Einzelhaft

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Einzelhaft
Studio album by Falco
Released 1982
Recorded March 1982 at Stereo West Studios, Vienna and Arco Studios, Munich.
Genre Pop music, pop-rock, funk
Length 41:17
Label A&M (USA) , GIG Records/Sony Music (Europe)
Producer Robert Ponger
Falco
Falco chronology
Einzelhaft
(1982)
Junge Roemer
(1984)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Einzelhaft, (Solitary Confinement or Incarcerated!), (1982) is the name of the first album by Falco. It was released in Austria, Germany, the United States, Japan, Spain, Italy, Canada, Sweden and Finland.

The album achieved some success with its flagship single, "Der Kommissar", an innovative and influential German-language rap song. An English version of the song by After the Fire was a hit in 1983.

A Promo Single, "Auf der Flucht" (On the Run), was released in the USA and France. In 1983 the Maschine Brennt/On The Run CD hit #9 of US Club Play Singles.[2]

Other songs on Einzelhaft are heavily indebted to the "Berlin Trilogy" of David Bowie: "Nie mehr Schule" borrows its music from Bowie's instrumental track from Low called "Speed of Life", whereas "Helden von heute" is a transparent rewrite of Bowie's song, "Heroes".

Information about the album[edit]

In 1980 Falco, who played in the band Drahdiwaberl, signed a contract for three solo-albums produced by Robert Ponger and managed by Markus Spiegel. The first single was That Scene, which reached #11 in the Austrian charts. The German version, which is more popular, is called Ganz Wien. This song was very successful in Austria but was not noticed in other countries.

Production[edit]

In spring 1981 Falco and Ponger started to produce the album, and already had a melody for Der Kommissar. Originally Reinhold Bilgeri was to have sung that song but he declined. Impressed by the melody, Falco chose to include it in his debut album. Within 3 days Falco wrote the lyrics to the accompanying rhythm.

In November 1981 the second single "Der Kommissar" b/w "Helden von heute" was released. It reached top of the charts in more than 20 countries in the world. In the American Disco charts the song also reached number one.

To promote his album Falco also released Maschine brennt, Auf der Flucht and Zuviel Hitze.

Rerelease (25th Anniversary Edition)[edit]

In 2007 the album was digitally remastered and released by Falco's former producers and managers, because it was 25 years after his success with this album. In Austria and Germany it was released on June 8, 2007, in other European countries it was released in the end of 2007.

Track listing[edit]

  • All songs written by Falco/Ponger, except where noted.
  1. "Zuviel Hitze" (Too Much Heat) - 4:31
  2. "Der Kommissar" (The Commissioner) - 3:51
  3. "Siebzehn Jahr" (Seventeen Years) - 3:54
  4. "Auf der Flucht" (loosely "On the Run") - 4:13
  5. "Ganz Wien" - (All Vienna) 5:06 (Falco)
  6. "Maschine brennt" (Machine Is Burning) - 3:36
  7. "Hinter uns die Sintflut" (After Us, the Deluge) - 3:16
  8. "Nie mehr Schule" (No More School)- 4:36
  9. "Helden von heute" (Heroes of Today) - 4:07 (Falco)
  10. "Einzelhaft" - (Solitary Confinement) - 4:01

Track listing Disc 2 (2007 Anniversary Release only)[edit]

  1. "Nie Mehr Schule (Anniversary Mix 2007) - 4:03
  2. "That Scene (Ganz Wien) - 4:25
  3. "Interview Johann Hölzel 1993 - Kapitel 1 "Aus Hans Hölzel Wird Falco" - 3:59
  4. "Interview Johann Hölzel 1993 - Kapitel 2 "Die Ersten 3 Alben" - 3:09
  5. "Interview Johann Hölzel 1993 - Kapitel 3 "Erfolg Und Seine Konsequenzen" - 3:37
  6. "Interview Johann Hölzel 1993 - Kapitel 4 "Zeitgeist" - 5:28
  7. "Interview Johann Hölzel 1993 - Kapitel 5 "Westen, Osten, Norden, Süden" - 4:40
  8. "Interview Johann Hölzel 1993 - Kapitel 6 "Suche Nach Der Wahrheit" - 3:25
  9. "Interview Johann Hölzel 1993 - Kapitel 7 "Konzentration Der Kräfte" - 4:12
  10. "Interview Johann Hölzel 1993 - Kapitel 8 "Kunst Und Verantwortung" - 2:26
  11. "Interview Johann Hölzel 1993 - Kapitel 9 "Zukunftaussichten" - 5:03

Charts[edit]

The album peaked #1 in Austria, #19 in Germany and #45 Sweden and #64 of the US Billboard Charts.[3]

Album[edit]

Year Albums A[4] USA[5] GER CDN[6] S[7] NL I [8]
1982 Einzelhaft 1 64 19 31 45 1 21

Singles[edit]

Year Singles A [9] USA USA (Cashbox) CDN CH GER ES F [10] I J N NL RUS S UK [11] SA [12]
1981 Ganz Wien 11 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1982 Der Kommissar 1 72 74 [13] 11 2 1 1 3 1 1 3 18 1 4 - n/a
1982 Der Kommissar (Falco vs. After the Fire) - 3 5 [14] 12 - - - - - - - - - 20 47 2
1982 On The Run/Maschine Brennt 4 30* - - - 10 34 - - - 4 49 - - - -

*#9 in the US Hot Play

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ [1] Falco in the US Single and Dance Charts
  3. ^ [2] Einzelhaft in the US Billboard
  4. ^ [3] Falco albums in Austrian charts
  5. ^ [4] Falco albums in the US Billboard
  6. ^ [5] Falco in the Canadian charts
  7. ^ [6] Falco in the Swedish charts
  8. ^ Falco in Italian Album Charts
  9. ^ Archive of the Ö3-Hitparade: „Ganz Wien“
  10. ^ Falco-Singles in the french Charts
  11. ^ "Der Kommissar" in UK
  12. ^ "Der Kommissar" in South Africa
  13. ^ Cash Box Top 100 4/23/83
  14. ^ Cash Box Top 100 5/07/83