Alphaville was a German band that formed in 1982.
Initially the band called themselves "Forever Young", under the name of
which they released their first demo. Soon after, the band changed
their name to Alpahville and, in 1984, released their first single
called "Big In Japan".
By the fall of 1984, Alphaville had incorporated "Big In
Japan" into their first full album release, Forever Young.
"Big In Japan" became their most successful hit, charting in multiple
countries around the world, including the USA. Other hit songs
from the album included the title track ("Forever Young") and "Sounds
Like a Melody". The song "Forever Young" was also released and
performed by Laura Branigan.
In 1986, Alphaville released Afternoons in Utopia.
Although the album was not nearly as popular in the USA, it featured
several European chart topping songs, including "Dance with Me" and
"Universal Daddy". "Dance with Me" did chart on the US Club Play
Chart. The Breathtaking Blue was released in 1989, and
although it did not do nearly as well as previous albums, the songs
"Romeos" and "Mysteries of Love" received critical acclaim.
Alphaville went on to release several more albums over
the years, and were active (at the time of this writing) as late as
2011. The songs "Big In Japan" and "Forever Young" have been
covered over the years by bands like Youth Group (Australia) and Amorous
Anathema (Sweden). At the time of this writing, the Alphaville
Discography was as follows:1984: Forever Young
1986: Afternoons in Utopia
1988: Alphaville Amiga Compilation
1988: Alphaville the Singles Collection
1989: The Breathtaking Blue
1992: First Harvest 1984-1992
2000: Stark Naked and Absolutely Live
2001: Forever Pop
2003: Crazy Show
2003: Crazy Show Excerpts
2005: Dreamscapes Revisited
2010: Catching Rays on Giant