8th December 2020
It’s high time that I did a feature about one of my favourite bands and their new album. I’m talking about the Swiss duo or Boris Blank and Dieter Meier, otherwise known as Yello.
Some bands change their style over the years, not so Yello. If anything they have made a point of being totally identifiable, whatever decade they release an album in. When they first hit the world in the 80s their sound was unique and advanced for the time. Happily, 42 years later, their music still sounds as fresh as ever.
The unusual combo of millionaire playboy, Dieter Meier and former truck driver Boris Blank went on to influence club music since their first hit from the Solid Pleasure album, Boitsch, in 1980. The new studio album, Point, is their 14th and was officially released in August this year and although the members the duo are well into their twilight years, their energy is still as contagious. Let’s start with the track Waba Duba.
Although the duo of Blank and Meier are well known, not many fans realise that there was third part to the band in the early days. Carlos Perón and Boris Blank originally formed an instrumental group and had started to lay down some tracks. Feedback from friends was that they liked the music but it needed some vocals. Blank wasn’t happy but a well-meaning person linked them up with Dieter Meier.
Meier was already known as quite a character. The law school dropout come professional gambler was already a millionaire, hanks to father who had risen from poverty to become a very successful private banker. In the late 70’s he had joined a punk band (which Boris Blank thought were awful).
Meiers distinctive croaky narration style worked perfectly with the new band’s music, and a short time later Perón and Blank head off to the offices of Resident Records in San Francisco with their demo in hand. I don’t think that they quite expected to immediately be offered a recording contract, but they were, and the rest is history Perón left the band in 1983 to pursue a solo career. A move I am sure he has though twice about to this day.
The second track from the Point album I’ve selected for todays feature is Spinning My Mind. This is classic Yello. Enjoy.
As I worked my way through the tracks of Yello’s new album I had the satisfying feeling that some things don’t change, and don’t need to. If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. Although some may say that Yello is ploughing the same old musical furrow, I can’t imagine them sounding any different, and really don’t want them to.
Although Point doesn’t hold any surprises or raise Yello’s already high musical bar, it is a superb album. Longtime fans will find it a comfortable listen that brings a smile to the face, while newcomers to Yello will be treated to an album built on years of experience. Some music is timeless, and maybe that’s the ‘Point’
Thanks for spending time looking at some wonderfully crazy oldtimers who are still holding their own. Here’s our closing track for today – Out of Sight.
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