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- Posted on May 10th 2007 1:00PM by Steve Baltin
The last few years have found Erasure -- the synth-pop duo of Vince Clark and Andy Bell -- getting their experimental groove on in the vein of an acoustic record, 'Union Street,' and a covers album, 'Other People's Songs.' But the pair have returned to their roots on their upcoming 'Light at the End of the World' collection.
"The ideas seemed to come fast and furious 'cause we hadn't done it in so long," Clark tells Spinner. "I think working on the acoustic stuff inspired us to stretch our songwriting. Sometimes we get stuck in a semi-loop that's like, verse, chorus, verse. And this time around we tried to come up with more ideas to incorporate in the songs."
That's not the only thing that inspired the eclecticism of the record.While Bell was off DJ-ing in London, Clark was getting indoctrinated into another form of music. "The Wiggles have been in my life right now," the new father says. "It's like a drug -- it should be banned."
As a way of, perhaps, self-preservation, the duo have tried to turn on Clark's son, Oscar, to Erasure's music. "Oscar is the only one who's listened to the album," Bell says.
"He really likes it," Clark adds. "He does a little dance in the studio. He likes the fast ones."