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German pop duo consisting of Thomas Anders and Dieter Bohlen, formed in 1984, disbanded in 1987, before reuniting from 1998-2003, remixing some of the most successful hits from their original run like "You're My Heart, You're My Soul" and "Brother Louie", and regaining their popularity as Germany's top music group.

An African-American rapper, Eric Singleton, occasionally appeared in some of their music videos.

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A few years after the group split up again, Bohlen was the subject of an animated film called Dieter: Der Film, with Bohlen narrating and his cartoon self voiced by Bertram Hiese. The film focuses on Bohlen's career in music and personal life, with Anders also making an appearance.

This provides examples of the following:

  • '80s Hair: Bohlen's mullet in the 80's.
  • After the End: Implied in the music video to "Don't Take Away My Heart".
  • Badass Longcoat: Relatively uncommon during their second stint.
  • Cool Car: Some of the cars featured in their music videos include a Porsche, a Jaguar, a Cadillac, a Mercedes Benz convertible, a Ford Mustang and a Limousine, to name a few.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: On the first album, "There's Too Much Blue in Missing You" has Dieter Bohlen singing the song.
    • The first music video to "You're My Heart You're My Soul" features Bohlen before his mullet.
  • Europop: Eurodisco in their first stint, Eurodance in their second stint.
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  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: The man present in the "You're My Heart, You're My Soul '98" video entered a series of clubs around the world with the goggles while the song was playing.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather
  • I Have Many Names: Initially during the first run, Dieter Bohlen went under the aliases of Steve Benson (who 'wrote' "You're My Heart, You're My Soul") and Ryan Simmons early on.
  • Idiosyncratic Wipes: "Juliet" has plenty of transitional wipes for some reason, most of them being stars and a predominantly gold-ish flashing light.
  • Intercourse with You: Some of their songs do fall into this, including "Sexy, Sexy Lover".
  • Italo Disco: Their first incarnation.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Anders, during the first stint.
  • Love Is a Crime: "In 100 Years" implies that love will be illegal by then.
  • Pep-Talk Song: "Win the Race" is full of this trope.
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  • Perpetual Smiler: Virtually most of their albums in their second run feature both or at least one of them smiling.
  • Sharp Dressed Men: Their album "Back for Good" features Anders and Bohlen respectively wearing white and black suits.
    • When you watch any of their music videos in the second stint, expect to see either one of them in a suit.
  • Silly Love Songs: They have a good list of songs that fall under this trope; "You're My Heart, You're My Soul", "Cheri, Cheri Lady", "Atlantis is Calling"...
  • The Stinger:
    • In the music video to "You Can Win if You Want", both Anders and Bohlen leave the film set of the music video and drive off in separate cars. Bohlen does so after signing an autograph for a fangirl.
    • The music video to "You're My Heart, You're My Soul '98" shows the man getting out of the booth with the song over... while another enters moments before the music video ends.
  • Stock Footage: Once Upon a Time in America features heavily in the music video of "Brother Louie".
    • In fact, a handful of their music videos feature stock footage.
  • Take Off Your Clothes: "Sexy Sexy Lover".
  • We All Live in America: One of the music videos, "Last Exit To Brooklyn".
  • A Wild Rapper Appears!: During the duo's second stint together, rapper Eric Singleton made several appearances, notably on the remixed hits and Maxi single versions of Modern Talking songs.
  • You Are Not Alone: In fact, it's one of their titled songs.


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