The professional gambler and deep voiced vocalist Dieter Meier and multi-instrumentalist Boris Blank are better known as Yello. Except to many people they’re really not well known at all. One of the most important duos in the world of electronic music, and they barely have a UK hit to their name. But there’s no good reason not to get to know them now.
Oh Yeah, released in 1985 and 1987, and very firmly embedded in popular culture ever since. Their one and only top ten hit The Race, which has appeared on every car racing TV show since it originally hit the charts in 1988. They were even the first of many electronic acts to duet with Shirley Bassey for the minor hit The Rhythm Divine.
Where to start
It’s difficult to know which compilation to start with, between Essential (1992) and Yello by Yello (2010) – the latter is more recent, but the former is a more definitive collection of their early years. Go with Essential.
What to buy
The digipak remaster series of the early albums are by far the best versions. Start with One Second (1987) for the most complete of the early years, then see how they blended their sound with contemporary beats with Zebra (1994). For a final sonic adventure, try Pocket Universe (1997).
Don’t bother with
Motion Picture (1999) is largely forgettable, and debut Solid Pleasure (1980) isn’t too great either.
Track down every version you can of Lost Again – they’re all great. Get On from Motion Picture is one of their best tracks to date, and their most recent one-off Mean Monday (2011) is excellent too.
- Boris Blank – Avant Garden Vol. 1 & 2 (July 2013)
- Playlist for stowaways – Flight Risk, including Kiss in Blue (August 2013)
- Yello – Flag (October 2013)
- Boris Blank – Avant Garden Vol. 3 & 4 (December 2013)
- Yello – The Eye (December 2013)