Anyone who simply classifies Yello as an 80s synth duo clearly hasn't listened to their output properly. Yello can't really be pigeonholed so easily, as this, their debut album demonstrates.
'Solid Pleasure' is a highly experimental blend of music that at times calls to mind Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk and Can. It's quirky, eccentric and is to be honest, quite an acquired taste.
Tracks like 'Bimbo', 'Eternal Legs' and the disco hit 'Bostich' have some commercial appeal, but they certainly aren't run of the mill synth pop numbers.
Yello even put their own unique, bizarre take on other genres, including world music on tracks like 'Downtown Samba', 'Rock Stop' and 'Coast To Polka'
My favourite tracks on 'Solid Pleasure' are the spooky 'Night Flanger' and the glorious Tangerine Dream-esque soundscape of 'Blue Green'.
'Assistant's Cry' and closing track 'Bananas To The Beat' are just plain barmy.
'Solid Pleasure' isn't radio, chart friendly pop by any stretch of the imagination. Boris Blank and Carlos Peron create weird and wonderful sonic worlds, using all manner of samples and instrumentation for Dieter Meier's crazy characters to inhabit.
It's an incredibly brave debut album in many ways and although not to everyone's taste, it's a vital record that was a world away from all the other synth-based acts of the time.
Yello were pioneers back in 1981, and anyone that appreciates experimentation in any form of music will lap this up.