832 675-1 Q-1 One Second
Produced by Boris Blank with the occasional presence of Dieter Meier. Co-produced by Ian Tregoning.
Released on 1987
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A landmark album of club music, except that most of us blinked for that crucial second when Yello passed by in a blur of cosmic schwarz and miami weiss. And so I’m left revisiting the past, aware that even if I’d seen One Second for what it was back in 1987, it wouldn’t have clicked with my musical sensibilities then. Yello has taken great strides since You Gotta Say Yes To Another Excess, evolving from retro European blips and beeps to a warm worldliness. The vocals are softer and more sophisticated this time, having borrowed a page from the new romantic movement (“Call It Love,” “The Rhythm Divine”). But the real achievement of Yello is the music of Boris Blank, far ahead of its time as club music that also functioned as art and pop. The result serves as a manifesto of what electronic music could (and would) achieve, from the hyperbeats of “Hawaiian Chance” to the middle eastern melding of “Santiago” (not as Chile as you’d think, taking its name from guest vocalist Santiago Alfonso) to the industrial sound of “Si Senor The Hairy Grill.” Kraftwerk may have pioneered electronic club music, but it was never their milieu. Yello lives there, nurtures its offspring in the humid club air, and (if belated accolades are any indication) will have one corner of that great club in the sky all to themselves. The hits this time include “The Rhythm Divine,” a slow-burning, soulful number featuring Shirley Bassey on vocals, “Call It Love” and “Goldrush.” (“Oh Yeah” was already a hit, having been first released in 1985 and making its debut on Stella.) One Second spans a whole musical world, its implications extending farther than the relatively provincial You Gotta Say Yes. It’s a blueprint for what electronic music would become. Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream and Sparks may have led to the creation of intelligent club music, but Yello actually arrived there and made it a permanent home. Of course, my enthusiasm for Yello may be some kind of subconscious atonement for underestimating them in the ‘80s.

832 675-1 Q-1 back cover
832 675-1 Q-1 back cover


  1. LA HABANERA    5:10
  2. MOON ON ICE    (Boris Blank/Dieter Meier/Billy Mackenzie)    4:12
  3. CALL IT LOVE    5:05
  4. LE SECRET FARIDA    3:17
  5. HAWAIIAN CHANCE    4:18
  6. THE RHYTHM DIVINE    (Boris Blank/Dieter Meier/Billy Mackenzie)    4:10
  7. SANTIAGO    5:48
  8. GOLDRUSH    4:20
  9. (US releases only:) OH YEAH    3:05
  10. DR VAN STEINER    4:18
  12. (CD bonus track:) L'HOTEL

    Al songs written by Boris Blank/Dieter Meier unless noted


BORIS BLANK -- instruments, engineer
DIETER MEIER -- vocals
Santiago Alfonso -- vocals (7)
Beat Ash -- drums
Shirley Bassey -- vocals (6)
Farida -- vocals (4)
Chico Hablas -- guitars
Philip Kienholz -- piano and accordion
Billy Mackenzie -- backing vocals
Don Randolph -- bass trombone
Steve Trop -- trombone
Hubertus Von Hohenlohe -- vocals co-producer (6)
Rush Winters -- vocals (10)
Ian Tregoning -- engineer
Ernst Gamper -- cover

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GER 1987 Mercury LP/CD/CS 830 956  
UK 1987 Mercury LP MERH 100  
US 1987 Mercury LP/CD/CS 832 675  


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