how did you discover YELLO for yourself?

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Postby Timezone LaFontaine » Tue Jan 20, 2009 1:36 pm

Around '89, my father heard a song by some unknown artist on the radio and was trying to find out who it was. He described it to someone who suggested that it might be Yello. He bought all their cassettes to that date ("Flag" was probably the most recent then) searching for the song he had heard. As it turned out, it apparently wasn't Yello and he passed all the cassettes on to me.

I was pretty mesmerized by them... I was about 15 at the time and, although I couldn't play any instruments yet, I was determined to learn how to play music. I was particularly interested in sample-based music and was also getting into hip-hop and more dance-oriented types of industrial music. I didn't have a a computer or a drum machine yet, but I did have a dual-tape deck. So the first composition I made was a 'pause tape' that was based on the first measure of "Pumping Velvet" when the beat drops. I would play that measure, and hit record on the tape, then pause it at the end of the measure; rewind the Yello tape and play it again, hit record and then pause it; over and over and over until I had about three minutes of a very roughly-looping beat. At the time I also had a Casio SK-1 keyboard and played with that over the Yello loop and added vocals. The song I made was awful, but of course it was fascinating to me... and within the next year a friend of mine and I had a drum machine, an Amiga with a simple looping sampler program, and a Tascam Porta-1 four track. So that was almost 20 years ago... over a very long and gradual process I believe I have developed a unique style as a composer -- if you'd like to hear some of my songs, you can here: ...I think the one of the most important things that I learned from listening closely to Yello is the way their compositions change in some way with each measure; there is always some new rhythmic or melodic detail occurring.

But... back to the story of my experience with Yello. After "Flag," it became increasingly difficult for me to find anything releases by them here in the U.S. And of course, like I mentioned, I had all their prior releases on cassette but after a while no longer had a working cassette player. Years passed and my musical tastes expanded onward, but of course after a while I had to go back and get CDs of all the Yello albums. By this time it was ten years later and I was amazed by all their newer albums which I heard all at once. I feel I should sum up by naming some of my favorite albums, but each one is fascinating to me in different ways. I can't specify any of them as being my favorite. At various times I prefer their more serious, or more ludicrous, or vocal, or instrumental songs. As a result, I never know exactly which album to recommend for new listeners. I am just glad that they have continued for a long time and I hope they make a few more.
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Postby The Slaught » Fri Jan 23, 2009 4:31 am

In my 16 i used also to do another things with tape. My 2x tapedeck had the 'Rotate' function, so i could play a pre-recorded loop live. Just record 2-3 second fragment on the side A, then - the same fragment (or modified) on B. This way you can toggle 'Rotate' button & play your loop non-stop, even do some 'breakbeat'.

Another cool thing: launch two identical tapes on both decks & you'll get the flange effect!
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Postby JJ Naas » Thu Mar 05, 2009 5:44 am

Still going back to the episode of Most Wanted that made me a fan.. Here'snow the rest of the show, a great and confusing bit in which Dieter creates a painting while Boris and Ray Cokes chat about the new album Zebra.

I remember that was part of a theme that visiting artists would paint pictures that were later auctioned on the show for charity. This Yello painting fetched one of the biggest sums of money, it was bought by some design company.
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Postby Vic Flange » Thu May 28, 2009 11:51 pm

Back in the 80s I used to read a British weekly music magazine called Record Mirror, and they championed Yello quite a lot. I was into the ZTT stuff and New Order, and thought I'd investigate Yello by buying Goldrush which had just come out. Then I bought The New Mix In One Go and there was no looking back after that!
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Postby Bjossi » Fri May 29, 2009 8:51 am

When I was a kid my dad had this CD called Essential (it is now in my posession). I adored the first song 'Oh Yeah', never really paid much attention to other songs until I was older, though I do have faint memory of hearing Drive/Driven quite a few times back then.

Then came a long period where I simply forgot about Yello and Oh Yeah. My main interest for a good chunk of the 21st century up until 2008 was Eiffel 65. But for the past year or so my interest came back, I suddenly remembered this song I used to love, asked dad for the CD and I fell in love with it again. But this time around I paid attention to the other songs, and found Oh Yeah pretty weak compared to many of them, especially songs like Jungle Bill and Drive/Driven.

And now I'm a huge fan, waiting for my newly purchased Yello albums (6 in total) to arrive to my front door. Then when I'm done with collecting the studio albums I will move on to the singles, which will be a far more daunting task but worth it nevertheless. ;)
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Postby Ilya Petrov » Thu Aug 27, 2009 10:31 pm

The first time when I heard about Yello it was 1988, I saw "The Race" video in morning show on one of two TV channels in Soviet Union. The show called "90 minutes". This video was showed pretty often. And I remember I used to watch this clip before go to school. That time I was 8 years boy. I just like that clip.
I always heard Yello. My uncle served in Army in East Germany and he still has a "Baby" vinyl.

