At the point of its release, the band had been broken up for over 15 years. You could also do it yourself at any point in time. [18] In the US, You and Me Both peaked at number 69 on the Billboard 200. [7] Compounding this were issues of self-esteem for Alison Moyet. Script error: No such module "Authority control". The album was named Upstairs at Eric's in recognition of Radcliffe's input. Though the band's initial run was short-lived, Yazoo continues to influence and inspire many of today's bands, including LCD Soundsystem, Shiny Toy Guns, Blaqk Audio, [1] Hercules and Love Affair, [2] La Roux and Gil Mantera's Party Dream. That's it. The album was named Upstairs at Eric's in recognition of Radcliffe's input. [31] A double album titled Reconnected Live, featuring tracks recorded on the 'Reconnected' tour, was eventually released in September 2010. It was released in 1982 as the second single from their debut album, Upstairs at Eric's. Three Pieces is a 3-CD set featuring exactly the same … Clarke disclosed, he felt obliged to ask Bell if he had any objections to Clarke performing with Yazoo again--Bell's response was simply to ask Clarke for tickets for the reunion shows. Yazoo Street Scandal Lyrics. Only 21 years of age, Moyet was struggling to come to terms with being in the spotlight and the pressures of sudden fame, and she resented the fact that Clarke was leaving her to carry out all the promotional work for the records by herself. Formed in late 1981 by former Depeche Mode songwriter Vince Clarke (synthesizer) and English singer Alison Moyet (vocals), Yazoo was signed to Mute Records Ltd. who licensed them (as "Yaz") to Sire Records Company in the USA. Clarke was tapped to remix Moyet's 1994 single "Whispering Your Name" and, with Erasure, Clarke and Moyet tried to record her single "This House" as a duet, but the project was never realized because Sony Music Entertainment would not permit it. The band's songs have appeared in a number of films and television shows. Towards the end of 2007, she had finished promoting her album The Turn and had no immediate plans for more solo work, and aware that Mute were planning to issue remastered versions of Yazoo's albums, she e-mailed Clarke to see if he was interested in the idea of a reunion. "Don't Go" appeared in the BBC series I'm Alan Partridge and was used in the film Tango and Cash. Moyet recalled that Clarke "was creatively very encouraging, very open to hearing my ideas for songs. [5] In North America, "Situation" had been a hit in the clubs in a version remixed by New York City-based DJ François Kevorkian, and against the band's wishes, it was released as Yazoo's debut single in the US and Canada, where it reached number 73 on the Billboard Hot 100. [17] In the US initial success was more modest and the album peaked at number 92 on the Billboard 200 album chart,[16] but by 1989, seven years after its release, word of mouth had helped to push the album to platinum status for sales of over one million copies. [19] Unlike their first record, the second album was made over a longer period of four months and with Clarke and Moyet rarely in the studio together at the same time: Clarke would record instrumental tracks in the morning, and Moyet would come in during the evening and record her vocals. Despite limited productivity the music of former Depeche Mode synthman Vince Clarke and blues singer Alison Moyet lives in numerous original editions and later re-issues, as well as covers.. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 1999 CD release of Only Yazoo - The Best Of on Discogs. The song "Situation" was used in the 1990 TV movie Exile and was also used in a Nintendo commercial highlighting the classic edition of the Game Boy Advance SP and the NES games ported to it. [6][7][8], Clarke went on to form Erasure, another successful and longer-lasting synth-pop duo, while Moyet embarked on a highly successful solo career. I felt confident in the studio, but starting a chat with somebody..."[6] He put it down to the fact that the duo's career had taken off so rapidly, there had never been any time to build up a personal relationship between them: "It all happened very fast and because we hadn't been in a band for years, playing in clubs, it was very much just a working relationship—we never had the chance to bond. In an interview in May 2008 with the online magazine Side-Line, Clarke said that there were plans to record the two London shows on the tour for a possible live album in the future. However, shortly afterwards Bell told Clarke that he wanted to take a break from Erasure, causing Clarke to reconsider Moyet's proposal, and with a message sent via Mute label head Daniel Miller, he indicated that he was open to reuniting for live performances. [6][7], The first public indication that Yazoo was being revived was on 11 December 2007 when Erasure's website announced that an official Yazoo website and MySpace page were being set up. As the studio had already been booked out during the day by fellow Mute artist Fad Gadget Yazoo recorded most of the album during the early mornings. Yazoo (known as "Yaz" in the U.S.) were an English synthpop duo from Basildon, UK. [7], According to Moyet, the name Yazoo was taken from the specialist blues record label Yazoo Records. