These wacky Swiss synth-pop pioneers were led by Dieter Meier, a millionaire businessman, professional gambler and member of the Swiss national golf team. He had also previously released two solo singles.
Meier provided the concepts while his partner Boris Blank wrote the music. The duo were contemporaries of Kraftwerk and had early acclaim for albums Solid Pleasure and Claro Que Si. They quickly proved popular with the Futurist and New Romantic movements in the UK.
Their 1986 hit Oh Yeah featured in the films Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Secret Of My Success, and was later used in a chocolate bar advert.
Their motorsport-inspired techno epic, The Race, stormed into the charts across Europe in 1988. Accompanied by a stunning video – Meier saw visual entertainment as crucial to their work – The Race easily transgressed the pop and dance markets in the wake of the Acid House phenomenon.
On One Second they worked closely with Shirley Bassey and Billy McKenzie, before becoming more embroiled in movie soundtracks.
To link with their 1997 album Pocket Universe, Meier – millionaire businessman, professional gambler and member of the Swiss national golf team – created a multimedia show for the Planetarium of the Deutsches Museum in Munich.