Created in 1982, Alphaville is a synthesizer pop ensemble from Munster, West Germany. Their fame came in the mid-80s, when they combined the seductive tempos of 1970s disco with modern pop. Their sound resembles Erasure, Savage, Yazoo, and Camouflage. The group started with vocalist Marian Gold, Bernhard Lloyd, and Frank Mertens. The hit 1980s group now consists of Gold, David Goodes, and Jakob Kiersch.
After spending two years working on music, Alphaville released their debut album “Forever Young.” The record contained political references combined with soft melodies. Their first album became a monumental success that still reverberates today. The album featured four singles that became big hits including the title track “Forever Young.” The song didn’t do well in the beginning, yet, overtime it captivated audiences. It also came during a time of reflection in a divided Germany. In spite of, the single wasn’t the biggest one on to be released. “Big in Japan” made international headlines with its success, topping charts throughout the UK and South America. It took some time and re-releasing of the album, but eventually the record scored in the US.
In 1986, Alphaville released their second album, which continued the success of the band. Afternoons in Utopia featured singles that scored respectable spots on music charts throughout Europe. One single “Jerusalem” released in Germany only, which was a clear reference to the anti-Semitism in the area. After touring for three years, Alphaville returned to the studio to work on their next project. In 1989, they released their modestly successful LP, The Breathtaking Blue.
The group spent the next few years touring and spending time with family. In 1994, they regrouped to work on their third album, Prostitute. Longtime fans accepted the record; yet, it received mixed reviews by critics. Three years later, the band continued their floundering success and dropped, Salvation. Again, the record did modestly well with old fans, but failed to find a new following.
The group spent the early 2000s performing random shows and releasing a couple Eps. They regained glory when their single “Forever Young,” featured on many films including, Napoleon Dynamite. They are currently preparing for their 30 year reunion tour, which includes stops in Holic, Slovakia and Berlin, Germany.
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