-> Let us die young or let us live forever.\\
We don't have the power but we never say never.\\
Sitting in a sandpit, life is a short trip.\\
The music's for the sad men.
-->--"Forever Young"

Alphaville is a German SynthPop[=/=][[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] group that gained international popularity in the 1980s. The band was originally named '''Forever Young'''.

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.

The founding members were Marian Gold, Bernhard Lloyd, and Frank Mertens. Frank Mertens left the band after the release of their first album, ''Forever Young'', and was replaced by Ricky Echolette. Alphaville released four more albums with the lineup of Gold, Lloyd, and Echolette, until Echolette left the band during the recording of the fifth album, ''Salvation''[[note]]So technically, they released ''three'' more albums with that lineup, but see "Demoted to Extra" below.[[/note]]. Alphaville existed for a while as just Bernhard Lloyd and Marian Gold, during which they released the anthology box sets ''Dreamscapes'' and ''Crazyshow''. Lloyd left Alphaville in 2003. The lineup for 2010's ''Catching Rays on Giant'' is Marian Gold, Martin Lister, David Goodes, and Jakob Kiersch. Fifth member, bassist Maja Kim, joined the band the following year. Martin Lister passed away in May of 2014.

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!!Discography

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* ''Forever Young'' (1984)
* ''Afternoons in Utopia'' (1986)
* ''The Breathtaking Blue'' (1989)
* ''Prostitute'' (1994)
* ''Salvation'' (1997)
* ''Catching Rays on Giant'' (2010)
* ''Strange Attractor (working title)'' (2014)

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[[folder: Compilation Albums ]]

* ''The Singles Collection'' (1988)
* ''First Harvest'' (1992)
* ''Forever Young and Other Hits'' (2003)
* ''Alphaville'' (2014)

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[[folder: Anthologies ]]

* ''Dreamscapes'' (1999)
* ''Crazyshow'' (2003)

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!!Alphaville provides examples of the following tropes:

