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Why I Love Yello

Posted: Sun Aug 16, 2009 4:03 am
by Cobra
I can imagine everyone discovered Yello in their own different way. For me personally it was my love of cartoons growing up well through my teens (still love them to this day too). I remember seeing Matthew Sweet's girlfriend film-clip on TV. I absolutely loved the animation used during it.

One day when in a video store I noticed a very familiar image... it was the main character I had seen in the film-clip, I now knew the animated movie that was used to create that film-clip, it was Space Adventure Cobra. I immediately hired it.

This animated movie instantly became an all time favourite of mine, I loved everything about it as it all came together to make a perfect package but there is a good reason I was hooked from the beginning. Something that truly drew me into the magical feeling was the music, the entire soundtrack was done by Yello. Drive Driven captivated me right from the start and I would watch it countless times after.

Unfortunately by the time Space Adventure Cobra hit DVDs something horrible had happened, the excellent dubbing was replaced by more authentic to the original dubbing that was just painful to sit through and even worse, they even replaced the brilliant and magical soundtrack Manga teamed up with Yello to provided with the extremely bland and mostly absent authentic music from the original Japanese version.

To be honest I have never watched the entire DVD, it is just too painful. It showed me just how powerful and how much of the magic created was through Yello's music.

These days I raid iTunes for any Yello albums that become available and can proudly call Yello my favourite musical duo of all time.

Posted: Sun Aug 16, 2009 9:04 am
by julz
Actually the french version DVD has the Yello soundtrack intact.

Posted: Sun Aug 16, 2009 11:46 pm
by Cobra
Not only that, but they got it years ago. I have the French DVD but unfortunately due to a different region code, not too many DVD players here can play it.

I was excited when a local DVD was finally announced and even pre-ordered it. I contacted MadMan, the distributor to voice that I wasn't happy after I finally received it. They could have at the very least had the original dub as a selection. Their response was that they were not aware of the original dub... which was an obvious lie since they used Dr. Van Steiner for the DVD menu. :roll:

It seems that someone must have stuffed up. But oh well.
Awesome forum by the way and thanks for taking the time to read my long post! :)

Posted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 6:42 am
by julz
I think the original dub was orchestral and when the movie came to EU they re-dubbed it with Yello. There is a Japanese soundtrack CD that came out for this movie but it's all orchestral. There really wasn't that much original material from Yello in this movie either. Most of it was just instrumental versions of regular songs.

Posted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 10:59 pm
by Cobra
This is true... and the original music created for the film would be released on later Yello albums such as Pocket Universe. But I can never get enough Yello so watching an entire movie with Yello through the whole soundtrack is definitely a good thing. Using Yello for the soundtrack really revitalised it I think, at the time I had no idea I was watching a movie that originally came out in '82!

I wish my only complaint about the new dub were the absence of Yello but unfortunately the new voice acting even saw to it that I couldn't stomach more than watching anymore than 1/4 of the movie.

Can't wait for Yello's newest album, I hope there isn't too much of a delay between its physical release date and its arrival onto the iTunes store.

Posted: Fri Aug 21, 2009 10:14 pm
by Perthguy
JB HIFI will probably get it, they had "The eye" and DVDs here do play all regions...

Posted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 4:42 am
by Cobra
As far as albums go I've gone digital. I just had way too many CDs sitting around doing nothing as I just ripped them to my Mac/iPod and then put them away. So far iTunes has had every album I wanted (even The Eye, but no Motion Picture), so am pretty confident my luck will continue. I do still bug Apple from time to time at http://www.apple.com/feedback/itunes.html to try and get Motion Picture, the one album missing from my collection.

I would go digital as far as movies go but don't have the HD space to transfer my many DVDs. (once I do, I'll just copy the French version of Space Adventure Cobra with it's glorious original English dub. Not all DVD players can play any region, most are just region 4. Otherwise having a French DVD wouldn't be much of an issue.)

Posted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:19 am
by Bjossi
If you don't rip your CDs securely and encode the wave files to a lossless format, you are not really archiving them properly, more like building a temporary lossy collection for a portable player. A true archive job means that you will never have to rip said CDs again because you have an exact copy of the audio (well, unless you had a hard drive crash and didn't make a backup at least). I have created this archive of all my CDs (they aren't many yet though, I'm young...) myself, and couldn't be happier.

Personally I would never go pure digital, unless physical albums (whether it is CD, DVD, or other medium) stopped being manufactured of course. Although some digital stores sell music encoded to a lossless format, I do like having a physical collection with cover art, booklets and whatnot, just for the visual appeal. Plus I'm a perfectionist, if I don't do something myself (ie. rip & encode) I will feel like the one who did it for the digital store did not do it properly. :P

Posted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:17 pm
by Cobra
Haha, to each their own I guess. I'm happy with my MP4s just the way they are. You might as well be trying to sell me on getting a Blu-Ray player to replace my DVD player. :wink:

I wouldn't worry about digital media replacing physical media as there will always be a demand for it as everyone has their own preference.

Posted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 6:54 am
by Bjossi
Heh, ironically enough I'm working on setting up a bluray playing environment in my room, connecting the PC to my nice and expensive HDTV. I just need a bluray optical drive, a new graphics card and some cables.

I guess I'm just a sound/video quality freak. :P

Posted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 2:50 pm
by Cryptowen
I rip all the main Yello albums to flac for listening purposes (along with most of the other music I listen to), but usually leave remixes/singles/etc as mp3 to save space, unless I listen to them a lot.

Re: Why I Love Yello

Posted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 4:18 am
by HR-miha
Meni osobno Yello znači nostalgiju. Kada su se pojavili na mojem prostoru bili su specifični u izvođenju i produkciji zvuka. Iako nisu naišli na veliki odjek u Hrvatskoj, dvije pjesme su se uspjele visoko probiti na naše top liste strane glazbe: oh yeah, i the race. Te dvije pjesme su bile jako dobro prihvaćene kod tadašnje mladeži i čak su se koristile u pojedinim reklamama na tv. Meni osobno su imali poseban stil i izražaj koji sam objeručki prihvatio, i najdraža mi je njihova pjesma 3rd of june. :D I danas ih slušam sa istim osjećajima kakve sam imao i onda u mladosti. Po meni je to najbolji duo 20-og stoljeća.