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A pre-techno classic

In a time before mobile phones (think about it!), this trio strung songs together that had our shoulder pads bobbing. You might think Alphaville is past tense, but their seminal track "Big in Japan" had us all tapping our feet during the debt-inflated boom of the 1990s. As you stood on Nihonbashi in Tokyo and listened to this track on a walkman (yes, we had portable music before iPods) to the glittering accompaniment of the lights of the merchant banks, you might have wondered where all this tinny pop this would lead. Twenty years later in a post-deflation Japan, that is only now recovering, the tracks all have a strange glimmering twang of boom times past. Think 1980s and you are there, think digits and suddenly it all seems so ironic. Unfortunately, this group was ill-prepared for the downturn in Chelsea-pop music it manufactured that followed during the rave fuelled music in the 1990s. Perhaps rebranded, you might think them apt for the years to come. Listen without prejudice.


Formed: 1983 in Münster, Germany

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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