Marian Gold

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Marian Gold
Birth name Hartwig Schierbaum
Born (1954-05-26) 26 May 1954 (age 60)
Herford, (North Rhine-Westphalia), West Germany
Origin Münster (North Rhine-Westphalia), Germany
Genres Synthpop, new wave
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, guitarist, pianist , opera singer
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active Late 1970s–present
Associated acts Alphaville
Website www.alphaville.de

Hartwig Schierbaum (born 26 May 1954), better known by his stage name Marian Gold, is the lead singer of the German synthpop group Alphaville, and has also recorded as a solo artist.[1][2]

Born in Herford, West Germany, Gold became part of the Berlin art collective the Nelson Community, where he formed the band Chinchilla Green in the late 1970s, which also included future Alphaville colleague Bernhard Lloyd.[3] In 1982, he joined Lloyd and Frank Mertens in the band Forever Young, which soon became Alphaville.[3] He sang lead vocals on Alphaville's 1980s pop singles, including "Forever Young", "Big in Japan", "Sounds Like a Melody", and "Dance with Me".

Since the early 1990s, Gold has taken Alphaville from a studio-based project to a successful live act and has established the band's website, Moonbase.[citation needed]

Gold's first solo album, So Long Celeste, was released in 1992.[4] Included on the album were cover versions of "The Shape of Things to Come" (originally by The Headboys) and "One Step Behind You" (by Furniture).[citation needed]

A second solo album, United, followed in 1996.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

In the late 1980s Gold lived in Münster with his Italian wife Manuela.[5]

Gold states that he has seven children by four different mothers. The oldest child was born in 1998 and the youngest in 2013. He is currently married.[6]

Solo discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • So Long Celeste (1992)
  1. "And I Wonder" - 4:10
  2. "The Shape of Things to Come" - 4:02
  3. "Heart of the Flower" - 5:20
  4. "One Step Behind You" - 3:53
  5. "Sirens (excerpt from Elegy)" - 4:42
  6. "What is Love?" - 5:00
  7. "Today" - 4:26
  8. "Peace on Earth" - 4:46
  9. "Sweet Needles of Success" - 3:23
  10. "Roll Away the Stone" - 3:21
  • United (1996)
  1. "Danger in Your Paradise" - 4:39
  2. "Caroline" - 5:04
  3. "Feathers and Tar" - 5:20
  4. "Missionary" - 4:31
  5. "For the Sake of Love" - 5:20
  6. "Say it Ain't So, Joe" - 4:02
  7. "Five Years" (David Bowie) - 6:01
  8. "Change the World" - 4:40
  9. "Cosmopolitician" - 5:35
  10. "Soulman" - 8.49

Singles[edit]

  • "And I Wonder" (1992)
  • "One Step Behind You" (1993)
  • "Today" (Promo) (1994)
  • "Feathers and Tar" (Promo) (1996)

References[edit]

  1. ^ High Fidelity, Volume 35, Issues 1-6, Page 167
  2. ^ Robbins, Ira "Alphaville", Trouser Press. Retrieved 12 February 2013
  3. ^ a b Deming, Mark "Alphaville Biography", Allmusic. Retrieved 13 February 2013
  4. ^ St. Renburg, Holger (2001) Forever Young, ISBN 978-3831116164, p. 92
  5. ^ "A Special Interview with Marian Gold". Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Forever Young: B.Z. traf Marian Gold". B.Z., Berlin. November 28, 2010. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 

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