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Maria would later recall that she had been pregnant with triplets. As it was a dizygotic pregnancy , she miscarried the identical twins during the third month and Falco, who was conceived via a separate ovum, survived. Falco mused that “three souls in one breast sounds a little over dramatic, but I do sense them sometimes. In my moodiness.
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Maria would later recall that she had been pregnant with triplets. As it was a dizygotic pregnancy , she miscarried the identical twins during the third month and Falco, who was conceived via a separate ovum, survived.
Falco mused that “three souls in one breast sounds a little over dramatic, but I do sense them sometimes. In my moodiness. I’ll be really up and then right after I’ll be really down. As a toddler , he was able to keep time with the drumbeat in songs he heard on the radio. He was given a baby grand piano for his fourth birthday; a year later, his birthday gift was a record player which he used to play music by Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard, and the Beatles.
This too only lasted a short time. At seventeen, he got conscripted for eight months of military service with the Austrian army. He played bass guitar in a number of bands under various pseudonyms, including “John Hudson” and “John DiFalco. It was around this time he began performing under the stage name of Falco. Despite being closely tied with the Viennese underground club scene, Falco looked uncharacteristically clean-cut. In contrast to shabbier fashions, he had short hair due to his military service and wore Ray-Ban sunglasses and suits.
His distinct style, coupled with his singing performance of the song ” Ganz Wien ” “All of Vienna” led to manager Markus Spiegel offering to sign Falco in Ironically, it was at a concert for drug prevention and “Ganz Wien” has a line proclaiming “All Vienna is on heroin today. Falco brought his intended first single “Helden Von Heute” to manager Horst Bork, but received a lukewarm reception.
Bork felt that the b-side, ” Der Kommissar ” was much stronger. Falco was hesitant, since the track is a German-language song about drug consumption that combines rap verses with a sung chorus.
Though beginning to break through in America, rap was still quite rare in Western Europe at the time. Bork insisted and the song became a number-one success in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Japan, while charting high in several other nations. This version charted at number five on the Billboard Hot in the U.
The album on which “Der Kommissar” appeared, Einzelhaft , also topped the charts in Austria and the Netherlands. It was a difficult project, as the two artists felt immense pressure to match their previous success and the recording process was plagued by delays.
Even though the music video for the single “Hoch wie nie” Higher Than Ever was aired on prime time TV in Austria, it failed to ignite interest internationally. As a reaction, Falco began to experiment with English lyrics in an effort to broaden his appeal.
This time, his record reached No. The song remained in the top spot of the Billboard Hot for three weeks and his album, Falco 3 peaked at the number three position on the Billboard album charts.
Ultimately, “Rock Me Amadeus” went to the No. Follow-up single “Vienna Calling” was another international pop hit, peaking at No. A double A-side 12″ single featuring remixes of those two hits peaked at No. Highly controversial when it was released in Germany and the Netherlands, the story of “Jeanny” was told from the point of view of a possible rapist and murderer.
Several DJs and radio stations refused to play the ballad, which was ignored in the US, though it became a huge hit in many European countries, and inspired a sequel on his next album. These possibilities fell through, in part, due to Falco’s personal problems. At this point in his career, he was dangerously addicted to alcohol and other drugs. The album Wiener Blut Viennese Blood was released in but it did not get much publicity outside Germany and Austria. His comeback attempt, the album Nachtflug Night Flight including the song ” Titanic “, was successful in Austria only.
It charted at number one in Austria for 21 weeks. He has been called ambitious, eccentric, caring, egotistical and deeply insecure. Thomas Rabitsch, a keyboardist who met Falco when the aspiring pop star was only 17 years old, said he was a quiet young man and precise bass player, but also arrogant and with a “very high opinion of himself. Peter Vieweger, a guitarist who knew Falco before his success and continued to play in Falco’s touring band and on his albums, remembers Falco as being “scared he would fail or be unmasked and not be as good as people thought he was.
When under the influence he was unreliable at best and abusive at worst. Ferdi Bolland recalls that Falco was often so severely intoxicated that the writing process revolved around his “inability to be coherent, to even stand for a long time. The couple married in , but it was a “love-hate” relationship, as Katharina describes it, and the marriage was short-lived.
He believed that Katharina was his own daughter until a paternity test proved otherwise when she was seven years old. After this Katharina’s relationship with him became strained. Though they kept in contact she took her mother’s surname and claimed that she was written out of his will. She was 12 years old when he died. His body was returned to Austria, where it was buried in the Vienna Central Cemetery. The film Falco — Verdammt, wir leben noch! This title is also the name of a posthumously-released album by Falco which translates to “Damn, we’re still alive!
The restaurant Marchfelderhof in a Vienna suburb maintains a permanent reserved table for Falco.
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