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Music / Yello

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Yello, mid 1980s (l-r: Boris Blank, Dieter Meier)

Yello is a Swiss avant garde Electronic Music duo comprised of Dieter Meier and Boris Blank. Their music is characterized by it's heavy reliance on unusual samples backed by catchy rhythms and Meier's Badass Baritone.

The duo are best known for 1985 single "Oh Yeah" thanks to it's appearance in the films Ferris Bueller's Day Off and The Secret of My Success (as well as countless movies and shows paying homage to both), as well as their 1988 song "The Race," which was used as the theme for Euro Racing throughout The '90s.

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This band provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Alliterative Name: Boris Blank.
  • Badass Baritone: Dieter Meier's voice is famously low-pitched. "Oh Yeah" mechanically lowers to even more into a Basso Profundo.
  • Bow Chicka Wow Wow: "Oh Yeah" is a popular alternative for shows and movies want to license a particular song to serve this purpose. It even uses the onomatopoetic sounds in question (though not in that order).
  • Obsession Song: "Oh Yeah". See "Standard Snippet."
  • Renaissance Man: Dieter Meier's resume beyond Yello, from both before and after his time in it, is famously extensive. In addition to performing with the act, he's also a entrepreneur, conceptual artist, music video director, watch designer, professional gambler, professional golfer, restauranteur, chocolatier... all of which he invested his royalties from Yello's songs into.
  • Sampling: A significant part of their compositions are either samples of non-musical sounds re-arranged in musical/rhythmic ways (for example, "Koladi-Ola" is a sped-up sound effect from an animal sounds album of a lion roaring) or musical instruments which Boris Blank recorded himself and heavily re-engineered beyond recognition. Over the years of creating music, he's built up an original sample library of over 100,000 named and categorized sounds.
  • Standard Snippet: "Oh Yeah" is often used in scenes of movies and shows where a character is leering at either an impossibly attractive person or some sort of decadent material possession, if not comically presenting something that isn't sexual in a sexy way.


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