Alphaville – Big In Japan (12″)

Continuing with more early 80’s synthpop and this classic from Germany’s Alphaville, here in the 12 inch form! Formed in 1982 the original lineup was: Marian Gold (vocals), Bernhard Lloyd (keyboards), Frank Mertens (keyboards), Ricky Echolette (guitar, keyboards) They had quite a lot of success in Europe but this was the only real chart success in the UK. I’d not heard the instrumental before but I think the extended remix (both by Zeus B. Held) appears on a lot of 80’s compilations. There’s more guitar than I remember and some nice fretless bass. Times are nowhere near what they say on the sleeve.

WEA Records Ltd X 9505 T

A Big In Japan (Extended Remix) 7:25
B Big In Japan (Extended Instrumental) 6:10


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