After Vince Clarke left Depeche Mode, he worked on a variety of ideas and band possibilities. Wanting greater control over the sound, arrangements, and effects Clarke created Yazoo with vocalist Allison Moyet who was not emblematic of the pop sound that was popular in Britain at the time. Known as Yaz in North America because of legal issues with a record label, the duo released some terrific music on their albums ‘You and Me Both’ and ‘Upstairs at Eric’s.’
The lead single from their album “You And Me Both” — an ironic title given the stresses between Clarke and Moyet — was ‘Nobody’s Diary’ A UK number 3 for the band in June 1983. While Yazoo/Yaz lasted a short time, the songs were powerful and have held up very well over time.