Yello is a Swiss electronic duo band consisting of Dieter Meier and Boris Blank.

The band is known for their 1985 single "Oh Yeah" which featured in the films Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Secret of My Success, American Pie Presents: The Book of Love, K-9, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, and as the theme song for the character Duffman on The Simpsons.

Their 1988 single "The Race" peaked at number 7 on the UK Singles Chart, and was also featured in the film Nuns on the Run.

Dieter Meier on October 15, 2011
Boris Blank at TEDx Hamburg, June 4, 2013
left: Dieter Meier, right: Boris Blank
Background information
OriginZurich, Switzerland
Years active1979–present
Associated actsThe Residents, Shirley Bassey
Past members

Band history

The band was 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 realised that they needed a singer. The new band name, Yello, was chosen as a neologism based on a comment made by 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 early 1983, just after release of "You Gotta Say Yes to Another Excess", Perón left Yello in order to pursue a solo career.

The band's fourth studio album Stella went No. 1 in Switzerland in 1985 as the first album ever by a Swiss group to top the Swiss album chart. It also appeared inside the German Top 10 gaining gold status. The song "Oh Yeah" from the album gained the band worldwide attention the following year after it was prominently featured in the 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off and then a year later in The Secret of My Success. The song was released shortly after and became the band's only single to chart in the US, reaching No. 51.

In 1988, single "The Race" from the album Flag reached No. 7 in the UK as their only Top 10 hit there.

In 1995, a tribute remix album Hands on Yello was released featuring remixes by Moby, The Orb, Carl Craig, Carl Cox, The Grid and WestBam.

In 2005, Yello re-released their early albums Solid Pleasure, Claro Que Si, You Gotta Say Yes to Another Excess, Stella, One Second and Flag, all with rare bonus tracks, as part of the Yello Remaster Series.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]

Musical style

Yello's sound is mainly characterised by unusual music samples, a heavy reliance on rhythm and Dieter Meier's dark voice. Yello makes heavy use of sampling in the construction of rhythm tracks, such as in 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 MacKenzie, Stina Nordenstam, Jade Davies, Shirley Bassey, Heidi Happy and FiFi Rong. 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 categorised sounds.[5]


Studio albums

Year Album Label SWI GER[6] AUS[7] UK[8] US Additional information
1980 Solid Pleasure Ralph Records (US)
Do It Records (UK)
Mercury/Vertigo (Europe)
1981 Claro Que Si Ralph Records (US)
Do It Records (UK)
Mercury/Vertigo (Europe)
1983 You Gotta Say Yes to Another Excess Stiff Records (UK/Australia/New Zealand)
Elektra Records (US)
Mercury (Europe)
13 26 65 184
1985 Stella Elektra (US)
Mercury (Europe)
1 6 92
1987 One Second Mercury 4 11 95 48 92 Featuring Billy Mackenzie and Shirley Bassey
1988 Flag Mercury 3 11 94 56 152
1991 Baby Mercury/PolyGram 5 6 73 37
1994 Zebra Fourth & Broadway 4 44
1997 Pocket Universe PolyGram 7 17 Featuring Stina Nordenstam on "To The Sea"
1999 Motion Picture Polygram 13 26
2003 The Eye Motor Music 22 98 Featuring Jade Davies on "Don Turbulento", "Junior B", "Distant Solution", "Time Palace" and "Unreal"[9]
2009 Touch Yello Polydor 1 20 Featuring Heidi Happy on "You Better Hide", "Kiss In Blue" and "Stay"
2016 Toy Universal Music 1[10] 2 84

Other albums

Year Album Label SWI GER[6] AUS[7] UK[8] US Additional information
1986 1980–1985 The New Mix in One Go Mercury 18 20 99 Remix album
1992 Bostich Full Frequency Range Recordings/Ralph Records Remix album
Essential Mercury 14 34 Compilation album
1995 Hands on Yello Urban Records/Motor Music 35 Remix album
1999 Eccentrix Remixes Mercury 30 Remix album
2007 Progress and Perfection Audi A5 promo album
2010 Yello by Yello Polydor 14 24 Compilation album
2012 The Key to Perfection VW Golf 7 promo album
2017 Live in Berlin 38 Live album

Notable singles

Year Title Chart positions Additional information
1979 "Bostich" 23
1982 "You Gotta Say Yes to Another Excess/Heavy Whispers" 42
1983 "I Love You" 41 103 16
"Lost Again" 10 26 73
1984 "Pumping Velvet" 12
1985 "Vicious Games" 5 15 60 8
"Oh Yeah" 47 9 51 35 Re-released with new lyrics added in 1987. This version was added only in the original release of One Second.
1986 "Goldrush" 9 20 54 featured Billy MacKenzie
1987 "The Rhythm Divine" 21 47 54 featured Shirley Bassey
"Call It Love" 6 14 91
1988 "The Race" 8 4 56 7 33
"Tied Up" 38 60 9
1989 "Of Course I'm Lying" 30 48 123 23
"Blazing Saddles" 78 47
1990 "Unbelievable" 22
1991 "Rubberbandman" 9 58 58
1992 "Jungle Bill" 15 29 61 40
"The Race" (re-issue) 55 re-issued with "Bostich"
1994 "Do It" 32 46
1995 "Tremendous Pain" 7
1996 "How How" 29 96 59 28
"Jingle Bells" 34 44
1997 "On Track" 16
"To the Sea" 23 83 featured Stina Nordenstam
1999 "Vicious Games" 110[11] Yello vs Hardfloor
2003 "Planet Dada" 75
2011 "Mean Monday" Included in the book "Yello - Boris Blank und Dieter Meier". Released on iTunes on October 22, 2011.


