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Falco

Falco was the most internationally successful pop artist ever to come out of Austria, best known for his 1986 chart-topping hit "Rock Me Amadeus." Born Johann Holzel in Vienna on February 19, 1957, he was a classically trained child prodigy, but after graduating from the Vienna Conservatoire, he relocated to West Berlin and began fronting a jazz-rock band. Rechristening himself Falco in honor of the German skier Falko Weissflog, he returned to Vienna in time to play bass on the punk outfit Drahdiwaberl's 1979 album Psycho Today, penning their best-known song, "Ganz Wein." Falco began his solo career in 1982 with the LP Einzelhaft; his "Der Kommissar," which fused techno-pop with rapped German lyrics, became a major European hit and a club favorite in the U.S., with a cover version by the group After the Fire reaching the Top Five in 1983. The follow-up, "Jeanny," was banned outright by radio as a result of its theme of prostitution, but nevertheless went on to top the German charts. While 1984's Junge Roemer attracted little attention, in 1986 Falco issued Falco 3, highlighted by the single "Rock Me Amadeus," a campy blend of classical music and synth pop which topped both the American and British charts. While the rock ballad "Vienna Calling" was a minor hit, Falco's subsequent efforts, including 1986's Emotional and 1988's Wiener Blut, fared poorly; he had been long out of the spotlight when he died in a car accident on February 6, 1998 at the age of 40. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Im only 18 but im soo intoo this kind of music really bad... love it... 80s rock
I think Pandora for the most part does a splendid job exposing artist's material to the fellow listener, but evinces a shortcoming for that cause with Falco. This modicum sampling is merely symptomatic of how he was "received" in the mainstream and only contributes to my assertion of he being one of the more under-herald e d artists in music. A pertinent introduction for any further inquisition relating his voluminous catalogue I would suggest anyone to peruse youtube..... .
Falco was minefrieund
I love Love Falco I was introduced to him while stationed in Germany the best artist to this day in my opinion I still enjoy his music even though he is gone so sad I wish he was here to produce more a forever fan!!!!!
martinezbren n o n
This freaked me out! This isn't fake apparently if you copy and paste this 10 different comments you will have the best day of your day tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out. If you break the chain, you will see a dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry
@kristieeray n o r :
First of all, if you hate falco so much, why are you listening to it?
Secondly, the bio (if that's what you're referring to) only states the facts and isn't that opinionated. And who cares that it isn't a ballad or rock song?
munichchick
Falco is awesome. Have been a fan since the 80's back in Germany. I knew that he had died in a car accident and it was in the Domincan Republic. A place he loved and since I have been there twice now I can understand why he liked spending time there so much. He was a cool dude.
kristieerayn o r
This writer is a moron. Vienna calling is neither a rock song, nor a ballad. And just ask Germans if Falco was long forgotten when he died. Clear this person new nothing of the artist he wrote about...
This freaked me out thiss int fake. Apparently, if u copy and paste this on 10 comments in the next ten minutes u will have the best day of ur life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out, if u break this chain u will see a dead girl in ur room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love u or I'm sorry.
Pandora, get more Falco albums.
I wonder what Amadeus met falco yet...
dayeg
i love the 80s the best and falco was a little pixal of that time
Amen to that, Tom Lancaster! Pandora, if you're seeing this, we need more Falco albums here! Einzelhaft is essential. Bought it about 1984, having liked both the After The Fire cover of Der Kommisar and Falco's original German version when I first heard them on the radio in 1983. I enjoyed the whole Einzelhaft album so much I continued to collect Falco. At the very least, Einzelhaft and Emotional should be here.
Here's hoping that you and Amadeus are jamming together in Heaven....
lieselotte3
His songs are fabulous. Had know idea he passed. So glad that I discovered his music while travelling in Europe.
Thanks for the memories, Falco; you were one cool cat!
Good man!! Remember him!
So sad you died. Such an awesome man...
falco you will rock forever. R.I.P.
spyhynter
To all who belive that we can live in peace, thanks for the music, life lis for living.
good song make body lurch and step in time to beat. amadeus poikerous.
abwood4
Didn't know he died either...R.I . P Falco.
tagsalegirl
love Falco always will
Falco...ooo, he's fookin' HOT!
yo escuche por primera ves en mexico cuando tenia 13 anos y tiene unas caciones de mis favoritas...
Ich liebe Falco. RIP.

I like his style
mrrichardrob e r t s
Here's some crap...I didn't know he died.
I was having my kidz listen some "Jeanny" in German...
I'm seriously sad now... : (
i thought the Clash did Der Kommisar
i like the song by falco Rock Me Amadeus," it was number one hit in 1986
Wow - you wonder where these artists go. Very sad to see Falco died in '98. Thought I would have known this. Sad end to a great memory.
Rest in peace oh mighty falco Amadeus forever you will be missed
Give us the damn lyrics!!!
Strange how the songs they say faired poorly we arguably his most enjoyable to listen to again, and again and again and again and again. I love Emotional, well, I love every song I've ever heard of Falco's. I found out he had passed about two years ago when I was trying to find new material by him. :(
Jeanne--best song ever! Huge Falco fan since 1986. Pelople think I'm crazy, but love this song and the follow up Coming Home. Very Emotional!
twoslydogs
i'm the super-star he's singin' 'bout

cuz i rokk evry-1'z world
mercurator19 7 9
He wasn't long out of the spotlight in 1998. In Austria and Germany, he was still huge!
"rock me amadeus" turned me on to falco, but there was so much more to him than that single. rip.
One of my favs from the 80s. And, he was a cutie, too.
I was sad to hear of his passing. Falco was a bit of a maverick, to the extent he wanted to do things differently and did not conform to that which he was expected to. His song Jenny even got him in-trouble with his own goverment. Falco stood his ground! A genius, a head of his time. Also made us love a song we could not even understand. That's genius
According to above bio, "he was a classically trained child prodigy."

Can't help but wonder if that similarity had anything to do with penning his biggest hit 'Rock Me Amadeus'?

Of course the second similarity is that they both died while quite young.

Falco not only recorded Amadeus... he was Amadeus all over again.
Sad to know he died...life is so short....res t in peace too DADDY LUGB, T AND J
I am shocked that one album was released, very talented. I remember his music when I was about 2 years old. Well Hey may his music rock on here on Pandora.
fdaless
Falco is better now than I remembered, too bad he expired
Me 2 im a big Falco Fan R.I.P
Big Falco fan.
Geez, I didn't know he was dead...

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