Sunday, 22 January 2012

Falco - Rock Me Amadeus (12" American Edition)

Featuring a unique combination of 80s new wave pop, rock, rap and hip hop, the best-selling Austrian singer of all-time achieved success with a string of European hits during the 1980's. In 1985 Rock Me Amadeus was a huge world-wide hit, reaching #1 in the UK, U.S., Canada and numerous other countires. Featuring on the album Falco 3, the song was written by Falco and was one of two Top 40 British hit singles, the other being the follow-up single Vienna Calling which peaked at #10 - I've still got both singles on vinyl in a box somewhere, which will be played as soon as I manage to buy a record player!

Falco was the only German-speaking artist to reach number one in the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. and the first Austrian to make #1 in the UK. The Austrian was most popular in his native country and Europe. Falco's first major hit single was in 1981 with Der Kommissar which featured lyrics about drug taking and topped the charts in Austria and numerous European countires, as well as Japan.

However, it wasn't until the release of Rock Me Amadeus in 1985 that the artist would top the charts again, starting a three year run of major hit singles including Vienna Calling, Jeanny, The Sound Of Musik and Coming Home (Jeanny Part 2), until 1988 when the hits started to dry up. Although Falco was at the peak of his career in the mid 1980's, he did manage to revive his career with another handful of mainly Austrian and German chart hits during the 1990's with songs including Titanic, Out Of The Dark and Egoist all reaching the Top Ten, the latter two hits coming shortly after the musician's untimely death - sadly, Falco died of severe injuries received from a collision with a bus in the Dominian Republic on February 6th 1998.

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