  1. ^ ""A Yelled Hello" at the World Premiere of the Audi A5". March 6, 2007. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  2. ^ "Yello - Remaster Series (Box Set, Album) at Discogs". August 16, 2009. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Audi A5 In Verona - A Road Movie Becomes Reality". Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  5. ^ "Boris Blank (Yello): Recording Zebra". Archived from the original on April 10, 2005. Retrieved April 24, 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ a b c "Offizielle Deutsche Charts". media control/Gfk. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  7. ^ a b c Australian chart peaks:
  8. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 613–614. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  9. ^ Album Cover
  10. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community".
  11. ^ "Chart Log UK: Rachael Yamagata - Malik Yusef". Retrieved March 30, 2012.

External links

2017 Hong Kong Masters

The 2017 Hong Kong Masters was a non-ranking snooker tournament, held from 20 to 23 July 2017 at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium, Wan Chai, Hong Kong. The event is organized by the Hong Kong Billiard Sports Control Council known as HKBSCC, subvented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, managed by appointed event agency Yello Marketing (Yello) and sanctioned by World Snooker Limited.

Neil Robertson won the event beating Ronnie O'Sullivan 6–3 in the final.

Alsco 300 (Charlotte)

The Alsco 300 is an annual 300-mile (482.803 km) NASCAR Xfinity Series race held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina during Memorial Day weekend as a support race for the Coca-Cola 600.

The race's origins trace back to 1978, when a NASCAR race was held the day before the World 600 as a Late Model Sportsman Series race, and in 1982 it became a Busch Series race. The race just celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2018 as one of the most popular races on the NASCAR XFINITY Series schedule.From 2005 to 2009 the race was a Saturday night race. For 2010, the starting time was moved to 2:30 p.m. EST in response to fans wanting an afternoon NNS race and allowing for ABC coverage, allowing it to be part of a television doubleheader weekend for ESPN, paired with the Indianapolis 500 the next day. In 2015, the race's broadcast was transferred to Fox NASCAR after the departure of the NASCAR on ESPN content, allowing both of the races in Charlotte (the Hisense 300 on Saturday, and the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday) to air on Fox.

In 2018, Alsco, a linen and uniform rental services company, became the entitlement sponsor for the Charlotte Motor Speedway race. Alsco also sponsors the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Kentucky Speedway, making it one of only two companies to serve as an entitlement sponsor of multiple Xfinity Series events.

Baby (Yello album)

Baby is the seventh studio album by the band Yello, released in 1991 (see 1991 in music) under the label Mercury. An early cut of the album was used as the incidental soundtrack for the film The Adventures of Ford Fairlane.

Bank of America Roval 400

The Bank of America Roval 400 is a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race that is held annually at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, United States, with the other one being the Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day weekend, the 600-mile (970 km) race. It is held on the last weekend in September and is the third race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs.

As of the 2018 season, the event is run as a 400 kilometer (248.5 mi) race using the infield road course configuration the track calls "The Roval"; previously, the race was run at a distance of 500 miles using the regular oval. It is one of three races on a road course, with the other ones being the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway and the Go Bowling at The Glen at Watkins Glen International.

Flag (Yello album)

Flag is the sixth studio album by Swiss electronic duo Yello, released in 1988. It features an eight-minute version of "The Race", the edited version of which reached number 7 in the UK Singles Chart in August of that year. "The Race" was used as a trailer for Eurosport, and the opening theme to the US quiz show It's Academic.An early cut of the album was used as the soundtrack for the film Nuns on the Run and is played during many of the chase scenes.

Galaxy Food Centers 300

The Galaxy Food Centers 300 was a NASCAR Busch Series (now Xfinity Series) stock car race held at Hickory Motor Speedway, a .363-mile (0.584 km) paved oval track located in Hickory, North Carolina. One of the inaugural events of the Busch Series from its 1982 season, it was one of five races the series ran at the track in 1982, four from 1983 to 1985, three in 1986 and, from 1987 to 1994, was the series' first of two annual visits to the track; from 1995 to 1998 it was the only visit to the track by the series annually. until Hickory Motor Speedway departed the series schedule after the 1998 season. The race distance was 300 laps (108.9 miles (175.3 km)) in 1982 and from 1992 to 1998, 200 laps (72.6 miles (116.8 km)) from 1983 to 1990, and 276 laps (100.2 miles (161.3 km)) in 1992.Jack Ingram won the event three times, the most of any driver; his 1987 victory in the race would prove to be the final win of his Busch Series career. Tommy Houston won the event twice, his victory in 1992 being the final win of his Busch Series career. The 1992 running of the event was marred by track damage from poorly cured asphalt, resulting in 132 of the race's 300 laps being run under the yellow flag; both the number of caution laps and the 26 caution periods set all-time NASCAR records. Jimmy Spencer scored his first career Busch Series victory in the 1989 Mountain Dew 400; the final running of the race, the 1998 Galaxy Food Centers 300, was the first and only career Busch Series victory for Ed Berrier.

