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Erasure
The kings of synth and high campery dropped by to discuss the new album, curtsies and no knickers.

Can you tell us about the selection process for the songs on your new album. Were there songs that you chose that didn't work out?
Vince: There were about three or four songs that we started recording that we didn't finish and that was because we felt we weren't adding anything to them or that they didn't sound different enough.

Was it important that you made your own mark on the songs?
Andy: Make our own versions really. The idea was that I would make a whole album of Phil Spector songs and started working with Gareth Jones from the Verve. We did 'You've Lost That Loving Feeling' and 'Do I Love You' by the Ronettes. We weren't getting very far with them and Vince came over to Spain and said "Let's choose our favourites". So we made three CDs of some really odd choices, like 'Over The Rainbow', Led Zeppelin's 'Black Dog', 'Running Up That Hill' by Kate Bush, 'Love Of My Life' by Queen and these are the ones we ended up with.

Did you make a point of not making a disco/camp album?
Andy: No, because I didn't want to do those anyway. It's harking back to my teenage years and parents' records. It's more a pop history thing.

Some of the songs are reasonably faithful to the original like 'Make Me Smile' but other ones like 'Everyday' are very different. Did you think "We'll make this an upbeat song"?
Vince: We didn't want them to sound like karaoke versions, so that's why some became more electronic than the others.

This album sounded more like an Andy Bell more than Erasure stuff because it's not your own compositions. Do you think that's how people are going to perceive it?
Andy: That's how the project was born. The reason why I picked singer songs was because I wanted to show off basically. Vince has worked with some really great singers and I felt that I've been in the shadows a bit. People always seem to talk about Erasure all the time and I think it's for my own ego really.

  Simply Red  
  "That's a bit supermarket, isn't it. I'm not making that many bottles. "  
  Robin Gibb  
  "There's been great moments both as a songwriter and as a performer."  
  Paul Roberts - The Stranglers  
  "We certainly weren't going to call ourselves The Bay City Rollers."  
  Lisa Stansfield  
  "I just thought, how many times do I have to sing this song?"  
  Soft Cell  
  "I think it's the only time that a banjo's been played in the Ministry of Sound."  
  Erasure  
  "Agnetha said she liked it. If I met them I would curtsey."  
  INXS  
  "We really surprised lots of people by simply hanging in there."  
  Kim Wilde  
  "I used to be really jealous of Claire Grogan...I thought she was gorgeous."  
  Dollar  
  "Failure was not an option, we were materialistic and greed was good."  
  Human League  
  "We did a US tour with Culture Club and Howard Jones...solely for the cash."  
  Altered Images  
  "Women were treated as a bit of a novelty in the music business in 1981."  
  Belle Stars  
  "The pop music lark just seems like a lifetime away now."  
  Steve Strange  
  "Look, youíre playing me like a bitchy queen and Iím not like that."  
  Five Star  
  "We all grew up wanting to be famous and we lived our dream..."  
  Phillip from Ruby Flipper  
  "At my age, I'd find it difficult to get my legs where they used to go..."  
  Glen Campbell  
  "I got to work with literally everyone in the business; Nat King Cole, Sinatra..."  
  David Gray  
  "Lots of tension in the camp. We're battling Gareth Gates for the No.1 spot"  
  Robert Palmer  
  "There's this homegenised force feeding of what is hip."  
  Marilyn  
  "I think George manipulated our relationship for publicity"  
  Tom Jones  
  "I'm pulling all my old jewellery out now and comparing my rings with Wyclef"  
  Ruth From Pan's People  
  "I could show you dozens of times I forgot the moves..."  
  Badly Drawn Boy  
  "Everybody has to do what everybody else does in order to have a hit single"  
  John Otway  
  "I think the music business is probably not happy with what we've done..."  
  Jimmy Cliff  
  "I look at someone like Ms Dynamite, I come away with a positive feeling."  
  Human League  
  "We wouldn't trust anyone that didn't wear eyeliner."  
  Status Quo  
  "I probably went about four or five years with a pair of stage jeans"  
  Gary Numan  
  "There are so many things in my past that you could make fun of."  
  McAlmont and Butler  
  "We were big enough to get over any-thing that may have been exchanged."  
  Primal Scream  
  "The producer at the time told us we'd never work again."  
  Oasis  
  "I prefer miming, I prefer if we werenít playing live."  


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