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July 7, 2016

Yazoo – You And Me Both (1983)

by Record Facts

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).

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Artist:  Yazoo
Title:  You And Me Both
Year:  1983
Format:  LP
Label:  Mute Records
Catalog#  540047

“You And Me Both” is the second and final studio album by British synthpop duo Yazoo (known in the US and Canada as Yaz), released in July 1983.

The album’s title was an ironic reference to the fact that the duo had grown estranged from each other and recorded much of the album separately, and they announced their split a few weeks before the album’s UK release.

Despite the tense atmosphere between the duo, Moyet said the only serious argument she and Clarke had during recording of the album was over the song “Happy People”, which she refused to sing. She told The Quietus in 2011, “There are just some places you can’t go, I tried singing that song a couple of times but I couldn’t genuinely bring anything to it so I wouldn’t do it. But that’s the only time I ever refused a song.” As a result Clarke ended up singing on the track, the only Yazoo song on which he sings lead vocals.

The album gave the group a “posthumous” number one record.

Singer Alison Moyet would soon begin a successful solo career, while Vince Clarke formed the short-lived project The Assembly with Yazoo’s producer Eric Radcliffe before going on to greater and long-lasting success with the synthpop duo Erasure.


Side one
1.  Nobody’s Diary  (4:30)
2.  Softly Over  (4:01)
3.  Sweet Thing  (3:41)
4.  Mr Blue  (3:24)
5.  Good Times  (4:18)

Side two
1.  Walk Away From Love  (3:18)
2.  Ode To Boy  (3:35)
3.  Unmarked  (3:34)
4.  Anyone  (3:24)
5.  State Farm  (3:35)
6.  And On  (3:12)

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