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

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