Thanks for your replies, guys (and grendizer
, thank you for the Japanese info - as usual!
)! It's interesting, how during 1981-83 Vince seemingly could do no wrong - and then the wheels started to come off, with his productions on Reset label failing commercially and his own projects also faltering ("One Day" only got to #99! And Erasure at first didn't make much headway, at least in the UK). Only by 1987 things picked up, and in much bigger way than before. Though I'm hesitating to add "better" - have to say I had to really making peace with Bell's vocals. Music has been very good to perfect pop mostly, but his histrionics sometimes spoiled its impact (like on "Drama" single - still cringe when I hear his wailing). Bell's very good at lower register but for some reason chose to do lots of his vocals in higher notes (during the most commercially successful phase of their carrier, at leaset). Things (for me) improved with time - but simultaneously their success declined quite sharply
Still, their recent albums are all very good, much better than what lots of their then-contemporaries (especially Vince's former bandmantes) choose to put out.
Anyway, I'll put Bell as the lesser of the vocalists Clarke work with. In fact I'd love to hear some more songs with Sharkey's voice over Vince's electronics (though it's possible sadly). But that's just me.
Now, over to the next entry - an undisputed dance classic which I thought would score in much more countries than I managed to find the chart entires for. Still fondly remembered and oft-covered which is certainly a sign of not only a dance smash but also of a great song!