- (This page is about the UK band. For the US label of the same name, see Yazoo Records. This page also covers Alison Moyet as a solo artist)
In 2008, twenty-five years after splitting up, Clarke and Moyet reconciled and reformed Yazoo to play a successful tour of the UK, Europe and North America in support of the reissue of Yazoo's two studio albums and a box set of their material. The pair briefly reunited in May 2011 to play three Yazoo songs at a music festival organised by their record label, but it seems unlikely that Clarke and Moyet will play together again in the future.
Links To Peel
The duo recorded a session for Peel's show in February 1982, which got broadcast in July on that same year. Surprisingly the session has not been added onto the BBC Keeping It Peel website or the 2008 In My Room box set issue.
Yazoo's name had to be changed for the US market because of legal objections raised by Yazoo Records, from which (according to Alison Moyet, quoted in the Wikipedia article on the band) the duo had derived their name. Yazoo Records was founded in the late 1960s, specialised in reissue compilations of rare pre-World War Two blues records by artists like Charley Patton and Son House, and derived its name form the Yazoo River, which flows through the blues country of Mississippi. Peel liked and played Yazoo's music during the duo's commercial heyday, but he does not seem to have returned to it in later years - whereas vintage blues tracks from Yazoo Records releases appear in his playlists throughout his BBC career.
Peel does not appear to have played any of Moyet's solo recordings. When presenting her version of Billie Holiday's song That Ole Devil Called Love on the Christmas TOTP in 1985 he described it as "Something a little spiritual for you on a Christmas afternoon...".
Festive Fifty Entries
- In My Room / Winter Kills / Don't Go / Midnight
Other Shows Played
- 18 August 1982: Goodbye 70's (v/a 12" EP - Europe In The Year Zero) S/Phonograph SPH1
- 31 August 1982: In My Room (album - Upstairs At Eric's) Mute STUMM 7
- 28 December 1982: 'Only You (LP-Upstairs At Eric's)' (Mute) FF #12 (JP: 'Brilliant record.')
- Shambiko! Say Wah! 1982: Only You
Top Of The Pops
- 12 August 1982 (TOTP): Don't Go #03