Yello have had a place in my heart for a long time so I was more than happy to be sent Dieter Meier‘s latest single ‘Buffoon‘ for review. To me, Meier has always seemed to be Switzerland’s answer to the magnificent Ian Dury – with a much more positive outlook on life. Perhaps he’s better described as a cross between Dury and Spike Milligan as his sense of humour and tomfoolery is much to the level of the magnificent Goon.
Meier’s trademark deep, almost erotic voice leads a song that essentially seems like a bit of messing about and his use of the Partridge-esque ‘A-ha!’ helps add to the comical element of the track. Musically it’s a bit Chas’n’Dave but that is by no means a bad thing! There’s a real charm to the song which is utterly endearing and the video shows that Meier clearly still has moves.
It’s a feel-good track that will bring a smile to your face, whether or not you’re a fan of the music, as the lyrics are a babbling brook of brilliance. It’s not quite up there with ‘Oh Yeah‘, which I still see as one of the quintessential 80s tunes, but it’s well worth a listen – and given the strange video, particularly the magnificent tailor, worth a watch.