Only You

Formats: 7" / 12" / CDS

Formats7″, 12″, CDS
LabelMute Records
Cat no.Mute 020
Recorded atBlackwing Studios
Produced byVince Clarke and Eric Radcliffe
Sleeve designRocking Rick Lego
Release dateMarch 15 1982 (7″, 12″), October 26 1996 (CDS)

About …

The track that started it all. This was the song Alison demoed in Vinces apartment in November of 1981. It was released as a single on march 15th the following year. After a slow start, it started climbing the charts, topping at number two on May 22nd. Withheld from the number one spot by Eurovision winner A little Peace by German Nicole.

As popular as Only You is, the b-side has drawn even more attention. Situation is, by far, the most sampled song by Yazoo – and also the track, that has been remixed the most.

After the succes of their first single, Vince and Alison started collecting material for their debut album.

Fun fact …

  • Etching in 12″ vinyl on side a: “Fabulous Eric!”, side b: “£ 400 for a rub?”.
  • The accapella group Flying Pickets would do a cover the following year, taking the song to the number one spot around Christmas.
AOnly You
Situation (Extended Version) (only on 12″ and CDS)

Chart history

First chart date: April 17, 1982

Number 1Top 10Top 20Top 40Top 100
0 weeks5 weeks7 weeks11 weeks32 weeks
According to UK official charts.


Official video

No official video was made for this release. However, there are numerous videos from tv performances on Youtube.

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