THE 80´S



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The music 1980s or The 80`s, as also is called, is characterized by the emergence in its contents (especially at the beginning of this decade) all expertise from sound elements of innovative electronic instruments with relatively "new" sounds. It is imperative to recall that time many of these musical instruments, especially the keyboards, began to be popular in their prices ever more accessible.

One of gender that more emphasis has been on the ' 80s was disk music or dance music, completely opposed to classical music. Of rhythmic called dance in discos, the 1980s were characterized by a move especially made dance dance and moved. It favoured the interaction of individuals and couples in discos why discos specialized in this type of music causing fury and were fashion.

A variety and diversity of musical groups appeared in the above-mentioned decade. The highlights include to Pink Floyd, Alan Parson Project, Supertamp, Duran Duran,-has, it is last a little more oriented to the pop, The Clash, R.E.M., among others. The soloists include Cyndi Lauper and Siouxsie and the Sioux, among others. No one can argue that this time gave us a novel character in their musical offering that left us for the years to come many and valuable lessons.



A-HA




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a-ha achieved its biggest success with their debut album and single in 1985. Hunting High and Low peaked at number fifteen on the Billboard charts and yielded an international number-one single, "Take on Me", earning the band a Grammy Award nomination as Best New Artist. Hunting High and Low was one of the best-selling albums of 1986. In 1994, the band went on a hiatus, the same year a-ha reached a sales number of 26 million albums sold worldwide. After a performance at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in 1998, the band returned to the studio and recorded 2000's Minor Earth Major Sky, which resulted in a new tour. By 2000, they had reached 36 million albums sold worldwide plus a double figure million singles. In 2002 the band released its seventh studio album Lifelines. 2005's Analogue has been certified silver and is their most successful album in the UK since 1990's East of the Sun, West of the Moon.Their 9th album, Foot of the Mountain, was released on 19 June 2009 (release date different in some countries). 15 October 2009 the band announced their split after a worldwide tour in 2010, more specifically after their two farewell shows in Oslo 3 and 4 December 2010 On 19 October the tour's name was announced as Ending On A High Note.

Biography

Formation

The trio, composed of lead vocalist Morten Harket, guitarist Paul Waaktaar-Savoy (Pål Waaktaar until his marriage in 1994), and keyboardist Magne Furuholmen, formed in 1982 and left Norway for London in order to make a career in the music business. They chose the studio of musician, producer, and soon-to-be-manager John Ratcliff because it had a Space Invaders machine. John Ratcliff introduced them to his manager, Terry Slater, and after a few meetings, a-ha had two managers. Slater and Ratcliff together formed T.J. Management. Ratcliff dealt with technical and musical aspects, while Slater acted as the group's international business manager and liaison to Warner Brothers' head office in Los Angeles.
The origin of the name a-ha comes from a title Paul contemplated giving to a song. The song used the words "a-ha" and "ahem". Morten was looking through Paul's notebook and came across the name "a-ha". He liked it, and said, "That's a great name. That's what we should call ourselves." After checking dictionaries in several languages, they found out that a-ha was an international way of expressing recognition, with positive connotations. It was short, easy to say and unusual.

Hunting High and Low (1984–1985)

