Vincent Clarke

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Vince was always an enterprising go-getter. Firstly, he was one of the founding members of Depeche Mode. After finding it too stressful to have fun and write songs at the same time, he left at the end of 1981, and formed Yazoo (OR Yaz in the U.S.A.) soon after with Alison Moyet. Personality clashes couldn’t be hidden under the hitstream they generated any longer, so they parted ways at the end of 1983.

Where are they now?

Vince had a bit of a “solo” period with projects such as The Assembly never really taking off (One single, Never, Never was released, and charted, the other didn’t). However, in 1985, he saw sense again and teamed up with unknown peterborough singer Andy Bell to form Erasure…and he’s been there ever since.
Erasure have been gradually declining in terms of quality of output and “pop steam” since 2000’s Loveboat album, which was a total “own goal” and virtually unlistenable. A covers album was released last year called Other People’s Songs, which was also “lukewarm” to say the least. New album appearing in January 2005 , which may redeem them, although I wouldn’t count on it.

Vince has also made “noises” about scoring a soundtrack for a film..Let’s see what happens eh?

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One response to “Vincent Clarke”

  1. A Armshaw says:

    in 2001, Clarke founded Illustrious Co. Ltd. with Martyn Ware (founder of The Human League and Heaven 17), to create new forms of spatialised sound composition using their unique 3D AudioScape system, collaborating with fine artists, educational establishments, the performing arts, live events, corporate clients and educational settings round the world.

    I can tell you that their work in education is amazing, as my daughter goes to a special needs school which has a wonderful egg-shaped sensory room – designed by Illustrious Co. Limited. I was so excited – as a huge Erasure and Human League fan – I e-mailed Martyn Ware and he kindly replied.

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