Music / Falco

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"Ein scharf gekleideter Mann."note 

Alles klar, Herr Kommissar?

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. He passed away in 1998 at the age of just forty after his SUV was in a serious collision with a bus on a mountain road.


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.
  • Gratuitous English: Most of his songs were sung in German with the odd English word or phrase wedged in.
  • Harsh Vocals: Austrian 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 
  • Obsession Song: "Jeanny"
  • One-Man Song: "Rock Me Amadeus" about Mozart.
  • Rock Star Song: "Rock Me Amadeus," which is all about how Mozart was the original rock star, having wild parties, hooking up with lots of ladies and being worshiped for his musical skill.
  • 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."

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