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Album: Upstairs at Eric's (1982)
Charted: 14 73

Songfacts®:

  • This was originally the B-side of Yazoo's 1982 UK #2 hit "Only You." In 1990 a re-mixed version by Francois Kevorkian took the song to #14 on the UK on its own right. It also topped the US Dance Club Play charts for four weeks in 1982.
  • In 1981 Vince Clarke left Depeche Mode and shortly afterwards teamed up with singer Alison Moyet to form Yazoo. He originally offered this song to Depeche Mode along with "Only You" as a parting gift when he left, but they declined. When we spoke with Vince Clarke in 2010, he talked about how his music is different from that of his former group. Said Clarke: "Martin Gore writes in a different way than I do, so that's obviously the main difference. And they've developed this kind of a rock feel to their music. I'm more a fan of pop music, or I'm more of a fan of writing pop music, that's the most difference, I guess."
  • This has been sampled in a number of other songs including the Bayside Boys 1996 remix of Los Del Rio's "Macarena" and the Saturdays 2008 UK hit "If This Is Love."

Comments: 3

  • Ant from UkThe backing voices sound awfully similar to the Depeche Mode guys anyway - is that just Vince or his old mates??
  • Victor Ulloa from Costa RicaAbout the meaning of the song: I like to know if there any biblical references. The paragraph "Nations stand against him, he's your brother" look suspiciously similar to certain Daniel's books references.
  • Steve from Whittier, CaSurprised that no one left a comment in. This became one of the most longest running hits on US radio, ironically never charting above #73! The unique riff and vocal by Alison Moyet would be one of the most memorable things about it.3/31/2013
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