Synth-pop duo Erasure released “Chains of Love” on May 31, 1988. It was the second single released from their third studio album, The Innocents, in the U.K., and the first single released in the U.S. The song reached #11 on the U.K. Singles Chart and #12 on the U.S. Hot Billboard 100, becoming their highest charting hit in the U.S. It also peaked at #4 on the U.S. Billboard Dance Music/Club Play Chart and #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales Chart.
Produced by Stephen Hague, the single version of “Chains of Love” is slightly remixed, with s brief synth intro, while the album version starts cold.
Chains of Love [7″ Remix] 3’37
Chains of Love [Edit] 3’34
Chains of Love [Remix Radio Edit Without Intro] 3’40
Chains of Love [Remix Radio Edit with Intro] 3’56
Chains of Love [Album Version] 3’36
Chains of Love [The Foghorn Mix] 6’26
Chains of Love [Truly in Love with the Marks Bros. Mx] 7’18
Chains of Love [The Unfettered Mix] 8’23
The music video for “Chains of Love” features Andy Bell and Vince Clarke performing the song while moving about a warehouse on hoists, while surrounded by chains. It also features a few extras in makeup and costumes. Andy wears his signature white t-shirt and jeans, donning his Ricky Ricardo Babalu sleeves near the end. I was always impressed by Vince playing the piano that was suspended from the ceiling.
My best friend, Kent, was a huge Erasure fan, and I can remember an early summer day when we stopped by the Sound Warehouse on Hulen Street, so he could buy The Innocents album on cassette, which came with two bonus tracks. (In order to persuade consumers to purchase cassettes or CDs, record companies often tempted them with bonus tracks that were not included on the vinyl album.) I can still hear Kent singing “Ship of Fools,” “Chains of Love,” and “A Little Respect” with his voice practically dripping with joy. Good times!
What are your memories of “Chains of Love” by Erasure?