Erasure - Wonderland

Erasure - Wonderland

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Studio album by Erasure
Released US 1 May 1986
UK 2 June 1986
Recorded 1985
Genre Synthpop
Length 49:05
Label Mute (UK)
Sire (US)
Producer Flood
Erasure chronology
The Circus
Singles from Wonderland
  1. "Who Needs Love Like That"
    Released: 2 September 1985
  2. "Heavenly Action"
    Released: 11 November 1985
  3. "Oh L'amour"
    Released: 21 April 1986
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Allmusic 4.5/5 stars

  "Wonderland" is the debut album by Erasure, recorded in 1985 soon after the duo's formation. It was originally released 1 May 1986 in the United States on Sire Records and 2 June 1986 by Mute Records in the United Kingdom. Not an immediate success, the three singles released from it failed to crack the Top 40 in the UK, nor did any of them enter the Billboard Hot 100. "Who Needs Love Like That" would eventually make the British Top 10 in 1992, and "Oh L'amour" became a UK Top 20 in 2003, both in remixed form promoting their "Pop! The First 20 Hits" and "Hits!" compilations respectively. However, the album fared better in both Germany and Sweden, where it was a Top 20 success.

Erasure's initial exposure in the US came via dance clubs, as two singles did hit the top ten on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.

At the time of its release, "Wonderland" was considered a failure, especially when comparing it to Clarke's prior successes with Depeche Mode and Yazoo.

"Wonderland" is widely revered as a classic example of mid-80s synth pop, by most critics, and is appreciated now as the beginning stages of one of electronic music's most enduring acts.


Track listing

All songs were written by Andy Bell and Vince Clarke, except where noted.

UK release

Side one

  1. "Who Needs Love Like That" (Clarke)
  2. "Reunion"
  3. "Cry So Easy" (Bell)
  4. "Push Me Shove Me" (Clarke)
  5. "Heavenly Action"

Side two

  1. "Say What"
  2. "Love is a Loser"
  3. "Senseless"
  4. "My Heart... So Blue" (Clarke)
  5. "Oh L'amour"
  6. "Pistol"

Chart performance

Original release

Chart (1986) Peak
German Albums Chart 20
Swedish Albums Chart 13
UK Albums Chart 71

1988 re-issue

Chart (1988) Peak
UK Albums Chart 82

1989 re-issue

Chart (1989) Peak
UK Albums Chart 73

Release history

Date Region Label Catalogue
2 June 1986 United Kingdom Mute Records STUMM25
United States Sire Records 25354


Erasure - Wonderland

UK Mute Stumm 25 stereo (1986)

Album produced by Flood.

The vinyl record has remained in excellent condition.

Audio quality is clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean and unmarked.

The album cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minimal signs of wear.

The original inner sleeve is perfectly presented.

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