Yello

Oh Yeah

Composed by Boris Blank / Dieter Meier

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Although their first two albums were met with moderate success, the Swiss tandem of Dieter Meier and Boris Blank, better known as Yello, cashed in with 1985's Stella and its biggest hit, the quirky and techno-ridden "Oh Yeah." Yello's electronic club sound was always the main ingredient in their repertoire, but "Oh Yeah"'s frantic energy and "Keystone Kop"-styled rhythm is the most commercially appealing piece that they've ever done. As an album, Stella compiled nonstop tempos, crisp beats, obscure sounds, and vocal effects, and cleverly manufactured congeries of electronica to produce one of the most fascinating albums of the decade. "Oh Yeah"'s flair stems from its uniquely overcompensated baritone vocals, with the rest of the song pouring in around it for pure effect. Not only is the cartoon-like charm of the music attractive, but the repetitive whisper of "chika chikaaa" that pops up time and again is just as catchy. The song nearly achieved novelty status because of its peculiarity, which is the same reason it was added to the soundtrack of Ferris Bueller's Day Off and to The Secret of My Success. Popularized by its colorful music video, "Oh Yeah" gained acceptance by those who had never showed an interest in techno or electronic music before, and even today it stands as one of the most renowned hits of the 1980s. Yello kept making albums throughout the rest of the decade and into the early '90s, but none of their tracks could match "Oh Yeah"'s popularity.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Stella 1985 Polydor / Universal 3:05
Yello 1980-1985: The New Mix in One Go 1986 Polydor / Universal 3:05
One Second 1987 Mercury 3:05
Tied Up 1988 Elektra 5:30
No Image 1990 Atlantic
Essential 1992 Polydor / Universal 3:07
Rock of the '80s, Vol. 5 1993
Various Artists
Priority Records / Priority 3:05
No Image 1993
Original TV Soundtrack
Sandstone
Richard Blade's Flashback Favorites, Vol. 4 1994
Various Artists
Oglio Records 6:25
Classic Alternatives, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
SPG 6:24
No Image 1995 Def Jam / Island / PolyGram / Universal 5:47
Bang & Olufsen: A New View on Music [Blue Cover] 1996
Various Artists
Polygram 3:08
Choose 80s 1997
Various Artists
Mercury
Sports Rock & Jams, Vol. 3 1998
Various Artists
Cold Front Records / K-Tel Distribution 3:05
VH1: The Big 80's The Big Movies 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 3:06
Greatest Sports Rock and Jams [Box] 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:05
Strip Jointz Rocks: Rock N' Roll for Sexy Dancers 1998
Various Artists
Robbins Entertainment 3:05
Electropop Essentials 1999
Various Artists
Hip-O / Hippo 3:06
80's New Wave, Vol. 2: Electronic 80's 1999
Various Artists
Universal Special Products / Polymedia 3:07
Poptronica: Sci-Fi 1999
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:05
Shape Fitness Music: Walk Plus 2000
Various Artists
The Right Stuff
I Want My 80's Box 2001
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:07
Modern Rock: Dance 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:07
Electric: The Very Best Early Electronic, New Wave & Synth 2002
Various Artists
Telstar TV Records 3:07
Classic Alternatives, Vol. 5 2002
Various Artists
SPG
80's Forever, Vol. 2 2002
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:07
No Image 2004
Original Soundtrack
Universal Distribution
The Brat Pack: Movies Music Collection [DVD/CD] 2005
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:05
80s Movie Hits 2006
Various Artists
Somerset 3:07
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Rhino 3:06
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:05
Ultimate 80's Movie Hits 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment
By Yello: The Singles Collection 1980-2010 2010 Polydor / Universal Distribution 3:06
80's Mixtape 2011
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Bros. 3:04
Synth Pop 2015
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:06
Eighties Blockbusters [Ministry of Sound] 2016
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 3:01
No Image Elektra
Classic Alternatives
Various Artists
SPG 6:22
Greatest Ever! 80s Road Trip
Various Artists
Greatest Ever
Greatest Ever: Alternative 80s [USM]
Various Artists
Greatest Ever
No Image
Various Artists
Target Records
No Image Atlantic
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