In 1981, Alison Moyet was a big girl, with an even bigger voice. When she teamed up with Vince Clarke, who had just left Depeche Mode, the duo were set for a brief but important career as the group Yazoo.
Alison is now 54, and still working. Think Adele, without the beehive hairdo and dress sense, but a huge voice too. Vince Clarke went on to form Erasure with Andy Bell, and they continue to perform today.
The synthesiser sound and electro-pop of the period gave us many hits and misses, but Clarke always seemed to be one step ahead, and to anticipate trends, or start them. He was never a front man, and always played an unassuming role on the stage, content to leave the limelight to the vocalists.
On my 30th birthday, in 1982, I heard this song played, and went out to buy it immediately after, unable to get it out of my head. I could tell that Moyet had real talent, and the lack of orchestration and production values was the very thing that made this stand out, and seem different. As a duo, they enjoyed many more hits, and big-selling albums too. But it wasn’t to last, and differences caused the pair to split soon after, in 1983.
They both continue to have successful careers, and Alison Moyet has also branched out into Jazz, becoming one of the most respected British recording artists of her generation. They have occasionally re-formed Yazoo for specific performances, but we are unlikely to ever hear the like of this song from them again. This video is a hoot. It is so 1980s!