One of the most prolific names in music is Vince Clarke. After a couple of excellent false starts including Yazoo and The Assembly, he’s spent most of his career as the knob-twiddling genius responsible for Erasure‘s backing tracks.
Things started out, of course, with Depeche Mode, and we can’t really overlook his sunglasses and designer stubble in their breakthrough hit Just Can’t Get Enough:
Of course, Erasure is where he’s spent most of the last thirty years, and it would be difficult not to give him credit where it’s due for his exquisite performance in the video to Abba‘s Take a Chance on Me:
In recent years, he has branched out, working again with his old bandmate Martin L. Gore as well as half of Orbital, all of Jean-Michel Jarre, and others. From 2Square, his project with Paul Hartnoll, here’s Better Have a Drink to Think:
Genius is an over-used word without a doubt, but it’s absolutely fair to say that Clarke should be one of our stowaway heroes.
Now for the moment that you have, of course, all been waiting for: the announcement of the nominees for the 2017 Stowaway Awards. As always in recent years, there will be exactly ten awards, one of which (Best Track) you know already from the countdown a couple of weeks ago. Here are five more key nominations!
The Avalanches – Wildflower
David Bowie – Blackstar
Clarke Hartnoll – 2Square
C Duncan – The Midnight Sun
I Monster – Bright Sparks
Jean-Michel Jarre – Electronica 2: The Heart of Noise
Jean-Michel Jarre – Oxygène 3
Pet Shop Boys – Super
Shit Robot – What Follows
Yello – Toy
Best Reissue / Compilation
Air – Twentyears
Cicero – Future Boy
The Human League – Anthology – A Very British Synthesizer Group
New Order – Complete Music
Dusty Springfield – Reputation
Best Ambient Track
Air – Adis Abebah
Delerium – Ghost Requiem
Enigma – Sadeness (Part II)
I Monster – Alan R Pearlman and the ARPiological exploration of the cosmos
Of all of Vince Clarke‘s recent electro albums, this year’s 2Square, released with Paul Hartnoll as Clarke Hartnoll, seems to be thought of as the least good. But it still has its moments, including the brilliant single Better Have a Drink to Think.