Alphaville is a German synthpop music group that gained popularity in the 1980s. The founding members were Marian Gold and Bernhard Lloyd, and the band was originally named "Forever Young." Frank Mertens joined the band in 1982.
In 1984 the re-named Alphaville released their debut single Big In Japan, followed by Sounds Like A Melody and Forever Young, quickly followed by the album Forever Young. Despite its success Frank Mertens left the band in the same year and was replaced by Ricky Echolette.
In 1986 the second album Afternoons In Utopia was released, followed in 1989 by The Breathtaking Blue. As an alternative to individual music videos, the band enlisted nine producers, among them Godfrey Reggio (Koyaanisqatsi), to create a film entitled Songlines based on the album's tracks.
The next album, Prostitute, was not released until 1994. In 1996 Ricky Echolette left the band. Salvation followed in 1997. Stark Naked and Absolutely Live was released in 2000, followed by the remix album Forever Pop in 2001. A DVD was released in 2001 documenting two concerts performed in Salt Lake City, Utah. Two box-sets have also been released; rather than being collections of previously released album tracks they are actually 12 unique albums, several live, several rarities and outtakes, and several newly recorded. The first box was released in 1999 (called Dreamscapes) and the second in 2003 (called Crazyshow or Dreamscapes 9-12) All the material in Crazyshow is newly recorded.
Bernhard Lloyd (as Atlantic Popes) and Marian Gold have both released solo albums.
The band is best known for its two biggest hits, Big in Japan and Forever Young, which was the theme for many high school proms in the 1980s.
- Official website (http://www.alphaville.de/)