History Music / Alphaville

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* AscendedExtra: After Bernhard Lloyd left Alphaville in 2003, the then-current members of the touring band (Lister, Goodes, and Kiersch) were, along with Marian Gold, the band's official lineup, and they began work on ''Catching Rays on Giant''.


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*ThisIsASong: "Song For No One," which is "the song for no one but myself."
23rd Aug '16 6:18:30 AM HumanAdventure
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They are best known for their two biggest hits, "Big in Japan" [[note]]No relation to the Tom Waits song of the same name[[/note]] and "Forever Young"[[note]]Not the Rod Stewart one[[/note]]. "Forever Young" didn't do well in the US charts, but since its release it has shown up in movie soundtracks and TV shows.

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They are best known for their two biggest hits, "Big in Japan" [[note]]No relation to the Tom Waits song of the same name[[/note]] and "Forever Young"[[note]]Not Young,"[[note]]Not the Rod Stewart one[[/note]]. one[[/note]] both released in 1984. While "Forever Young" didn't do well and "Big in Japan" managed to peak at 65 and 66, respectively, on the US charts, but since its release it US's Billboard Hot 100, Alphaville have always been best appreciated in Europe, releasing a few top ten singles in several countries throughout the 80s. "Forever Young" has shown up seen a new appreciation in recent years through several covers, remixes, and appearances in movie soundtracks and TV shows.
6th Aug '16 1:58:50 AM HumanAdventure
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* EpilepticFlashingLights: Feature in the video for "Big in Japan." In fact, when Rhino posted the video to their YouTube page, they slowed the video down significantly.
6th Aug '16 1:53:26 AM HumanAdventure
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** If you count ''Crazyshow'' as an album, it has a title track on disc 2.
6th Aug '16 1:44:43 AM HumanAdventure
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* ArtifactTitle: ''Prostitute'' was to be named for a song on the album of the same name. The song got cut, but the album title was never changed.
6th Aug '16 1:22:34 AM HumanAdventure
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** The cover of the "Sensations" single is a shout out to ''Film/CitizenKane''.

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** The cover of the "Sensations" single is a shout out shout-out to ''Film/CitizenKane''.


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** Wolfgang Neuhaus's stage name, Ricky Echolette, is a shout-out to Klemt Echolette, a company that sold amplifiers, microphones, and various other types of music gear.
17th Jul '16 6:50:19 AM HumanAdventure
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The founding members were Bernhard Lloyd, Frank Mertens, and singer Marian Gold. Frank Mertens left the band after the release of their first album, ''Forever Young'', and was replaced by Ricky Echolette. This lineup produced the bulk of Alphaville's studio material, responsible for ''Afternoons in Utopia,'' ''The Breathtaking Blue,'' ''Prostitute,'' and ''Salvation.'' Echolette left the band during the production of ''Salvation''. Alphaville existed for a while as just Bernhard Lloyd and Marian Gold, during which they released the anthology box sets ''Dreamscapes'' and ''Crazyshow''. Lloyd officially left Alphaville in 2003[[note]]His involvement in Alphaville as a band member was basically finished after ''Dreamscapes'' released in 1999, though he still did managerial and promotional work until his official departure[[/note]]. The lineup for 2010's ''Catching Rays on Giant'' is Marian Gold, Martin Lister on keyboards, David Goodes on guitar, and Jakob Kiersch on drums. Fifth member, bassist Maja Kim, joined the band the following year. Martin Lister passed away in May of 2014. After his death, Carsten Brocker took over on keyboards.

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The founding members were Bernhard Lloyd, Frank Mertens, and singer Marian Gold. Frank Mertens left the band after the release of their first album, ''Forever Young'', and was replaced by Ricky Echolette. This lineup produced the bulk of Alphaville's studio material, responsible for ''Afternoons in Utopia,'' ''The Breathtaking Blue,'' ''Prostitute,'' and ''Salvation.'' Echolette left the band during the production of ''Salvation''. Alphaville existed for a while as just Bernhard Lloyd and Marian Gold, during which they released the anthology box sets ''Dreamscapes'' and ''Crazyshow''. Lloyd officially left Alphaville in 2003[[note]]His involvement in Alphaville as a band member was basically finished after ''Dreamscapes'' released in 1999, though he still did managerial and promotional work until his official departure[[/note]]. The lineup for 2010's ''Catching Rays on Giant'' is Marian Gold, Martin Lister on keyboards, David Goodes on guitar, and Jakob Kiersch on drums. Fifth member, bassist Maja Kim, joined the band the following year. Martin Lister passed away in May of 2014. After his death, Carsten Brocker took over on keyboards.
keyboards. Maja Kim left the band in July, 2016.
24th Jun '16 5:27:22 AM HumanAdventure
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** Song For No One features a cut-out animated Marian Gold being dragged through CGI environments made to look like dioramas.
16th Jun '16 5:36:30 AM HumanAdventure
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**''Catching Rays on Giant'' is a nonsense phrase inspired by the caption of a photograph of Elizabeth Taylor that Martin Lister kept in his home: "Elizabeth Taylor catching some rays on the set of ''Giant''."
16th Jun '16 5:22:31 AM HumanAdventure
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* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle: ''Prostitute'', even though the word doesn't appear in any of the song lyrics or song titles.

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* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle: ''Prostitute'', even though the word doesn't appear in any of the song lyrics or song titles.[[note]]The band planned to include a song called "Prostitute" and decided to name the album for it, but eventually left the song on the cutting room floor, while still keeping the name for the album[[/note]]
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