The Race (Yello song)

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"The Race"
Single by Yello
from the album Flag
Released 11 April 1988 (1988-04-11)
Format 7", 12", CD single, Cassette single, CD Video
Genre Synthpop
Length 3:22 (single version)
8:11 (album version)
13:23 (12" mix)
Label Fontana 870 330-1
Writer(s) Boris Blank, Dieter Meier
Producer(s) Yello
Yello singles chronology
"Oh Yeah" (1987 version)
(1987)
"The Race"
(1988)
"Tied Up"
(1988)

"The Race" is the first single from Yello's 1988 album Flag. The single was initially released on April 11, 1988 via Fontana label.[1]

Release history[edit]

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.

Promotional video[edit]

A stock footage infused video was also created for the song, displaying an abstract race. It was directed by Dieter Meier. This video was released on the CD-Video format.

Yello has also been known to sponsor remixes of their work. For example in 1989, RockAmerica created a video remix contest on behalf of Yello named "The Race (Video Remix Contest)" in which participants had to video mix the hit recording "The Race". The competition winners Jeff Consiglio and Vincent Zegna remixed the track and video, taking the main award and having the video released through RockAmerica.

Chart performance[edit]

The song entered the UK Singles Chart at No. 31 and by its fifth week, it had peaked at No. 7. It is their biggest hit in the UK. It is also their biggest hit in South Africa, reaching No. 1.

Country Peak
position
The Netherlands 20[2]
South Africa 1[3]
United Kingdom 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yello – The Race". discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-02-01. 
  2. ^ "De Nederlandse Top 40, week 26, 1988". Retrieved 2008-03-09. 
  3. ^ http://rock.co.za/files/springbok_top_20_(Y).html Retrieved 5 December 2013

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