An early version of "Take on Me" was the first song Morten Harket heard Magne Furuholmen and Pål Waaktaar play in Asker. At that time the song was called "The Juicy Fruit Song," and the two men were still known as Bridges. It was named "Lesson One" when it was first recorded by a-ha. After some rewriting, multiple re-recordings, and three releases, "Take on Me" became a hit on both sides of the Atlantic in 1985 and was the second-best selling single of 1985. The first version of the song, released in 1984, was promoted by a now-rare video of the band performing the song in front of a blue background. Both the original recording and video were failures. The song was re-recorded with production by Alan Tarney but failed to light up the charts. It was then re-released with a new, ground- breaking video, and ultimately sold 1.5 million copies worldwide in one week. Eventually the single "Take on Me" was estimated to have sold 7–9 million copies worldwide; it peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number two in the UK Singles Chart. a-ha became the first Norwegian band to have a number 1 song in the U.S. Sales were aided in the U.S. by heavy rotation on MTV of the new music video, that may have been dually inspired by the truck chase scene from Terry Gilliam's movie Brazil and the climactic scene from the Ken Russell film Altered States. The video used a pencil-sketch animation / live action combination called rotoscoping, in which individual frames of live video are drawn over or colored. It became one of the most instantly recognizable and most enduringly popular music videos in the U.S., where it was nominated for eight awards at the third annual MTV Video Awards in 1986, winning six, including Best New Artist in a Video, Best Concept Video, Best Direction, Best Special Effects, and Viewer's Choice. "Take on Me" was also nominated for Best Video Of The Year at the 1986 American Music Awards. Their six MTV Award wins for that video alone gave them twice as many wins as Michael Jackson's "Thriller", and more than any artist in the three years of the awards combined.
But those were not a-ha's only MTV awards that year. The band's second single was "The Sun Always Shines on T.V.". In the U.S., the song peaked at number twenty on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached number seventeen on Radio & Records airplay chart, and a remix version was a club hit, rising to number five on the Hot Dance Singles Sales chart. The music video for the song was another popular and critical success, nominated in three categories at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards and winning two awards, for Best Cinematography and Best Editing, bringing a-ha's total to eleven nominations and eight wins. The following year, Peter Gabriel would earn thirteen nominations and win nine awards, also for two videos. In successive years, even as the award categories have expanded, only a few artsts have approached—and none have surpassed—the single-year award totals of a-ha and Gabriel.
a-ha's American success culminated in their 1986 Grammy nomination in a coveted Best New Artist category which was eventually won by Sade. "The Sun Always Shines on T.V." turned out to be a-ha's last Hot 100 Top 40 single, and to this day in the United States a-ha is remembered by the general public almost entirely because of the singularly huge success of "Take on Me". As such, the band is frequently considered a one-hit wonder there, despite their two Top 40 hits. In the UK, however, the story was very different: "The Sun Always Shines on TV" was an even bigger hit among British fans than "Take on Me", peaking at number one. In the UK, a-ha had continued success with two more hit singles from the same album, "Train Of Thought" and "Hunting High And Low" (with another innovative video), and the band remained popular throughout the 1980s and early 1990s.
The band's first album, 1985's Hunting High and Low, became a worldwide bestseller, spending most of October and November in the top 20 of Billboard's Top 200 album chart. The album and its four hit singles garnered a-ha international recognition. Hunting High and Low earned Platinum status in the United States, UK and Germany, and Gold status in Brazil and the Netherlands. Hunting High and Low has sold 11 million copies worldwide. The album peaked at 15 in the U.S. according to Billboard music charts and has sold about 1.8 million copies in the U.S. It peaked at 2 on the UK charts and in spent thirty-eight weeks in the top ten in Norway, including eight weeks at number 1.

GOLDEN AGE
a-ha's second album, Scoundrel Days, was released in the midst of the 1986 world tour and represented a move towards alternative rock as synthpop began to fall out of style. Although the album received favorable reviews and sent three singles to become international radio hits, the album's sales did not match those of its predecessor (except for Switzerland, where it is a-ha's best-selling album). "Cry Wolf" would be the last a-ha single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. After the release of the album, a-ha went to tour in the U.S., its last appearance there for twenty years. The album has sold 6.4 million copies worldwide, and has been certified platinum in the UK and Switzerland and Gold in Germany and Brazil. Ned Raggett of AllMusic Guide would later write of the album, "The opening two songs alone make for one of the best one-two opening punches around: the tense edge of the title track, featuring one of Morten Harket's soaring vocals during the chorus and a crisp, pristine punch in the music, and 'The Swing of Things,' a moody, elegant number with a beautiful synth/guitar arrangement (plus some fine drumming courtesy of studio pro Michael Sturgis) and utterly lovelorn lyrical sentiments that balance on the edge of being overheated without quite going over...The '80s may be long gone, but Scoundrel Days makes clear that not everything was bad back then."
In May 1988 a-ha released their third studio album, titled Stay On These Roads, which matched the number two chart peak of its two predecessors on the British album charts. Stay on These Roads became a big hit and is now the best-selling a-ha album in Brazil, where it is certified Platinum. The album has been certified Gold in Switzerland, Germany, UK, and the Netherlands. The album includes the title track theme song to the James Bond film The Living Daylights. The version that appears on their album is a re-recording of the film version and single. The band has said that they are particularly proud of the title track, and all three members contributed to its writing. To this day, "Stay On These Roads" and "The Living Daylights" are a part of their live set. After the release of the album the band went on a 74-city world tour. The album has sold over 4.2 million copies worldwide.

