Song of the Day: The Race by Yello

race by maykrender

The Race” is a song by the Swiss electronic band Yello. The song was initially released on April 11, 1988 via Fontana label. There are many versions of this song, this is my favorite one followed by the original.

The first single from Yello‘s 1988 album Flag:

Lyrics:

Shout
(Shout)

Count on me I’m gonna win the race
Count on me I’m gonna win the race
Room-dah-bee-boom the whippering dong
Room-dah-bee-boom the whippering dong

Now shut the door keep down to south
Shut the door keep down to south
Shut the door keep down to south

Not any track is turning but the race is in my head
I’m attacking the illusion but the stopping drives me mad

Time is running out and the illusion fades away
Time is running out another day is on it’s way

Another sun was shining and he knew he wasn’t great
He didn’t ever talk about he knew he couldn’t wait

Are you ever gonna push me let me run and let me do?
I need it and I’m ready and I haven’t got a clue

Not any track is turning but the race is in my head
I’m attacking the illusion but the stopping drives me mad

Fire away
This is the race

Why?
Burn
Shout
Lies
Give me the race

Another sun was shining and he knew he wasn’t great
He didn’t ever talk about he knew he couldn’t wait
I need this race

Are you ever gonna push me let me run and let me do?
I need it and I’m ready and I haven’t got a clue

Any track is turning but the race is in my head
I’m attacking the illusion but the stopping drives me mad
Fire away

Time is running out and the illusion fades away
Time is running out another day is on it’s way
This is the race

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen
This is Billy McKloski from Palm Springs reporting for NBC
Sports of America
Twenty seconds to the start of the thirty-first formula race on
A hot sunny afternoon here in California

On the fast lane of the street I’m driving
Sometimes, somewhere, I’m arriving
Every day and every night

Why?
I need this race

Count on me I’m gonna win the race
Count on me I’m gonna win the race
Room-dah-bee-boom the whippering dong
Room-dah-bee-boom the whippering dong

Shut the door keep down to south
Shut the door keep down to south
Shut the door keep down to south
Race in my head

…….

In 1988 the single was released in 7″, 12″ and CD formats throughout the world, and additionally as a cassette single in other places. The limited edition single contained a remix by Paul Dakeyne. The following year, the track was remixed again by Carl Segal and released as a couple of promotional-only 12″ singles, coupled with Emilio Pasquez’s versions of “Blazing Saddles”.

The song has been used for many years to open It’s Academic on WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. It was also the opening theme for the final years of the original run of Academic Challenge on WEWS-TV in Cleveland, by which time it was also known as It’s Academic.

The song was also used prominently in the 1990 comedy film Nuns on the Run, which starred Robbie Coltrane and Eric Idle and can also be heard in the 1991 religious documentary Deadly Currents.

In 1992, “The Race” was released as a single a second time, to coincide with the greatest hits collection, Essential.

“The Race” appeared in remix form again in 1999 for the Eccentrix Remixes compilation, following the release of their Pocket Universe album.

In 2003, the Tomcraft remixes of “The Race” appeared on the single for “Planet Dada”, released from their album, The Eye.

Since its release, “The Race” has been very popular and played among marching bands across the United States.

Finally, in 2007, a brand new version of the track was created by the band in order to promote DHL and Formula 1 racing. Called “The Race II”, the digital single was made available free for download over the internet, and released as a promo CD single.

Yello

Origin Zurich, Switzerland
Genres Electronic, synthpop, new wave, dance, jazz
Years active 1979–present
Labels Polydor, Mercury, Vertigo, 4th & B’way, Smash, Elektra, Ralph, Stiff
Associated acts The Residents
Website Yello.ch
Members Dieter Meier
Boris Blank
Past members Carlos Perón

image by maykrender

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