Swiss synth-pop band Yello released “Oh Yeah” on July 11, 1985, but it didn’t become popular until after it was featured in the John Hughes movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The single did not chart in the U.K. After being re-released in 1987, the song peaked at #51 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. This version included additional an additional vocal bit: “Such a good time, a really good time.”
Oh Yeah 3’05
Oh Yeah [Indian Summer Music] 4’42
The Stella Suite (Oh Yeah) Part One 6’06 [Edit of Oh Yeah [Dance Mix]]
Oh Yeah [Dance Mix] 6’25
Oh Yeah [Indian Summer Version] 5’30
The Stella Suite (Oh Yeah) Part One 6’06
The music video for “Oh Yeah” is very experimental. It primarily consists of the band acting goofy with a little girl. The video features cut-outs of the sun and moon, as well as creative use of lighting and silhouettes. It’s a refreshing reminder of what can be accomplished with very little.
The first time I heard “Oh Yeah” was in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, where the valet attendants take Cameron’s dad’s Ferrari for a joy ride. My friends and I had never heard anything quite like it. We stopped by Sound Warehouse on Hulen Street after we saw the movie and my neighbor Debbie bought the 12″ single. We played it back at her house that night and the Indian Summer Version really gave me the creeps. I played it again recently, and I didn’t find the mix to be quite as ominous at 44 as I did at 18. Whenever I hear this song, it always reminds me of that happy night: good movie, good music, and good friends.
What are your memories of “Oh Yeah” by Yello?