The lawsuits, murky recalls and general controversy over Yaz during the last few years have proven to be particularly confusing to women who grew up in the early 1980s. They just don’t understand how a synth-driven pop band consisting of keyboardist Vince Clarke and smoky, soulful singer Alison Moyet, could be responsible for an increased risk of blood clots, pulmonary embolisms, heart attacks, strokes, gallbladder disease and elevated potassium levels.
“I was shocked,” said Mary Hodges, “because I’ve listened to Upstairs at Eric’s around a million times. Who knew that could lead to a blood clot? Where do I take the records back? Does it matter if You and Me Both is on cassette?"
Stay at home mom, Jennifer Anderson, was doubly confused by the Yaz controversy. “I first heard that Yaz could be used as a contraceptive,” explained Anderson, “but in college it was kind of the opposite for me. Yaz plus Ecstasy usually equaled unwanted pregnancy.”
Anderson said the recall wouldn’t affect her much because she “hasn’t listened to Yaz in a really long time,” mainly because her husband, Robert, can’t stand the band. “Oh,” said Anderson, “Robert hates Yaz. And Depeche Mode. And Erasure. Basically, if Vince Clarke started your band, Robert doesn’t like it. He’ll gladly give those albums back for the recall. I have caught him listening to ‘Only You’ on his iPod though. Don’t tell him I know that.”