* AfterTheEnd: One way to interpret the setting of the "Forever Young" video. Survivors in tattered old clothes sleep in a ruined building, suddenly awakened by the music of three men with EightiesHair.
* AlbumFiller: After their first album was released, Alphaville was asked to write songs for a play. They only got so far as "Jerusalem" before the project halted, and the song ended up becoming the last song they recorded for their second album.
* AlbumTitleDrop: ''Forever Young'' and ''Afternoons in Utopia'' have title tracks, ''The Breathtaking Blue'' is in the lyrics of "Summer Rain," and ''Salvation'' is in the lyrics of "Spirit of the Age." ''Prostitute'' and ''Catching Rays on Giant'' avert this completely.
* AmbiguousGender: "The Jet Set": "If she's a lady / I'm her man / If she's a man / I'll do what I can!"
** "Things will happen while they can / I will wait here for my man tonight, it's easy when you're big in Japan." Wait, so is this a man singing from a woman's point of view? If it isn't, then it must be a gay man singing.
* TheArtifact: Ricky Echolette appears in the animated music video for the "Forever Young Diamonds in the Sun Remix," even though the video was released several years after he left the band, and he was not in the band when "Forever Young" was originally recorded.
* BeYourself: "The Impossible Dream": "And I don't need to be a poet / I don't need to be a hero / When all I need to do is keep on loving you."
* BookEnds: ''Afternoons in Utopia'' does something similar to TheWall. The first track is an echo of the word "night". The last track is the limerick "There was a young lady named Bright / Whose speed was much faster, much faster than light / She departed one day / In a relative way / And returned on the previous...."
* CallBack: "Faith" on ''Prostitute'' contains the line "cosmic meadows," which also appeared in "The Nelson Highrise Sector 2."
** "Ivory Tower" is pretty much all call backs.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: The subject of the song "Carol Masters." Carol stares out the window each night, listening for a call from "far beyond the atmospheres," which she believes will beckon her to Mars.
* ConceptAlbum: ''Afternoons in Utopia,'' With images repeated throughout, like the mighty maomoondogs, the Ivory Cityside, and the acrobats and comets; Carol, a character who appears in multiple songs; and the repeated idea of travelling and sending messages across outer-space distances. All this is to say nothing of the generally optimistic, peaceful outlook of the lyrics throughout, i.e. "We shall stop the wars on those afternoons in utopia."
* ContinuityNod: The song "Ivory Tower" is full of references to previous Alphaville songs, including "Carol Masters," "Sensations," "Summer Rain," "Middle of the Riddle," "Fallen Angel," "Romeos," "Patricia's Park," "Anyway," "Forever Young," "Summer in Berlin," "Lassie Come Home," "Mysteries of Love," and "20th Century." The title "Ivory Tower" itself is a reference to a quote by Bernhard Lloyd which was printed in the ''First Harvest'' compilation.
* CoverVersion: On ''Dreamscapes'': "High School Confidential," "Roll Away the Stone," "The Shape of Things to Come," and "Peace on Earth." On ''Crazyshow'': "Do the Strand," "Something," and "Diamonds Are 4 Eva."
* ADayInTheLimelight: The lead vocals on "Call Me Down" are performed by Martin Lister.
* DemotedToExtra: Ricky Echolette left Alphaville during production of ''Salvation.'' As such, only Marian Gold and Bernhard Lloyd are presented in the liner notes for that album as the band members, even though Ricky is credited as a songwriter on every song.
* EpicInstrumentalOpener: "Euphoria" spends over three minutes as an instrumental before Marian starts singing.
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: "Oh Patti/Ivory Tower" on ''Prostitute'', but most cleverly done with "20th Century/The Voyager/Carol Masters" on ''Afternoons in Utopia''. Carol herself is referenced in "20th Century," then two tracks later has her own song. It's even possible Carol is the unspecified She in "The Voyager."
* FakeOutFadeOut: "The Impossible Dream."
* {{Foreshadowing}}: "I.A.O. (International Aquarian Opera)," track one of ''Afternoons in Utopia'', is simply the chorus from track five, "Afternoons in Utopia."
* GoIntoTheLight: At the end of the "Forever Young" video, Marian points to a painting and a diamond-shaped portal of light appears, into which the band's audience walk through one by one.
* GrandFinale: ''Salvation'' ends with "Pandora's Lullaby," where Marian's vocals are supported by a sweeping orchestral background. The American release kind of spoils it with three bonus tracks.
* GratuitousFrench: "Vingt Mille Lieues Sous Les Mers." The verses are in English, the chorus is in French.
* GreatestHitsAlbum: Two: ''First Harvest'' and ''Forever Young and Other Hits''. All others are bootlegs.
* {{Instrumentals}}: As far as studio albums go, "Patricia's Park" on ''The Breathtaking Blue''. ''Dreamscapes'' and ''Crazyshow'' each contain a few.
* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle: ''Prostitute'', even though the word doesn't appear in any of the song lyrics or song titles.
* LonelyPianoPiece: "Parade" from ''Prostitute''.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''The Breathtaking Blue,'' the first full album recorded in a brand new studio the band designed themselves: Luna Park Studios in Berlin. Klaus Schulze of Tangerine Dream co-produced the album. Yet, for an album made by musicians usually associated with synthesizers, the synthesizers exist mostly in the background, and is definitely a strong deviation from the synthpop style of Alphaville's previous two albums.
* NonAppearingTitle: "Fantastic Dream" and "Lady Bright," sort of. The first has the word "dream" but not "fantastic," the second contains the line "There was a young lady named Bright." "Ascension Day," "Parade," and "Phantoms" are straight examples.
* NonIndicativeName: "Big In Japan" is about a couple trying to break their heroin addiction. Marian Gold said in an interview that the lyrics are so esoteric only he and Bernhard Lloyd actually knew what they meant.
* OneWomanSong: "Carol Masters," "Ariana," and "Oh Patti." Played with in that "Carol Masters" is more an abstract description of who she is than a tribute of love, "Ariana" is basically a derisive rant at a famous-for-being-famous socialite, and the singer in "Oh Patti" is actually trying to convince the listener, not himself, to love Patti.
* PrecisionFStrike: Alphaville's music had nary a curse word until "Zoo" on ''Crazyshow.'' "I'll be so fuckin' bored! I'll be so fuckin' bored with you!"
* RegionalRiff: "Big in Japan" uses a vaguely Asian-sounding scale, and also ends with a gong for good measure.
* SequelSong: "The Nelson Highrise" series of songs come in four sectors: The Elevator, The Mirror, The Garage, and Scum of the Earth.
* ShoutOut: The band took its name from the 1965 film, ''Film/{{Alphaville}}''.
** The album ''Prostitute'' includes the song "All in the Golden Afternoon," a slightly edited take on the verse by Creator/LewisCarroll.
** "Wonderboy" shouts out to DavidBowie and the PetShopBoys.
** "Waiting 4 The Nu Lite" contains the melody from "Within You Without You" from SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand.
** The animated music video for the "Forever Young Diamonds in the Sun Remix" shouts out to a bunch of classic moviesŚexcept, strangely enough, to ''Film/{{Alphaville}}''
* SillyLoveSongs: At least one per album, but "The Impossible Dream" from ''Prostitute'' really stands out, since the four tracks that precede it are more toward the cynical end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism. It's then followed by a LonelyPianoPiece.
* SixthRanger: Rainer Bloss is not and never was an official member of Alphaville, but has contributed to every album since ''The Breathtaking Blue''.
* SpokenWordInMusic: The transition between "Ivory Tower" and "Faith" is of a radio host from South Africa's anti-Apartheid Radio Freedom station introducing Alphaville as a West German group.
* StageNames: Marian Gold = Hartwig Schierbaum; Bernhard Lloyd = Bernhard G÷▀ling; Ricky Echolette = Wolfgang Neuhaus; Frank Mertens = Frank Sorgatz. Martin Lister, David Goodes, and Jacob Kiersch go by their real names.
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: Marian's English is excellent, though he occasionally makes the "th" sound as an "s" or "z". This is exemplified in "Pandora's Lullaby," where he sings "I stop to breathe for a while," but it sounds like, "I stop to breeze for a while."
* TheNotRemix: Except for "Forever Young," all of the singles from ''Forever Young'' were mixed differently from the album version. "Big in Japan" removed the backwards gong intro; "Sounds Like a Melody" uses different, brighter-sounding synthesizers and a stronger reverb, and eliminated the string ensemble at the end; "Jet Set" was rerecorded completely (after the album came out, no less), Marian's vocals sound less processed, and added the "Let's go to the moon!" mantra at the end.
* WordSaladTitle: "Vingt Mille Lieues Sous Les Mers incl. The Nelson Highrise Sector 3: The Garage." Often referred to as "Vingt Mille Lieues Sous Les Mers," "The Garage," or "Nelson Highrise Sector 3."

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