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Alphaville

German synth pop group Alphaville enjoyed major success in the United States with their early hits "Forever Young" and "Big in Japan," and went on to a lasting career in Europe, South America, and Asia. Alphaville were formed by vocalist and lyricist Marian Gold and keyboard player Bernhard Lloyd, both of whom were members of the Nelson Community, a multimedia art collective based in Berlin. Gold and Lloyd were part of a short-lived band called Chinchilla Green (other members went on to form the groups Melody Nelson and Girl Next Door), and when Lloyd began putting together a new act with fellow keyboardist Frank Mertens in 1982, they invited Gold to be their lead singer. Originally known as Forever Young, the band borrowed the name Alphaville from the acclaimed 1965 film by Jean-Luc Godard. In 1983, Alphaville landed an international record deal with WEA, and the following year they released their debut single, "Big in Japan." The song soon became a major worldwide hit, and Alphaville's first album, Forever Young, quickly followed. Despite Alphaville's sudden success, Frank Mertens opted to leave the band by the end of 1984, and the group added former Chinchilla Green member Ricky Echolette on guitar and keyboards. In 1986, Alphaville released their second album, Afternoons in Utopia, which introduced a more lush and ambitious sound for the trio, with dozens of studio musicians contributing to the project, and for their third LP, The Breathtaking Blue, the trio collaborated with producer Klaus Schulze, a former member of Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel. The group invited several noted filmmakers to create videos for each of the album's nine songs, which were released under the collective title Songlines; one of the videos, Balance, went on to win the 1990 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Subject.

In 1992, Marian Gold released a solo album and Alphaville began work on their fourth album; sessions took place over the course of two years, and in 1993, the previously studio-only group took a break and gave its first public live performances, in Lebanon and Finland. The album Prostitute was finally issued in 1994, in 1996 Ricky Echolette left Alphaville as the group prepared for a world tour in London. (Some of Echolette's songs and performances would appear on the next Alphaville album, 1997's Salvation.) Alphaville performed regularly in Europe and South America and celebrated their first 15 years in 1999 with Dreamscapes, an ambitious eight-disc retrospective release, and soon after began releasing their music in Europe through their own label. That same year, Salvation received a belated release in the United States, and the group celebrated by playing its first American dates, a pair of concerts in Salt Lake City that were filmed and released on the DVD Little America. In 2003, Bernhard Lloyd announced his departure from Alphaville; the group's official lineup was now Gold on vocals, Martin Lister (their live musical director) on keyboards and electronics, Dave Goodes on guitar, and Jakob Kiersch on drums. In 2010, after several years of steady touring, live and remix releases, and various solo projects, Alphaville returned with the album Catching Rays on Giant. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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I played this song while driving to the beach with my high school sweetheart during the end of my senior year...what a great memory!!!
THIS SONG IS FOR MY BABY GIRL
I was about 12 back in Poland when I heard this for the first time ... Amazing .. Still and forever even when I'm 40 and here in Chicago ...
jcm20002
Amazing, made me cry thinking about my gf and that school will only last so long, I need to hold on tightly or I'll loose a grip
Great song :-) forever young ...timeless. . .
col song
1.kiss your left hand
2. say your crush name
3. Close your hand
4. Say a school day
5. Say your name
6.open your hand
7.post this on 15 other songs and your crush will ask you out
I remember when this song was good
this was my gay orgy theme
This was my prom theme!
thanks for bringing me back to high school
Forever Young..The righteous shall possess the land, and dwell upon it forever Psalm 37:29 RSV
loudogg0417
This song reminds me of Napoleon Dynamite because it's played during the dance
Love
was less than 10 years old when this song came out and didn't really get to listen to much of this type of music where i lived so wasn't to familiar with it and last year heard a remake of it by Jay-Z and thought that I had heard it once before and looked it up and low and behold I end up loving the original better than the remake as it should be. I lived about 80 miles from the nearest town out in the texas wilderness just in case any one wondered
I love this song. It reminds me of my high school days.
laninabella1 9 7 7 1
reminded me of my HS graduation.. . thanks for the memories Pandora!
Oh God, if you can only keep me FOREVER YOUNG.-!!!! Love it now and forever.
I want to be forever young :)
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters.
Forever young
Forever Young is catchy synth pop melody with a great lyric
Forever Young. THE KOOL AID LIQUID 80'S IS ONE OF THE BEST MUSIC LISTENING CHOICES I THINK I'VE EVER MADE. IF YOU HAVEN'T MADE THE CHOICE FOR KOOL AID LIQUID 80'S. CHECK IT OUT IT'S AWESOME.
Thank you Pandora
stinkmonday
I like your sleeves...
roychipoqua
One of the most underappreci a t e d bands. Great well-known hits, but there other stuff is GOLD as well. Amazing if you like 80s.
Good looking, I enjoyed Forever Young. Construction Worker 37 since 14. At times it hurts; therefore I want to be forever young. LMFAO. Nice.
I am forever young
This is one of the best songs ever.
THe end of High School and the First year of College going to dances and the feeling this song gave WOW!! Miss them days... Still glad for the life experience I now have, but still....
Such great memories .<3
michaelquick d e s i g n s
Great song...takes on new meaning as I get older and am not forever young
That's Marian Gold in the pic, with the beard. He looks much different than he did in the 80's but don't we all? Alphaville is an amazing band.
dlambert489
Who is the guy with the beard?
Love it
Good music
Ahhh... brings me back to my days at Prep. So many great memories. One of my all-time favorites!
Napolean Dynamite - YEA!
Brings fond memories of my teen years 1984....make s me sentimental. Great song!
thompson_jar e d
dont read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. tommorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. now youve started reading this so dont stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually work
Based on all the previous comments, I guess I'm the only one here because of One Direction.
I will always think of the O.C whenever I hear this song!
emma0633
Cool!
Theme Song for Dorian Grey!!
Forever Young... simply the best song of all times! :)
av4everyoung
Alphaville is my favorite bands of all time! Marian is adorable! love him!
childhoddddd
tsousa1967
my favorite song from the eighties! absolutely love this song, no matter what version!
Great song!! lyrics are so strong
kkloosterman 1 9 8 8
They're playing our song!
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