Monday, July 9, 2012

Flashback: Alison Moyet's 1985 'Invisible'

Despite her brilliant voice, songwriting savvy and overseas success, Alison Moyet achieved just onetop 40 hit in the U.S. Ah, but what a classic: 1984's "Invisible," which peaked at a paltry No. 31 in the States. Boo!

Meanwhile, Moyet's U.K. album sales total 2+ million, with a million-plus singles sold. All 10 of her studio and compilation albums charted in the Top 30 there, while two of her solo albums hit No. 1. She also logged nine top 30 singles and five top 10s. Not surprisingly: In much of that era, the U.S. charts were consumed with dribble from the likes of Bruce Springsteen rather than the creative music coming from overseas. Thank god for the Brit invasion that started with Human League in 1981 that remains responsible for much of the indelible music of the decade. Hello Duran Duran!

Over time, Moyet has placed more than a dozen major hits on my Taylor Top 40, from "This House," "Wishing You Were Here" and "It Won't Be Long" to "Weak In the Presence of Beauty," "Hoodoo," "Getting Into Something" and "For You Only." The list goes on. And now, it's an Alison iTunes playlist Monday!

Below, pal Pook and meese in 2008 in NYC, when Alison Moyey and Vince Clarke reunited for a Yazoo tour. Backstage, Alison invited us to party hardy... and my god, did we. *