Here’s why this album should be in your collection!
Other People’s Songs (2003) by Erasure is appropriately named. The entire album features cover versions of hit songs, including some legendary pop standards. The duo of Vince Clarke and Andy Bell and their occasional backup performers are best known for producing original electronic dance music (synth). The album presents a treat for old fans and a challenge for new ones. But overall, it works wonderfully.
“Ebb Tide?” Really? Really. And it’s good, too. So are the interpretations of classics by Buddy Holly (“Everyday”), The Ronettes (“Walking In The Rain”), Peter Gabriel (“Solsbury Hill”), The Three Degrees (“When Will I See You Again”), and The Righteous Brothers (“You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’”).
The album’s most impressive track is “Can’t Help Falling In Love With You.” It stands very well next to Elvis Presley’s original and the popular covers by Corey Hart and UB40. Clarke and Bell know this. So an acoustic version of the song is often performed during live shows.
Erasure did recognize some creative sacred cows. According to music trivia, “Video Killed the Radio Star” was completely recorded with only computer-generated vocals, out of respect for the original version by Buggles.
This album is available in compact disc and MP3 format from major vendors. But please consider purchasing it from a local independent record store.
Here’s an interesting fact!
Music fans may not know Erasure but might recognize the electronic styles. Vince Clarke was a founding member of Depeche Mode.