Yazoo

Don't Go

Song Review by

The opening track from Yaz's debut (and their second UK single, reaching #3 in the summer of 1982), "Don't Go" is as infectiously bubbly as "Just Can't Get Enough," songwriter Vince Clarke's hit with Depeche Mode from the previous year. However, the song betrays a new musical attitude on the part of Clarke and producer/co-conspirator E.C. Radcliffe, boosting the song's lower frequencies in the manner of Giorgio Moroder's Eurodisco singles of the late '70s (as opposed to the more trebly, post-punk sound of Depeche Mode's Speak and Spell album, which Clarke primarily wrote) and bringing the electronic drums more to the fore. On a Depeche Mode album, not even that would be enough to make the song genuinely danceable, thanks to David Gahan's pleasant but weedy voice, but Alison Moyet's far more assertive growl and purr suits the overtly sensual lyrics perfectly. As the rest of Upstairs at Eric's would go on to prove, "Don't Go" made it clear that Yaz were not simply a Depeche Mode retread.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Upstairs at Eric's 1982 Mute 3:11
Don't Go 1982 Mute 4:21
Only You 1982 Mute
No Image 1990
Various Artists
Oldgold / Im 3:05
Hifi Visionen Pop, Vol. 17 1990
Various Artists
Hifi Vision 8:26
Best of 1980-1990, Vol. 3 1991
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:03
Pop & Wave, Vol. 1 1993
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:03
The Classic Techno Mixes 1993 Techno Classix DJ Services
Start: The Best of British Rock 1994
Various Artists
Dino Entertainment 3:04
Greatest Hits of the '80's & '90's 1995
Various Artists
Arcade Music 3:04
Radio City Classic Hits the 80's 1995
Various Artists
Polydor 3:47
No Image 1996
Various Artists
Telstar
Hot Dance Classics, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 3:05
The Ongoing History of New Music, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:05
Eighties Mix [Import] 1998
Various Artists
Import 2:22
Relax: Ultimate 80's Mix 1998
Various Artists
Polygram 2:30
The Perfect Beats, Vol. 1 1998
Various Artists
Tommy Boy 2:46
De Pre Historie: De Jaren 80, Vol. 2 (1982) 1998
Various Artists
Eva 2:57
Thump'n New Wave Rock-N-Ingles 1999
Various Artists
Thump Records 2:49
Only Yazoo: The Best Of 1999 Mute 6:12
Absolute Pop Hits, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Absolute
Best of Pop & Wave: The 12" Mixes 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 8:26
Best of Electronic Music, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Vision 3:23
Fetenkult Wave to 80s 2000
Various Artists
BMG International 3:05
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
World of Synthpop, Vol. 2 2000
Various Artists
Sterntaller 6:12
Wave to the 80's - Fetenkult 2001
Various Artists
BMG
Don't Stop the 80's 2001
Various Artists
WEA International 3:05
Pride 2001 2001
Various Artists
WEA International 3:07
It Came from the 80's 2001
Various Artists
Thump Records 2:49
80's Forever, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Polymedia 3:03
Atomic 80's: The Definitive Eighties Album 2001
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:49
Simply the Best Eighties 2001
Various Artists
Warner Music 2:51
Electric Dreams: '80s Synth Pop Classics 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Generations 80's: Classics from the 80's Alternative Scene 2002
Various Artists
Ocho 3:00
Absolute Synth Classics 2002
Various Artists
Eva 2:53
Winter Explosion!!! 2002
Various Artists
Columbia 3:21
Electric, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
Telstar TV Records
I Love Techno Pop, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
Beggars Banquet 8:28
No Image 2003
Various Artists
Columbia
New Romantics Are Back 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:52
No Image 2003
Various Artists
Ex Works
New York: A Mix Odyssey 2004 Tommy Boy 4:03
Retro Remixed: Rare & Extended 2004
Various Artists
Hi-Bias Records 6:13
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:50
Clasicos de los 80's 2005
Various Artists
Contrasena
Dark Nights: Best of Technopop & Future 2005
Various Artists
Bit 3:04
Clubplanet Party Mix 2005
Various Artists
Rhino 1:19
Electric '80s [Sony] 2005
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:06
12"/80s: Pop 2006
Various Artists
UMVD 4:07
More Complete Eighties 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
U 30 Party, Vol. 2: Funkytown 2006
Various Artists
ZYX Music 3:02
Old School Nation, Vol. 3 2006
Various Artists
Hi-Bias Records 8:30
Very Best of School Reunion 2006
Various Artists
EMI / Virgin TV
Radio 2 Top 2000 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:55
101 80's Hits [EMI] 2007
Various Artists
Virgin / EMI 3:00
Mute Audio Documents 2007
Various Artists
Mute 2:59
Dance Classics Top 50 Megamix 2007
Various Artists
Various Tunes 2:46
No Image 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
The Original 80s Box Set 2007
Various Artists
EMI 3:05
The Original Electro-Pop Box Set 2007
Various Artists
EMI 3:05
No Image 2008
Various Artists
RFM
Playlist: Electro 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 3:04
In Your Room 2008 Mute 4:20
This Is 1982 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 3:04
Pure 80s Pop 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 3:00
Flashback Hitmix 2008
Various Artists
Cloud Nine Records / Cloud 9 Holland / Masterpiece Classic 0:56
100% 80's 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:56
Anthems: Electronic '80s 2009
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 2:49
101 Ultimate 80's 2011
Various Artists
EMI 3:00
Années 80 [Wagram 2011] 2011
Various Artists
Wagram 2:53
No Image 2012 EMI Gold 3:00
The Collection 2012 Music Club Deluxe 6:10
105 Friends '80: Gli Ottantoni Di Ross & Tony 2012
Various Artists
Time 3:04
80s Mix 2014
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 2:49
'80s Groove: The Ultimate Collection 2015
Various Artists
Ultimate Collection 2:52
Ostatnia Rodzina 2016
Original Soundtrack
Universal
RFM Party 80 [2017] 2017
Various Artists
Sempre Musica
No Image
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire
Anni '80: The Hits, Vol. 1
Various Artists
EMI / Mixed Repertoire 3:07
Digging in the Crates: 1999, Vol. 1
Various Artists
3300 / Warner Bros / Warner Bros. 6:12
Don't Worry... Be Eighties!!!
Various Artists
EMI / Mixed Repertoire 3:07
No Image
Various Artists
EMI / Mixed Repertoire 3:08
Essential Eighties [Mixed Repertoire]
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire / Parlophone / Warner Music 3:11
Greatest Ever! 80s Road Trip
Various Artists
Greatest Ever
Greatest Ever: Alternative 80s [USM]
Various Artists
Greatest Ever
Hottest Gay Hits
Various Artists
Cloud 9 Holland / PTG 3:04
In the Mix, Vol. 2 Jim / Mostiko / Regi 5:10
No Image
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire
Original Hits: 80s Pop
Various Artists
EMI 3:01
Pony Club Kampen, Vol. 3
Various Artists
Kontor Records 2:49
No Image
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Simply Eighties
Various Artists
Simply
Simply Road Trip
Various Artists
Simply
The New Romantics [EMI 2009]
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Ultimate New-Wave
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Woman in 80's
Various Artists
EMI / Mixed Repertoire 3:07
No Image King Biscuit / VCP