Fab 80’s pop music duo Yaz (Yazoo in the UK) is set to reunite for a tour of the UK in June. Comprised of (post-Depeche Mode/pre-Erasure) keyboardist Vince Clark and (Andy Bell sound-alike) Alison Moyet, Yaz only put out two albums, both huge favorites of mine: Upstairs At Eric’s and You And Me Both.
The tour is in support of In Your Room, a “4-disc box set which includes remasters and 5.1 stereo mixes of both of Yazoo’s classic albums (Upstairs At Eric’s and You And Me Both), b-sides, remixes and a DVD featuring new interviews with Clarke and Moyet, along with the promo videos for Don’t Go, The Other Side Of Love, Nobody’s Diary, Situation (1990) and Only You (1999).”
Here’s a clip of Yaz performing their smash hit, Don’t Go.
After Yaz broke up, my friends and I became obsessive collectors of Alison Moyet’s fantastic solo work, which featured such unforgettable classics as Love Resurrection, Invisible, and All Cried Out. Here’s my all-time favorite Moyet track, Whispering Your Name, a song written by Jules Shear. Moyet doesn’t change the lyrics, making it appear that she’s singing about another woman. The clip features the always hilarious Dawn French, of the pre-AbFab duo French & Saunders, trying to make Moyet crack up during the song.
A better mix of Whispering Your Name can be found on this fantastic live performance clip. Oh, that last note! I last saw Moyet perform on the main stage at SF Pride 1999. Here’s hoping the Yaz tour comes to the States. By the way, Alison Moyet is a blogger.