Alphaville









Alphaville

Alphaville

is a German synthpop rock music group which was called Forever Young before they changed their name to Alphaville. The group was formed by Marian Gold ( his real name was Hartwig Shierbaum), Bernhard Lloyd (his real name was Bernhard Gobling), and Frank Mertens (his real name was Frank Sorgatz). The group are best known for their two hits, Big In Japan, and Forever Young. Their first debut single, in 1984, was Big In Japan and it was followed by the album, Forever Young. Frank Mertens left the band that year and he was replaced with Ricky Echolette (real name Wolfgang Neuhaus). Big In Japan was the groups biggest hit and it topped the charts in Sweden, Switzerland, and the United states Billboard Dance Chart. This was the groups only successful hit in the United States. The hit also reached number 5 in Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Ireland, and South Africa. It was also the only top single in the U. K., and it reached number 8 on the charts there. Alphaville released their next two singles, Sounds Like A Melody, and Forever Young, and they both were successes on the European Top 10 charts. The Alphaville version of Forever Young was re-released for the third time in the United States in 1988, and it went to number 65 on the single Top Hot 100 Billboard chart. This was the last time and the last one of their songs to make the charts in the U. S.. The song has been released by other artists many times. And Laura Branigan performed the song as her encore for each of her concerts until her death in 2004.

The group released their second album in 1986 and called it, Afternoons In Utopia. The albumís single, Dance With Me, was a big international hit and went to number 10 in Norway, Sweden, South Africa, and Switzerland. It was followed by, The Breathtaking Blue album and it included songs such as, Romeos, and Mysteries of Love. The album was released as a CD+G, and a German translation. In 1994, the group released their next album and it was called, Prostitute. Ricky Echolette left the band in 1996. Following that, the album, Salvation was released in 1997. Next came Stark naked and Absolutely Live and it was released in 2000, and closely following it was a remix album. The following year they released, Forever Pop, and a DVD, Little America. In 2003, CrazyShow was released and Bernhard Lloyd left the group.

The current members of the group are Marian Gold, Martin Lister, David Goodes, and Pierson Grange. Gold has released 2 solo albums. Lloyd did a 13 track CD with Max Holler. The others went on to work in music or art. The group released a total of 20 albums and 41 singles during their career.