” Chains of Love ” is by Erasure, the synth-pop duo consisting of Andy Bell and Vince Clarke.
The single was released on the 30th of May 1988 under the labels Mute and Sire Records in the United States.
” Chains of Love ” was written by Andy Bell and Vince Clarke with production for the single by Stephen Hague, the American producer. He has worked with a wide variety of recording artists including the Communards, Pet Shop Boys, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Manic Street Preachers, Tom Jones, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Malcolm McLaren, for who he produced ” Madam Butterfly ( Un Bel Di Vedremo ) “.
Erasure recorded the single at Blackwing Studios, which was located in a deconsecrated church in South-East London, England. The recording complex played host to the likes of Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Nine Inch Nails and the Pixies. The studio shut down for good in September 2001.
In the United Kingdom, ” Chains of Love “, was released as the second single from Erasure’s third studio album, The Innocents. In the United States, it was released as the duo’s second single.
The album, which hit the shelves on the 18th of April 1988 in the United Kingdom and Germany and on the 24th of May in the United States, topped the albums chart in the UK and peaked at number forty-nine on the Billboard 200 in the US. It has notched up worldwide sales of over five million copies since it was released back in the latter part of the 1980s.
Lyrically, the uptempo dance-oriented synthpop single, ” Chains of Love “, with its memorable chorus featuring the falsetto voice of Andy Bell, subtly highlights Andy Bell’s yearning for a wider acceptance of homosexual couples in society.
The accompanying music video was directed by Peter Christopherson, the English director and co-founder of Throbbing Gristle, the English music and visual arts group. Regarded by many as industrial music pioneers, they disbanded in 1981.
Peter Christopherson produced music videos for many recording artists during his lifetime including Rage Against the Machine, Van Halen, Nine Inch Nails, Soft Cell, Hanson and the Scorpions. He died aged fifty-five on the 24th of November 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand.
” Chains of Love ” was a commercial success for Erasure. In the United States, the single peaked at number twelve on the 29th of October 1988 and spent twenty weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.
Other Billboard Chart positions were four on the Dance/Club Play Singles, one on Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales and twenty-two on the Modern Rock Tracks Chart.
In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 11th of June 1988 and reached number eleven. It spent four weeks in the Top Twenty and seven weeks in the Top 100.
Other countries chart positions were Canada fourteen, Holland eighty-five, Germany eighteen, Ireland six, Switzerland sixteen, New Zealand thirty-one and Singapore two.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 12
UK Highest Chart Position: 11
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