bit like being in Piccadilly Circus or something like that; you feel like you’re bathed in colored light and you get a vibe, but you really have no idea what it actually looks like.

“Once it’s filmed and the rushes start coming in, you just go, ‘Wow, I had no idea how it looks.’ ”

And sometimes, Bell acknowledges, that realization can be “unpleasant.”

“It’s pure vanity,” Bell, 43, notes with a laugh. “On the (2006) ‘Union Street’ tour, for instance, I hadn’t been going to the gym, so there’s your belly hanging out. I thought, ‘Well, that’s fine, just every once in a while.’ You can’t have perfection all the time.”

Erasure’s current road trip comes in support of “Light at the End of the World,” the duo’s latest album and a return to the electronic form after “Union Street’s” collection of acoustic versions of Erasure favorites such as “Boy,” “Stay with Me” and “Rock Me Gently.” Bell and Clarke are already plotting their next album, though the singer says they’re a little bit at odds about how to proceed.

“What I would really like to do,” Bell says, “is go into the studio, just us two, and start experimenting, maybe come up with some bass lines and things like that and write a song from there.

“But (Clarke) likes to do things in certain ways — write acoustically and have a whole song there from the beginning. It’s worked for us quite a lot, but I would like to experiment a bit more.”



Erasure and Young Love perform 8 p.m. Tuesday (July 31st) at Music Hall, 350 Madison Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $32.50-$55. Call (313) 963-7622 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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