Saturday, August 05, 2006

Number 951 - Yazoo


Number 951

Yazoo

"Only You"

(1982)
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Genre:Pop

This is where you can find Alison Moyet before she became Alison Moyet. [huh?]

"As founder member and main songwriter for Depeche Mode, Vince Clarke had already made his mark with such classic pop songs as "New Life" and "Just Can't Get Enough", yet arguably it was with his next band that he firmly worked his way deep into the living rooms of Britain. Departing from Depeche Mode swiftly after the release of their 1981 debut album "Speak And Spell", Yazoo were formed in 1982 when Clarke replied to an advertisement placed by in the Melody Maker, looking for "rootsy blues musicians".

Though the pair were a seemingly unlikely combination, any doubters were soon forced to eat their words when their first offering hit the shops in May 1982. Featuring Moyet's gorgeous soulful lament layered over Clarke's trademark synth melodies, "Only You" was a fine weave of heart tugging techno-blues; the fusion was addictive. Yet it was clear that Yazoo represented much more than just the latest pop band, playing as they did with the media's idealised notions of beauty, sexuality and fame: Vince the bleach haired, floppy fringed, part fey part shy anti-lad; Alison with her deep, lustrous voice, oozing a beauty and charm that was all its own."

After 1982
"From here Vince and Alison went their separate, yet celebrated ways: Vince joining up with Andy Bell to form the extremely successful partnership of Erasure, whilst Alison forged ahead with her own auspicious solo career. What they left behind them were two remarkable albums and a string of brilliant singles. Though their time together as Yazoo was brief, the impression that Vince and Alison made on contemporary pop music is something far more enduring."
For Depeche Mode see Number 804
What does Rolling Stone think of Yazoo?
Big-Voiced Alison Moyet's two solo albums since the end of her inspired partnership in Yazoo, with Vince Clarke – who worked with Moyet between stints with Depeche Mode and Erasure – are characterized by if-onlys and coulda-beens: If only she had found another partner who understood her vocal gift, and if only she had progressed from Clarke's synth soul to the real horn- and guitar-driven thing instead of dinky Swain-Jolley electro-pop, she could have been at least the equal of Eurythmics Annie Lennox, if not a British Aretha. ~ [Source Rolling Stone]
For Eurythmics visit Mellow Mix Vol 1 #134
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number (Nope, They hated it) and the Album ranked at Number (Nope, didn't know it was out yet)
This song has a crowbarred rating of 53.5 out of 108
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