Vince Clarke (born 3 July 1960) was the original lead songwriter for Depeche Mode. He was in the band from 1980 until 1981. He formed Yazoo in late 1981 with Alison Moyet. Yazoo ended in 1983 then in late 1983 The Assembly was formed. They only made two songs. Clarke then helped his best friend Robert Marlow to make the album The Peter Pan Effect in 1983, that was later released in 1999. In 1985, he formed Erasure.