This Is Yello-ism: Boris Blank’s 10 favourite electronic records.
With his solo retrospective and vinyl box set Electrified receiving the requisite crowd-funding earlier this year, Boris Blank, founder of Swiss electro-pop jokers Yello, is back on the scene.
As part of The Vinyl Factory’s Machine Music Week, he’s picked his 10 favourite ‘electrified’ records – and they’re eclectic as anything. Blank’s selection is defined not by an era or genre but by sound, a positive discriminator that means The Normal can share the stage with M.I.A, Herbie Hancock with Raymond Scott, Aphex Twin with Chinese vocalist Fifi Rong. Once you know that Blank is a man who has compiled over 100,000 named and categorised sounds to use as samples for Yello and his other projects, that eclecticism begins to make more sense. As Raymond Scott says at the end of ‘Limbo’, chosen by Blank below: “I wonder if it would help if I filed things alphabetically”.
In this case, the answer is probably no. As well as sound, there’s a certain irony and humour that connects a lot of these choices to the fun of Yello, who as well as creating some of the most raucously inventive electro-pop of the ’80s were decidedly, self-referentially goofy.
Pushing the use of unusual samples to the limit in a way that crossed over into early video (see Godly & Creme’s video for Herbie Hancock’s ‘Rockit’), Yello were as instrumental as Depeche Mode and Art Of Noise in capturing the ’80s zeitgeist, with albums like Clara Que Si and You Gotta Say Yes To Another Excess the best place to start for the uninitiated.
Listen to Blank’s 10 choices:
Fact Magazine 16-10-2014
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