Falco: 3 (1985)
A&M SP 5105
- Rock Me Amadeus (The Salieri Version)
- America (The City of Grinzing Version)
- Tango the Night (The Arrow Through the Heart Version)
- Munich Girls (Looking for Love)
- Jeanny (Sus-Mix-Spect Crime Version)
- Vienna Calling (The Metternich Arrival Mix)
- Manner Des Westens — Any Kind of Land (Wilde Bube Version)
- Nothin’ Sweeter than Arabia (The Relevant Madhouse Danceteria Jour-Fix-Mix)
- Macho Macho (Sensible Boy’s Song)
- It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue (No Mix)
In the summer of 1986, the kids of a co-worker friend of my father came for the summer (they spent most of the year in Virginia with their mother). It was a brother and sister and they would spend the weekdays with us. The boy was three or four years older than me, but we hung out because he didn’t know anyone else. That summer was my introduction to pocket knives, nunchucks, throwing stars, and oddly enough, Falco. 3 was the third album by the Austrian artist. That summer Rock Me Amadeus seemed to be everywhere in some form or another. Radio loved it and MTV fell in love with the video, playing it several times daily (I long for the days of music videos on MTV). This kid brought the cassette with him from Virginia and it played several times a day on my boombox while all the neighborhood kids swam in my pool.
Everyone knows it; everyone hates it…the album opens with one of the most loathed songs in music history (Starship’s We Built This City is still way more hated). There really is not much to write about Rock Me Amadeus. I actually don’t hate it at all, but that doesn’t make it any less bad of a song. The second song is America, a very catchy song that easily gets lodged in one’s head for days, but it is fun. Next, comes Tango the Night, an odd synthesizer driven tango, in English. Munich Girls (Looking for Love) is a German language re-working of a Cars song. Side one closes with Jeanny, a slow ballad told from the point of view of a rapist and murderer. It has a crazily powerful, catchy chorus.
Side two opens with another hit, Vienna Calling. It is my favorite song on the album and got a lot of play poolside at my house the summer of 1986. Manner Des Westens — Any Kind of Land is another faster tempo song with an odd little rap nestled in a booming chorus. It was another great summer song. Nothin’ Sweeter Than Arabia follows with its surprisingly odd vocals that seem out of place on the song. Macho Macho gets back to the upbeat tempo songs that fill up a lot of side two. The album closes with a completely out of place, mellow, loungy cover of Bob Dylan’s It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue. It is the weakest song on the album.
I can’t explain it, but there has always been something about Falco’s music that has stuck with me. Maybe it is the catchiness of the music, the sincerity of the vocals, or just plain nostalgia, but I have Falco’s first four records in my collection today and semi-regularly play Junge Roemer and 3.