Yello was originally formed by Boris Blank and Carlos Peron, often referred to as the band's third unknown member, in the late 1970s. Dieter Meier, a millionaire playboy with a very versatile career, was brought in when the two founders realised that they needed a singer. Peron left the band in 1983 to start a solo career.
Yello takes great pride in their original sound which is mainly characterised by weird samples, a heavy reliance on rhythm and Dieter Meier's dark voice. Every track on a Yello album has been created by the band from scratch. Every instrument has been sampled and engineered by Boris Blank, who over the years has built up an original sample library of over 100,000 named and categorized sounds.
Yello's music is by its fans often described as very visual, creating dramatic movie-like visions in their minds. This characteristic has made Yello popular in the TV, advertisement and movie industries. The single "Oh Yeah" alone has been featured in numerous TV commercials, been the soundtrack for American Football on US TV and included in at least five different Hollywood movies, while another top single, "The Race" has been heavily used by Eurosport. Yello also created the music for the British comedy film Nuns on the Run.