yaz – yazoo – eighties – upstairs at erics

When I get up in the morning, I like to put on some thumping music to get myself moving while making coffee, starting a load of clothes, etc. I usually flip on the Tag's Trip (progressive, house, trance) channel at SomaFM.

Tag got me going good this morning with a trip down memory lane. A remix of Don't Go by Yaz (AKA Yazoo) was playing. The Upstairs at Eric's LP was a huge favorite of mine during the 80's. There were a lot of nice tracks on that LP, nearly all good for dancing, and great vocals by Alison Moyet.

Every time I heard Yaz on the radio or at the club so many years ago, I would always pause for a moment to enjoy the music and feel good. "State Farm" and "Ode to Boy" were other favorite Yaz tracks of mine, but I think they came on a different LP.

17 responses to “yaz – yazoo – eighties – upstairs at erics

  1. Wow! SomaFM just played "Epic Future" by Alpha Breed. Another dance-a-holic classic. I wish I knew a way to stream it legally.

  2. I've got Upstairs At Eric's somewhere. My sister was into Depeche Mode and also Yazoo due to Vince Clarke leaving Depeche Mode for Yazoo after the first album. Vince Clarke managed to get into the UK top ten with four different acts – and he wrote the songs in each case as well! Did you ever hear The Assembly and Erasure?

  3. ABC – Lexicon Of Love! Gloria loves that album. And Roxy Music were definitely better with Brian Eno. But then, I would say that since he worked on three of the first four Talking Heads albums 😉

  4. See? This is why I love you guys. My day just started and I'm already enjoying it by listening to all the music searches turn up. State Farm really is great. Haven't heard it in decades. Same goes for Ode.I don't remember if I've heard of The Assembly, but Erasure was a fairly popular band in Southern California for a while.Now here's a couple for you guys: ABC. I liked them quite a bit. The Brian Eno years of Roxy Music. That band lost a lot when he left them.Oh, the memories… 🙂

  5. Another dance fave: What's on Your Mind (Pure Energy) by Information Society.The booming bass beat in that one sometimes brought dust down from the ceiling in the club.Also fun: "Sex Drive" by Dead or Alive.The DJ would sometimes blend motifs of Sex Drive into other songs before actually playing the record. It was a very effective crowd tease. He was actually quite a tease himself.Originally posted by 0x29a:

    ABC. I liked them quite a bit.

    I still have a 12" of Zillionaire. :up: All so fun!

  6. Originally posted by harrytheman:

    My sister was into Depeche Mode

    "Personal Jesus". If rocked off my gourd, I always tried to do an interpretive dance to this one. I think a lot of people laughed at me, or maybe they didn't even notice.

  7. SomaFM! :yes:

  8. Personal Jesus by Depeche Mode :yes:

  9. Thanks for the tip. Didn't know about ixquick before. It may even become my search engine of choice :yes:

  10. Originally posted by AleksOD:


    I have a SomaFM sticker on the back window of my truck. If you send in an envelope with stamps on it, Rusty (Mr. Soma, lol) will send it back full of stickers.I just filled out a form at DuckDuckGo to get some of their stickers.Internet related stickers look so much better than one that says "Michele Bachmann 2012", for example.

  11. Glad to see I'm not the only one who uses DuckDuckGo :up:

  12. Originally posted by harrytheman:

    Glad to see I'm not the only one who uses DuckDuckGo

    I usually use ixquick, but there's been buzz on opera lately about The Duck, plus the logos are cuter. The Android DuckDuckGo search app works well.With all that said, Google still gets used. It would be hard to get by without it.

  13. Originally posted by harrytheman:

    Didn't know about ixquick before.

    Now to figure out how to pronounce it. Somewhere on the site it says. 🙂

  14. So why do you need to use so many different search engines?

  15. Originally posted by AleksOD:

    So why do you need to use so many different search engines?

    On occasion I also use Altavista and Lycos. :p Many moons ago, Infoseek was a big favorite until Disney bought it, ruined it, then shut it down. That's one of Disney's favorite things to do.

  16. I like Google, despite its big brotherly nature.

  17. Originally posted by AleksOD:

    I like Google, despite its big brotherly nature.

    I very much enjoy their sell-your-soul-to-the-devil services:-Picasa-Gmail-contacts-maps-Nav-Voice-calendarThere are so many!Going back to one of the others, I just discovered that DuckDuckGo has a public XMPP server with a nice domain name. I wish I had an account on that server, but I already have a Jabber account on a sexy server in Paris. Google has XMPP, too, but it's tied to the e-mail. I chat with half of Iran on that thing. 😀

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