Two of the most oddly memorable things from the 80’s are synonymous with the words “Oh Yeah!” Who could forget the scene in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off when Cameron shows Ferris his dad’s Ferrari. It was this iconic scene that helped make Yello’s 1985 song “Oh Yeah” one of the most recognizable songs of all time. Ironically, Dieter Meier, the writer of the song has admittedly still never seen the movie.
After it’s use in the 1986 film the song became a 1980’s Hollywood cliche. It was used in several other movies and commercials for years to come. Film critic Jonathan Bernstein observed that despite never reaching hit status, the song “has become synonymous with lust. Every time a movie, TV show or commercial wants to underline the jaw-dropping impact of a hot babe or sleek auto, that synth-drum starts popping and that deep voice rumbles, ‘Oh yeah…” Dieter himself made quite the fortune from the track, investing the proceeds he eventually earned a reported $175 million from the song. I also must add that it has one of the weirdest music videos of all time…
Every 80’s kid who had a wild sugar rush and that tell-tell “Kool-aid smile” will remember “Oh Yeah!” as the phrase one says after breaking through a wall.
In the mid 1970’s Kool-Aid Man was introduced as a walking talking six-foot tall pitcher of Cherry Kool-Aid. By the 1980s, the Kool-Aid Man had attained pop culture icon status.
The Kool-Aid Man has been featured in video games, cartoons, comics and much more. He even appears in modern day television shows such as Family Guy and the Simpsons. He will never be as wacky and wild as he was in those 1980’s commercials. Oh Yeah!
If the 80’s make you say OH YEAH, don’t forget to make plans to attend the 15th Annual 80’s Prom at Cain’s Ballroom! Tickets are on sale now!