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German synth pop group Alphaville enjoyed major success in the United States with their early hits "Forever Young" and "Big in Japan," and went on to a lasting career in Europe, South America, and Asia. Alphaville were formed by vocalist and lyricist Marian Gold and keyboard player Bernhard Lloyd, both of whom were members of the Nelson Community, a multimedia art collective based in Berlin. Gold and Lloyd were part of a short-lived band called Chinchilla Green (other members went on to form the groups Melody Nelson and Girl Next Door), and when Lloyd began putting together a new act with fellow keyboardist Frank Mertens in 1982, they invited Gold to be their lead singer. Originally known as Forever Young, the band borrowed the name Alphaville from the acclaimed 1965 film by Jean-Luc Godard. In 1983, Alphaville landed an international record deal with WEA, and the following year they released their debut single, "Big in Japan." The song soon became a major worldwide hit, and Alphaville's first album, Forever Young, quickly followed. Despite Alphaville's sudden success, Frank Mertens opted to leave the band by the end of 1984, and the group added former Chinchilla Green member Ricky Echolette on guitar and keyboards. In 1986, Alphaville released their second album, Afternoons in Utopia, which introduced a more lush and ambitious sound for the trio, with dozens of studio musicians contributing to the project, and for their third LP, The Breathtaking Blue, the trio collaborated with producer Klaus Schulze, a former member of Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel. The group invited several noted filmmakers to create videos for each of the album's nine songs, which were released under the collective title Songlines; one of the videos, Balance, went on to win the 1990 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Subject. In 1992, Marian Gold released a solo album and Alphaville began work on their fourth album; sessions took place over the course of two years, and in 1993, the previously studio-only group took a break and gave its first public live performances, in Lebanon and Finland. The album Prostitute was finally issued in 1994, in 1996 Ricky Echolette left Alphaville as the group prepared for a world tour in London. (Some of Echolette's songs and performances would appear on the next Alphaville album, 1997's Salvation.) Alphaville performed regularly in Europe and South America and celebrated their first 15 years in 1999 with Dreamscapes, an ambitious eight-disc retrospective release, and soon after began releasing their music in Europe through their own label. That same year, Salvation received a belated release in the United States, and the group celebrated by playing its first American dates, a pair of concerts in Salt Lake City that were filmed and released on the DVD Little America. In 2003, Bernhard Lloyd announced his departure from Alphaville; the group's official lineup was now Gold on vocals, Martin Lister (their live musical director) on keyboards and electronics, Dave Goodes on guitar, and Jakob Kiersch on drums. In 2010, after several years of steady touring, live and remix releases, and various solo projects, Alphaville returned with the album Catching Rays on Giant. ~ Mark Deming
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Stations Featuring
Alphaville

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Albums by
Alphaville

Top Songs by
Alphaville

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Forever Young
  3.   Big in Japan
  4.   Sounds Like a Melody
  5.   A Victory of Love
  6.   To Germany With Love
  7.   Jerusalem
  8.   Dance With Me
  9.   Summer in Berlin
  10.   The One Thing
  11.   Miracle Healing
  12.   Universal Daddy
  13.   Gravitation Breakdown
  14.   Call Me Down
  15.   End of the World
  16.   Guardian Angel
  17.   Monkey in the Moon
  18.   Cosmopolitician
  19.   Pandora's Lullaby
  20.   Apolla
  21.   Fantastic Dream
  22.   Red Rose
  23.   20th Century
  24.   Romeos
  25.   Beyond The Laughing Sky
  26.   Heartbreak City
  27.   Fever!
  28.   Nevermore
  29.   Rendezvoyeur
  30.   Sexyland
  31.   Enigma
  32.   Around The Universe
  33.   House Of Ghosts
  34.   La Escalera
  35.   Vingt Mille Lieues Sous Les Mers
  36.   The Nelson Highrise Sector 2: The Mirror incl. The Other Side Of U / Airlines / T.O.S.O.U. (Reprise)
  37.   The Nelson Highrise (Sector One: the Elevator)
  38.   The Things I Didn't Do
  39.   Song for No One
  40.   I Die for You Today
  41.   Forever Young 2001
  42.   Call Me
  43.   Giants
  44.   Anyway
  45.   Middle of the Riddle
  46.   Heaven or Hell
  47.   Apollo
  48.   Dangerous Places
  49.   Point of Know Return
  50.   Soul Messiah
  51.   Flame
  52.   She Fades Away
  53.   Ariana
  54.   Carry Your Flag
  55.   New Horizons
  56.   Next Generation
  57.   Welcome To the Sun
  58.   Seeds
  59.   Wishful Thinking
  60.   Lies
  61.   In the Mood
  62.   Fallen Angel
  63.   Euphoria
  64.   Some People
  65.   Faith
  66.   Oh Patti
  67.   All in the Golden Afternoon
  68.   Ain't It Strange
  69.   Parade
  70.   The Impossible Dream
  71.   Ascension Day
  72.   Beethoven
  73.   Lady Bright
  74.   Carol Masters
  75.   The Voyager
  76.   Afternoons in Utopia
  77.   Sensations
  78.   The Mysteries of Love
  79.   Lassie Come Home
  80.   For a Million
  81.   The Jet Set
  82.   Summer Rain
  83.   Fools
  84.   Heaven on Earth (The Things We've Got to Do)
  85.   Concrete Soundtraxx For Imaginary Films I
  86.   IAO
  87.   Marionettes With Halos
  88.   Phantoms
  89.   The Deep
  90.   Patricia's Park
  91.   Spirit of the Age
  92.   Control
  93.   Inside Out
  94.   Iron John
  95.   The Paradigm Shift
  96.   Mafia Island
  97.   A Handful Of Darkness
  98.   Ivory Tower
  99.   De Mascaras y Enigmas
  100.   Paisajes Nocturnos

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