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Boris Blank


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Boris Blank started as a guitar player in the new wave band URLAND in Zürich. He played with drummer Sternini, bass player Ron Styler and keyboardist Carlos Peron.

After the split of the band Boris founded the TRANCEONIC studio in Zürich together with Carlos Peron. In this experimental studio the two developed what would later on become the famous Yello sound.

In 1978 Carlos Perón and Boris Blank made a trip to USA to sell their music to the US music industry. They visited RCA in Los Angeles and The Residents in San Francisco. After returning to Switzerland Dieter Meier showed up and sung on a demo. Carlos was euphoric, but Boris was skeptical - he would rather have a female singer. In 1979 the studio moved to Dieter Meier’s atelier at the Rote Fabrik, and later on the trio Yello was founded. Also the first maxi single of Yello came out (with ‘I.T. Splash’ and ‘Glue Head’) on the local label Periphery Perfume.

In 1980 Yello rejected a record contract offered by Klaus Schulze; they preferred a contract with Ralph Records in San Francisco owned by the Residents, and they released their first Yello album Solid Pleasure.

After the album “You Gotta Say Yes To Another Excess”, Blank and Meier remained a duo, when Peron left the band.


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