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Music / Yazoo

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Yazoo (known in America as Yaz) were an 80s Synth-Pop duo comprising Vince Clarke (former Depeche Mode, future Erasure keyboard player) and Alison Moyet. They released two albums, Upstairs At Eric's, containing the hits "Only You" and "Don't Go" (and in the USA, "Situation", a B-side in the UK) and You and Me Both (containing the hit "Nobody's Diary").

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  • Armies Are Evil: "Unmarked".
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  • Breakup Breakout: Both of them. Vince went on to form the successful Erasure with Andy Bell, and Alison's solo records have all charted in the UK Top 30.
  • Broken Record: The second half of "Bring Your Love Down (Didn't I)" is just repetitions of the title and the phrase "All night".
  • The '80s
  • Market-Based Title: The band was known as Yaz in the U.S. due to a lawsuit from a band with a similar name.
  • Rhyming with Itself: "Unmarked" rhymes "on our side" with "the other side".
  • The '70s: the subject of a massive Take That! in "Goodbye 70s".
  • Spoken Word in Music: "I Before E Except After C"
  • Step Up to the Microphone: Vince sings "Happy People", his only lead vocal in any of the bands he's been in.
  • Synth-Pop: One of the key "fire and ice" duos (cold synths with passionate vocals) of the second wave of Synth-Pop.
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  • Suspiciously Similar Song: 'Don't go' has vague lyrical similarities to 'Nodisco' from Depeche Mode's debut album, which was from when Vince was a part of the band.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Alison's voice is so deep, it's not uncommon for people hearing Yazoo to assume the singer is male.
  • Word Salad Lyrics: "Situation"

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