In the New Wave 80's, Austria's Johann "Falco" Hölzel became a One and a Half Hit Wonder with "Der Kommisar" (After The Fire's English-language cover was more popular), followed by the worldwide hit "Rock Me Amadeus." - in the US at least, for, while he was more consistently popular in German-speaking countries, follow-up songs (e.g. "Vienna Calling") were, at best, modest hits in the US.Along with Nena's "99 Luftballons," he introduced (mostly) German-language songs to an English-speaking audience; the difference was that Nena sang, while Falco rapped.
This musician provides examples of:
- All Bikers Are Hells Angels: The bike gang who show up in the middle of the "Rock Me Amadeus" video.
- Conspicuous CG: The green-screen video for "Der Kommisar."
- Gratuitous English: Most of his songs were sung in German with the odd English word or phrase wedged in.
- Harsh Vocals: German isn't the smoothest language to rap in...
- Mind Screw: The music video for "Wiener Blut". Just watch.
- Murder Ballad: "Jeanny," the followup to "Amadeus" and "Vienna Calling," raised moral hackles when it was accused of glorifying rape (and possibly murder). Falco himself insisted it was the musings of a stalker.
- Complete with a NOOOOOOO!! of the singer when radio broadcasts Jeanny's disappearance. note
- One Man Song: Rock Me Amadeus about Mozart.
- Rock Me, Amadeus!: Trope Namer, though the song is actually not an example.
- Phone Booth: Featured prominently in the "Vienna Calling" video.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Both played straight (the tux) and averted (the brocade, knee breeches, and fright wig) in "Rock Me Amadeus."