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Yello is a Swiss electronic band consisting of Dieter Meier and Boris Blank. They are probably best known for their singles "The Race" and "Oh Yeah", which feature a mix of electronic music and manipulated vocals, as does most of their music.

Band history[edit source | editbeta]Edit

The band was originally formed by Boris Blank (keyboards, sampling, percussion, backing vocals) and Carlos Perón (tapes) in the late 1970s. Dieter Meier (vocals, lyrics), a millionaire industrialist and gambler, was brought in when the two founders realized that they needed a singer. The new band name, Yello, was chosen as a pun based on a statement made by Dieter Meier, "a yelled Hello".[1] Yello's first release was the 1979 single "I.T. Splash". The LP Solid Pleasure, featuring the original short version of "Bostich" (extended to a hit dance single in 1981), was released in November 1980.

In 1983, Yello received substantial media attention with the release of "I Love You" and "Lost Again". Perón left the band in 1983 to start a solo career. With their 1983 album You Gotta Say Yes to Another Excess, the band began a working relationship with Ernst Gamper, whose "corner cut" logo would represent them for three albums, and who would design covers for the group beyond the demise of this logo.[citation needed]

Meier is also a filmmaker, having written and directed the films Jetzt und Alles and Lightmaker as well as most of Yello's music videos. Additionally, Meier produces his own wine on his ranch.[2]

In 2005, Yello re-released their early albums Solid PleasureClaro Que SiYou Gotta Say Yes to Another ExcessStellaOne Second, and Flag, all with rare bonus tracks, as part of the Yello Remaster Series.[3]

A documentary on Yello, Electro Pop made in Switzerland, directed by Anka Schmid, was premiered at the Riff Raff cinema in Zürich in September 2005.[4]

Yello was commissioned to produce music for the launch of the Audi A5 at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2007 and for the Audi A5 commercial in May 2007.[5]

Musical style[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Yello's sound is mainly characterized by unusual music samples, a heavy reliance on rhythm and Dieter Meier's dark crooning voice. Yello have been instrumental, along with Art of NoisePaul Hardcastle and Depeche Mode, in spreading and developing the use of sampling, especially so in the construction of rhythm tracks, such as in their signature tune,The Race, from 1988. Boris Blank has taken a couple of vocal turns; on "Swing" (from You Gotta Say Yes to Another Excess) and "Blazing Saddles" (from Flag), and guest vocalists have included Rush Winters (the first female diva to be featured on a Yello recording), Billy MacKenzieStina NordenstamJade DaviesShirley Bassey andHeidi Happy. The group has shared writing credit with MacKenzie, Winters and Happy. Yello rarely uses samples from previously released music; nearly every instrument has been sampled and re-engineered by Boris Blank, who over the years has built up an original sample library of over 100,000 named and categorized sounds.[6]

Discography[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Studio albums[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Year Album Label UK[7] US Additional information
1980 Solid Pleasure Ralph Records (re-issued by Mercury Records/Vertigo Records) - -
1981 Claro Que Si Ralph Records (re-issued by Mercury Records/Vertigo Records) - -
1983 You Gotta Say Yes to Another Excess Stiff Records/Elektra Records (re-issued by Mercury Records 65 184
1985 Stella Stiff Records/Elektra Records (re-issued by Mercury Records) 92 -
1987 One Second Mercury 48 92 Featuring Billy Mackenzie and Shirley Bassey
1988 Flag Mercury 56 152
1991 Baby Mercury/PolyGram 37 -
1994 Zebra Fourth & Broadway - -
1997 Pocket Universe PolyGram - - Featuring Stina Nordenstam on "To The Sea"
1999 Motion Picture Polygram - -
2003 The Eye Motor Music - -
2009 Touch Yello Polydor - - Featuring Heidi Happy on "You Better Hide", "Kiss In Blue" and "Stay"

Other albums[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Year Album Label UK[7] US Additional information
1986 1980–1985 The New Mix in One Go Mercury - - Remix album
1992 Bostich Full Frequency Range Recordings/Ralph Records - - Remix album
1992 Essential Mercury - - Compilation album
1995 Hands on Yello Urban Records/Motor Music - - Remix album
1999 Eccentrix Remixes Mercury - - Remix album
2007 Progress and Perfection - - - Audi A5 promo album
2010 Yello by Yello Polydor - - Compilation album
2012 The Key to Perfection - - - VW Golf 7 promo album

Notable singles[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Year Title Chart positions Additional information
UK[7] U.S. U.S. D/P
1979 "Bostich" 23
1982 "You Gotta Say Yes to Another Excess/Heavy Whispers" 42
1983 "I Love You" 41 16
"Lost Again" 73
1984 "Pumping Velvet" 12
1985 "Vicious Games" 8
"Oh Yeah" 51 35 Re-released with new lyrics added in 1987. This version was added only in the original release of One Second.
1986 "Goldrush" 54 featured Billy MacKenzie
1987 "The Rhythm Divine" 54 featured Shirley Bassey
"Call It Love"
1988 "The Race" 7 33
"Tied Up" 60 9
1989 "Of Course I'm Lying" 23
"Blazing Saddles" 47
1990 "Unbelievable" 22
1991 "Rubberbandman" 58
1992 "Jungle Bill" 61 40
"The Race" (re-issue) 55 re-issued with "Bostich"
1994 "Do It" 46
1995 "Tremendous Pain" 7
1996 "How How" 59 28
"Jingle Bells" 44
1997 "On Track" 16
"To the Sea" featured Stina Nordenstam
1999 "Vicious Games" 110[8] Yello vs Hardfloor
2003 "Planet Dada"
2011 "Mean Monday" Included in the book "Yello - Boris Blank und Dieter Meier". Released on iTunes on October 22, 2011.

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