Erasure - 07/20/1990

Erasure 1990

I had already seen Erasure once on the Wild! tour (bought the poster, in fact) but the chance to see them again seemed like one I shouldn't pass up since records like The Innocents and even relatively crappy Erasure knock-off bands stayed in heavy rotation in the Walkman in those days.

It has to be said that I was in denial about Erasure being a gay band, even up until this show. Though I had seen Vince and Andy kiss onstage earlier in the year at the show at American University, I just felt like maybe it was all a gimmick.

It's important to provide a little background here: though I was quickly becoming a socialist, leftist pinko, I was still barely into my teens and I had been raised in a conservative military household. I had only recently had the balls to ditch the weekly trips to a church I didn't believe in, so I was still struggling with the idea of accepting homosexuals. Nevermind the fact that as a 14 year old, my bedroom walls were plastered with homoerotic posters of Depeche Mode in leather and the Erasure boys in soft focus--somehow I was still holding out hope that they all went home to their wives and girlfriends at the end of the tour.

Maybe it was this second trip to see the kings of gay synth disco in a year that did it, or maybe it was the time I was spending with my childhood friend who insisted that he was bi-sexual even though I only ever saw him with girls, but somehow around this time I started to actually grow up on the subject. It would still take several years for me to dig myself out from my "gay people are sinners" upbringing, but I'm happy to say that I eventually came around, and I probably owe at least some of that to an undying love for cheesy, theatrical synth pop a la Erasure.

Now the real story of this show should be this: if you look at the ticket, the opening act is WIRE. I am almost 100% positive that Wire canceled and that we were stuck with Louie Louie instead, but is it possible that I saw Wire and I don't even remember it? I was obviously too distracted by Andy's green satin hotshorts!