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Yaz - Upstairs at Eric's Click here to see this CD at!

By Steve Gdula

There was a time when you couldn't step into a dance club without hearing at least part of this recording booming over the sound system. The often over-played hit, "Situation," was a bubbling caldron of nasally synth noodlings, a whopping bass line, and drum machine wallops. Alison Moyet's looped laugh in the middle of the song ended up as a sample, over-used a thousand times over. Yaz was an interesting blend of Moyet's smoky blues and jazz tinged vocals with Vince Clarke's digital disco. Moyet's voice alone was instrument enough, and the melodies here perfectly showcased her incredible range. Upstairs easily moved between energetic dance floor exuberance ("Don't Go" and "Good-bye Seventies"), blues-inspired wailers ("Midnight"), and icy electronic minimalism ("Winter Kills"). It was an explosion of a debut, touching upon '80s gay disco, synth pop, and diva-ism in one fell swoop. The CD closes with the overlooked "Didn't I Bring Your Love Down," an infectious barn burner with a call/response break that blows the roof off of Eric's little techno-pop ro

1. Don't Go7. Only You
2. Too Pieces8. Goodbye Seventies
3. Bad Connection9. Situation
4. I Before E Except After C10. Winter Kills
5. Midnight11. Bring Your Love Down (Didn't I)
6. In My Room


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"I think the "digital disco" was performed by the former Depeche Mode keyboardist Vince Clarke, Andy Bell is the vocalist of Vince Clarke's latest band Erasure."


"This was one of my favorite albums from the Awesome80s. The song "Situation" still rockets me back to High School/First year of College. It's a classic!"


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Artist: Yaz

Released: April 1, 1982

Availability: CD, Vinyl


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