This interview Erasure gave exclusively
to Erasure.ru on 5th October 2007 in Berlin.
- Hi Andy and Vince! Thank you for finding the time for this
interview. So, the first question - how are you feeling yourselves
Vince: It’s been a
very long tour, we’ve been away for 3 months and it’s been good fun,
but we’re ready to finish.
- The "Light At The End Of The World" tour is coming to an end, what
are your impressions from the tour? What were the highlights and the
lowlights of the tour?
I think it seems much longer than it really has been. And probably
the worst thing was having to cancel one show in Mexico, no, two
shows. It was really hard because we had just finished doing the
"True Colors" tour, and then we had our own show, we had 5 shows in
a row, then we had to do two shows on Rosie O’Donnell’s boat, then
fly to Dominican Republic, it was really hard. So, it was very nice
to come home, to come back to the UK. But I think it went quite
It’s been nice to see good reaction for the new record. It was
surprising that people were interested in the new material as well,
not only the old material.
I’ve been quite surprised with all the young people as well at the
gigs, young girls, how do they know?
- What song from the new album do you like to perform live the most?
I like "Golden Heart", but it’s too high, so we dropped it. That’s
- Vince, during the
"Phantasmagorical Entertainment" tour you had a great drag outfit.
Did you think about doing something similar again?
The costumes change every tour, so we have a guy in London who
designs all the stuff...
- Dean Bright?
Dean Bright, exactly. Hopefully we come up with something different
every tour. I'm not averse to putting on some drag.
He likes it, yeah.
I think its good to be different and to show a different side of you
on every concert.
- Andy, during the "True Colors" tour you met one of your idols -
Debbie Harry. Tell us about your impressions.
She said herself that she’s an egomaniac, which you have to be to do
music. She’s a really wise person. She’s bright beautiful, she also
has an inner beauty. My favourite thing was sitting on the steps
with her, smoking a cigarette. On the last show in Los Angeles we
had a party afterwards, and I was kissing her, it felt like I could
have easily kissed her to a tongue. My friend was filming or taking
photos, so hopefully I can get pictures from him.
- Duet with Cyndi Lauper, "Early Bird", turned out very good. Don’t
you want to work with somebody else, maybe another duet?
Yeah, there are lots of people. I love Annie Lennox’s voice, I think
she’s really amazing. All these people are so busy and they always
have a lot of things going on, don’t they, Vince?
- Did you hear Annie’s
new album? It’s coming out.
No, we heard some clips.
- Let’s talk a little about the new album. Why two great songs: "Be
My Baby" and "I Don’t Know Why" were dropped out from the tracklist?
Andy said that those two are too commercial...
That was my own taste. I just feel like because we'd done ABBA, and
they were really ABBA-ie sounding, but when it came down to the end
they sounded the less finished. That is why.
- Vince, what do you think is more important - sound or melody?
The melody, I think. Always because that's the thing that people
remember. When you write a song it's the tune that people remember,
not that it's a Fender Stratocaster 1963 lead guitar sound, I mean
who cares? As long as they can sing it in the bathroom that's more
- What song from the new album
is your least favourite and why?
We had more songs than we needed for this reocord, so I’m really
proud of all the songs. My favourite is "I Could Fall In Love With
You", I think. I don't think there are any weak songs on a record
- Vince, can you describe the producer's role when you are recording
an Erasure album?
The producer for us is someone who inspires and encourages us when
we having doubts about something we're doing. Someone who can see,
who gets it. When we come up with a tune, we do very rough demos. I
think it takes someone who's in tune with us to be able to see good
in that rough demo, someone to recognize that and bring out the best
of that song. I think it's good to have someone to tell us when to
stop, otherwise we would never finish the record, we just carry on
recording and recording. For us it's a very vital role, a very vital
person in the production of the record.
- What music do you listen to these days? What modern artists do
Vince: I've been listening to lots of old scary movie tracks, so no
new artists at all. Well, I've got a 2 year old son and we've been
listening to a lot of the music of Sesame Street.
- What are the Erasure plans after the tour is over?
Vince: Sleep for a year!
Yeah! We’d have some down time, but also we’re thinking about
finishing the nursery record.
- When can we expect it?
Probably in… When, Vince?
