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Vince Clarke remixes Goldfrapp (14 July 2010)


Vince Clarke has remixed the Goldfrapp track 'Believer' which will be released as a single on September 6th. The single will also feature remixes from Subway, Joris Voorn and Davide Rossi. Goldfrapp have also announced a run of UK dates.

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Vince Clarke & Alison Moyet to answer YOUR Yazoo questions! (5 July 2010)


Vince Clarke and Alison Moyet have agreed to answer your questions about the forthcoming Yazoo live album, 'Reconnected Live' - which is be released on September 27th in the UK and Europe and on September 28th in the US - and about Yazoo in general for a special feature to run on this website as well as on the official Alison Moyet and Vince Clarke websites.

If you would like to submit a question for Vince, Alison or for both of them, then you can do so using the form on the official Yazoo website. All questions will be considered and we will ask as many as we possibly can!

OFFICIAL YAZOO WEBSITE

'Lovesick' in 'ghostgirl: lovesick' book trailer (30 June 2010)


"The trailer for the third novel in the Tonya Hurley’s ghostgirl series has got a definite Tim Burton vibe. From the Beetlejuicy graveyard to the spidery trees to the “Ever Feel Invisible?” scrawled on a locker, it screams Hot Topic Gothic. The stop-motion is actually pretty impressive for a book trailer, and the haunting song is an original produced by Vince Clarke, formerly of Depeche Mode and Yaz. Ghostgirl: Lovesick is set to hit stores in July." - Entertainment Weekly

Yazoo confirms 'Reconnected Live' formats and tracklisting (28 June 2010)


Yazoo's forthcoming live album, 'Reconnected Live', will be released on September 27th as a standard 2-CD set, a limited edition 2-CD deluxe edition contained in a 32-page hardback book, and via digital download.

Yazoo Reconnected
TRACKLISTING

CD1 - Nobody's Diary / Bad Connection / Mr. Blue / Good Times / Tuesday / Ode To Boy / Goodbye '70s / Too Pieces / In My Room / Anyone / Walk Away From Love. CD2 - State Farm / Sweet Thing / Winter Kills / Midnight / Unmarked / Bring Your Love Down (Didn't I) / Don't Go / Only You / Situation

SEE THE OFFICIAL YAZOO WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS

Vince Clarke / Polly Scattergood / Tonya Hurley track released... (24 June 2010)


Vince Clarke has produced and mixed a new song entitled 'Lovesick' which is sung by Polly Scattergood using lyrics written by Ghostgirl author Tonya Hurley. The lyrics were written for Ghostgirl character Scarlet to sing in the forthcoming book 'Ghostgirl - Lovesick', which is due for publication in July. Polly Scattergood then created the music for the track and provided vocals before handing the track over to Vince Clarke for mixing and production.



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Vince Clarke Interview at ElectroSkull (18 June 2010)


A short (very short!) interview with Vince has appeared on the Swedish website ElectroSkull this week. The interview, conducted by email, is basically an update on where Erasure are with the new album, alongside a few choice bits and pieces…

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Yazoo announces 'Reconnected Live' album (4 June 2010)


PRESS RELEASE - YAZOO 'RECONNECTED LIVE'

RELEASED 27th SEPTEMBER 2010 ON MUTE RECORDS
2xCD, LCD AND DOWNLOAD

Yazoo Reconnected

“As if they never parted” ­ The Times

“As they breathed new life into their short but immaculate back catalogue, Clarke the glacial controller, Moyet the bringer of warmth, their pioneering contribution to pop music could be heard in every song.” ­ Daily Telegraph

“Clarke has unobtrusively retooled the band’s music for the digital age, making their vintage 1980s synthesizer ditties sound crisp, fluid and timeless” ­ “Performing on a minimalist stage of high-tech steel and neon, Moyet slipped easily into turbo-throated blues-diva mode” ­ The Times

YAZOO release RECONNECTED LIVE on 2xCD, LCD and download on 27th September 2010.

RECONNECTED LIVE documents one of pop’s most anticipated tours: Vince Clarke & Alison Moyet reunited for the first time in over 25 years. The Times said: “Clarke has unobtrusively retooled the band’s music for the digital age, making their vintage 1980s synthesizer ditties sound crisp, fluid and timeless” while The Guardian noted, “Yazoo’s first tour in 26 years finds the chemistry behind their smash hits unchanged.”

RECONNECTED LIVE, from summer 2008, features classic tracks from Yazoo’s albums ‘Upstairs At Eric’s’ and ‘You And Me Both’, including Only You, Don’t Go and Situation plus tracks from ‘You And Me Both’, such as Nobody’s Diary, performed live for the first time ever.

The joyous, unlikely coming together of Vince Clarke, who had just left Depeche Mode, and Alison Moyet lasted for only 2 albums, saw them originally only performing only 24 concerts worldwide, but they left an indelible mark on pop. Yazoo released ‘Upstairs At Erics’ in July 1982 then parted company just 12 months later on release of the second album ‘You And Me Both’, which reached Number 1 in the UK.

Speaking prior to the Reconnected tour, Vince Clarke said: "It's been really good going back to these songs after such a long while. Many of them have never been played live.  I'm looking forward to performing them with Alison for all the fans who've enjoyed our music through the years but never had a chance to see Yazoo in concert"

And Alison Moyet said: "Playing this material live is not about revision for me, it is about finishing something we started ­ writing, recording, performing. Three parts of a whole. A salmon cycle. It’s like going home.”

