FALCO "ROCK ME AMADEUS" (1986)
By Mark Nobes, chief editor
Falco was massive 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 I couldn't understand them, though!
Falco became the first German-speaking artist to score a #1 single in the U.S. and he also scored worldwide 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 is 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.
Check out the 12" American version of Rock Me Amadeus at my blog 80s Remix.