And in Autumn of 1995 my uncle bought an album "Zebra". I remember he was seating and listen music in headphones and he said: "That's a real thing!". And I asked him to give me to listen and I heard "How How".

In March of 1996 my mother brought me a "Sony" new stereo system from Japan and I went to the store to buy "Zebra" on cassette, I didn't have money for CD. I couldn't find it anywhere. I just found "Baby". Frankly,I wasn't existed about that 'cause I wanted album "Zebra" with "How How".

I put cassette in my "Sony", the quality was brutal 'cause it was piracy stuff.
I liked "Homage to the mountain" and "Rubberbandman" was so strange for me and I definitely fall in love with "Jungle Bill". I just started play "Jungle bill" again and again very loudly.

In November of 1996 I bought my first Yello Cds: "Baby" and "One Second".
And in February of 1997 I was the first buyer of the album "Pocket Universe" in my town 'cause we had only one store where you could find non piracy CDs. It sounds strange for Western World. I was treated like a freak because I spent so much money for "Pocket Universe"...for real non piracy CD. Warm memories...

I didn't know English and didn't think about the lyrics until... one day I was in car with girlfriend and "More" was playing in record player and she said: -"'s really good song", and I said: "Yeah...I like this music" and she added:- "I like lyrics!". She called "More" - sexy enigmatic song.
Week later I started my English classes.
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Postby Fat Dumb and Happy » Sat Sep 12, 2009 9:35 am

Leave him, the gorilla
Leave the jungle of the Amazonas
Leave Manaus full of piranhas
And follow father excess...

Yeah so I dabbled heavily with Marijuana, some LSD and shrooms around the same time I was introduced to Yello....15, maybe 16 years old. The first album of theirs I heard was "You Gotta Say Yes".
Up until then I was a poser listening to whatever my peer group considered "New Wave". Growing up in a rural, redneck and religous town didn't make it any easier to find their music (waaaaay before I could buy on the Internet)
Hooked since. I no longer dabble in those substances but I have purchased as many cd's of theirs as I could. I don't collect 'em but I play the hell outta them.
Ferris sucks.
I also find ways to bring up Yello in conversation. Sometimes I start conversations with "Hey have you heard of Yello?" Mostly replies I get are "Who?" Sadly, the conversation turns to the inevitable "You remember Ferris Buellers Day Off? That song that goes...Oh Yeah?"
Almost 20 years later and I damn near shuddered in ecstacy when I re-visited the official yello site last night. Too much of a gap between TouchYello amd The Eye, imho.
October won't get here fast enough for me.
So my stories out, now ya'll know. What I want to know is when Yello is coming to the states and will they make it anywhere near Salt Lake City?
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My first time with Yello

Postby beyondmirrors » Mon Sep 21, 2009 7:02 pm

Hi all
This is my first post here.
I discovered Yello way back in 1991, I was 9 years old and I loved a TV show called Max Monroe: Loose Cannon. The theme tune was 'Tied Up' by Yello and in the pilot episode they also used 'The Race'. It took until the following year to source a tape of 'Essential Yello' which I played so much that I had to get another copy months later. My first Yello CD was Flag in 1995 and it was the extended version of 'Of course I'm lying' that had me hooked. In 1999 when I finally got into the internet I found their music video’s (I did not have MTV as a child) and I loved them.

I think with Yello I have always found them so ‘cinematic’ and their music as a child inspired me in to the career I am currently pursing, as a Producer and Director in Film and Television.

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Re: how did you discover YELLO for yourself?

Postby Kali » Fri Aug 13, 2010 4:56 am


I read some of the stories you wrote down. They are amazing! I wish I could tell such a story. But my story is boring. :(

One day, I discovered Yello by hearing The Eye on the radio. A short time ago, I looked for information about this fantastic band and went to a CD store.

By the way, i'm a newbie here.

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Re: how did you discover YELLO for yourself?

Postby lexus7 » Fri Aug 13, 2010 3:08 pm

Welcome to this forum Kali
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Re: how did you discover YELLO for yourself?

Postby Kali » Mon Aug 16, 2010 2:13 am

lexus7 wrote:Welcome to this forum Kali


For the warm welcome, lexus7. :D
"Never say never"

My favourite album Touch yello
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Re: how did you discover YELLO for yourself?

Postby zaz965 » Mon Aug 16, 2010 4:06 am

My congratulations, Kali so to hold.
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Re: how did you discover YELLO for yourself?

Postby Tiddlywinks » Wed Jun 08, 2011 3:54 am

For me the Yello experience started with Claro Que Si, a work mate was a follower of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and they used to meditate to Claro played really loud, I didn't meditate but was hooked from the moment I heard it.
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Re: how did you discover YELLO for yourself?

Postby zaz965 » Thu Jun 09, 2011 5:15 am

Love for Yello began in the 80's the last millennium from the album «Stella»

Кто сел на поезд " yello", вряд ли с него сойдет! :)

Kto sel na poezd " yello", vryad li s nego soĭdet! :) ... 4320721-00

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