Throwback Thursday: Erasure / Wonderland (1986)

It may seem crazy now, but Erasure’s phenomenonal debut album didn’t exactly make waves when it hit record stores in 1986. In fact, it didn’t even dent the charts. After Vince Clarke’s previous success with Depeche Mode and Yazoo, Erasure’s Wonderland was deemed a huge commercial failure. It also didn’t help that fans were not happy about the splot of Yazoo, calling Andy Bell a Moyet imitation.

You know what they say about time, how it heals all wounds? Thankfully for Erasure this proved to apply to music as well. Not only is Wonderland now viewed as one of the most influential albums of the mid-80’s turning point of synthpop, it also spawned two hit singles WELL after their initial release. Who Needs Love Like That and Oh L’amour would both chart within the UK top 20 as part of singles collections.

Despite the commercial stumble out of the gate, Erasure have proven to be one of the longest running and enduring of all synthpop acts. Andy Bell’s voice is no longer compared t anyone as he’s established himself as one of synthpop’s all time greats. Vince Clarke was also able to grow beyond the success of Depeche Mode and Yazoo, establishing Erasure as a vital act to this date.


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