East of the Sun, West of the Moon featured a cover version of The Everly Brothers' 1963 single, "Crying in the Rain". In the late 1980s and early 1990s, a-ha was very popular in South America, especially in Brazil, where the band sold out some of the largest stadiums in the world. At the Rock in Rio II festival in January 1991, a-ha shocked the international entertainment press by drawing an audience of 198,000 at Maracanã Stadium for their top-billed evening concert— a Guinness World Record for paying audiences. In contrast, George Michael, Prince and Guns N' Roses drew only sixty thousand each. In a recent interview in Musicweek, celebrating a-ha's upcoming 25-year anniversary, the band members revealed that the record-breaking concert and the lack of media attention they got was a devastating blow to the band. The 1991 Rock In Rio festival, which should have been the band's crowning achievement was, instead, a moment of crushing disappointment. The nine-day event featured mega-headliners including Guns N’ Roses, George Michael and Prince, but it was a-ha's show at the Maracanã Stadium that drew the Guinness World Record-breaking crowd of 198,000–the largest paying audience ever. “MTV interviewed everybody except us,” remembers Waaktar-Savoy. “They were all calling their bosses and saying, ‘We must cover a-ha; it’s the only night that has sold out.’ But they weren’t allowed to.” “I felt very alienated,” says Furuholmen. "It made us feel hopeless. We played to the biggest crowd in the world and they ignored it.” "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" was certified Gold in Switzerland, Brazil and Germany and silver in the UK Steven McDonald of AllMusic said of their fourth album, "This is a nicely crafted collection of songs, performed and sung beautifully, with lots of echoes and suggestions tucked into the music. While not an album one can discuss at length, it's an album that's a pleasure to listen to." The album sold 3.2 million copies worldwide.
The compilation album "Headlines and Deadlines" sold over 2 million copies worldwide.
Their last album before their hiatus was "Memorial Beach" in 1993. The album was a commercial failure with sales of 1.2 million copies. The only single to officially chart outside Norway was "Dark Is the Night", which went top 20 in the United Kingdom. Ironically, given the lack of attention to their later work in the U.S., "Dark Is the Night" nearly charted on the U.S. Hot 100, peaking at #11 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, a position often construed as being #111 in reference to the Hot 100. "Memorial Beach" is the last official American release by a-ha to date, though their material has continued to have (limited) availability there as imports. In February 1994, a-ha performed two concerts during the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, followed by tours of South Africa and Norway. a-ha was also chosen to compose the official song for the Winter Paralympics in Lillehammer, which they entitled "Shapes That Go Together". Because of apparent internal conflicts between the band members and conflicts with the record label at the time[citation needed], a-ha took a break in 1994 and the members started focusing on solo projects.


BALTIMORA

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Baltimora was an Italian New Wave dance outfit active in the mid to late 1980s. The group comprised Jimmy McShane (frontman/vocals), Maurizio Bassi (keyboards, vocals), Giorgio Cocilovo (lead guitar), Claudio Bazzari (guitar), Pier Michelatti (bass guitar) and Gabriele Melotti (drums). They are best known for their 1985 hit single Tarzan Boy.
Jimmy McShane, from Derry in Northern Ireland, was the frontman of the group. Lead vocals were performed by Maurizio Bassi, including lead vocals on their biggest hit Tarzan Boy despite the fact that McShane lip synched while appearing in the Tarzan Boy music video and not Bassi. Bassi was also the group's keyboardist.[1] Both the music and the lyrics of Baltimora were written mostly by Bassi and Naimy Hackett, though McShane wrote the lyrics to some of their songs, such as the single Survivor in Love.
Baltimora is often considered a one-hit wonder due to the success they experienced with Tarzan Boy compared to their other singles.

