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"Alphaville" is a German synthpop/-rock music group which gained popularity in the 1980s. The founding members were Marian Gold (real name ''Hartwig Schierbaum'', born May 26, 1954 in Herford), Bernhard Lloyd (real name ''Bernhard Gößling'', born June 6th, 1960 in Enger, Bielefeld) and Frank Mertens (real name ''Frank Sorgatz'', born October 26, 1961 in Enger, Bielefeld). The band was at first named "Forever Young". 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, and was featured in the 2004 film ''Napoleon Dynamite'' as well as the episode ''Underage Drinking: A National Concern'' of the sitcom ''It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia''

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 (born Wolfgang Neuhaus, in Cologne, August 6, 1960) in January 1985 - already credited in "Forever Young" album.

"Big In Japan" was their biggest U.S. and UK success,...

years active 1983 - present
origin Germany
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