American music culture 101, from Country to Rock to Pop to Hip-hop, in 3 easy steps:
1. when black americans invent it, [white americans] initially detest it, mock it, claim it is destroying american youth and proper sensibilities
2. realize it isn’t going anywhere, co-opt it, engage in it and profit from it
3. obscure its origins and repackage it in such a way that the next generation understands it as a product of white american excellence
Obit of the Day (Historical): Falco (1998)
Johann Holzel was a child prodigy who grew tired of classical music and decided to focus on jazz and rock after graduating from the Vienna Conservatory. He would play guitar and piano for various groups in West Berlin.
When given his first recording contract in 1981, Mr. Holzel changed his name to Falco. He thought the stage name “sounded better” and may have been taken from German skier Falko Weissblog,
Falco’s first hit was “Der Kommisar” which reached number one in Germany, Austria, Italy and Spain. But his German-language version was not a hit in the U.S. (The following year, 1982, After the Fire covered the song in English and it peaked at #5 in the U.S.)
After a drought, Falco became internationally famous with his 1986 hit, “Rock Me Amadeus.” Always a fan of Mozart, Falco was inspired by the 1984 Academy Award-winning film Amadeus. The song would reach number one in twelve different countries including the U.S. and U.K. It also increased sales of his album Falco 3 which shot up to number 3 in the United States.
From the same album, Falco had a second international hit “Vienna Calling” that reached #18 in America and was a top ten hit across Europe.
Falco did deal with some musical controversy as well. His third single off Falco 3, “Jeanny,” reached number one in several countries but was the focus of protests in Germany and received little air play in the U.S. and U.K. The song, sung from the point of view of an unknown man, gave the impression that he had raped Jeanny and was speaking with her after the crime.
Over the next decade Falco would go on to produce a total of ten studio albums, as well as mixes and compilations. He remained a superstar in Austria, becoming the most successful pop star in the country’s history.
On February 6, 1998 while vacationing in the Dominican Republic, Falco was hit by a bus while driving his car. He died just two weeks before his 41st birthday.
(“Rock Me Amadeus” and Falco: The Ultimate Collection are copyright 2008 Ariola Germany)
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