Flag (Yello album)

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Studio album by Yello
Released November 1, 1988
Genre Synthpop
Length 49:01
Label Mercury (original US release)
Fontana (original UK & European release)
Vertigo (2005 CD reissue)
Producer Yello
Yello chronology
One Second
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]

Flag is Yello's sixth original album, released in 1988 and featuring the eight-minute tour-de-force, "The Race", the edited version of which reached number 7 in the UK Singles Chart in August of that year. "The Race" was famously used for many years as a trailer for Eurosport as well as the opening theme to the US quiz show It's Academic.[2][3] An early cut of the album was used as the soundtrack for the film Nuns on the Run.

Track listing[edit]

  • All Songs Written By Dieter Meier & Boris Blank. (Datasound, in Association with Axxis Musikverlag GmbH, subpublished by Warner-Chappell Music)
  1. "Tied Up" 6:05
  2. "Of Course I'm Lying" 5:56
  3. "3rd Of June" 4:50
  4. "Blazing Saddles" 3:53
  5. "The Race" 8:08
  6. "Alhambra" 3:38
  7. "Otto Di Catania" 3:20
  8. "Tied Up In Red" (CD bonus track) 8:23
  9. "Tied Up In Gear" 3:58
  10. "The Race (Break Light Mix)" *
  11. "Wall Street Bongo" *
  12. "The Race (12" Mix)" *

(*) Bonus tracks on the 2005 remastered release

Chart performance[edit]

Country Peak
Switzerland 3
Austria 12
Sweden 24
New Zealand 33
United Kingdom 56
United States 152

Singles - The Official UK Singles Chart / Millward Brown (United Kingdom)

Date Single Chart Position
August 1988 "The Race" The Official UK Singles Chart 7
December 1988 "Tied Up" The Official UK Singles Chart 60
March 1989 "Of Course I'm Lying" The Official UK Singles Chart 23
July 1989 "Blazing Saddles" The Official UK Singles Chart 47


  • Dieter Meier, Boris Blank: Vocals
  • Billy Mackenzie: Backing Vocals
  • Leos Gerteis: Clarinet
  • Chico Hablas: Guitars
  • Beat Ash: Drums, Percussion


  • Arranged, Produced, Engineered & Mixed By Yello
  • Mastered By Kevin Metcalfe