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Trivia: Alphaville

  • Artist Disillusionment: One of the reasons why Frank Mertens left Alphaville after Forever Young. Even before the band took off, he rarely gave interviews and was absent from most press appearances. Once the first album became a hit, he was totally unprepared for all the attention. He formed another band called Lonely Boys just to record enough songs to honor his contract with the record company, then gave up being a musician.
    "I am shy and I don't like to talk. I prefer to look and listen. Marian and Bernhard talk quite enough." -Frank Mertens, 1984
    "Frank began to show the white feather. He was not ready for all this." -Marian Gold, 1995
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: While Alphaville's studio albums are easily available, most of the early singles haven't been released since the mid-80s, and a lot of early b-sides are hard to track down. Considering songs were often mixed differently from studio album, to 7-inch single version, to 12-inch single version, it's difficult to maintain a comprehensive collection, as what rereleases there are are rereleases of just one mix. Even the so-called Singles Collection is very sparse on material. The Dreamscapes box set includes several rare b-sides, but Dreamscapes itself is extremely rare and expensive.
    • Also applies to their music video anthology, Songlines. Only released on VHS and LaserDisc, and long out of print.
  • No Export for You: The single "Sensations" was only released in Austria, France, the Netherlands, and Swizterland. The 12-inch version contains two mixes of "Sensations," both of which sound very dissimilar from the album version except for the vocals.
  • Screwed by the Network: The band and their European label, WEA, clashed over the band's refusal to go on tour. Rumor has it that the poor marketing behind The Breathtaking Blue and Prostitute was WEA's quiet way of punishing them. Eventually, Marian Gold went on tour with a backup band that did not include Bernhard Lloyd or Ricky Echolette. Members of that backup band eventually became official members of Alphaville after Lloyd and Echolette departed.


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