Yello is a Swiss electronic duo consisting of Dieter Meier and Boris Blank.
The band is known for their 1985 single “Oh Yeah” which appeared in the films Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Secret of My Success, Uncle Buck, American Pie Presents: The Book of Love, K-9, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, and as the theme song for the character Duffman on The Simpsons.
“Oh Yeah” is featured on their album Stella. The song features a mix of electronic music and manipulated vocals. The song gained popularity after being featured in the films Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Secret of My Success, among other films. It is a popular staple in pop culture.
Its 1987 rereleased version features the extra lyrics: “such a good time / a really good time”.
Describing the composition of “Oh Yeah,” Blank said, “First I did the music and then I invited Dieter to sing along, and he came up with some lines which I thought, ‘no Dieter, it’s too complicated, we don’t need that many lyrics’. I had the idea of just this guy, a fat little monster sits there very relaxed and says, “Oh yeah, oh yeah”. So I told him, ‘Why don’t you try just to sing on and on ‘oh yeah’?… Dieter was very angry when I told him this and he said, ‘are you crazy, all the time “Oh yeah”? Are you crazy?! I can’t do this, no no, come on, come on.’ And then he said, ‘some lyrics, like “the moon… beautiful”, is this too much?!’ and I said, ‘no, it’s OK’, and then he did this ‘oh yeah’ and at the end he thought, ‘yeah it’s nice’, he loved it himself also. And also I wanted to install lots of human noises, all kind of phonetic rhythms with my mouth; you hear lots of noises in the background which are done with my mouth.”
In 1987, the single reached #51 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and #36 on the US dance chart. It also peaked at #47 in Germany in November 1987 and then #9 in Australia in October 1988.
The song (and others) has been aggressively shopped around, the group going so far as to produce a special “All Time Classics” CD for advertising, television and movies.
The song has been wildly successful, and was the basis for Dieter Meier’s investment fortune, which as of 2017 was valued at an estimated $175 million.