This was written by Vince Clarke, who was the non-singing half of Yazoo, which he formed after leaving Depeche Mode in 1982. Yazoo, who were known in America as Yaz, lasted just two albums, with Clarke and vocalist Alison Moyet each contributing songs, but writing separately. In our 2010 interview with Vince Clarke
, he said: "I think the problem that Yazoo had was that we never really had the foundation of a relationship. We made a single ('Only You
'), and the record company said, 'Well, why don't you make a record?' So we made an album, and then we made another album. And so there was no real foundation or history to the band. We kind of fell apart, and I don't regret that happening. It was sad, but I don't think we could have continued working together without probably strangling each other."