Andy Bell and Vince Clarke know something about music. The duo–better known as Erasure–have been churning out synthpop hits for more than 30 years. They remain artists who know how to craft songs that are both interesting and entertaining. And, like the best artists working, their sound is uniquely their own. You know an Erasure song when you hear it. And their 1986 debut album, Wonderland, remains a personal favorite.
They wouldn’t have a studio album chart in the U.S. until two albums later–1988’s The Innocents–which featured the track “Chains of Love.” Of course, if you were a fan, you didn’t need a chart position to know them. Wonderland saunter into the U.S. via dance clubs (the group’s singles are not just great the first time out, but also the second as dance remixes.) So it’s no surprise that, regardless of charting in the U.S., you’ve likely heard “Oh L’amour” from that debut album.
Wonderland is, IMHO, a phenomenal debut album, and you should check it out. In the meantime, here’s one of my favorite songs off the album, which was not released as a single but perfectly encapsulates the time and vibe while remaining singularly Erasure.