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G-Man
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I spent the great OTF outage going on an organised 4x4 trip (well, a client junket really, very nice and great fun). On the way to Witsand, about 3 hours from Cape Town, I hitched a lift with one of the 4x4 owners, a middle aged Afrikaner bereft of much cool factor.

As I got into the car, I immediately noticed some familiar sounds playing on hos speakers. I soon realised that it was a song called "Midnight" by Yazoo, whose Upstairs at Eric's album I used to own and rather like back in the day. At some point it was stolen, and I never really missed it (or even noticed it was gone).

Well, "Midnight" was followed by "In My Room", with that great breaking glass sound. I hadn't heard the album in more than 20 years. Yet, I remembered virtually all the lyrics, the vocal inflections and the little synth loops.

It all sounds rather dated, but for its time, Upstairs at Eric's was a superb album. Favourite track, then as now: "Bad Connection" (a song imagine the Rhino might have a soft spot for).

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My name is Mumpo
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not dated in the slightest, G-Man. it's still the sound of the future. a 'lost' classic album and, despite fierce competition, plausibly Vince Clarke's finest moment.
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Smart guess, G-Man. I love Yazoo.

My favourite tunes by them would be the desolate "Nobody's Diary" and the joyous "Other Side Of Love" (both of them singles, but nobody ever seems to remember 'em).

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'You and Me Both' is probably the album i've never got round to buying for the longest. er, if that makes sense. what's 'Other Side Of Love'? a b-side?

oh, and let's all enjoy the brilliant sleeve of 'Upstairs at Eric's' one more time, too...

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Good album. Better than "You & Me, Both", I seem to recall. I just never got a handle on Alison Moyet's vocal style - I far prefer Andy Bell's. I was a little disappointed when Vince Clarke "settled down" into Yazoo, as I was hoping he would keep up the eclecticism of the collaborations with various other artists, as on his previous (at the time) releases of "One Day" with Paul Quinn and under the name of The Assembly, with Feargal Sharkey. (Regular readers will know I've got a soft spot for Paul Quinn's voice in particular, though I don't actually have any of his early work with Bourgie Bourgie or as backing vocalist for Orange Juice.)

I thought this was going to be a "general 80s" thread at first, so I thought I might as well mention that - since it's my last day in my current job - I have worn my leather tie to work.- A leather tie that I was wearing 25 years ago and only recently unearthed when I was packing to move house. Here's some visual evidence from "back in the day":

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Heh heh heh!!! "Mallens streak" an all! Oh dear!

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What's with that Yaz shit, though? The name change seems to have come long after Clarke and Moyet parted ways. How did Yazoo become known as Yaz?
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My name is Mumpo
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i think there was already a band in the US called Yazoo. Clive, you can't truthfully say that Vince Clarke 'settled down' into Yazoo - they only made two albums in as many years, and by 'You and Me Both' their relationship was decidedly strained.
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Mumpo:

'Tis true. It just felt like an eternity while that Moyet woman was wailing on! ...And it was just a relative settling down, hence the quote marks. I actually had thought at the time that Erasure would only last 2 or 3 albums!

Arguably, they should!

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Mumpo - no, "The Other Side Of Love" was an A-side. Reached No.13 in November 1982.
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I preferred their anthem to toilet humour, Nobody's Diarrhoea. You can change the chapter, change the book, but the story remains the same. if ye take a look.
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evilc, I assume that bit at the front of your hair is bleached - otherwise, you have gone bald in a very strange fashion.
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Great, great album and as Mumpo says, not dated in the slightest. In contrast with Erasure, obviously. Yazoo were far and away the best part of Vince Clarke's career - the magnificent 12" version of Situation being a case in point.
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"Nobody's Diary" was the best Yazoo song, if you ask me.
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