Nobody's Diary

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"Nobody's Diary"
Yazoo nobodysdiary statefarm.jpg
Single by Yazoo
from the album You and Me Both
B-side"State Farm"
Released9 May 1983
Format7", 12"
LabelMute (UK)
Sire (U.S.)
Songwriter(s)Alison Moyet
Producer(s)Daniel Miller
Eric Radcliffe
Yazoo singles chronology
"The Other Side of Love"
"Nobody's Diary"
"Situation 1990"
Alternative cover
limited edition 12" vinyl cover (L12 YAZ 003)
limited edition 12" vinyl cover (L12 YAZ 003)

"Nobody's Diary" is a song recorded by British synthpop band Yazoo. It was released in May 1983 as the first and only single from their second and last album, You and Me Both. The song was written by Yazoo vocalist Alison Moyet and produced by the band and Eric Radcliffe.

Mute Records released an additional second and limited edition 12-inch single of the song in the UK with "Situation" on the flip side. "Situation" appears on the U.S. version of the band's previous album Upstairs at Eric's (although it was added to the UK track list in later pressings). The single peaked at number three in the UK Singles Chart.

Sire Records released "Nobody's Diary" in the United States with You and Me Both album track "State Farm" as a double A-side. "State Farm" was not included on the UK version of You and Me Both. The double A-side hit number one on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart in July 1983.[1]


The song was written by Alison Moyet, and produced by Daniel Miller, Eric Radcliffe and the group at Radcliffe's Blackwing Studios.[2] The song was mastered at Townhouse Studios.[2]

The song has a tempo of 129 beats per minute.[3]

Cover art[edit]

The single's cover—designed by Steven Appleby with the sleeve produced by Acrobat Design—depicts a "rather hip young man in a bathtub [who] seems to have forgotten to turn off the water, so intent is he on his private thoughts."[4]


Upon release, Simon Tebbutt of Record Mirror described the song as "more restrained" than some of Yazoo's previous work, but also "a sneaker and grabber that goes for the jugular".[5] Neil Tennant, writing for Smash Hits, commented: "Strong on emotion and weak on melody but the combination of ringing synths and bluesy singing is still a winner."[6] Debbi Voller of Number One wrote: "It sounds like all the rest, and yet, it doesn't! Somehow they keep coming up with enough hit variations on their theme. Can't fail."[7]

In 1985, the 12" single version was described by The Absolute Sound as "[typifying] all the neat features of 12 inch 45 rpm. The sound is glorious. [The song] is quite wonderful. The musical textures are fascinating. The sound is open, and the soundstage is huge. The bass is tight."[4] In CMJ's 1999 New Music Report (coinciding with the release of the group's greatest hits compilation), "Nobody's Diary" was described as "[a] poignant offering, rife with emotional fervor that remains fresh and undated despite the limiting musical technology of the time."[8]

Track listing[edit]

UK 7-inch vinyl (Mute YAZ 003)
  1. "Nobody's Diary" (3:58)
  2. "State Farm" (3:34)
UK 12-inch vinyl (Mute 12 YAZ 003)
  1. "Nobody's Diary" (6:07)
  2. "State Farm" (6:37)
UK 12-inch vinyl limited edition (Mute L12 YAZ 003)
  1. "Nobody's Diary" (4:30)
  2. "Situation" (Re-Recorded Remix) (7:30)
U.S. 12-inch vinyl (Sire 0-20121)
  1. "Nobody's Diary" (6:07)
  2. "State Farm" (6:37)

Nobody's Diary EP[edit]

Nobody's Diary
Yazoo nobodysdiary08.jpg
EP by
Released12 May 2008
ProducerEric Radcliffe

"Nobody's Diary" was remastered as part of the 2008 In Your Room Yazoo box set and released as a separate EP to promote it.[9] The 2008 release featured a slew of new remixes, including one by Vince Clarke's current Erasure partner Andy Bell.[10]

"Nobody's Diary" was reissued by Mute Records in the UK on 12 May 2008. It is available in 12" vinyl and digital download formats. An exclusive remix of the song is available online directly through Mute's online shop.

Track listing[edit]

UK 12-inch vinyl EP (Mute 12YAZ7)
  1. "Nobody's Diary" (Andy Bell & JC Remix)
  2. "Nobody's Diary" (Original Remaster)
  3. "Nobody's Diary" (Koishii & Hush Remix)
UK digital download
  1. "Nobody's Diary" (Original Remaster)
  2. "Nobody's Diary" (Andy Bell & JC Remix)
  3. "Nobody's Diary" (Koishii & Hush Remix)
  4. "Nobody's Diary" (GRN's 12" Remix)
  5. "Nobody's Diary" (Soil in the Synth Remix)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[11] 17
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[12] 20
Germany (Official German Charts)[13] 18
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[14] 14
Poland (LP3)[15] 7
Spain (AFYVE)[16] 10
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[17] 9
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[18] 3
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[19] 1
Chart (2008) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[20] 100


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[21] Silver 250,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 285.
  2. ^ a b "Yazoo – Nobody's Diary". Discogs. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
  3. ^ Brusca, Donald (2005). The Bpm List: A Music Reference Guide For Mobile Djs. Lulu. p. 674. ISBN 1411642112.
  4. ^ a b Absolute Sound (1985). The Absolute Sound. 9 (35–36): 149 Retrieved 14 September 2012. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Tebbutt, Simon (14 May 1983). "Singles". Record Mirror.
  6. ^ Tennant, Neil (12 May 1983). "Singles". Smash Hits.
  7. ^ Voller, Debbi (14 May 1983). "Singles". Number One.
  8. ^ CMJ (8 February 1999). New Music Report: 27 Retrieved 14 September 2012. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ Yazoo official site
  10. ^ Mute Bank / Official Mute website
  11. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  12. ^ " – Yazoo – Nobody's Diary" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  13. ^ " – Yazoo Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  14. ^ " – Yazoo – Nobody's Diary". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  15. ^ "Lista Przebojów Programu 3". LP3. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  16. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  17. ^ " – Yazoo – Nobody's Diary". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  18. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  19. ^ "Yaz Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  20. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "Chart Log UK: Rachael Yamagata – Malik Yusef". Tobias Zywietz. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  21. ^ "British single certifications – Yazoo – Nobody's Diary". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 15 August 2014. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Nobody's Diary in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.