This UK electro pop group was formed at the beginning of 1982 by former Depeche Mode keyboard player Vince Clarke and vocalist Alison Moyet. Their debut single, 'Only You', climbed to number 2 in the UK charts in May and its appeal was endorsed by the success of the Flying Pickets' a cappella cover version, which topped the UK chart the following year. Yazoo enjoyed an almost equally successful follow-up with 'Don't Go', which climbed to number 3 in July. A tour of the USA saw the duo change their name to Yaz in order not to conflict with an American record company of the same name, although their highest US chart entry was a lowly 67 for 'Only You'. Meanwhile, their album Upstairs At Eric's was widely acclaimed for its strong melodies and Moyet's expressive vocals. Yazoo enjoyed further UK hits with 'The Other Side Of Love' (number 13) and 'Nobody's Diary' (number 3) before completing one more album, You And Me Both.
Despite their continuing success, the duo parted in 1983. Moyet enjoyed considerable success as a solo singer, while Clarke maintained his high profile with the Assembly and particularly, Erasure. Yazoo graced the UK charts on two further occasions, with François Kevorkian's remix of 'Situation' reaching number 14 in 1990, and a new mix of 'Only You' scraping into the Top 40 in 1999.
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