[dropcap]Post-Depeche[/dropcap] Mode, Vince Clark and Alison Moyet had a successful team up on the single Only You, so they quickly got booked at Blackwing Studios where Clarke has previously recorded Speak and Spell with Depeche Mode.
Upstairs at Eric’s the debut album by British synthpop duo Yazoo was the result. The album was released in the UK on Mute Records on August 20th 1982, and on August 23rd in the US (with the band named shortened to Yaz for North American release). The record was produced by the band and E.C. Radcliffe (who is the album is named after), with assistance from Mute’s Daniel Miller on some of the tracks. Upstairs at Eric’s was preceded by two top three UK singles, the ballad Only You (above) and the more uptempo Don’t Go
along with the synth-pop gem Situation, from which Alison Moyet’s laughter has been sampled innumerable times.
1. Don’t go
2. Too pieces
3. Bad connection
5. In my room
6. Only you
9. Winter kills
10. Bring your love down (Didn’t I)
11. The other side of love