January 25, 2008

The Concise Guide To Yello

Here's another old, moody mix I created which has stood the test of time. "Hey, Lance, aren't these the guys who did that 'Oh Yeah' song from Ferris Bueller's Day Off?" Yes, they are, but no, you aren't going to hear it in this mix-- it's one of the those tracks like James Brown's "I Feel Good" which has been overplayed to the point of exhaustion. As before, you can play it right here or download the mp3 (by clicking on the divshare logo) if you choose. Sometimes the streaming feature of divshare works great, and other times it sucks. From Allmusic.com: "The ambitious Swiss electronic duo Yello comprised vocalist/conceptualist Dieter Meier-- a millionaire industrialist, professional gambler, and member of Switzerland's national golf team-- and composer/arranger Boris Blank." That's really all you need to know. Aside from Alice Cooper, how many other bands can boast that they have a golfer providing the vocals? Here are a couple of curious (if not obnoxious & pretentious) videos from their golden age. Lastly, separated at birth: Author Kurt Vonnegut and Yello vocalist Dieter Meier?

1 comment:

stexe said...

It's a matter of opinion, but I think yello's golden age is from their first two albums (when they were a trio), none of which is included in the concise guide. It's wonderfully weird, unique stuff, distributed by The Residents' "Ralph Records" label. In the late 80's they remade some songs from this era, like "bostich", but totally messed them up with overdone, slick euro-production. The original material seems to be done by a different band altogether.

But, like depeche mode, even though their music from the mid-80's onward leaves me cold (an exception is the slamming technotronic beats of the "live at the roxy" EP) everything they've made has consistantly been technically superb. I used to be such a yello geek, I made two 90-minute mixtapes to hold it all. "oh yeah" was nowhere to be found on them.