Yazoo (known as Yaz in the U.S.) was a short-lived but highly successful English synthpop duo from Basildon, Essex that had a number of top ten hits in the British charts in the early 1980s.

Heavily influenced by earlier bands like Kraftwerk, Yazoo expanded upon the synthpop formula by juxtaposing Alison Moyet's vocals with Vince Clarke's electronic hooks. Its sound referenced disco but added a more disaffected attitude that disco lacked. Their second album saw greater songwriting input from Moyet, adding a rather more mature and soulful flavour, particularly on the hit single "Nobody's Diary."

Another way to put it: Yazoo was Vince Clarke's band after he left Depeche Mode and before he started Erasure with Andy Bell. Even if the name doesn't ring a bell, you probably know at least one song.....

Don't Go

Due for release on May 2008 is "In Your Room", a 4 disc box set featuring the stereo remasters and 5.1 mixes of the classic albums "Upstairs At Eric's" and "You And Me Both" next to a disc with B-sides and remixes. Add to this a DVD featuring an exclusive short film with new interviews from Vince Clarke and Alison Moyet and the videos for "Don't Go", "The Other Side Of Love", "Nobody's Diary", "Situation (1990)" and "Only You (1999)". [side-line]

Nobody's diary

Yazoo - 2008 Tour Dates
May 26 - Falconer Salen Copenhagen
May 27 - Falconer Salen Copenhagen
May 28 - Stadtpark Hamburg
May 30 - Columbiahalle Berlin
Jun 2 - Olympia Theatre Central City, Dublin
Jun 4 - Clyde Auditorium Glasgow, Scotland
Jun 7 - Manchester Apollo Manchester, Northwest
Jun 12 - Civic Hall Wolverhampton, Midlands
Jun 15 - Brighton Centre Brighton, London and South East
Jun 16 - Plymouth Pavilions Plymouth, South
Jun 18 - Hammersmith Apollo London, London and South East
Jun 19 - Hammersmith Apollo London, London
Jul 07 - Oakland, CA Paramount Theatre
Jul 10 - Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theatre
Jul 11 - Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theatre
Jul 14 - Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
Jul 16 - New York, NY Terminal 5
Jul 17 - New York, NY Terminal 5

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