Yes, Let’s – In Concert – 1985 – Past Daily Soundbooth
Yes, Let’s in concert to start the week. Don’t feel badly if they ring no bells with you. With only one single released and a rumored album (produced by none other than Steve Hillage), Yes, Let’s may go down as one of the shortest-lived bands to have a record deal in the 1980s, maybe ever.
Yes Let’s was a Welsh short-lived pop band consisting of Paul Weston, Dai Chetley, Ingmar Kiang and Joe Gibb. They released just one single in 1984 and did a tour supporting Level 42. They also recorded an album with producer Steve Hillage in 1985, though it is not sure if it was actually released.
This concert, which comes around the time of the rumored debut album (that never was), puts them in the BBC‘s famed Paris Theatre. Whether this concert comes before, after or during their tour as opening act for Level 42 isn’t clear. But it would seem they were starting to get a reputation going, simply by word-of-mouth.
Not much is known about the individual members of the band, aside from founding member Ingmar Kiang, who went on to become a well-known producer. Kiang is a musician/programmer/engineer/producer with six gold/platinum discs to his credit, highly experienced in acoustic, electronic, rock, jazz and pop recording and mixing. He also wrote for Sound on Sound, the world’s leading music technology magazine, contributing equipment reviews and features on record production.
Aside from that, very little, if any information on the band – when they got started, when they broke up – what was the reason – things that are left to the imagination or for someone with keen research abilities to pull out between dusty pages of a music magazine from the 80s.
If you aren’t familiar with the band (and I suspect not many are), here is your chance to give a listen to a band who were poised and who had dreams – but like everything, faded over time.