HISTORY

Early years

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In early 1984, Maurizio Bassi, a music producer and musician for a few acts in Italy, was in search of a new project. He came across Jimmy McShane (23 May 1957 - 29 March 1995), an EMT for the Red Cross in Ireland, known as "Ruby" in the gay community, and had him do some vocals and be the group's frontman, due to his appearance and talented dancing. McShane was noted for having multiple hair styles and his big red rimmed glasses.
He also recruited other musicians to record the tracks which would eventually appear on the albums Living in the Background and Survivor in Love.

Success with "Tarzan Boy"

"Tarzan Boy," released in the summer of 1985, was a huge success, debuting in the top five of the Italian single chart as well as in some other European countries, including Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, France, The Netherlands and Norway . Soon afterwards Baltimora found similar success in the United Kingdom with "Tarzan Boy," where it reached #3 in August 1985. However, it took a while for the single to enter the Hot 100 single chart in the United States (where it was released on EMI), it remained on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for six months ultimately peaking at #13 in the early spring of 1986.Baltimora performed on the American TV show Solid Gold, which helped further their success in America. The second single "Woody Boogie," which also gained notable success, entered the Top 20 in Germany, Switzerland and Sweden.
Baltimora's first album, Living in the Background, was released in Europe at the end of 1985, and was released in United States in 1986. Despite the enormous success that Baltimora achieved with the single "Tarzan Boy," Living in the Background only charted moderately entering the Top 20 album charts in only a few countries in Europe.
Baltimora attempted a comeback in 1987 with a second album, Survivor in Love, but the single "Key Key Karimba" was the only notable track that managed to enter the Top 100 charts in only a few countries.

Break-up and aftermath
After the release of Survivor in Love, with no label support of a follow up album and due to its poor success, Bassi decided it was time to move onto other projects, and Baltimora disbanded.
The single "Tarzan Boy" bounced back into the Billboard Hot 100 chart in March 1993 as a remix, climbing to #51, at the time of its appearance in a Listerine commercial. The song was also featured in the films Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993) and Beverly Hills Ninja (1997).
Jimmy McShane died on 29 March 1995, of complications from AIDS.

Discography

Albums

Year
Album details
Chart positions
Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
ITA
SWE
1985
Living in the Background* Released: 1985
49
26
18
CAN: Gold
1987
Survivor in Love* Released: 1987
  • Label: EMI
  • Format: CD, LP




"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Singles

Year
Song
U.S.
UK
FRA
SWI
NE
Album
1985
"Tarzan Boy"
13
3
1
4
1
Living in the Background
"Living in the Background"
87
-
-
-
-
1986
"Woody Boogie"
-
-
-
15
32
"Juke Box Boy"
-
-
-
-
-
1987
"Key Key Karimba"
-
-
-
-
-
Survivor in Love
"Survivor in Love"
-
-
-
-
-
"Global Love" (with Linda Wesley)
-
-
-
-
-
"Call Me in the Heart of the Night"
-
-
-
-
-

