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Alternative Name Yaz (North American name)
Vin & Alf (group names)
Yazoo Reconnected (2008 only)
Group Members Alison Moyet
Vince Clarke
Past Group Members Vince Clarke
Alison Moyet
Music Genre (Text) Synthpop
new wave
Music Genre Pop/Rock
Origin Basildon, Essex, England
Year(s) Active 1981–1983, 2008
(One-off appearance: 2011)
Record Label Mute/EMI Records
Sire/Reprise/Warner Bros. Records
Official Websites yazooinfo.com
Associated Acts Depeche Mode
The Assembly
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Yazoo (known as Yaz in North America for legal reasons with Yazoo Records) were a British synthpop duo from Basildon, Essex, England, consisting of former Depeche Mode member Vince Clarke (keyboards) and Alison Moyet (vocals). Formed in late 1981 after Clarke responded to an advertisement Moyet placed in a UK music magazine, over the next 18 months the duo made two critically acclaimed albums, Upstairs at Eric's and You and Me Both, blending Clarke's synthesizer melodies with Moyet's blues- and soul-influenced vocals. Yazoo enjoyed worldwide success, particularly in their home country where three of their four singles reached the top three of the UK Singles Chart and both their albums made the top two of the albums chart. In North America they are best known for the song "Situation", originally only a B-side in the UK but which was a club and airplay hit in the US and Canada before being released as the band's debut single in North America.

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