Saturday, 20 August 2011

GUEST SPOT - # 10 - Yello - "Oh Yeah"


This week's Guest Spot is from our very own bit of South African biltong, Gavin!


Yello - "Oh Yeah" (1985)

Once in your life a song, if it hasn’t done so already, WILL come along that will blow your mind away with sheer brilliance. Now we are all entitled to an opinion of sorts when it comes to music. Some will agree and some won't. However for me, it was growing up in a country that never had an official top 40 and basically just played songs that were ‘donated’ to us from America, Great Britain and the cheesy European pop lot, that I found ‘that song’.
Like most songs, this one takes me to when I was 10 years old, sitting on my bedroom floor playing with my….Space Lego! I heard this outrageous sound coming from my 16 year old brother's bedroom….(no no no, not what you would expect from a 16 year old boys room with posters of Debbie Harry and a lady with a tennis racket showing her buttocks), but the sounds of ’Oh yeah, Chick, Chick, Chicka Chickaaaaa!’
The track was so obscure and weird then, and in some ways still is obscure and weird today. It has stood the test of time and the song is still used in TV commercials, movies and even featured in the Simpsons for the Duff Beer man…..mmmm beeeer. Also it's used in any scenes where there are good looking bodies and girls in bikinis!


Not bad for a couple of ‘old Swiss farts’!


       
‘The moon….beautiful…..

The sun…..even more beautiful….

Oh yeah….

Chick, Chick, Chicka Chickaaaaa’


Coincidentally it also features in my favourite movie of all time, ‘Ferris Bueller's Day Off’!


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20 August 2011 at 07:57

Can't beat a bit of Swiss cheese...hmm sorry. Nice! For me it will always be synonymous with the closing scene from 'Ferris Bueller' and yes I agree it seems to be on when there are women in bikinis.

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20 August 2011 at 18:37

Oh Yeah, it's definately Ferris Bueller all right! That initial Ferrari scene, "It is his life, his love...it is his fault he didn't lock the garage!" Totally weird song but great all the same!

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20 August 2011 at 19:29

Great choice Mr Giv. I love this song and Oh Yeah I love the scene where it's featured in Bueller, Bueller. The first track I heard by these guys was The Race, that blew me away at a time when I was probably listening to Stock Aitken and..... I'll get my coat.

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Anonymous
20 August 2011 at 23:17

I willing to put money on it that everyone that read this before they played the tune via the link above, was singing to themselves, 'doh doh Chick, Chick, Chicka Chickaaaaa'??!! haha

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Jon
21 August 2011 at 10:22

That's it, going to have to watch Bueller again tonight :) There really was nothing else quite like this at the time, apart from perhaps Art Of Noise. Except "Close To The Edit" isn't featured in nearly so many films / ads as this.

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21 August 2011 at 11:54

Jon, big fan of the Art of Noise, Close to the Edit is a great track. Like Kraftwerk, they lay the foundations for electronic music today.

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21 August 2011 at 12:09

I also remember trying to record the theme tune to the Krypton Factor from the TV as they did the track.

Gavin, I forgot to say that I loved the 'space Lego' analogy as I'm sure that was a song which played in the background as I exploited the moon with my Lego men.

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Anonymous
15 February 2012 at 16:26

What a flashback thanx

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15 February 2012 at 18:42

Thanks for the comment anon, feel free to share a flashback of your own!!

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