References

  1. ^ See "Epilogue" section. euro-flash.com, 2004.
  2. ^ //**a**// //**b**// "Suchergebnis (Search)". charts-surfer.de. http://www.charts-surfer.de/musiksearch.php.
  3. ^ "BALTIMORA - TARZAN BOY". GfK Dutch Charts. http://www.dutchcharts.nl/showitem.asp?interpret=Baltimora&titel=Tarzan+Boy&cat=s.
  4. ^ "UK Top 40 Hit Database". everyhit.com. http://www.everyhit.com/searchsec.php. [dead link]
  5. ^ "The Billboard Hot 100 "Tarzan Boy"". Billboard Magazine. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=379&cfgn=Singles&cfn=The+BillboardHot+100&ci=3004847&cdi=6221569&cid=03%2F01%2F1986. [dead link]
  6. ^ "BALTIMORA - WOODY BOOGIE". GfK Dutch Charts. http://www.dutchcharts.nl/showitem.asp?interpret=Baltimora&titel=Woody+Boogie&cat=s.
  7. ^ "BALTIMORA-Living in the Background (ALBUM)". GfK Dutch Charts. http://www.dutchcharts.nl/showitem.asp?interpret=Baltimora&titel=Living+In+The+Background&cat=a.
  8. ^ "American chart". Billboard charts. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/baltimora/chart-history/18760?f=305&g=Albums. Retrieved 2009-09-23.
  9. ^ "Swedish albums chart". swedishcharts.com. http://swedishcharts.com/search.asp?cat=a&search=baltimora. Retrieved 2009-09-23.
  10. ^ "CRIA Database Search for Baltimora" Canadian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved on August 23, 2009.

External links


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Jimmy McShaneMaurizio BassiGiorgio CocilovoClaudio BazzariPier MichelattiGabriele Melotti

Albums
Living in the BackgroundSurvivor in Love

Singles
"Tarzan Boy" • "Living in the Background" • "Woody Boogie" • "Juke Box Boy" • "Key Key Karimba" • "Survivor in Love" • "Global Love" • "Call Me in the Heart of the Night"


OPUS


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Opus is an Austrian pop-rock group from Graz which was formed in 1973, and is still active today. The Band is renowned for its one hit wonder "Live is Life" in the mid-1980s.

History

In 1985 they released "Live Is Life" which topped the charts in many countries, and a live recording of the song even made the Top 40 in the USA in 1985. It reached No 6 in the UK charts on August 3, 1985 and stayed in the charts for 15 weeks. The track remains popular as a sing-along song for crowds at sports events in Europe. Cover versions were also performed by Starkoo, Laibach, Hungarian band Tormentor, Estonian band Kuldne Trio (Laip is Laip) and also DJ Ötzi, as a guest, released a version with the Hermes House Band in 2003. This version stalled at No 50 in the UK charts.
Another one of Opus's standout tracks is the power ballad "Flyin' High," a live version of which appears on the Life is Live album as well as the American release of Up and Down (the album that also included "Live is Life" and was the band's most successful album in the States). Unfortunately, the tune did not chart in America. At a mid-80s concert, fellow Austrian rock-star Falco joined Opus on stage for a moving rendition of this song. Coincidentally, although the concert appears to have taken place in their native Austria, Opus and Falco are perhaps the two best-known Austrian rock music acts to successfully cross over to American audiences.
Opus famously is the only act beginning with "O" to record a single entitled "Live is Life" as proved by Sean Kelly in 2009 in what became known as the Orrell Opus Rumpus.
Opus is still active, but has not enjoyed the same success since "Life is Live", and is generally considered a one-hit wonder. The band had some success with other songs in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, but not in non-German speaking countries.

Members

  • Herwig Rüdisser (Vocals)
  • Ewald Pfleger (Guitar)
  • Kurt-Rene Plisnier (Keyboard)external image hook-thumb.php%3Fid%3D15external image opus_dead.gif
  • Günter Grasmuck (Drums)

Discography

Albums

  • Daydreams (album)|Daydreams (1980)
  • Eleven (Opus album)|Eleven (1981)
  • Opusition (1982)
  • Up And Down (1984)
  • Live Is Life (album)|Live Is Life (live) (1984)
  • Solo (Opus album)|Solo (1985)
  • Opus (album)|Opus (1987)
  • Magical Touch (1990)
  • Walkin' On Air (1992)
  • Jubileé (live) (1993)
  • Love, God & Radio (1996)
  • Flyin' Higher - Greatest Hits (Best-Of) (2003)
  • The Beat Goes On (Opus album)|The Beat Goes On (2004)
  • Back to Future - the Ultimate Best-Of (2008)

