Alphaville

Alphaville
Release date
01 January 1970
Alphaville
01 January 1970 |

Alphaville is a German group which gained popularity in the 1980s. The founding members were lead singer Marian Gold, Bernhard Lloyd and Frank Mertens. The band was at first named “Forever Young” before changing to “Alphaville”. They achieved chart success with the singles “Big in Japan”, “Jet Set”, “Dance With Me” and “Forever Young”.

“Big in Japan” was Alphaville’s biggest hit, topping the charts in Germany, Greece, Switzerland, Sweden, Turkey, Venezuela, and the US Billboard Dance Chart (the group’s only Top 10 on any Billboard chart). The single also reached the Top Five in Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Ireland and South Africa. It became the group’s only Top 20 single in the UK, peaking at No. 8.

The band’s next two singles, “Sounds Like a Melody” and “Forever Young,” were also both European Top 5 successes, although the former track failed to make an impression on the American charts.

Alphaville toured the album, Catching Rays on Giant, across Germany in March 2011. The second single from the album was the track, “Song for No One”, released on 4 March 2011.