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. [30] The concert of 10 July 2008 at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles was recorded to be re-aired on Richard Blade's Sirius Radio show. [10], In 2008, 25 years after splitting, Clarke and Moyet reconciled and reformed Yazoo to play a successful tour of the UK, Europe and North America in support of the reissue of Yazoo's two studio albums and a box set, In Your Room of their material. Clarke was tapped to remix Moyet's 1994 single "Whispering Your Name" and, with Erasure, Clarke and Moyet tried to record her single "This House" as a duet. Following Yazoo's split, Clarke formed The Assembly with his label boss Miller. Having re-established contact, Clarke and Moyet met on 8 April 2008 in a private members' club in London's Covent Garden, with the occasion filmed by the press: it was the first time they had met since a mutual friend's wedding in the early 1990s. Four Pieces is a deluxe vinyl box of 4 LPs set in hardback book format, exclusively remastered and pressed on heavyweight black 180g vinyl. Yazoo/Yaz consisted of Alison “Alf” Moyet on vocals and Vince Clarke on synthesizer. Over the next 18 months the duo released two albums, Upstairs at Eric's and You and Me Both, which received critical acclaim for their production, particularly the blending of Clarke's synthesizer melodies with Moyet's blues- and soul-influenced vocals. [33], On 14 May 2011, Moyet appeared as a guest on stage before Erasure's set on the second day of Mute Records' Short Circuit music festival at the Roundhouse in London. For his part Clarke had seen Moyet sing live a few times, as his best friend had been in the same punk band as her. By this point Clarke had already written "Don't Go", but both he and Moyet felt it was too good to be the B-side of "Only You", so they quickly wrote the song "Situation" together for the single's B-side. As the studio had already been booked during the day by fellow Mute artist Fad Gadget, Yazoo recorded most of the album during the early mornings. [22] The album, ironically titled You and Me Both, was released in the UK in July 1983 and topped the UK album charts,[5] a feat it would also achieve in New Zealand. However, with no further singles or live appearances to promote it, it did not sell as well as Upstairs at Eric's, although it still achieved gold status in the UK for sales of 100,000 copies. The members of The Band first worked together as The Hawks, the backing band of rockabilly singer Ronnie Hawkins from 1959 until 1963. Yazoo had success during the early part of the decade with two hit studio albums and five hit singles. "Don't Go" is a song by British synth-pop band Yazoo (known in the US and Canada as Yaz). A compilation entitled Only Yazoo: The Best of was released in 1999 and was preceded by a re-release of Yazoo's debut single, "Only You", featuring a new remix of the title track and several more of "Don't Go". [4] The duo formed in late 1981 after Clarke responded to an advertisement Moyet placed in a British music magazine, although the pair had known each other since their schooldays. Formed in late 1981 after Clarke responded to an advertisement Moyet placed in a UK music magazine, over the next 18 … He said he liked it, but carried on doing what he was doing—and that was it. 1.1 Upstairs at Eric's (1982) 1.2 You and … CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (, List of number-one dance hits (United States), List of artists who reached number one on the US Dance chart, "Alison Moyet Interviewed: Only You – The Story & End of Yazoo", "How We Met: Alison Moyet & Vince Clarke", "Personality Clash: Vince Clarke vs Andy Butler", "Synthesizer Soul: Yazoo's Upstairs At Eric's 30 Years On", "Yazoo reunion for reissue albums and first live gig in 25 years", "Friday Night with Jonathan Ross – Series 14, Episode 17", "Yazoo announces more European dates for 'Yazoo reunion Reconnected Tour, "US Yazoo concert to be broadcast on satellite radio", "Yazoo – It wasn't a well keened out marketing ploy! [19], Reflecting in 2008 on the group's split, both Moyet and Clarke agreed that a lack of communication between the pair had been a major reason for the breakdown of the partnership. [6][7], The first public indication that Yazoo was being revived was on 11 December 2007 when Erasure's website announced