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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 the band'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 then 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, their first commercial effort in over a decade. In May 2014, Lister passed away unexpectedly. His duties were assumed by Carsten Brocker. Bassist Maja Kim parted ways with the group in 2016, replaced by Alexandra Merl. The following year, Alphaville issued their seventh LP, Strange Attractor. ~ Mark Deming
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  1.   Song
  2.   Forever Young
  3.   Big in Japan
  4.   Lies
  5.   Ascension Day
  6.   Forever Young 2001
  7.   End of the World
  8.   The Deep
  9.   Lassie Come Home
  10.   The Things I Didn't Do
  11.   I Die for You Today
  12.   Miracle Healing
  13.   Summer in Berlin
  14.   For a Million
  15.   Dance With Me
  16.   IAO
  17.   Sounds Like a Melody
  18.   The Mysteries of Love
  19.   Afternoons in Utopia
  20.   20th Century
  21.   Universal Daddy
  22.   A Handful Oo Darkness
  23.   Beyond the Laughing Sky
  24.   Heartbreak City
  25.   Fever!
  26.   Nevermore
  27.   Sexyland
  28.   Mafia Island
  29.   Enigma
  30.   Around the Universe
  31.   House of Ghosts
  32.   Marionettes With Halos
  33.   Concrete Soundtraxx For Imaginary Films I
  34.   The Nelson Highrise Sector 2: The Mirror incl. The Other Side Of U / Airlines / T.O.S.O.U. (Reprise)
  35.   The Nelson Highrise (Sector One: the Elevator)
  36.   Gravitation Breakdown
  37.   Song for No One
  38.   Heaven on Earth (The Things We've Got to Do)
  39.   Call Me
  40.   Giants
  41.   Anyway
  42.   Patricia's Park
  43.   Apollo
  44.   Spirit of the Age
  45.   Control
  46.   Guardian Angel
  47.   Soul Messiah
  48.   Monkey in the Moon
  49.   Flame
  50.   She Fades Away
  51.   Ariana
  52.   Cosmopolitician
  53.   Carry Your Flag
  54.   Pandora's Lullaby
  55.   New Horizons
  56.   Next Generation
  57.   Welcome To the Sun
  58.   Seeds
  59.   Wishful Thinking
  60.   In the Mood
  61.   Fallen Angel
  62.   To Germany With Love
  63.   Euphoria
  64.   The One Thing
  65.   Iron John
  66.   Faith
  67.   Ivory Tower
  68.   All in the Golden Afternoon
  69.   Ain't It Strange
  70.   The Impossible Dream
  71.   Beethoven
  72.   Romeos
  73.   Sensations
  74.   Jerusalem
  75.   A Victory of Love
  76.   The Jet Set
  77.   Red Rose
  78.   Summer Rain
  79.   Fools
  80.   Fantastic Dream
  81.   The Voyager
  82.   Carol Masters
  83.   Lady Bright
  84.   Some People
  85.   Rendezvoyeur
  86.   Inside Out
  87.   Parade
  88.   Phantoms
  89.   Call Me Down
  90.   Middle of the Riddle
  91.   Heaven or Hell
  92.   Dangerous Places
  93.   Apolla
  94.   Oh Patti
  95.   Paisajes Nocturnos
  96.   Point of Know Return
  97.   De Mascaras y Enigmas
  98.   La Escalera
  99.   The Paradigm Shift
  100.   Vingt Mille Lieues Sous Les Mers

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