Radcliffewith assistance from Mute label boss Daniel Miller on some of the tracks. Named after producer Radcliffe's Blackwing Studios where the album was recorded, Upstairs at Eric's was preceded by two top three UK singlesthe ballad " Only You " and the more uptempo " Don't Go ".
The singles' success helped Upstairs at Eric's reach number 2 in the UK Albums Chart and gain platinum certification forcopies sold in the UK. On the Billboard Hot chart "Situation" was a minor hit in the US, peaking at 73, while in Canada it made the top 40, peaking at The North American version of the album subsequently I Have A Dream - Richard Last Group - Get Ready the remixed version of "Situation" for the UK album track "Tuesday".
Upstairs at Eric's reached 92 on the Billboard album chart in the US and 49 on the I Before E Except After C - Yazoo - Upstairs At Erics album chart. The album track "Midnight" was later sampled by Rex the Dog for his dance hit "Bubblicious". Following the success of their debut single "Only You", Clarke and Moyet rapidly recorded the album to maintain their high profile.
However, when the duo arrived at Blackwing they found that not only was Daniel Miller unavailable to produce the album, contrary to Clarke's expectations, but the main studios had already been booked out during the daytime by Fad Gadgetanother Mute label act. Instead Clarke and Moyet had to record the album in the early mornings with studio owner Eric E.
Radcliffe overseeing most of the recording process, turning up around 5 or 6 a. On the 30th anniversary of Upstairs at Eric's in Clarke told The Quietus that there had been no grand plan for the album's creation: "We just came together and it was a bit of a mish-mash really. There was no concept or theme running through the album; we were just messing about in the studio. Part of the charm of that album is a naivety.
There really wasn't a profound concept that was running through the recording. I didn't really know what I was doing in the studio and Alison hadn't much experience of being in a recording studio, so everything was new.
We'd The Phantoms & The Archetypes - Paul Quinn And The Independent Group - The Phantoms & The Archetypes one sound and we'd think it was great and just stop there and wouldn't make any more sounds. It wasn't like we were continually honing or over-producing songs because everything at the time sounded fresh.
That's why a lot of the tracks only have eight or nine elements to them. Moyet later described Six Churches - Carsten Cesh Holt* - Mundania Street her song "Goodbye 70's" had been inspired by her disillusionment with how the lates punk scene had turned out, saying, "'Goodbye 70's' is about punk and not caring how you were dressed, and then I discovered that so many of my friends that I'd thought it all really meant something to just saw it as another trend That's what 'Goodbye 70's' was all about, about how sour the whole thing became.
The album cover depicts two mannequins in a sparsely furnished loftfacing each other over a table, with the lower part of the dummies' bodies seated on chairs while the upper portions are perched on the edges I Before E Except After C - Yazoo - Upstairs At Erics the table. It was shot by photographer Joe Lyons at his first photo studio in north London, and he described how he had set up the shot:. I chose dummies and started work—a fortuitous series of events.
I felt that the hi-tech furniture worked really well with the rough look of the room, and I put the cake—which was actually the top of my wedding cake—as a focus on the table.
Another photograph from the same session was used as the cover for the Yazoo box set In Your Room in Melody Maker hailed Upstairs at Eric's as "an album of rich, dark passion, forever burying the hoary old moan that electronics and synthesizers will never be any good because they don't have a button on the front that says 'emotion'". Take The A Train - Jimmy Lyons / Andrew Cyrille - Something In Return writing is divided almost equally between the two, and at their best each acts as an excellent foil to the other A little too often, though, this LP speaks of two disparate pasts rather than one new Yazoo facing the future.
Comparing the album with Clarke's other debut with Depeche Mode the previous year, AllMusic said, "While Speak and Spell is, by far, the more consistent record, Upstairs at Eric's is wholly more satisfying, beating the Depeche record on substance and ambition, and is light years ahead in emotion The clumsier experimental tracks make most people head for the hits collection, but to do so would be to miss the album's great twist Like its curious cover, Upstairs at Eric's presents a fractured, well-lit, and paranoid urban landscape.
Upstairs at Eric's was placed at number 6 on the NME critics' list of albums of the year forwhile "Only You" was listed as the number 7 single and "Don't Go" as the number 14 single that same year. In Record Mirror placed Upstairs at Eric's at number 35 on their list of the best albums of the s. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Melody Maker. The Quietus. Retrieved 2 December Stripped: Depeche Mode 3rd revised ed.
London, England: Omnibus Press. Retrieved 7 January The Encyclopedia of Popular Music 5th concise ed. Omnibus Press. Rolling Stone. Archived from the original I Before E Except After C - Yazoo - Upstairs At Erics 11 June Smash Hits. The Village Voice. London, England: United Newspapers. Record Mirror. Australian Chart Book — RPMVol. Canada: Library and Archives Canada. Top Longplay. Germany: Media Control. Hung Medien. UK Albums Chart.
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