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Carlos Perón


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Carlos Perón started as a keyboard player in the new wave band URLAND in Zürich. He played with drummer Sternini, bass player Ron Styler and guitarist Boris Blank. After the split of the band Carlos founded the TRANCEONIC studio in Zürich together with Boris Blank. 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. In 1981 Carlos released his first solo album Impersonator I on the label Konkurrenz/Phonogram, and Yello got a long term major deal on Phonogram through the managing director Louis Spillmann. In the same year the Yello album Claro Que Si came out, and also Yello’s first video (to the track The Evening’s Young). In 1983 Carlos released the soundtrack to the film Die Schwarze Spinne by director Mark M.


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