Singles

Year
Title
Top-Position
A
D
CH
USA
F
UK
1982
"Flyin' High"
5
45
5
-
-
-
1985
"Live Is Life"
1
1
2
32
1
6
1985
"Flyin' High (live version)"
?
37
?
-
-
-
1987
"Whiteland"
3
-
-
-
-
-
1988
"Faster and Faster"
12
-
-
-
-
-
1992
"Gimme Love "
9
-
-
-
-
-
1994
"The Power of Live Is Life"
3
-
-
-
-
-

YAZOO


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Yazoo (known as Yaz in the U.S.) are an English synthpop duo from Basildon, Essex. They had a number of top ten hits in the British charts in the early 1980s. Formed in late 1981 by former Depeche Mode songwriter Vince Clarke (synthesizer) and English singer Alison Moyet (vocals), Yazoo was signed to Mute Records in the United Kingdom and (as "Yaz") to Sire Records in the United States.
Yazoo's debut single "Only You" backed with "Situation," was released on March 15, 1982 and rose to number two in the UK charts. Yazoo released two successful studio albums, Upstairs at Eric's in 1982 and You and Me Both in 1983. Shortly after, Moyet and Clarke decided to break up. Moyet pursued a solo career while Clarke went on to form Erasure, another synth pop duo. Yazoo temporarily reunited in 2008 with a tour in Europe and the United States and the release of a four-disc box set.
Though short-lived, Yazoo continues to influence and inspire many of today's bands, including LCD Soundsystem, Gil Mantera's Party Dream, Hercules and Love Affair, Shiny Toy Guns and Blaqk Audio.[1]

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Yazoo was formed in late 1981 by Vince Clarke and Alison Moyet in Basildon, Essex, England.Clarke was previously the main songwriter for Depeche Mode, who also came from Basildon and who at that point had recorded one album and three singles for Mute Records, including the hits "New Life" and "Just Can't Get Enough". The name 'Yazoo', according to Moyet, came from the labels of old blues albums: Yazoo Records. Yazoo was signed to Mute Records in the United Kingdom and to Sire Records in the United States. Yazoo's initial foray into the US was disastrous when they received a £3.5 million lawsuit threat over the band's name. Yazoo renamed to Yaz for the US market because the name was already in use by a small American rock band.
Yazoo's debut single "Only You" backed with "Situation," was released on March 15, 1982 and rose to number two in the UK. Yazoo's next single, Don't Go, was released on July 3, 1982 and hit number three, and became popular on MTV in the United States. They continued their successful streak with their first album, Upstairs at Eric's, which went platinum in Britain. The band received favourable reviews for their pioneering sound. Clarke and Moyet toured briefly, while releasing a stopgap single, "The Other Side of Love".
The duo's second (and final) album, You and Me Both, yielded more success, hitting the top of the UK charts, and featuring the hit single "Nobody's Diary".Commercial success in the US was initially not as strong. Both "Situation" and "Only You" were released as singles and airplay and peaked at #73 and #67 respectively. Despite the modest chart success of those singles and of Upstairs at Eric's (which reached #92 on the album chart) word of mouth helped to eventually push the album to platinum status for sales of over one million copies by 1989, seven years after its release.
Shortly before the release of You and Me Both, Clarke and Moyet announced they were to go their separate ways.

