Battle of Vince Clarke's vocalists

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There are three singers strongly associated with the work of Vince Clarke; which one do you think is the best?

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Alison Moyet (Yaz/Yazoo) 18
Andy Bell (Erasure) 7
Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode) 3


Rachel Luther Queen (DJP), Thursday, 13 April 2017 14:48 (one month ago) Permalink

Alf

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 13 April 2017 14:50 (one month ago) Permalink

That's where I'm falling, too. Her voice seems tailor-made to undercut the preciousness in Clarke's sound palette and makes the songs cohere better to my ears, whereas Gahan was often overwhelmed and Bell amplified the stuff that bothered me up to 11 (aside from a few notable, amazing exceptions).

Rachel Luther Queen (DJP), Thursday, 13 April 2017 14:57 (one month ago) Permalink

That said, now that Dave has come more into his own as a singer, I'd like to hear the three of them together on the same song. Hell, let's get a "New Life"/"Situation"/"Chorus" mashup or something.

Rachel Luther Queen (DJP), Thursday, 13 April 2017 14:59 (one month ago) Permalink

Gahan got better as a vocalist after Clarke's stint in the band, then got worse at some point in the early 21st century.

Moyet would be my favourite vocalist here, but in terms of her work with Vince, I love her voice on stuff like 'Midnight' and 'Winter Kills', but her vocal approach works less well on other tracks.

Bell sounded a bit ropey on Wonderland but blossomed into a powerful vocalist with a great range, and his approach to backing vocals can be inspired (e.g. like on 'Joan' or the Erasure album) - I'd say Bell's peak as a singer was 1988-1997, and I notice a deterioration from about 2005 onwards.

Hmm. Bell it is.

...so music and chicken have become intertwined (Turrican), Thursday, 13 April 2017 14:59 (one month ago) Permalink

Feargal Sharkey

Bernie Lugg (Ward Fowler), Thursday, 13 April 2017 15:00 (one month ago) Permalink

ha I knew someone would say that

Rachel Luther Queen (DJP), Thursday, 13 April 2017 15:01 (one month ago) Permalink

Alf but my absolute favourite Clarke tunes are probly Erasure's

"Never Never" is great tho

Raul Chamgerlain (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 13 April 2017 15:02 (one month ago) Permalink

Her voice seems tailor-made to undercut the preciousness in Clarke's sound palette and makes the songs cohere better to my ears, whereas Gahan was often overwhelmed and Bell amplified the stuff that bothered me up to 11 (aside from a few notable, amazing exceptions)

otm. She's a more interesting writer than Bell too.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 13 April 2017 15:02 (one month ago) Permalink

I wish that he'd done more stuff with Sharkey, but 'Never Never' is def. a great one-off.

There wasn't just The Assembly, there was also that Robert Marlow LP that Vince produced (i.e. did all the backing tracks for) that was meant to come out in '84, but didn't come out 'til years later. Marlow was another Basildonian along with Depeche and Moyet etc. He'd easily rank as the worst singer out of all of 'em, though.

...so music and chicken have become intertwined (Turrican), Thursday, 13 April 2017 15:07 (one month ago) Permalink

There was also 'One Day', that one-off single he did with Paul Quinn.

...so music and chicken have become intertwined (Turrican), Thursday, 13 April 2017 15:09 (one month ago) Permalink

Moyet worked better on the mid-tempo tracks and the ballads, but generally less well on the upbeat tracks. Bell was great at both.

...so music and chicken have become intertwined (Turrican), Thursday, 13 April 2017 15:11 (one month ago) Permalink

Counterpoint: "Situation" is a jam and a half

Rachel Luther Queen (DJP), Thursday, 13 April 2017 15:27 (one month ago) Permalink

Yup, that and 'Don't Go' work superbly.

Oh yeah, let's not forget Vince himself on 'Happy People'(!)

...so music and chicken have become intertwined (Turrican), Thursday, 13 April 2017 15:38 (one month ago) Permalink

This thread has got me listening to the second Yazoo album, and it's sounding pretty good to me right now. Of all Vince's '80s work, this one seems to be a bit of a grower.

...so music and chicken have become intertwined (Turrican), Thursday, 13 April 2017 17:39 (one month ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 16 April 2017 00:01 (one month ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Monday, 17 April 2017 00:01 (one month ago) Permalink

Well, that was predictable.

...so music and chicken have become intertwined (Turrican), Monday, 17 April 2017 00:03 (one month ago) Permalink

Missed the poll, but that's the order I'd place them. Upstairs at Eric's, especially when it was new, had mystery and subtlety that his DM and Erasure stuff just didn't, and that was all down to Alf. BUT -- if I had to pick just one Vince Clarke song, "A Little Respect" would be in the running.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Monday, 17 April 2017 00:32 (one month ago) Permalink

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the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 17 April 2017 00:35 (one month ago) Permalink

^ That's actually one of the tracks I think would be more suited to Bell than Moyet.

...so music and chicken have become intertwined (Turrican), Monday, 17 April 2017 00:38 (one month ago) Permalink

in part because Bell would've emulated her

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 17 April 2017 00:39 (one month ago) Permalink

xpost:

and I say that knowing full well that Moyet wrote the song.

'Midnight' and 'Winter Kills' are the kind of tracks where Yazoo had the edge over Erasure, IMO.

...so music and chicken have become intertwined (Turrican), Monday, 17 April 2017 00:42 (one month ago) Permalink


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