Posted in music on January 1, 2012

VCMG

After 30 years working on their respective ongoing music projects, Vince Clarke (Erasure / Yazoo / Depeche Mode) and Martin L. Gore (Depeche Mode) come together for the first time since 1981 as VCMG to release a brand new album preceded by a series of EPs.

VCMG is the fruit of initially tentative discussion and subsequent enthused collaboration where Vince and Martin, both influential as pioneers in electronic music, get to exercise their lifelong love of the genre as the techno inspired VCMG.

As Vince explains: "I've been getting into and listening to a lot of minimal dance music and I got really intrigued by all the sounds... I realised I needed a collaborator... so it occurred to me to talk to Martin."

Says Gore: "Out of the blue I got an e-mail from Vince just saying, 'I'm interested in making a techno album. Are you interested in collaborating?' This was maybe a year ago. He said, 'No pressure, no deadlines,' so I said, 'OK'."

VCMG released an EP called Spock in December and will follow that up with an LP this year (2012). Listen to "Spock" and check out the EP's remix-filled tracklist below.

Erasure played Austin recently, as part of a round of tour dates supporting their new LP Tomorrow's World. That tour hit Terminal 5 in NYC on 9/13 and 9/14.

Listen to some Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Erasure & VCMG below...

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Depeche Mode- Strangelove

Depeche Mode (Enjoy the Silence) HQ (Live O2 Wireless Festival) 2006

Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus

Yazoo - Don't Go

Yazoo - Situation

Erasure - A Little Respect

Erasure - Chains of Love

Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get Enough (Swap Shop) - 1981

VCMG - Spock

VCMG EP1 / SPOCK TRACKLIST
Spock - Album Version
Spock - Edit Select Remix
Spock - Regis Remix
Spock - DVS1 Voyage Home Remix
Spock - XOQ Remix

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Comments (20)

Wow, thanks for re-hashing news that was announced back in November.

Posted by Gary Pickles | January 1, 2012 11:48 PM

nahh nahhh yo gary pickles who the fuck is you...any kind of erasure related news is good news and if you were at the t5 concerts mentioned you would understand just how significant this really is tho...damn get with it man what kind of name is pickles anyway

Posted by frustrated with haters | January 2, 2012 12:35 AM

nahh nahhh yo gary pickles who the fuck is you...any kind of erasure related news is good news and if you were at the t5 concerts mentioned you would understand just how significant this really is tho...damn get with it man what kind of name is pickles anyway

Posted by frustrated with haters | January 2, 2012 12:35 AM

Depeche Mode is the most important band of the last 30 years

Posted by AnonHUMMUS | January 2, 2012 12:51 AM

12:51. Yeah, Nirvana wasn't that important. Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys weren't important, even though they crossed hiphop over to the mainstream. Metallica, not that important. The Cure, not important at all. Fugazi? Nope, not important. But Depeche Mode...

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2012 7:55 AM

The Clash, not important.

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2012 8:16 AM

12:51 * most important band of the last 30 years to coked-up hipsters who play Casio keyboards.

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2012 10:38 AM

I'm a huge Depeche Mode fan, especially the early line up that Vince was in, so in general this is great news. The only caveat is the irony of how Depeche were once leaders in terms of helping to usher in a general understanding that synth/electronic music could and should be taken seriously...now these two are no longer leading but simply following a minimal techno trend that's already well past its sell date. Oh well...I'd rather listen to these two than some coked up hipster with a casio.

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2012 11:00 AM

The Pixies weren't important either.

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2012 11:12 AM

Obviously, there is no ONE most important band of the last 30 years...there were many.

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2012 12:18 PM

That is a stupid statement. How can there be more than one "most"? The word "most" implies that one is better than all others.

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2012 1:16 PM

^Obviously genius, the intent of the comment is that the entire concept of "one" or "most" doesn't apply when describing important artists over a three decade period. The word "many" replaces the word "most."

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2012 2:22 PM

lcd soundsystem the most important band of the last... nevermind

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2012 9:12 PM

You're all morons

Posted by Anonymous | January 2, 2012 11:17 PM

^^^
The most important comment of this thread.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | January 3, 2012 2:32 AM

I'm just amused hearing about all the personal life details about the same guy that wrote all those scandalously dark songs that alleured us back in the 80s and afterwards.

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2012 3:24 AM

Big Fart Dude..

Posted by Anonymous | January 3, 2012 8:16 AM

DM always been and always will be a very special band. Their latest tour The Universe was awesome. and whats wrong with casio keyboards? Beastie Boys also uses casio keyboards and many others. Even Metallica or Slipknot, all of them are casio keyboardists.

Posted by Anonymous | January 6, 2012 10:45 AM

The only caveat is the irony of how Depeche were once leaders in terms of helping to usher in a general understanding that synth/electronic music could and should be taken seriously...now these two are no longer leading but simply following a minimal techno trend that's already well past its sell date.

Posted by Aeronaves | January 9, 2012 10:37 AM

Obama doesn't like gay keyboard players from UK

Posted by Anonymous | January 9, 2012 11:05 AM

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