Breakup and legacy

Moyet signed to Columbia Records and began her successful solo career after leaving Yazoo. Clarke recorded a single with producer Eric Radcliffe and Undertones singer Feargal Sharkey as The Assembly, and another with vocalist Paul Quinn. Around this time, Clarke also produced "The Face of Dorian Gray" for his friend and singer Robert Marlow. Clarke then started the synth pop group Erasure with vocalist Andy Bell.
Mute Records released a remixed version of "Situation" as a single in 1990 which was moderately successful, reaching #14 on the charts. A compilation entitled Only Yazoo — The Best of was released in 1999, and was preceded by a re-release of Yazoo's debut single, "Only You", featuring a new remix of the title track and several more of Don't Go. The band's output was bookended with yet another release of "Situation", accompanied by many remixes. Clarke was tapped to remix Moyet's 1994 single, "Whispering Your Name" and with Erasure, Clarke and Moyet tried to record her single "This House" as a duet. This project never came to surface, because Sony Music Entertainment would not permit it.[citation needed]
The band's songs have appeared in a number of films and television shows. "Only You" was used in the film Napoleon Dynamite, the BBC television series The Office, and the film Can't Hardly Wait; a cover version of "Only You" by Joshua Radin was used in 2007 in a J. C. Penney commercial; Don't Go appeared in the BBC series I'm Alan Partridge and was used in the film Tango and Cash. The song "Situation" was used in the 1990 TV movie Exile and was also used in a Nintendo commercial highlighting the classic edition of the Game Boy Advance SP and the classic NES games ported to it. In 2007, "Bring Your Love Down (Didn't I)" was used in The Sarah Silverman Program episode "Not Without My Daughter".[citation needed]
Antony Hegarty, lead vocalist in Antony & The Johnsons, talked with Terry Gross in Feb., 2009, about recording the debut self-titled Hercules & Love Affair album. He said he'd been asked by New York based DJ Andy Butler to join the project and that the objective was or became "Let's sound as much like Yazoo as we can .... We loved Yazoo."
Reunion 2008
In December 2007 Side-line announced that Mute plans to reissue both albums as remastered versions. The band would also plan a live gig to promote the re-releases. The promotional tour received moderate television coverage including a performance on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross broadcast on 16 May 2008, a prime time BBC chat show.
The news was confirmed later on including extra details.In Your Room, a four-disc box set featuring the stereo remasters and 5.1 mixes of the albums Upstairs at Eric's and You and Me Both next to a disc with B-sides and remixes was released in 2008. Add to this a DVD featuring an exclusive short film with new interviews from Vince Clarke and Alison Moyet and the videos for "Don't Go", "The Other Side Of Love", "Nobody's Diary", "Situation (1990)" and "Only You (1999) as well as several original appearances on BBC".
The release has been followed by the 'Yazoo Reconnected: Live' tour. Currently, 18 dates have been announced, starting in Copenhagen on May 26. The first three dates of the U.S. tour saw Yazoo performing in Oakland, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Yazoo wrapped up the final two dates of the U.S. tour by returning to New York City for the first time since October 1982. A limited edition vinyl 12" with new dance mixes was also be released to promote the boxset. A video was released in late April 2008 in which Clarke and Moyet discuss Yazoo's first single "Only You". In an interview with Side-Line Magazine, Clarke announced that a live CD is also planned. The recordings are planned to take place during the band's two upcoming performances in London. No live DVD is planned though.
The July 10 concert Yazoo played at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, California has been recorded to be re-aired on Richard Blade's Sirius Radio Show.

Discography

Albums

Year
Album
UK
GER
U.S.
1982
Upstairs at Eric's
2
14
92
1983
You and Me Both
1
15
69

Compilations

Year
Compilation
UK
GER
U.S.
1999
Only Yazoo - The Best of Yazoo
22
-
-
2008
In Your Room
-
-
-

Singles and EPs

Year
Song
UK singles
GER
U.S. Hot 100
U.S. Dance
Australia
Album
1982
"Only You"
2
72
67
-
7
Upstairs at Eric's
"Don't Go"
3
4
-
1
6
"Situation"1
NR
NR
73
1
NR
"The Other Side of Love"
13
35
NR
NR
-

1983
"Nobody's Diary"
3
18
-
1
17
You and Me Both
"Walk Away From Love"2
-
-
-
-
-
1990
"Situation" (1990 remix)
14
36
-
46
-

1999
"Only You" (1999 Mix)
38
-
NR
NR
NR
Only Yazoo — The Best of Yazoo
"Don't Go"/"Situation" (new remix)3
NR
NR
-
1
NR
"Situation" (new remix)*3
-
-
NR
NR
-
2008
"Nobody's Diary"4
100
NR
NR
NR
NR
In Your Room
"Reconnected"4