Thursday, July 31, 2008
Yaz - They should have been BIGGER!
In my mind, the best time for music EVER was what was coming out of the UK during the 1980's. America was pretty keen on this 'new wave' and accepted many new British artists into the top 40. We all know how Duran Duran ushered in the 'British Invasion', and how American youth was open to many new faces from The Eurythmics, to Depeche Mode, to Human League.
But SO MANY great bands were left undiscovered by American top 40 audiences. These, honestly, were some of the most original, talented and just plain awesome performers of the decade. Why did they not shoot to the top of the charts here?
For the next few days, I will reintroduce you to some of the best bands of the 1980's from the UK that were overlooked or underrated at the time by American listeners:
Yaz (or Yazoo, if you are British).'Upstairs at Eric's' was truly one of my favorite albums of the 1980's. I know they were short lived (they only had a few albums), but their awesome song 'Only You' was at the top of the charts in the UK. Here, I don't think it made a splash. Why didn't more people know about Yaz? Why don't we ever hear anything about Yaz? Did anyone come out of the 80's who could even hold a candle to Alison Moyet?
By the way, Yaz is a much COOLER name than YAZOO.