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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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Albums by
Alphaville

Top Songs by
Alphaville

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

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