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Falco – Der Kommissar (The Commissioner) (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on March 19th, 2013


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Side A


“Der Kommissar” is a song first recorded by Falco in Austria in 1981.

Originally written by producer Robert Ponger for Reinhold Bilgeri, Bilgeri turned it down as he felt the song was too soft, so Falco reworked the song for himself instead.

Falco wanted to release “Helden von heute” as the main side (A-side), but the record company wanted “Der Kommissar” (“the commissioner” or police captain) to be released, because they felt it had more potential. The record company decided upon a double A-side release and was vindicated when “Der Kommissar” reached No. 1 in German-speaking countries in January 1982. After this big success, Falco’s management decided to release “Der Kommissar” (as an A-side) in other countries as well.

In the United States and the United Kingdom, Falco’s hit didn’t fare as well, despite topping charts throughout Europe and Scandinavia during spring and summer 1982. In the summer of 1982 the British rock band After the Fire recorded an English version of the song, also called “Der Kommissar”, and released it as a single, but the record floundered. Coming off a tour opening for Van Halen, After the Fire was working on material for a new album when in December 1982 the group announced onstage during a concert that they were breaking up. Both the After the Fire and Falco versions were rising on the Canadian charts at the time, but neither had cracked the U.S. pop charts.

One of the songs recorded for the b-side side of the record, the pop-rock “Helden von heute” (meaning “heroes of today”), is a tribute to David Bowie’s “Heroes”. Recorded in Berlin, Germany, Falco claimed in an interview that he went to Berlin to follow the “tracks” left there by David Bowie, with his albums Heroes and Low.

“Der Kommissar (The Commissioner)” only reached No. 74 in the US Cash Box Charts in 1983. and did not even chart in the UK, but Falco would break through with major hits in those countries two albums later, with “Rock Me Amadeus” and “Vienna Calling” in 1986.

Der Kommissar (The Commissioner) 3:50
Written-By – R. Ponger*

Auf Der Flucht (On The Run) 4:04
Written-By – R. Ponger*

Helden Von Heute (Today’s Heroes) 4:06

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Very Good Plus


Year Single Chart Position
1983 Blue Jean U.S. Cash Box Singles #74
1983 Blue Jean U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks #22
1983 Blue Jean U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play #10


Label: A&M Records ‎– SP-12053
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 RPM, Promo
Country: US
Released: 1983
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Producer – R. Ponger*
Producer, Written-By – Falco

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Side B

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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21 Responses to “Falco – Der Kommissar (The Commissioner) (US 12″ Promo)”

  1. Spring Says:

    Hi dear Paul. Today I’m ok and I’m glad to see this post here. Thank you. Have a great evening! 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Glad to hear you are better today Spring 🙂


  2. Lenny Says:

    Hi Paul,

    Thanks for posting this. I was searching a long time the song “Today’s Heroes”

    All the best for you, mate.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome lenny. “Today’s Heroes” is my favorite 🙂


  3. Mike C. Says:

    DJ Paul: Per your posts, you are obviously a true Falco fan. If possible, do you know the circumstances of his untimely death? All I’ve been able to fine online is that he died in a car accident in the Bahamas.

    Thanks for your posts.

    Mike C.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    According to Wikipedia:

    Falco died of severe injuries received on 6 February 1998, when his Mitsubishi Pajero collided with a bus on the road linking the towns of Villa Montellano and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. It was later determined that the bus driver was speeding, with the driver serving three years in prison. At the time of Falco’s death, he was planning a comeback. He was buried in the Zentralfriedhof (Central Cemetery) in Vienna, Austria.


    Mike C. Reply:

    Thanks. I had not checked Wikipedia. Damn bus driver.


  4. public image Says:

    Das Falco!

    Thank you so much 🙂

    PS. Waiting for (more) Billy Idol… 🙂


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Public Image. I’ll get to Mr. Idol 🙂


  5. Maxie Says:

    Definitely one of my favorite songs from the 80’s, thanks for the upload DjPaulT! (I only hope Sheena doesn’t take it too personal :P)


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Sheena doen’t mind because she will be coming back.


  6. ric Says:

    Thanks Paul for making this available in your rip!
    Three versions of this song, and even though ATF’s version is the biggest in the US, Falco’s version is special for being the original.
    I’m surprised this charted on Cashbox (and at #74!) as I know it missed the Billboard Hot 100 completely.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hey good to see you. I think maybe Falco’s version might have fared better it had been released in english.


  7. Paul in SLC Says:

    Hey Paul! Hope you’re doing great. Just wanted to say thanks for the great posts the last couple weeks. If possible I have a couple requests. Can you do your remastering magic and post these if you got ’em?

    “Major Tom (Coming Home)” 12″ by Peter Schilling
    and.. for Disco Friday, “Disco Duck” 12″ by Rick Dees & His Cast of Idiots

    That would be amazing! Keep up the good work, buddy. I will make another contribution to your vinyl collection fund too!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Paul you’re welcome. Yeah I have both of those singles I will see what I can do for you. Thanks 🙂


    The Doctor Reply:

    …there was a 12″ remix of “Disco Duck”?!

    Truly, there is no god. 😀


  8. John L. Says:

    thank you for this post, could you up Information Society Lay All Your Love On Me 12″


  9. Mickey Says:

    One of my favorite unforgettable Disco classics.
    Thank you for the pleasure!


  10. Noxvet Says:

    Just checked now! So brilliant, so nice in this quality, perfect. Thankyou so much again for putting up the request Paul. You are a star!


  11. MusicLV Says:

    Happy to see you Paul :)thanks for sharing my favorite disco classics.You are great!!


  12. Goodguy Says:

    Paul, I know you’re still waiting for all of us to get your current message (I have!) and have it settle in, but when the time comes to post more, I wonder if you might consider some of Falco’s later 12″ catalog (Mid to late 90’s). Maybe Data De Groove? Johann’s later stuff didn’t quite get the same push in the US, since he wasn’t on a major label. Some fans here might not be as exposed to it.

    If not that, then Wiener Blut or Satellite To Satellite would also make great additions.

    Thanks again, for all you do. 🙂


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