Well, its going to take a while to get together. There are few other
people who expressed their interest in working with us as well for
that. The next thing we do actually is we gonna do a track for Shrek
Christmas album, which is a compilation album and they wanna
traditional carol, so we'll be doing it as soon as we can.
- For this Christmas?
Yes, for this Christmas, yeah.
- What's happening with the project of remastering old Erasure
albums and re-releasing them in 5.1 surround sound in the Depeche
Well, I havn't heard any yet, I think they did "Wonderland"...
Vince: I don't know they were supposed to be doing it...
...and then they moved. So, we don’t know... Nothing...
We havn't heard. Well, we did have discussions with them about it
and thought "Chorus" would be the best one for it.
We don't even see anyone from the record company anymore, do we,
Vince? They don't even come.
- Vince, do you remember your
feelings when you worked on remastering of "Speak & Spell"?
When I was doing an interview for the documentary, it was very
pleasant. I was always talking to someone I knew very well. It was
very comfortable and it was nice to do that.
- Andy, do you have any plans about another solo album?
I’d like to do some more dance material, but I don’t know if it will
be enough for an album, so I do want to do some collaborations with
- Vince, what can we expect from Erasure musically? Don't you think
about recording another concept album, like the "Erasure" album in
I don't know. Sometimes it's not a good idea to plan too much...
Yeah, because you don't know, until you sit down and write a song,
you just don't know what's going to happen, or how its going to turn
out, I mean, if a songs going in a particular direction and we can
see a pattern, perhaps we would go down that road. Until you sit
down and write a song, you don't know how it will turn out in the
I can tell you why I couldn't sleep the other night, Vince,
- Vince, can you unveil the
secret of "Loveboat" album? Why it has such a strange sound with
deep bass? What was the idea?
The original idea was to use as least instruments as possible, so I
used I sampled a lot of guitar and messed about with it in the
sampler. I also sampled a lot of Stylophone and messed about with
the sound a lot manipulated the sound alot.
- Some Erasure fans think that Erasure should work with some modern
musicians. Do you think Erasure needs such collaboration and why?
I don't think so really, because we have our own stamp already, with
Vince. If we were to work with someone like Mirwais, I love some of
the sounds but it just wouldn't be us.
- Vince, what was the reason for you to pose nude for Rankin’s
The real reason was because it was a low part of my life, and my
self-confidence was completely zero, so I just did it and didn’t
So you wouldn’t do it again?
- Vince, you became a father two years ago. Do you think that was
the right time for you to become a father? Are you planning to have
I'm not planning to have any more children, one is plenty. I think,
probably the best time to have a child is when you are 15. Because
that way you get rid of all the terrible stuff over with while your
still a horrible teenager anyway, then he's grown up and you can go
on with enjoying yourself. It went very well for me, I’m a very
- Please, continue the
if I’d have a spare ticket to heaven, I’d give it to...
I don’t know... To Paul. Or the devil, not that they are related.
can always find in my refridgerator...
Some dry cheese.
There’s always some garlic.
partner is perfect because...
Andy: He's a dark brooding mean hunk.
What was the phrase? She has big tits.
- Vince, what are your associations with Russia and Russians?
I did lots and lots interviews with Russian journalists, and the
interesting thing is when they always said: "Why you aren’t playing
in Russia?" And I always said: "The reason we are not playing in
Russia is because we were never asked to play in Russia."
- I heard this time you were asked, but it was Andy, who
No, no, I didn’t refuse!
- Because of the situation
Not so much that, a little bit, but also we’ve been touring, it got
on and on and on if you add more shows, and I just felt like it was
enough. So it was not against Russia.
- Anyway, I want you to know that we're still waiting!
Ok, next time we’ll put you on top of the list.
- You promised!
- Is there anything you want to say to your Russian fans? Maybe some
greetings from Erasure?
Thank you for your support for all these years. We are sorry that we
havn't been able to visit your country yet, but hope to do so before
I'm very glad I've already went there. And I'm also glad that not
everybody is rich!
- Thank you and good luck for
Thanks very much, thanks for all.
Erasure.ru express its gratitude to Oksana Strizhakova (Gala
Records) for help with the organizing of this interview.
Twilight 0.2 (photos: Truckdriver, Rankin)