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The legendary electro duo return with their 17th studio album, World Be Gone, and a tour to boot – so what better excuse for a trip down memory lane with Andy Bell and Vince Clarke? The godfathers of synthpop take us through every album of their illustrious 32 year career.




Andy: Aww, it makes me so emotional, this one, because it was our first. You can hear my total naïveté. It kind of breaks my heart a bit. It was kind of a flop, the album, but not in my eyes. And now it’s hailed as being a classic electro record, which I love.

Vince: This was probably the most enjoyable record, for me anyway – not so much for Andy, because he was a new boy. We spent about a year making it and it was just a joy. Songs were coming really easily and I was just getting to know Andy. I’m very fond of that time.


V: I read an interview with Daniel Miller from Mute Records and apparently while we were in the studio being self-indulgent, he was worrying that we were spending a hell of a lot of money on something that wasn’t going to make any. In the end it all turned out fine.

When we released the record and it flopped we decided to tour it really hard, because it was the only thing we could do – we couldn’t get it played on the radio. Obviously Sometimes was the track that did really well, but it was also the one that we wrote together.

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