Other People's Songs

Other People's Songs is a cover album by Erasure.

Other People's Songs
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Studio album by
Released27 January 2003
Recorded2001-2002
Studio37B, Chertsey, Surrey[1]
GenreSynthpop
Length41:17
LabelMute Records
ProducerErasure, Gareth Jones
Erasure chronology
Loveboat
(2000)
Other People's Songs
(2003)
Nightbird
(2005)
Singles from Other People's Songs
  1. "Solsbury Hill"
    Released: 6 January 2003
  2. "Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)"
    Released: 7 April 2003
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic47/100[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[3]

The album was originally conceived as a solo project for singer Andy Bell. Once Vince Clarke, the other member of Erasure, became involved, it was released as Erasure's tenth studio album. The tracks were handpicked by Clarke and Bell as ones that influenced them as musicians.[citation needed] It was released in the UK and the US by Mute Records in 2003, and was a Top 20 success in their home country and in Germany.

Other People's Songs gave Erasure their first Top 10 on the UK singles chart in nine years with "Solsbury Hill".[4] The album was produced by Erasure with Gareth Jones and Dave Bascombe. Because of Bell's resistance to remaking the classic "Video Killed the Radio Star", the verses are "sung" synthetically by a computer.[5]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Solsbury Hill" (Peter Gabriel) (originally by Peter Gabriel) - 4:20
  2. "Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime" (James Warren) (originally by The Korgis) - 3:20
  3. "Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)" (Steve Harley) (originally by Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel) - 3:56
  4. "Everyday" (Norman Petty/Buddy Holly) (originally by Buddy Holly) - 1:59
  5. "When Will I See You Again" (Gamble and Huff) (originally by The Three Degrees) - 2:58
  6. "Walking in the Rain" (Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil/Phil Spector) (originally by The Ronettes) - 2:47
  7. "True Love Ways" (Holly/Petty) (originally by Buddy Holly) - 3:06
  8. "Ebb Tide" (Robert Maxwell/Carl Sigman) (originally by Frank Chacksfield and subsequently recorded by The Righteous Brothers) - 3:06
  9. "Can't Help Falling in Love" (George David Weiss/Hugo & Luigi) (originally by Elvis Presley) - 3:27
  10. "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" (Mann/Weil/Spector) (originally by The Righteous Brothers) - 3:58
  11. "Goodnight" (Cliff Eberhardt) (originally by Cliff Eberhardt) - 4:08
  12. "Video Killed the Radio Star" (Geoff Downes/Trevor Horn/Bruce Woolley) (originally by The Buggles) - 3:49

2016 "Erasure 30" 30th Anniversary BMG Reissue LPEdit

Subsequent to their acquisition of Erasure's back catalog, and in anticipation of the band's 30th anniversary, BMG commissioned reissues of all previously released UK editions of Erasure albums up to and including 2007's Light at the End of the World. All titles were pressed and distributed by Play It Again Sam on 180-gram vinyl and shrinkwrapped with a custom anniversary sticker.

Chart performanceEdit

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Danish Albums Chart[6] 31
German Albums Chart[7] 17
UK Albums Chart[4] 17
US Billboard 200[8] 138
US Billboard Top Electronic Albums[8] 1
US Billboard Top Independent Albums[8] 3
US Billboard Top Internet Albums[8] 138

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Miller, Jonathan. "Erasure - Under Cover". Garethjones.com. Archived from the original on 23 January 2013. Retrieved 26 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Other People's Songs by Erasure". Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ a b "ERASURE - full Official Chart History - Official Charts Company". Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Andy Bell". Metro News. 27 October 2009. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. "Erasure - Other People's Songs". danishcharts.dk. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
  7. ^ "charts.de". charts.de. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
  8. ^ a b c d Erasure. "Erasure - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 June 2012.