Would Yello's "Ciel Ouvert" have been impossible without a Fairlight? How did the instrument, deep pockets and creative genius relate at the time?
Not impossible but maybe more laborious to make.
There was something offensively exclusive about an instrument which cost £250,000 and I wasn't hugely impressed with what came out of them. People tended to rely on presets a lot and there were a lot of identikit 'Fairlight records' about in the 80s.
That's not to say Yello didn't produce some incredible moments but I think they were far more engaging when Boris Blank was wrestling with more primitive technology.
For me the definitive Yello moment is the original 7" mix of 'I Love You'.
I had the 3D picture disc and to me that record is as important as anything Giorgio Moroder did in the gestation of modern-era electronic music.