Tuesday, April 22, 2014

UK Indie Hits: 1980-89 (No. 25)

I'm counting down my top 50 singles from the golden age of the UK Independent Charts.

25. Yazoo - "Nobody's Diary"

Other Contenders: Four of the band's five charting singles reached the top spot. "Only You" and "Don't Go" certainly wouldn't be out of place on my list of favorites.

Chart Entry: May 21, 1983

Peak Position: No. 1

Comment: Mute Records occupies a second spot on this list, and like Depeche Mode's "See You" at No. 48, I'm going with the extended version of the single because whenever I play these synth-pop smashes I always want more, more, more. When I spin Yazoo (I'm American, but we'll go with the UK band name for this list), I'm immediately transported to the underage dance club I frequented on Friday nights in my youth. I see myself bouncing, sweating, smiling... and without a care in the world. "Nobody's Diary" isn't necessarily the Yazoo song that comes to mind when I'm taken there, but it's my favorite because of the drama created by Alison Moyet's fantastic vocal. For my money, the only female voice from this era that even possibly takes a front seat to Moyet's is Tracey Thorn's. Moyet and partner Vince Clarke have had many successful endeavors, and we can probably have a pretty good argument about 'Speak & Spell,' but I don't think either ever topped their short-lived stint as the duo Yazoo.

Buy "Nobody's Diary" on 'You and Me Both.'


Echorich said...

Nobody's Diary is Yazoo's shining moment for me. What a way to go out. It's emotional and just plain gorgeous. For me it's really a double A side as State Farm is a funky Alf stormer!

Dirk said...

I'll take the 12" of this with me in me grave, promised!

Brian said...

Echorich and Dirk,
Glad you like it, fellas. Thanks for the mention of State Farm. Wonderful song too!