“When the pair hug each other at the end, it feels as though the audience want to join in.” The Guardian

Vince Clarke award up for auction to benefit the Rett Syndrome Research Trust (19 May 2010)


Vince Clarke is auctioning the BPI silver disc he received in 1983 for Yazoo's hit 'Nobody's Diary' to benefit the Rett Syndrome Research Trust charity.



The award, to mark 250,000 UK sales of the single, has been signed by Vince and is available for bids - via eBay - until May 26th.

Rett Syndrome is the most physically disabling of the autism spectrum disorders. Primarily affecting little girls, Rett often strikes just after they have learned to walk and say a few words, and begins to drag their development backward. This debilitating syndrome includes symptoms seen in many other severe neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders on which Rett research may shed light.

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UPDATE - after some questions about whether this auction is available to international bidders we can confirm that it is, and not only that, all international shipping costs are free!

Vince Clarke remix available as a free download (14 May 2010)


UK act Ash are in the process of releasing twenty-six singles in one year, one song a fortnight between October 2009 and September 2010 and Vince Clarke has remixed one of those singles, 'True Love 1980', and his version is currently being given away as a free download at the official Ash websiteÉ

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Vince Clarke produces 'Lovesick' for Tonya Hurley and Polly Scattergood (13 May 2010)


Vince Clarke has produced and mixed a new song entitled 'Lovesick' which is sung by Polly Scattergood using lyrics written by Ghostgirl author Tonya Hurley. The lyrics were written for Ghostgirl character Scarlet to sing in the forthcoming book 'Ghostgirl - Lovesick', which is due for publication in July. Polly Scattergood then created the music for the track and provided vocals before handing the track over to Vince Clarke for mixing and production.

There is also a competition running on the Ghostgirl channel at YouTube which invites anyone to video-record their own version of 'Lovesick' in any style. Winners will have their video broadcast at Comic-Con as well as receiving all sorts of Ghostgirl merchandise signed by Tonya Hurley with a one-of-a-kind Ghostgirl guitar going to the overall winner!

ENTER THE COMPETITION

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Free Vince Clarke Remix of Andy Bell's 'Non-Stop' (5 May 2010)


Mute Bank is taking pre-orders for Andy Bell's forthcoming new album 'Non-Stop' (which will be released on June 7th). If you pre-order the album from Mute Bank you will also receive an exclusive Vince Clarke remix of the title track, 'Non-Stop', as a free download.

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Yazoo's 'Only You' covered for Multiple Sclerosis Benefit album (14 Apr 2010)


Yazoo's classic hit 'Only You' has been covered by Dakota Blonde on 'In my Room', a new charity album that has been released to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. You can hear an extract of 'Only You' online now, and the album is available via iTunes US and Amazon US.

More details of the project can be found on the 'In My Room' website.

Vince Clarke feature on the Sundance Channel (14 Apr 2010)


We've talked before about how Motherboard TV's excellent mini-documentary about Vince and his studio in Maine has been appearing all over the internet, well it's still going and we're particularly pleased to see it popping up on the rather prestigious Sundance Channel this week... check it out!

Vince Clarke on Howard 100 News (12 Apr 2010)


Vince Clarke made a very brief appearance on Howard Stern's Howard 100 News radio show last week talking about his career so far, the current music scene and 2008's Yazoo reunion, and revealed that there will be a live Yazoo album released in September. More news on that when we have it.

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Vince Clarke's working methods go viral... (24 Mar 2010)


Following the publication of the Motherboard.TV feature with Vince (below), the interview has gone viral and is appearing on scores of music technology websites and blogs across the internet including Music Rooms, Make Magazine, Synthtopia and Female First...

Vince Clarke mini-documentary online at Motherboard (18 Mar 2010)


The technology website Motherboard has just published a fantastic video interview with Vince Clarke. The twelve-minute piece includes a tour of his studio, The Cabin, an overview of Vince's career and a look at some of the technology and stories behind his music for Depeche Mode, Yazoo and Erasure.

You can see the interview below or in a larger format at the Motherboard website.

Vince and Andy support Cyndi and Sharon on Celebrity Apprentice (15 Mar 2010)


To mark broadcast of the first show in the new US series of 'Celebrity Apprentice' (NBC) at the weekend here's a couple of behind the scenes shots - both taken in New York City last year during a break in the first writing session for the new album - of Andy and Vince popping into Burger Heaven to wish Sharon Osbourne and Cyndi Lauper and the rest of Team Tenacity good luck...

Vince Clarke featured in this month's Maine Magazine (10 Mar 2010)


Vince is profiled - with pictures - in the new edition of Maine Magazine in a feature which touches on his collection of synthesisers, his studio, the new Erasure album and his rural lifestyle and more.

You can read the interview at the Maine Magazine website.

Yazoo's 'Only You' Tops Scottish Chart (2 Mar 2010)


Yazoo's 'Only You' this week topped one of The Daily Record's 'Best 80s Music' lists, with journalist Mickey McMonagle describing the track as a 'synth-pop classic which paved the way for dance music to follow and showed just what a genius Vince Clarke was and is'...

You can see the full list and see a vintage video of Yazoo performing 'Only You' at The Daily Record's website.