Ship of Fools (Erasure song)

"Ship of Fools" is a song by British duo Erasure, released in 1988 as the lead single from their third studio album The Innocents.[2] It was written by Vince Clarke and Andy Bell, and produced by Stephen Hague and Dave Jacob.[3] The song, which reached number six on the UK Singles Chart, was the duo's eighth single overall and their fourth UK Top 10 single.[4]

"Ship of Fools"
Single by Erasure
from the album The Innocents
Released22 February 1988[1]
Format7", 12", CD
Songwriter(s)Vince Clarke, Andy Bell
Producer(s)Stephen Hague, Dave Jacob
Erasure singles chronology
"The Circus"
"Ship of Fools"
"Chains of Love"

A music video was filmed to promote the single, directed by Phillip Vile.[1]

Track listings

7" single (MUTE74)

  1. "Ship of Fools"
  2. "When I Needed You"

12" single (12MUTE74)

  1. "Ship of Fools" (Shiver Me Timbers Mix)
  2. "River Deep, Mountain High" (Warm Depths Mix)
  3. "When I Needed You" (Melancholic Mix)

Limited 12" single (L12MUTE74)

  1. "Ship of Fools" (RC Mix)
  2. "River Deep, Mountain High" (Private Dance Mix)
  3. "When I Needed You"

CD single (CDMUTE74)

  1. "Ship of Fools" (Shiver Me Timbers Mix)
  2. "When I Needed You" (Melancholic Mix)
  3. "River Deep, Mountain High" (Private Dance Mix)

Chart performance

Chart (1988) Peak
German Singles Chart[5] 9
Irish Singles Chart[6] 6
South African Singles Chart[7] 11
Swiss Singles Chart[8] 12
UK Singles Chart[4] 6


  1. "Erasure (Andy Bell & Vince Clarke) | Official Website – SHIP OF FOOLS (SINGLE)". 1988-02-22. Retrieved 2018-05-08.
  2. "Erasure (Andy Bell & Vince Clarke) | Official Website – THE INNOCENTS (ALBUM)". Retrieved 2018-05-08.
  3. "Erasure - Ship Of Fools / When I Needed You - Mute - UK - MUTE 74". 45cat. 2012-09-14. Retrieved 2018-05-08.
  4. "Erasure | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2018-05-08.
  5. Steffen Hung. " - Erasure - Ship Of Fools". Retrieved 2018-05-08.
  6. Jaclyn Ward. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Retrieved 2012-06-24.
  7. Brian Currin. "South African Rock Lists Website - SA Charts 1969 - 1989 Acts (E)". Retrieved 2012-06-24.
  8. Steffen Hung. "Erasure - Ship Of Fools". Retrieved 2012-06-24.
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