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30
Sep

Yazoo – Upstairs At Eric´s (1982) – Lp

Yazoo  were a British synthpop duo from Basildon, Essex, England, consisting of former Depeche Mode member Vince Clarke (keyboards) and Alison Moyet (vocals).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Yazoo
Title:  Upstairs At Eric´s
Year:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  MUTE Records
Catalog#  540037
Price:  € 10,00

Upstairs at Eric’s is the debut album by British synthpop duo Yazoo (known in the US and Canada as Yaz), released in the UK on Mute Records on 20 August 1982. It was produced by the band and E.C. Radcliffe, with assistance from Mute label boss Daniel Miller on some of the tracks. Named after producer Radcliffe’s Blackwing Studios where the album was recorded, Upstairs at Eric’s was preceded by two top three UK singles, the ballad “Only You” and the more uptempo “Don’t Go“.

Vince Clarke can claim involvement in two stunning debuts in only two years: Depeche Mode‘s Speak and Spell and Yaz‘s Upstairs at Eric’s. While Speak and Spell is, by far, the more consistent record, Upstairs at Eric’s is wholly more satisfying, beating the Depeche record on substance and ambition, and is light years ahead in emotion. “Don’t Go” and “Situation” are absolutely killer with Clarke‘s bubbling synth and singer Alison Moyet‘s bluesy and powerful delivery. They’re both rightful dance floor staples, and have since undergone numerous remixes, both official and bootleg. “Bring Your Love Down (Didn’t I)” is just as good a thumper, adding a wonderful mumbled bridge that shows how much Clarke enjoyed messing with pop music. The softer “Only You” would have sounded silly and robotic if it had appeared on Speak and Spell, but Moyet‘s vocals makes it bittersweet and engaging. The clumsier experimental tracks make most people head for the hits collection, but to do so would be to miss the album’s great twist. The loony tape loop of “I Before E Except After C,” the skeletal “Winter Kills,” and a disruptive phone call in the middle of the naïve “Bad Connection” offer up more complex and intimate moments. Like its curious cover, Upstairs at Eric’s presents a fractured, well-lit, and paranoid urban landscape.

 

Side one
1.  Don’t Go  (3:08)
2.  Too Pieces  (3:14)
3.  Bad Connection  (3:20)
4.  I Before E Except After C  (4:36)
5.  Midnight  (4:22)
6.  In My Room  (3:52)

Side two
1.  Only You  (3:14)
2.  Goodbye 70’s  (2:35)
3.  Tuesday  (3:22)
4.  Winter Kills  (4:06)
5.  Bring Your Love Down (Didn’t I)  (4:40)

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7
Jul

Yazoo – You And Me Both (1983)

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).

yazoo - you and me both

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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