that an official Yazoo website and Myspace page were being set up. ", "Yazoo confirms 'Reconnected Live' formats and tracklisting", Four Pieces – A Yazoo Compendium 4-Vinyl Boxset. [citation needed], Anohni, lead vocalist of Antony & the Johnsons, talked with Terry Gross in February 2009 about recording the debut self-titled Hercules & Love Affair album. The group as of now consists of a trio of Dave Gahan (lead vocals and co-songwriting), Martin Gore (keyboards, guitar, co-lead vocals and main songwriting), and Andy Fletcher (keyboards). Following Yazoo's split, Clarke formed the Assembly with Eric Radcliffe. Contents. Clarke has been the main composer and musician of the band Erasure since its inception in 1985, and was previously the main songwriter of several groups, including Depeche Mode, Yazoo, and the Assembly.In Erasure he is well known for his deadpan and low-key onstage demeanour, often … [21], Reflecting in 2008 on the group's split, both Moyet and Clarke agreed that a lack of communication between the pair had been a major reason for the breakdown of the partnership. [5] In North America they are best known for the song "Situation", originally only a B-side in the UK but which was a club and airplay hit in the US and Canada before being released as the band's debut single in North America. Anohni, lead vocalist in Antony & The Johnsons, talked with Terry Gross in February 2009 about recording the debut self-titled Hercules & Love Affair album. [17] In the US You and Me Both peaked at number 69 on the Billboard 200. [16] Clarke had expected that Miller would produce the album, but discovered that Miller was already otherwise occupied, so Blackwing studio owner Eric Radcliffe carried out production duties with Clarke and Moyet. The band formed in late 1981 after Clarke replied to an advert Moyet posted in Melody Maker looking for a “rootsy blues band.” Clarke had been the founder and chief songwriter at Depeche Mode. Yazoo(known as Yazin the U.S.) are an Englishsynthpopduo from Basildon, Essex. A cover version of "Only You" by Joshua Radin was used in 2007 in a J. C. Penney commercial. Yazoo (known as Yaz in the USA) was an elektropop band that made two albums in 1982 and 1983. Yazoo (also known as Yaz in the United States) are a British synthpop duo from Basildon, Essex, formed in late 1981 by former Depeche Mode songwriter Vince Clarke (synthesizer) and Alison Moyet (vocals). Yazoo (band) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. She performed three Yazoo songs with Clarke, "Nobody's Diary", "Ode to Boy" and "Don't Go". A compilation entitled Only Yazoo: The Best of was released in 1999 and was preceded by a re-release of Yazoo's debut single, "Only You", featuring a new remix of the title track and several more of "Don't Go". Upstairs at Eric's was released in the UK in August 1982, peaking at number 2 on the UK albums chart[5] and going on to sell more than 300,000 copies and achieving platinum status. Script error: No such module "Citation/CS1". The pair briefly reunited again in May 2011 to play three Yazoo songs at a music festival organised by their record label. 1 Song lyrics. Yazoo (known as Yaz in the USA) was an elektropop band that made two albums in 1982 and 1983. In 1988, "In My Room", "Ode to Boy", and "Only You" were used in the film The Chocolate War (the adaption of the book of the same title). Whereas I was this disaffected, slightly aggressive ex-punk rocker where nothing was internalised. Yazoo (known as Yaz in North America for legal reasons involving Yazoo Records) were a British synthpop duo from Basildon, Essex, England, consisting of former Depeche Mode member Vince Clarke (keyboards) and Alison Moyet (vocals). A compilation entitled Only Yazoo: The Best of was released in 1999 and was preceded by a re-release of Yazoo's debut single, "Only You", featuring a new remix of the title track and several more of "Don't Go". [7] Aware of her vocal abilities, he was looking for someone to sing on a demo of a song he had written called "Only You". Whereas I was this disaffected, slightly aggressive ex-punk rocker where nothing was internalised. Yazoo (known as Yaz in North America for legal reasons involving Yazoo Records) were a British synthpop duo from Basildon, Essex, England, consisting of former Depeche Mode member Vince Clarke (keyboards) and Alison Moyet (vocals). Clarke was worried that by walking out of Depeche Mode he would lose his record deal with Mute Records and wanted to show the label that he still had something to offer them, saying in a 2008 interview, "When I left Depeche I wasn't sure I'd still have a record deal and was keen to play the label something of my own, so I wrote the song 'Only You' but needed someone to demo it with. In an interview in May 2008 with the online magazine Side-Line, Clarke said