Cover art for 1987 European release
|Single by Yello|
|from the album Stella|
|Released||July 11, 1985|
"Oh Yeah" is a single released in 1985 by the Swiss band Yello and 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."
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.
After its use in the 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off — an "incredibly infectious song" from which it became virtually known as 'the Ferris Bueller song' — the song was used in various other film soundtracks through the end of the decade and developed a reputation as a 1980s Hollywood cliche. It was prominently used in the 1987 film The Secret of My Success.[A]
Film critic Jonathan Bernstein observed that despite never reaching hit status, the song "has become synonymous with avarice and lust. Every time a movie, TV show or commercial wants to underline the jaw-dropping impact of a hot babe or sleek auto, that synth-drum starts popping and that deep voice rumbles, 'Oh yeah…".
Matthew Broderick reprised his Bueller role in a Honda commercial aired during the Super Bowl in which "Oh Yeah" was featured. A teaser for the ad had appeared two weeks prior to the Super Bowl, which had created rumors of a possible film sequel. It was produced by Santa Monica-based RPA and directed by Todd Phillips. AdWeek's Tim Nudd called the ad "a great homage to the original 1986 film, with Broderick this time calling in sick to a film shoot and enjoying another day of slacking." On the other hand, Jalopnik's Matt Hardigree called the spot "sacrilegious".
The song appears in the video game Gran Turismo 4, both as one of the songs of the racing BGM and the music played when the player fails a License Test
"Oh Yeah" was used in the television show It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia on the tenth episode of season four, "Sweet Dee Has a Heart Attack". The segments of the song are played throughout the episode and the characters refer to it as the "day bow bow" song.
CD handed out to promote using Yello songs for advertising, tv and movies From liner notes
The quirky techno tune, which accompanied Ferris's Ferrari escapade and loads of other advertisements and Hollywood comedies, helped create a lucrative investment career for its Swiss co-creator
Of its inclusion in the movie, writer and critic Jonathan Berstein claimed its use by John Hughes illustrated the “mouthwatering must-haveness of Cameron’s dad’s Ferrari. Since then, it has become synonymous with lust.”
...and a soundtrack that has been hand-picked to get an audience on side.
Though it didn’t make much of a splash when it was first released, "Oh Yeah" became enshrined in popular culture and its history by its inclusion in the 1986 John Hughes movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off. How a simple song like this came to almost epitomize an entire era is a pretty fascinating phenomena.
[The soundtrack presents] an upbeat montage set to Katrina And The Waves’ "Walking On Sunshine," the official anthem of both the 1980s and the popular drug cocaine; and Yello's "Oh Yeah," the other official anthem of both the 1980s and the popular drug cocaine.
You probably hear it and immediately want a Snicker's Bar, or one of the other 37,000 products that used the song in a commercial. But this little ditty from Europop pioneers Yello is also pretty common in the movies, particularly comedies from the 1980's. Immediately springing to mind is the classic FERRIS BEULLER’S DAY OFF, in which this song was used to its maximum potential. But it was also featured in several other films from the era, including THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS, SHE’S OUT OF CONTROL, and OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS.
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