FALCO "ROCK ME AMADEUS" (1986)
By Mark Nobes
Falco was hugely popular in his home country of Austria, but had just two Top 40 hits here in the UK, the other being the follow-up single "Vienna Calling" which peaked at #10, which saved him from being an 80s one hit wonder, at least!
"Rock Me Amadeus" was a number one hit in 12 countries, including the U.S. and Austria, and the lyrics were about the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - it's just a pity that the majority of English people couldn't understand them!
Falco became the first German-speaking artist to score a #1 single in the UK and U.S. and he also achieved major hits with several other songs during the 80s, including "Der Kommissar" and "Jeanny".
In the opening of the video, we see a sharply-dressed Falco sat in the back of a horse drawn carriage which is taking him to a masquerade ball - there is a similar opening to the video of his 1998 song "Out of the Dark", in which he is sat in the back of a luxury classic car (Not sure if it's a Rolls Royce or a Bentley) and stroking a cat. At the ball, he arrogantly walks through a line of people who bow and curtsey to him. Also, we see Falco dressed as Amadeus Mozart with a pink wig and having a rage fest with a large gang of bikers - at one point he is being carried on the bikers shoulders, and there is also a lot of angry fist waving!
Sadly, Falco died from his injuries after a collision with a bus on 6th February 1998. At the time of his death he was planning a comeback.