that there were plans to record the two London shows on the tour for a possible live album in the future. In 2007, "Bring Your Love Down (Didn't I)" was used in The Sarah Silverman Program episode "Not Without My Daughter".Script error: No such module "Unsubst". [[Image:File:Vince Clarke and Alison Moyet of Yazoo (1982).jpg|250px]] Alison Moyet and Vince Clarke as Yazoo, 1982 Yazoo Background information Born Birthname Birthplace Died Deathplace Also known as Yaz (North American name) Vin & Alf (group names) Yazoo Reconnected (2008 only) Occupation(s) Origin Basildon, Essex, England Genres Synthpop, new wave Members Former members Vince Clarke Alison Moyet Years active 1981–1983, 2008 (One-off appearance: 2011) Background group_or_band La… Clarke admitted that "I lacked the life-skills of communication in a relationship. Clarke had always seen Upstairs at Eric's as a one-off project and had to be persuaded to make another Yazoo record by his publishers, who felt it would not go down well if he was seen to walk out of a second band within a year of the first. After releasing "The Other Side of Love" in the UK in November 1982, a non-album stop-gap single which reached number 13 in the UK singles chart,[5] the duo went back to Blackwing to record their second album. Moyet was surprised when the only reply she received was from Vince Clarke, a fellow Basildon native who had recently stunned the music press by quitting Depeche Mode after their debut album and three hit singles, all of which he had written. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia This is a discography for the 1980s synthpop duo Yazoo. Only Yazoo is a greatest hits compilation album released by British synthpop duo Yazoo in 1999. I brought it in and put it on, and the whole time it was playing, Daniel was messing around with a synthesizer. Moyet recalled that Clarke "was creatively very encouraging, very open to hearing my ideas for songs. [15] Would you like Wikipedia to always look as professional and up-to-date? "[6] Mute asked the duo to record the song as a single and make an album together. Yazoo (known as "Yaz" in the U.S.) were an English synthpop duo from Basildon, UK. [7] According to Moyet the name Yazoo was taken from the specialist blues record label, Yazoo Records. FOUR PIECES – A YAZOO COMPENDIUM 4-VINYL BOXSET & THREE PIECES – A YAZOO COMPENDIUM 3-CD BOXSET. (In North America they were known as Yaz, due to a name conflict with Yazoo Records.) Clarke welcomed her message, but replied that he was now committed to his current band Erasure and felt it would be disloyal to his musical partner Andy Bell if he returned to work with Moyet. [7], A single, "Nobody's Diary", was released in May 1983 ahead of the album and reached number three in the UK charts,[5] but within days of the single's release, Yazoo announced that they were splitting up. Bob Dylan and The Band is a long-lived collaboration with few official releases, their recordings together often released under Dylan's name alone. [7][11][12] She was surprised when the only reply she received was from Vince Clarke, a fellow Basildon native who had recently stunned the music press by quitting Depeche Mode after their debut album and three hit singles, all of which he had written. I wanted to feel more likeable, and you can't feel likeable if someone doesn't want to interact with you." She said she had been asked by New York-based DJ Andy Butler to join the project and that the objective was (or became) "Let's sound as much like Yazoo as we can ... We loved Yazoo."[23]. [4] Formed in late 1981 after Clarke responded to an advertisement Moyet placed in a UK music magazine, over the next 18 months the duo made two critically acclaimed albums, Upstairs at Eric's and You and Me Both, blending Clarke's synthesizer melodies with Moyet's blues- and soul-influenced vocals. Clarke had always seen Upstairs at Eric's as a one-off project and had to be persuaded to make another Yazoo record by his publishers, who felt it would not go down well if he was seen to walk out of a second band within a year of the first. Yazoo (band) From Wikiquote. Yazoo (Yaz) Released: 6 September 1999 () Recorded: 1981-1983: Genre: Synthpop Electropop: Length: 40: 32: Label: Mute - MUTEL 3; Reprise; Producer: E.C. [6] The promotion for the tour received moderate television coverage, including a performance on the prime time BBC chat show Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, broadcast in the UK on 16 May 2008. Culture Wikia is a FANDOM Lifestyle Community. Only when the publishers took an interest did he brighten up. [29] The tour was rapidly expanded to include concerts in Europe and in the US, as well as extra dates in the UK. Congratulations on this excellent venture… what a great idea! 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