|# 1899 Yello -
Stella, Mercury Records,
BILLBOARD CHART ACHIEVEMENTS:
Club Play: # 35
Maxi-Singles Sales: # 45
Hot 100 Singles: # 51
GLOBAL CHART ACHIEVEMENTS:
# 47 in Germany
Top 30 at MATT RADIO
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Although their first two albums were met with moderate success, the
Swiss tandem of Dieter
Meier and Boris
Blank, better known as Yello,
cashed in with 1985's Stella
and its biggest hit, the quirky and techno-ridden "Oh Yeah." Yello's
electronic club sound was always the main ingredient in their
repertoire, but "Oh Yeah"'s frantic energy and Keystone Kop-styled
rhythm is the most commercially appealing piece that they've ever
As an album, Stella
compiled nonstop tempos, crisp beats, obscure sounds, and vocal
effects, and it cleverly manufactured congeries of electronica to
one of the most fascinating albums of the decade.
"Oh Yeah"'s flair stems from its uniquely overcompensated baritone vocals, with the rest of the song pouring in around it for pure effect. Not only is the cartoon-like charm of the music attractive, but the repetitive whisper of "chika chikaaa" that pops up time and again is just as catchy. The song nearly achieved novelty status because of its peculiarity, which is the same reason it was added to the soundtrack of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and to "The Secret of My Success." Popularized by its colorful music video, "Oh Yeah" gained acceptance by those who had never showed an interest in techno or electronic music before, and even today it stands as one of the most renowned hits of the 1980s. Yello kept making albums throughout the rest of the decade and into the early '90s, but none of their tracks could match "Oh Yeah"'s popularity.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. Meier, a former solo artist who also spent time with the group Fresh Colour, began collaborating with Blank in 1979, and the duo bowed with the single "I.T. Splash." After signing with the Residents' label, Ralph Records, Yello issued their 1980 debut LP, Solid Pleasure, which spawned the dance hit "Bostitch."
With 1981's Claro Que Si, Yello made its first forays into music video. Their clip for the single "Pinball Cha Cha," directed by Meier, garnered considerable acclaim and in 1985 was selected as one of 32 works included in the Museum of Modern Art's Music Video Exhibition. Visual accompaniment remained a pivotal component of the duo's work after they signed to Elektra in 1983 for the LP You Gotta Say Yes to Another Excess, as the videos for "I Love You" and "Lost and Found" received heavy airplay on MTV.
1985's Stella proved to be Yello's commercial breakthrough: while the singles and videos "Desire" and "Vicious Games" found success upon their initial release, the duo enjoyed a delayed hit with the album track "Oh Yeah," which reached the U.S. singles chart after being prominently featured in the films "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "The Secret of My Success." After the remix project 1980-1985: The New Mix in Go, Yello recruited diva Shirley Bassey and ex-Associate Billy McKenzie for 1987's One Second.
Despite the success of 1988's Flag, which
contained the international hit "The Race," over the course of the next
several years Yello grew
increasingly involved with film projects:
after scoring the comedy "Nuns on the Run," Meier directed his
own feature, 1990's "Snowball." In 1991, the duo resurfaced with Baby,
three years later by Zebra.
1995's Hands on
Yello compiled reinterpretations of the group's songs by the
likes of Moby, the Orb, and the Grid, while Pocket Universe,
a collection of new material, appeared in 1997.
source: Mike DeGagne, Jason Ankeny, allmusic.com