On my radar: Andy Bell’s cultural highlights

The Erasure singer on Catherine Deneuve, lockdown news consumption, and why he’s in love with a shop that sells neon signs

Peterborough-born Andy Bell was 21 and working in a shoe shop when he answered a Melody Maker advert from an established songwriter looking for a singer. The songwriter was Vince Clarke, and the duo they formed, Erasure, went on to become one of the most successful British bands of the 1980s and 1990s, with five No 1 albums and 24 consecutive top 40 hits. Their most recent single, Hey Now (Think I Got a Feeling), came out in June and their new album, The Neon, is released on 21 August. Bell lives in Limehouse, London

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