Video Killed The Yes Music – or did it? 450

Produced by Jeffrey Crecelius, Wayne Hall, Preston Frazier and Bill Govier

Well, it was 1978…

Is or was Yes a promotional video type band? This is the question Mark and I wrestle with this week. We each choose 3 videos to discuss and we also broad our scope a bit as well. Do watch the videos which I’ve embedded into the show notes below to give you some context.

  • Which videos did we choose?
  • Which are the most effective?
  • Should Yes have even bothered with videos?

Listen to the episode and let us know what you think!

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Show notes and links:

Kevin’s video selections:

Mark’s video selections:

…and that ‘other’ Owner one:

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  • Jeffrey Crecelius
  • Preston Frazier
  • Bill Govier and
  • Wayne Hall


Aaron Steelman

Dave Owen

Mark James Lang

Paul Tomei

Joost Maglev

David Heyden

Martin Kjellberg

Paul Wilson

Bob Martilotta


Michael O’Connor

William Hayes
Brian Sullivan

David Pannell

Miguel Falcão

Lobate Scarp

Chris Bandini

David Watkinson

Neal Kaforey

Rachel Hadaway

Craig Estenes


Paul Hailes

Mark ‘Zarkol’ Baggs

Doug Curran

Robert Nasir

Fergus Cubbage

Scott Colombo

Fred Barringer

Scott Smith
Geoff Bailie

Simon Barrow
Geoffrey Mason

Stephen Lambe

Guy R DeRome

Steve Dill

Henrik Antonsson

Steve Perry

Hogne Bø Pettersen

Steve Rode


Steve Scott

Jamie McQuinn

Steven Roehr

Ken Fuller

Terence Sadler

Michael Handerhan

Tim Stannard


Todd Dudley

John Cowan

Tony Handley

John Holden

Joseph Cottrell

John Parry

Keith Hoisington

John Thomson

Barry Gorsky

Alan Begg

Robert and David

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Theme music

The music I use is the last movement of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. This has been used as introduction music at many Yes concerts. My theme music is not take from a live concert – I put it together from the following two creative commons sources: thanvannispen and

6 replies on “Video Killed The Yes Music – or did it? 450”

Enjoyed the video chat. Yes some are wacky and puzzling and some stand the test of time.

Now if you want to cover Asia or Trevor Rabin videos next that should be fun.

Yes – some good content here. I did like Mark’s comment “I was kinnda young” – I think 10 is young Mark 😉
Videos are always of their era – as you both said they were really a live band – so bar the 90125 Hold On, you don’t see a promo video showing that (until “don’t Go”?). They don’t really haver the appeal of a video band (as my wife pointed out once…”gee they are not pretty to look at” – It’s not about looks I replied – but as far as videos go that is a point bar Trevor R are of course.)
Very entertaining.

Don’t you dare discuss the great (and maybe not so great) Yes music videos without an in-depth multi-episode discussion of the great Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe music video for “Brother of Mine” including all four of the firm partners in full face paint to accompany the video.

Never forget!!


I was puzzled by this whole discussion. Music videos were a thing of the MTV station which was nowhere during Yes in their prime. The only time I ever saw any Yes ‘videos’ (they weren’t even called that then) was related to the solo projects. I remember the Squire one and Howe’s on the Old grey Whistle test. Before that there was no outlet for rock music promotional films so why would they make them? I’ve certainly never seen any before or after 1976. We Yes fans just bought the albums as they came out unaware of any promotional stuff. From the sound of them I dodged a bullet.

Before there was MTV, there was Wolfman Jack’s Midnight Special and other late night music video programs. I remember seeing promotional music videos before MTV, but never a Yes video…

The reference to the Birotron as the squeaky sound solo on DKtW is giving some bad fame to it, usually associated to the “bad” keyboard sounds of Tormato. That sound is not produced by the Birotron. The Birotron is the Mellotron-like string pad softer sound. The “guilty” device producing the squeaky sounds is the Polymoog.

The best produced Yes videos were (for me) The early ones from Time And A Word. They are creative, fitting with the season they were made, and with a considerable filming production.

Big Generator-era video clips were also considerably well made, also to the flavour of the season. Those were also the really last ones to have the minimum quality and effectiveness.

Another great episode – thanks Kevin for including my jingle at the opening. It’s an honour for me!

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