In 1985, he was working in a meat packing plant, when he responded
to a newspaper advert that was looking for a singer. He was picked
by Vince Clarke and together they formed the group Erasure. The pair
has sold over 20 million albums worldwide.
Apart from his work with Erasure, he has taken part in numerous
charity recordings. These included Ferry Aid's cover of "Let It Be"
(1987); a cover of Cole Porter's "Too Darn Hot", that was included
in 1990s Red Hot + Blue album to raise funds for AIDS and HIV
research; re-making Lene Lovich's "Rage" alongside her to be
included in PETA's album (1991) in favour of a wildlife campaign;
and performing twice on Big Spender's Red Hot and Dance events to
support various AIDS projects (in both December 1994 and November
2004). Bell also performed on the True Colors Tour 2008.
Bell sang the role of Montresor in the opera The Fall of the House
of Usher by Peter Hammill and Judge Smith, released in 1991 and
reissued with a new recording in 1999.
July 2005 brought the announcement of Bell's first solo album. He
signed a worldwide solo recording contract with Sanctuary Records,
and announced details of his debut album, which was released on 3
October 2005 and entitled Electric Blue. The album featured fourteen
tracks, including three duets, with Claudia Brücken of Propaganda
and Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters.
The first single, "Crazy", released on 26 September 2005, included
club remixes from his Erasure partner Vince Clarke, plus Cicada, MHC
and King Roc. Electric Blue was co-written and recorded throughout
2004 and 2005 with Manhattan Clique (Philip Larsen and Chris Smith)
who have worked with Erasure, Moby, The B-52's, Stereophonics and
Bell released his second solo album, Non-Stop, on 7 June 2010. It
was co-written and co-produced by Bell and Pascal Gabriel, who
previously remixed "It Doesn't Have to Be" for Erasure. It also
features a collaboration with Perry Farrell.
Using the pseudonym Mimó, Bell released two Pascal Gabriel-produced
singles on Mute Records: "Running Out" (2009) and "Will You Be
There?" (2010) prior to his second solo album. The name, used as a
"tribute to good friend Tomeau Mimó”, was not used on any subsequent
solo releases, as a legal block was issued against Bell by another
artist already using the Mimó name. Both songs will appear on
Non-Stop. Both of these singles have since been re-branded as Andy
In the summer of 2013 Andy Bell joined Howard Jones on the highly
anticipated Regeneration tour.