Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Look what the manager of DD brought us! Seriously, this could be a problem. A big, beautiful problem. (this is in addition to what I bought this a.m.)

Dunkin' Donuts

It's open! Now watch as I expand...

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

My musings on Yazoo and what they meant to me...

Yes, this is like 12 year old girl stuff:

  • I thought the album cover for Upstairs at Eric's was creepy/sexy and that is what got my attention:

  • I always wondered what Alison Moyet sounded like over the telephone and secretly wished she'd call me.

  • I made it my mission that year to ensure everyone heard Situation. No, not just heard it but understood it.

  • I wanted to shave my head like Vince, but was only brave enough to clipper it down to a #3, leaving the front long and a tail in the back. (but I was happy with it.)

  • You could tell which games were my faves in the arcades by the initals YAZ on the screen. (Millepede, Joust, Frogger, Dig Dug, Q-bert, Paperboy)

  • I hated that they had to shorten their name in America because of a Floridian Little Leauge team with the same name, and swore I was going to start a petition to make them change their name!. (I mean what the hell kind of name is that for a baseball team, anyway?)

  • The song And On, on You and Me Both, made me cry. Not a girlie "oh-i-love-this-song" cry, but a very sad cry... and

  • I cried when they split (yeah, I've always been a crier)

  • The first time I heard Erasure I had to pull the car over because I thought Yaz had gotten back together. I called the college radio station and had a lengthy talk with the DJ who sent me the promo 12" single of Who Needs Love Like That because we connected over our love of Yaz.
That's all that comes to mind now... more as I have flashbacks!

Reconnected Live out on cd today 09/28/10

Reconnected Live - Yazoo 

'Reconected Live' is a 2 cd set documenting the group's live performance of all of their songs from their brief time together.

They met at 21, recorded 2 albums, did about 2 dozen concerts and then parted ways, breaking my heart completely. I used to spend countless hours, In My Room, listening to Vince Clarke's amazing synth soundscapes and Alison Moyet's incredibly soulful voice, getting lost in the pre-MTV videos that would play out in my head.

I think you could walk to the moon on the list of projects Vince has had his hands in and the musicians that he has influenced. The man, in my opinion, is the reason the synth was invented. He was one of the originators of Depeche Mode, y'know.

Then, there's that voice. Alison's sultry, bluesy/rhaspy I-just-woke-up-and-now-let-me-sing-for-you voice, It demands attention but never overpowers the music.

The beauty of it all is that when you listen to this cd, it's like it never ended. They've never forgotten how beautiful they were together. It seems as though they've been secretly meeting in a basement playing together, for fun, for the last 28 years. Now it's out for the world to hear and to quote Yazoo; "...Don't it make you feel good?"

Oh, yes it does, Trust me, I'm a DJ...

You can read all about them and listen to selected tracks from Reconnected Live at the official Yazoo/Yaz website.

You can read my memories of me and Yaz in the early 80's if you are so inclined @ My Musings of Yaz