Hands on Yello

Hands on Yello is a remix album by Swiss electronica band Yello, released in 1995.

Mello Yello

Mello Yello is a highly-caffeinated, citrus-flavored soft drink produced, distributed and created by The Coca-Cola Company that was introduced on March 1, 1979, to compete with PepsiCo's Mountain Dew.Mello Yello was withdrawn from Australia in the early 1990s, being replaced with the similar but uncaffeinated Lift.There have been three flavored variants of Mello Yello in North America. Mello Yello Cherry was released in response to Mountain Dew Code Red. The other two variants were Mello Yello Afterglow (peach-flavored) and Mello Yello Melon. All three were only available for a limited time. Mello Yello Cherry is available at Coca-Cola Freestyle machines, and is still available in limited markets.

In April 2010, Coca-Cola announced new images of new packaging that it would be re-branding Mello Yello to resemble the packaging in 1979. This re-branding has included an expanded distribution of the product, into such areas of the United States that have not had the product in years such as the Northeastern United States and the Western United States. In 2011, Mello Yello began to replace Vault on Coca-Cola Freestyle machines.

NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series is a drag racing series organized by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). It is the top competition series of the NHRA, comprising competition in four classes, including Top Fuel Dragster, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle.

The champion of each category is determined by a point system where points are given according to finishing placement and qualifying effort. The season is divided into two segments. After the first 18 races, the Top 10 of each pro category are locked in and compete in the last six races with the difference in points greatly minimized.

Oh Yeah (Yello song)

"Oh Yeah" is a single released in 1985 by the Swiss band Yello and featured on their album Stella. The song features a mix of electronic music and manipulated vocals. The song gained popularity after being featured in the films Ferris Bueller's Day Off and The Secret of My Success, among other films. It is a popular staple in pop culture.

Its 1987 rereleased version features the extra lyrics: "such a good time / a really good time".

Rinspeed Yello Talbo

The Rinspeed Yello Talbo is a Swiss sports car produced in association with Dieter Meier and Boris Blank of the eclectic electronic group Yello.

The car has nostalgic design clues, being based on a 1938 Talbot-Lago 150 SS by Figoni & Falaschi and has a 5.0 V8-engine with automatic box.The flowing lines of the Talbo owe their inspiration to designs of the late 1930s. The best of these carried the badge of Figoni et Falaschi.

Solid Pleasure

Solid Pleasure is the debut album from Swiss electronic duo Yello. It was first released in 1980 and was reissued in 2005 in part of Yello Remaster Series with rare bonus tracks.

The Eye (Yello album)

The Eye is the eleventh studio album by the Swiss electronic duo Yello. It was released on 9 December 2003 on Motor Music.

The Rhythm Divine

"The Rhythm Divine" is a 1987 song by Boris Blank, Dieter Meier, and Billy Mackenzie.


YelloWhite is the debut mixtape by Odd Future sub-group MellowHype. It was made available for free download on February 24, 2010, fellow Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt's 16th birthday.

Yello by Yello

Yello by Yello is a compilation album from Swiss electronic duo Yello. It was released on 5 November 2010 via Polydor label. There are two versions of the album:

The singles collection 1980–2010 (1 CD and 1 DVD). This remastered album contains 20 tracks plus a new version of the song Vicious Games. It also includes a DVD with 23 videos from 1980–2009.

The anthology box set (3 CDs and 1 DVD). This remastered box set contains The Singles Collection 1980–2010 and the two-CD The Anthology for which Dieter Meier and Boris Blank selected their favorite songs. A DVD with 23 videos and a 48-page booklet with photographs and personal commentary by Yello are included.Some copies of The Singles Collection 1980–2010 have a production error. The song Lost Again (track 16) is missing, while the song Desire appears twice on the disc (tracks 16 and 20).

Yellow pages

The yellow pages are any telephone directory of businesses, organized by category rather than alphabetically by business name, and in which advertising is sold. The directories were originally printed on yellow paper, as opposed to white pages for non-commercial listings. The traditional term "yellow pages" is now also applied to online directories of businesses.

In many countries, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and elsewhere, "Yellow Pages" (or any applicable local translations), as well as the "Walking Fingers" logo first introduced in the 1970s by the Bell System-era AT&T, are registered trademarks, though the owner varies from country to country, usually being held by the main national telephone company (or a subsidiary or spinoff thereof). However, in the United States, neither the name nor the logo was registered as trademarks by AT&T, and are freely used by several publishers. This can sometimes be very confusing as YP (AT&T) and yellow pages are similar in nature.

You Gotta Say Yes to Another Excess

You Gotta Say Yes to Another Excess is Yello's third album and was released in 1983. It was the last Yello album to feature founding member Carlos Perón.

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